Faculty Spotlight

peispotlight.jpgPei Wang | Assistant Professor

What kind of education and experience did you have before joining the faculty at Miami?

I obtained my bachelor’s degree in information and computational science from Zhejiang University of Technology, China, and my master’s and doctoral degrees in statistics from the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Kentucky, respectively. I had great experience in multidisciplinary research that involves the development and applications of statistical methods (e.g., dimension reduction, variable selection). By working as a teaching assistant and an instructor, I also got valuable experience in teaching for both major and nonmajor undergraduate students.

What attracted you to join Miami's Department of Statistics?

First, Miami University, including the Department of Statistics has a national reputation for its strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. Second, there is an excellent group of statisticians with dynamic and innovative research environments in the Department of Statistics that provides great opportunities for collaborations with colleagues within and without the department. Finally, the College Town Oxford is peaceful while full of energy which is attractive to me.

What have you learned about the university, your department, and overall community since arriving?

I had a virtual interview therefore I didn’t have the chance to visit the campus. Since arriving, I have had a lot of chances to meet many colleagues through orientations and seminars and learnt a lot of history and interesting traditions about the campus. After my first semester, I am impressed about how the faculty members tried to improve their professional skills to help students. Overall, it is a professional and very friendly community.

How do you describe what you do to people who don't know anything about statistics?

To those who don’t know anything about statistics, the first thing I would do is to introduce the importance of statistical skills and the broad applications of statistics to a scientific, industrial, or social problem. My goal is to provide them with a basic understanding about the statistics that are associated with data collection, organization, analysis, interpretation, and presentation. In classes, I would like to combine the concepts, examples, and the real scenarios to make the lectures easy to follow. The students are expected to be equipped with the corresponding statistical knowledge and the ability to deal with some real problems.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like cooking and movies. Comedy and horror movies are my favorite. I also enjoy traveling with families and friends for vacations to taste and experience new things.