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Javier Rojo is the Korvis Professor of Statistics at Oregon State University. Prior to that, he was the Seneca C. and Mary B. Weeks endowed Chair of statistics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Nevada at Reno. Prior to moving to Reno, he was Professor of Statistics at Rice University from 2001 to 2013. He was also assistant professor (1984-‐1990), associate professor (1990-‐1995), and professor (1995-‐2000) of statistics in the Mathematical Sciences Department at the University of Texas at El Paso where he was the founding director of the BioStatistical Laboratory. Dr. Rojo has also been program director at the National Science Foundation (1997-‐1999), and has served on several National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine committees. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at Rice University. He is an elected fellow to several learned societies such as the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Statistical Association, the Royal Statistical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He was a member of the National Science Foundation Division of Mathematical Sciences Committee of Visitors (COV) in 2013 and in 2016. As a member of the 2013 COV, he chaired two subcommittees. He also chaired the Committee on Fellows of the American Statistical Association (ASA) in 2004. His research experiences for undergraduates program RUSIS@OSU was recognized in 2014 by the American Mathematical Society with the award “Programs that make a difference”. He has been appointed to the scientific advisory committee of the Mathematical Biology Institute at Ohio State. In addition, he is a member of the National Advisory Committee for SAMSI where he is a member of the hiring committee for the next SAMSI Director. He has been an elected member (2012-‐2015) of the Nominating Committee of Section U of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and he received the 2010 ASA Don Owen Award. Dr. Rojo is currently on the Editorial board of the Journal of Nonparametric Statistics, having served as Editor from 2007-‐2011.
Dr. Rojo has collaborated extensively with academicians in México – specifically with faculty at the Center of Mathematical Research (CIMAT) where he was an adjunct professor (2000-2004). Dr. Rojo has been elected to the National System of Researchers (SNI) at the highest level III. He has also organized several international conferences in México and has been a member of various CONACYT committees.
Dr. Rojo grew up, and attended schools up to preparatory school, in Ciudad Juárez where he dreamt about being Mickey Mantle’s successor in center field for the New York Yankees. Although he was selected to play in the Pan-American games representing México, his hopes for a professional baseball career were dashed due to an injury. He now roots for the Oregon State Beavers!
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