Kathy Ensor

WEBSITE(S)| Dr. Ensor's website | CoFES | Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems | Houston Wastewater Epidemiology

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.

Research Areas

Data science and unique statistical solutions for complex problems. High-dimensional time series and forecasting, spatial processes, machine learning, Bayesian methods, extreme values, stochastic processes and sampling.


Ph.D. Statistics Texas A&M University

M.S. Mathematics, Arkansas State University

B.S.E. Mathematics, Arkansas State University

Teaching Areas

Computational Finance

Societies & Organizations

2021-2023 President, American Statistical Association

Director, Urban Data Platform – Kinder Institute (kinderupd.org)

Director, Center for Computational Finance and Economic Systems

Honors & Awards

2022 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Wastewater Surveillance System Center of Excellence Award

2020 Presidential Mentoring Award, Rice University

2014 Paul Minton Service Award, Southern Regional Council on Statistics

2013 Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

2006 Honoree, Association for Women in Computing – Houston

2000 Elected Fellow, American Statistical Association (ASA)

1998 O. Hartley Award, Department of Statistics, Texas A&M University

1998 Julia Miles Chance Award for Excellence in Teaching, Rice University

1998 Graduate Student Association Teaching Award, Rice University

1988-89-90 Outstanding Faculty Associate, Lovett College, Rice University

1985 Phi Kappa Phi

1981 Mathematics Award for Outstanding Senior, Arkansas State University


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