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Javier Rojo

Seneca C. and Mary B. Weeks Endowed Chair in Statistics / Chair, Mathematics and Statistics

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  • Ph.D. in Statistics, University of California, Berkeley (1984)
  • M.S. in Statistics, Stanford University (1978)
  • M.S. in Mathematics, University of Texas, El Paso (1976)
  • B.S. in Mathematics (minor in Physics), University of Texas, El Paso (1973)


Javier Rojo is currently the Seneca C. and Mary B. Weeks endowed chair of statistics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Nevada at Reno. Prior to moving to Reno, he was Professor of Statistics at Rice University from 2001 to 2013. He was also assistant professor (1984-1990), associate professor (1990-1995), and professor (1995-2000) of statistics in the Mathematical Sciences Department at the University of Texas at El Paso where he was the founding director of the BioStatistical Laboratory. Dr. Rojo has also been program director at the National Science Foundation (1997-1999), and has served on several National Academy of Sciences and Institute of Medicine committees. He is an adjunct professor at the MD Anderson Cancer Center and has been elected fellow to several learned societies such as the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Statistical Association, the Royal Statistical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He was a member of the National Science Foundation Division of Mathematical Sciences committee of visitors in 2013 where he chaired two subcommittees. He also chaired the Committee on Fellows of the American Statistical Association (ASA) in 2004. His research experiences for undergraduates program RUSIS@UNR has been recognized in 2014 by the American Mathematical Society with the award "Programs that make a difference" and he has been appointed to the scientific advisory committee of the Mathematical Biology Institute at Ohio State. He is an elected member (2012-2015) of the Nominating Committee of Section U of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of the 2010 ASA Don Owen Award.

Dr. Rojo attended schools, up to preparatory school, in Ciudad Juárez and has collaborated extensively with academicians in México - specifically with faculty at the Center of Mathematical Research (CIMAT) and has been elected to the National System of Researchers (SNI) at the highest level III. He has also organized several international conferences in Mexico and has been a member of various CONACYT committees.

Dr. Rojo's research interests include survival analysis, nonparametric function estimation, statistical decision theory, random matrices, and dimension reduction techniques. In addition, Dr. Rojo has followed for several years the developing obesity health crisis in Mexico and Latin America. In addition the dynamics of commerce along the border have been of great interest to him ever since NAFTA came to being. Dr. Rojo is currently on the Editorial boards of the Journal of Nonparametric Statistics, having served as Editor from 2007-2011.

Dr. Rojo received his BS in mathematics from the University of Texas at El Paso, an MS in statistics from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of California at Berkeley under the direction of Erich L. Lehmann.


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