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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center; Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, Rice University
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Weniger Hall, Room 281


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! 


  • Ph.D. in Statistics, University of California Berkeley (Thesis advisor – Erich L. Lehmann)
  • Masters degree in Statistics, Stanford University
  • Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mathematics, University of Texas El Paso

Research Interests

  • Survival analysis
  • Partial orders of distribution functions and related order-restricted inference problems
  • Extreme value theory and tail-heaviness of distributions
  • Nonparametric function estimation
  • Statistical decision theory
  • Random matrices
  • Dimension reduction
  • Obesity/Diabetes health crisis

Selected Publications

  • Rojo, J. (2012), Editor, Selected Works of E. L. Lehmann, Springer-Verlag. [link]
  • Nguyen, T. and Rojo, J. (2009), "Dimension reduction of microarray data in the presence of a censored survival response: a simulation study," Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology, 8(1), Article 4.
  • Rojo, J. (2013). "Heavy-tailed densities," WIREs Comput Stat, 5:30–40. doi: 10.1002/wics.1236.
  • Rojo, J. (1996). "On the Classification of Probability Distributions by Tail Behavior," Journal of The American Statistical Association, 91(433): 378-384.
  • Rojo, J. (1992). "A Pure-Tail Ordering Based on the Ratio of The Quantile Functions," The Annals of Statistics, 20(1): 570-579.

Instructional and Departmental Activities

  • ST 563 Theory of Statistics III
  • ST 652 Linear Model Theory II
  • ST 411/511 Methods of Data Analysis
  • Director of Research for Undergraduates Summer Institute of Statistics @ Oregon State
  • Department committees: Hiring committee for Director of Data Analytics program; Merit review
  • College of Science committee on Faculty Scholars for Teaching Excellence Award

Professional Societies

  • The American Statistical Association
  • The Institute of Mathematical Statistics
  • The Royal Statistical Society
  • The Bernoulli Society
  • The American Association for Public Opinion Research
  • The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • The Eastern North-American Region of the International Biometric Society
  • The American Mathematical Society.