Katherine Bennett Ensor, PhD, is the Noah G. Harding Professor of Statistics in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University where she serves as director of the Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems (CoFES). She also oversees the Kinder Institute Urban Data Platform, a resource for the greater Houston area. She served as chair of the Department of Statistics from 1999 through 2013.
Dr. Ensor develops innovative statistical techniques to answer important questions in science, engineering and business with focus on the environment, energy and finance. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been widely recognized for her leadership, scholarship and mentoring. She is elected to the office of the 117th President Elect of the American Statistical Association’s (ASA) Board of Directors (2021 – 2022) and served as Vice President of ASA’s from 2016-2018. Ensor served on the National Academies Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics (CATS) is currently on the Board of Directors of the NSF Institute on Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM). She holds a BSE and MS in Mathematics from Arkansas State University and a PhD in Statistics from Texas A&M University.