The Statistics and Operations Research Department held its annual Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 12, 2019 in the Genome Science Building. A total of 164 Bachelor’s, 11 Master’s and 8 PhD degrees were awarded during the 2018-2019 academic year. Dr. Stephan Biller, Vice President of IBM Watson IoT and Chief Innovation Officer, provided the keynote speech.
Dr. Nilay Argon, Director of Graduate Studies, presented the graduate students while Dr. Serhan Ziya, Director of Undergraduate Studies presented the undergraduate class including the winners of this year’s Statistics & Analytics academic award, Justin Cabell and Eva Wei. Professor Charles Dunn recognized Grant Hall and Justin Williford for their accomplishments in actuarial studies by awarding them the W. Robert Mann award. Special acknowledgement of Moreau Mo, Yihan Qiu, Yingnan Wu, and Tian Xin, members of the Tarheelytics team which placed second in this year’s Society of Actuaries Student Research Case Study Challenge, was made by Professor Robin Cunningham.