Meet SFU’s New Faculty Members

SFU is excited to welcome Donald Estep to the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science. Professor Estep is also the new Scientific Director of the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI) located at SFU’s Big Data Hub.

Where were you prior to SFU?

I was a University Distinguished Professor, University Interdisciplinary Research Scholar, and Chair of the Department of Statistics at Colorado State University. Before that, I was a professor in the School of Mathematics at Georgia Tech for 13 years. I have also spent significant amounts of time at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden and Caltech.

What are your research interests?

My research interests include uncertainty quantification for simulations of complex models, stochastic inverse problems for parameter determination, algorithms for efficient computation, and stochastic modeling of multiscale systems. I have close interdisciplinary collaborations with scientists and engineers in applications including ecology, materials science, detection of black holes, modeling of fusion reaction, analysis of nuclear fuels, hurricane storm surge forecasting, flow in porous media, and electromagnetic scattering. 

What excites you about coming to SFU?

Having the opportunity to join a department of this caliber is an incredible opportunity for me personally. But equally attractive is the significant investment of Simon Fraser University in CANSSI, which demonstrates their appreciation of the central role of statistics in data science. I am excited to work towards expanding CANSSI’s capacity to support the research of the Canadian statistics and data science communities as they tackle the challenges of modern society.