Prof. Philippe Rigollet has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, effective July, 1, 2011. The title of his project is "Large Scale Stochastic Optimization and Statistics". Prof. Rigollet will study a unified treatment of a number of large scale problems emerging from statistical learning and from optimization under uncertainty in general. The goal is to build new and effective algorithms, together with a novel theoretical framework that supports the analysis of stochastic optimization problems and enables further improvements of these algorithms. The CAREER Award is the most prestigious award from the NSF in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.