Jianqing Fan

Jianqing Fan

Fellow: Awarded 2009
Field of Study: Statistics

Competition: US & Canada

Princeton University

Jianqing Fan is the Frederick L. Moore ’18 Professor of Finance, Professor of Statistics, and Director of the Committee on Statistical Studies at Princeton University. Currently he is also President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, coeditor of the Royal Economics Society publication Econometrics Journal, and associate editor of four other journals of statistics.

He is coeditor (with G. Li) of Contemporary Multivariate Analysis and Design of Experiments (World Scientific, 2005) and (with K. Hira) Frontiers in Statistics (London: Imperial College Press, 2006); the coauthor of the monographs Local Polynomial Modelling and its Applications (London: Chapman and Hall, 1996), with I. Gijbels, and Nonlinear Time Series: Nonparametric and Parametric Methods (Springer-Verlag, 2003), with Q. Yao; and the author or coauthor of about 150 articles.

Born in Fujian, China, Mr. Fan received his B.S. in mathematics (1982) at the age of nineteen from Fudan University, and his M.Phil. in statistics (1985) from the Institute of Applied Mathematics of the Chinese Academy of Science. A Regents Fellowship and University Fellowship from the University of California, Berkeley, supported his doctoral work in statistics there; he was granted a Ph.D., as well as the Evelyn Fix Memorial Medal, from Berkeley in 1989.

Mr. Fan first joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1989 as an assistant professor; he was promoted to full professor in 1999; in 1996, UNC awarded him the Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement. During his fourteen years at Chapel Hill, he also held appointments as Professor at UCLA (1997-2000) and as Professor of Statistics and Chairman at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (2000-03). He took up his current appointment as Professor at Princeton University in 2003.

His work in the fields of financial econometrics and risk management, computational biology, nonparametric and semiparametric modeling, nonlinear time series, to name few of his areas of expertise, has been supported by the NSF, NIH, and NSA, and has earned him numerous awards: the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies’ Presidents’ Award (2000), as the outstanding statistician under age 40; the Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2006); the Morningside Gold Medal for Applied Mathematics (2007), awarded every three years the International congress for Chinese Mathematicians to the outstanding mathematician of Chinese Decent under age 45. He has also been an invited speaker to the International Congress of Mathematicians (2006) and the Myrto Lefkopoulou Distinguished Lecturer (2006) at the Harvard School of Public Health.

He is a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and American Statistical Association, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, Mr. Fan will study feature selection and statistical learning in ultrahigh dimensional space.


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