Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Matthias Schonlau was a statistician at RAND and head of the Rand Statistical Consulting Service. Before joining Rand's Pittsburgh office in 2005, he worked at RAND's Santa Monica headquarters. From 1997-1999 he held a joint appointment with the National Institute of Statistical Sciences and AT&T Labs - Research In 1997.
Professor Schonlau spent the 2015/2016 academic year on sabbatical at the University of Auckland. He also spent the academic year 2009/2010 on sabbatical at the German Institute for economic analysis (DIW) in Berlin, Germany. The DIW hosts the longest running household panel in Germany, SOEP. The sabbatical was made possible in cooperation with the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB).
Professor Schonlau's research interests include applied survey sampling and survey methodology, statistical machine learning from text data such as open-ended questions as well as software implementation.