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Alicia Laura Carriquiry

1 March 2018 No Comment

President’s Chair in Statistics (2016-)
Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences (2010-)
Director, Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (2015-)

Previous Positions
Professor of Statistics, Iowa State University (2000–2009)
Associate Provost, Iowa State University (2000–2004)
Associate Professor, Iowa State University (1996–2000)
Assistant Professor, Iowa State University (1990–1995)

Educational Background
Iowa State University: PhD, Statistics/Animal Genetics (1989)
Iowa State University: MSc, Statistics (1986)
University of Illinois, Urbana: MSc, Animal Genetics (1985)
Universidad de la Republica: BS, Agricultural Engineering (1982)

About Alicia
Alicia Carriquiry was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1957. She earned a BS in agricultural engineering from the Universidad de la Republica (at the time, the only university in Uruguay) in 1982. She truly hated her first job, and this motivated her to pursue a graduate degree in an area of interest to her. The opportunity arose soon after she graduated from college, when a professor from the University of Illinois who was visiting Uruguay offered her an RA in his animal breeding program.

Carriquiry completed an MSc in animal breeding and genetics in Urbana-Champaign in 1985. Also that year, a professor from statistics at Iowa State University approached her with an offer to join his group. Carriquiry moved to Ames and earned her doctoral degree in 1989. In Ames, she also met her husband of 30 years, Wolfgang Kliemann, who was an assistant professor in mathematics at the time. So that ISU would not lose him, Carriquiry was hired in 1990 for a tenure-track assistant professor position, half in statistics and half in agricultural economics. She was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 1996 (and moved to statistics full time), to professor in 2000, and to distinguished professor in 2010. Carriquiry was the first woman to become full professor in statistics at Iowa State and the first Latina/o to become distinguished professor at ISU. Between 2000 and 2004, Carriquiry was associate provost at ISU, in charge of research.

Carriquiry’s research has always focused on Bayesian methods and their application in various disciplines. She has worked extensively with human nutritionists on problems as diverse as survey design to measurement error modeling and density estimation. More recently, Carriquiry was principal investigator on a large award from the National Institute of Standards and Technology that helped establish the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence, which she directs. Carriquiry has been a prolific writer (more than 130 peer-reviewed papers) and has raised more than $35 million in research funding. Her proudest achievement is the 20 doctoral students who have already completed (or are in the process of completing) their doctoral work under her mentorship.

Carriquiry is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA), and International Statistical Institute. She was a member of the board of trustees of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences, president of ISBA, vice-president of the ASA, and executive secretary of IMS. She has participated in multiple national and international panels and committees and currently advises governments in Asia, South America, and North America.

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