Mathematics professor named distinguished professor at Ball State (10/12/00)

 MUNCIE, Ind. Ė Mir Masoom Ali has been named the George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Statistics at Ball State University.

Ali, a mathematical sciences professor at Ball State since 1969, is being honored with the professorship due to his outstanding dedication to the university.

"He has served the university, the college and the department for the past 30 years in spectacular fashion," said Dale Umbach, chair of the mathematical sciences department. "His teaching has always been of the highest quality and his research record is truly outstanding."

Aliís service to the university also includes the establishment of a statistics program, journal editorship and establishment of a biopharmaceutical statistics conference held at Ball State annually since 1978.

His accomplishments were recognized in 1998 when he was inducted as a fellow by the American Statistical Association.

Aliís professional career began in 1957 as a field officer for the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh. He was a research officer until 1966 before becoming a teaching assistant at the University of Toronto from 1966-69. He joined the Ball State faculty in 1969 as an assistant professor. Ali was promoted to associate professor in 1974 and to full professorship in 1978.

He received his bachelorís and masterís degrees in statistics from the University of Dhaka and obtained a masterís and doctorate in mathematical statistics from the University of Toronto.

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