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Newsmaker: Abdus S. Wahed

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Dr. Abdus S. Wahed, 44, recently received the American Statistical Association Pittsburgh Chapter Statistician of the Year Award.

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Noteworthy: Wahed received the American Statistical Association Pittsburgh Chapter Statistician of the Year Award for “contributions to the statistical community that best exemplify the purpose of this organization ... to foster in the broadest possible manner statistics and its applications.”

Residence: Cheswick

Age: 44

Family: Wife, Samia Lopa; son, Shudipto, 13, and daughter, Shejuti, 10

Occupation: Associate professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health

Background: Wahed is director of the depart­ment's doctoral program. He received the 2010 James L. Craig Award for Teaching Excellence. His doctoral graduates are working at institutions including Harvard University and the University of Michigan and the Food and Drug Administration.

Education: Bachelor's degree in statistics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1992; master's in mathematical statistics from Ball State University, 2000; doctorate in statistics from North Carolina State University, 2003

Quote: “This is an amazing honor to receive this award and to be part of a group of renowned statisticians who have won this award in the past.”

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