Professor Edward J. Wegman received his B.S. in mathematics degree from St. Louis University in 1965. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mathematical statistics from the University of Iowa, the latter degree in 1968. Subsequently, he spent 10 years on the faculty of the world-class Department of Statistics at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Wegman's early career focused on the development of aspects of the theory of mathematical statistics. In 1978, Professor Wegman went to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) where he was the Head of the Mathematical Sciences Division. In this role, he had responsibility Navy-wide for basic research programs in applied mathematics, statistics and probability, systems theory, operations research, discrete mathematics, communication theory, and numerical analysis and computational architectures. In addition, he was responsible for a variety of cross-disciplinary areas including such projects as mathematical models of biological intelligence, mathematical methods for remote sensing, and topological methods in chemistry. As part of his duties at the Office of Naval Research, coined the phrase, computational statistics, and developed a high profile research area around this concept. The idea was to focus on techniques and methodologies which could not be achieved without the capabilities of modern computing resources. This program led to a revolution in contemporary statistical graphics. Dr. Wegman was the original program director of the basic research program in Ultra High Speed Computing at the Strategic Defense Initiative's Innovative Science and Technology Office (Star Wars Program). As the SDI program officer, Dr. Wegman was responsible for programs in software development tools, highly parallel architectures and optical computing.
Dr. Wegman came to George Mason University in 1986 with an extensive background in both theoretical statistics and computing technology, with an extensive knowledge of the considerable data analytic problems associated with large scale scientific and technical databases and with a strong motivation to develop the computational and methodological tools to address these problems. Soon after coming, he launched the Center for Computational Statistics and developed the M.S. in Statistical Science degree program. He was involved with the development of the Institute for Computational Science and Informatics, now the School of Computational Sciences, and the Ph.D. program in Computational Sciences and Informatics at George Mason University.
He has been consultant to a variety of governmental and private sector organizations including the states of North Carolina and Ohio, the U.S. Navy and the Executive Office of Management and Budget. He has organized some fifteen major workshops and conferences, including the 1988, the 2002, and the 2006 Symposia on the Interface of Computing Science and Statistics. He has served as associate editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Statistics and Probability Letters, Communications in Statistics, the Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, the Naval Research Logistics Quarterly, now Naval Research Logistics, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis and the Journal of Nonparametric Statistics. Dr. Wegman completed a four-year term as the Theory and Methods editor of the prestigious Journal of the American Statistical Association. He is the founder of the Interface Foundation of North America, Inc., which is the host organization for the Symposia on the Interface of Computing Science and Statistics. The Interface Foundation in conjunction with the American Statistical Association and the Institute for Mathematical Statistics has launched the interdisciplinary Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics. Dr. Wegman served in national office in the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served as President of the International Association for Statistical Computing. He has published more than 160 papers and eight books. His professional stature has been recognized by his election as Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Washington Academy of Science and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. In addition he was elected as a Senior Member of IEEE. Dr. Wegman has been elected to membership in the International Statistical Institute. Dr. Wegman has also received numerous Navy awards including the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. Wegman has received the 1990 Distinguished Faculty Award and the 1999 Outstanding Research Award from George Mason University, the 1999 Army Wilks Medal from the U.S. Army, the 2002 Founder's Award from the Ameican Statistical Association, and the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Iowa. He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the South and Southeast, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who among Entrepreneurs, Who's Who in Leading American Executives, Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and American Men and Women of Science. Dr. Wegman is the Bernard J. Dunn Professor of Information Technology and Applied Statistics, the Chair of the Data Sciences Program in the School of Computational Sciences, and the Director of the Center for Computational Statistics. He was the founding Chair of the Department of Applied and Engineering Statistics.