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Nagaraj K. Neerchal
PhD 1986, Iowa State
Professor and Chair
Office: Room MP437
Phone: 410-455-2437
Email: nagaraj@umbc.edu
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Dr. Neerchal obtained his B.S. and M.S. in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute in 1982 and 1983 respectively. He obtained his Ph.D. in Statistics from the Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa in 1986, under the guidance of Distingushed Professor Wayne A. Fuller. His reseach interests revolves around modelling and analysis of correlated observations. More specifically, he works with time series data, overdispersion models and change-point detection. He has been involved with environmental data analysis and several biological applications of statistics. Dr. Neerchal has worked with the Chesapeake Bay monitoring data and a number of Data Quality Objectives processes related to superfund site clean up. Dr. Neerchal is a co-author of "Environmental Statistics with S-PLUS", a well received publication of Chapman Hall/CRC press.

Dr. Neerchal received the Distigushed Achievement Award and Medal from the American Statisical Associon's Section on Statistics and the Environment in 2000.

Dr. Neerchal has held several administrative responsibilities: Interim Chair and Graduate Program Director in the department, Vice president of the Maryland Chapter of American Statisical Association (ASA), Continuing Eductaions Coordinator for the ASA's Section on Statistics and the Environment and Chair of the Committee on Energy Statistics of ASA. He is currently the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UMBC.

Dr. Neerchal lives in Ellicott City, MD, with his family (wife, two kids and his mom). He is an active participant in the Sunday School program of Chinmaya Mission (www.chinmayadc.org) and a fully participating enthusiast of an Indian folk art called Yakshagana (www.yakshagana.com, http://photos.yahoo.com/dcyakshagana).

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