Kaizheng Wang is awarded a Harold W. Dodds Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year. Established in 1957 by an anonymous donor in honor of Princeton’s 15th president, this fellowship acknowledges Kaizheng's distinguished work in the Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering. The Graduate School awards Honorific Fellowships to exceptional students across all divisions in their later years of study. The Honorific Fellowships recognize outstanding performance and professional promise, and represent high commendation from the Princeton University Graduate School.
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ORFE graduate students Bachir El Khadir and Cong Ma received the SEAS Award for Excellence. Given to advanced graduate students who performed at the highest level as scholars and researchers, this award highlights their commitment to excellence. Bachir, advised by ORFE Professor Amir Ali Ahmadi, is "broadly interested in the interplay between algebraic optimization techniques and their application to dynamical systems. He is also interested in bringing tools from dynamical systems to learning theory, optimization and robotics.” Cong, co-advised by ORFE Professor Jianqing Fan, focuses his research on developing provably efficient estimation and inference methods for extracting “actionable” knowledge from large-scale and high-dimensional data.
Professor Racz has received the Fall 2018 SEAS Innovation Award for his proposal titled “Network Disruption and the Spread of Misinformation”. This award, from the James Mi *91 Fund, will support Professor Racz's research proposal for two years.
In his proposal, Professor Racz states “This project will bring together modern tools in algorithms, data science, network science, and probability for an innovative approach to the problem of network disruption and the spread of misinformation, leading to ways to quantify, control, and regulate its impact on democracy.”
ORFE graduate student Joe Zhong received the SIAM Student Paper Prize for his paper titled “Near-Optimal Bounds for Phase Synchronization”. This paper was a joint work with Princeton University Assistant Professor Nicolas Boumal of the Mathematics Department. Joe received this award at the 2018 SIAM Annual meeting, which took place in Portland, Oregon.
Professors Fan and Ahmadi have made the Princeton Engineering Commendation List for Outstanding Teaching. Professor Fan taught ORF/FIN 504, Financial Econometrics and Professor Ahmadi taught ORFE 523, Convex and Conic Optimization. This recognition will be published in the Daily Princetonian this Fall.
Professor Fan has received a new National Institutes of Health grant to develop and use statistics and machine learning techniques, to discover the potential genes and biomarkers related to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The scientific goal is to develop and apply statistical machine learning methods mainly to the study of AD, a chronic neurodegenerative disease.
As a critical issue that plagues our population today, AD demands immediate attention from health and scientific researchers. Big Data transcends the mathematical field and has valuable applications in the medical and sociological dimensions. This project can unite basic research with cutting-edge statistical tools to educate future students and researchers on how to effectively analyze large amounts of data that pose various statistical obstacles.