I am Harsha Perera : An avid sports fan

Undergraduate Program Chair and Faculty Advisor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science



  • Ph.D. Statistics -Simon Fraser University, 2015

  • M.Sc. Statistics -Simon Fraser University, 2011

  • B.Sc. Statistics/Computer Science/Physics – University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, 2008

Scholarships & Awards

  • The President’s Ph.D. scholarship for 2014-2015 at Simon Fraser University (SFU).

  • Randy Sitter Graduate Scholarship in Statistics and Actuarial Science 2010-2011 at SFU.

  • Graduate Fellowships: Awarded for academic achievements in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs at SFU.

  • Coomaraswamy Prize for Science, awarded for the best academic performance in Physical Sciences, 2008, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.


  • STAT 100 - Chance and Data Analysis (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, Summer 2019)

  • STAT 101- Introduction to Statistics (Fall 2017)

  • STAT 201- Statistics for the Life Sciences (Fall 2020)

  • STAT 203- Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences (Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Summer 2017, Summer 2018, Summer 2019)

  • STAT 285 - Intermediate Probability and Statistics (Spring 2019)

  • STAT 350 - Linear Models in Applied Statistics (Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Fall 2019)

  • STAT 430- Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments (Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020)


The book and subsequent movie, Moneyball, revealed the power of analytics in sports. At Simon Fraser University, professor Tim Swartz and Harsha Perera have completed advanced analytics research in the sport of cricket. Cricket is the second biggest sport in the world after soccer, and has a fan base of more than 2.5 billion people. For Harsha, being a huge fan of cricket, coming from Sri Lanka to SFU to combine his love for sports and academics was a dream come true.

Say hello..

Mailing Address:

Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science,

Simon Fraser University,

8888 University Drive,

Burnaby BC, V5A 1S6






Harsha Perera