News archive - June 2022

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Congratulations Yue (Henry) Weng, winner of the 2022 Samuel Eckler Medal in Actuarial Science

Yue (Henry) Weng, Eckler winner

The Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science is pleased to announce Yue (Henry) Weng as the winner of the Samuel Eckler Medal in Actuarial Science. Henry graduated in Spring 2022 with a triple major in Actuarial Science, Statistics, and Combinatorics & Optimization.

Award description: 

This prize was established to recognize the contribution of Samuel Eckler to the actuarial profession and is provided by Eckler Partners. The medal, which is cast in gold, is awarded each year to the outstanding graduating student in Honours Actuarial Science.

"Henry is one of the most talented students I have taught at the University of Waterloo. His analytical skills are amazing. A well-deserved medal for him."

Jun Cai, Professor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Pengfei Li Won the 2022 CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics

Pengfei Li

Professor Pengfei Li of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Waterloo was the winner of the 2022 CRM-SSC Prize in Statistics. The award recognizes a statistical scientist’s excellence and accomplishments in research during the first fifteen years after earning his/her doctorate (or equivalent degree). It is awarded annually by the Centre de recherches mathématiques (CRM) and the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) and is widely viewed as the most prestigious honor for mid-career researchers in the field of statistics in Canada. The citation of the award reads:

“To Pengfei Li, for ground-breaking and pioneering research contributions to the EM-test for the order of finite mixture models; for original and creative methodological developments in the areas of the empirical likelihood, density ratio models, statistical genetics, non-probability sampling; for exceptional research productivity; and excellence in statistical education.”

The award was announced at the 2022 Annual Meeting (virtual) of the Statistical Society of Canada. An article detailing the research and some personal stories of Professor Pengfei Li will become available later in the summer on the SSC website.

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