Congratulations to our Associate Professor Daniel McDonald on his role as the Regional Representative on the board of directors representing Alberta, British Columbia, and Yukon of the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC). His new role began on July 1, 2023 and he will serve until June 30, 2025.
Daniel has been a faculty member in our department since 2020. Before joining UBC, Daniel spent 8 years on the faculty at Indiana University, Bloomington. Daniel did his undergraduate studies at Indiana University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Music with a concentration in Cello Performance from the Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics in 2012 from Carnegie Mellon University in Statistics, and his dissertation was awarded the Umesh Gavasakar Memorial Thesis Award. In 2017, he was a recipient of the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award. In 2018, he received a National Science Foundation CAREER award.
His research interests involve the development and analysis of statistical methodology, especially the estimation and quantification of prediction risk. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of his work has focused on methods for understanding and modelling epidemiological data. He is a core member of the BC COVID-19 Modelling Group, and he works on research, forecasting, nowcasting, and software development with Carnegie Mellon University's Delphi Research Group.