Mark Daniel Ward

 Mark Daniel Ward


Professor of Statistics, Associate Director of Actuarial Science 



HILL C129 

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B.S., Denison University, Mathematics and Computer Science, 1999
M.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison, Applied Mathematical Sciences, 2003
Ph.D., Purdue University, Mathematics with Specialization in Computational Science, 2005 

Research Areas

Analysis and Design of Algorithms and Data Structures, Analytic Combinatorics, Applied Probability, Asymptotics, Data Compression, Game Theory, Information Theory, Pattern Matching, Probability Theory, Probability and Analysis, Random Structures, Random Walk, Symbolic Computation, Tree Structures 

Notable Awards

  • Mu Sigma Rho William D. Warde Statistics Education Award, 2016

  • College of Science Undergraduate Advising Award, 2015-2016

  • Fellow of the Purdue University Teaching Academy, 2015-2019

  • Most Outstanding Faculty, Favorite Faculty Program, 2015-2016

  • Statistics Advising Award, 2015-2016

  • College of Science Team Award, 2014-2015

  • Managing Editor, Applicable Analysis and Discrete Mathematics, 2014-2019

  • College of Science Graduate Student Mentoring Award, 2012-2013

  • Editorial Board, Applicable Analysis and Discrete Mathematics, 2012-2019

  • Excellence in Research Award, 2012-2016

  • Junior Oberwolfach Fellow, Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach (MFO) in Germany, 2011

  • College of Science Team Award, 2011-2012

  • Excellence in Research / Seed for Success, 2011-2012

  • College of Science Undergraduate Advising Award, February 2010

  • College of Science Interdisciplinary Award, 2010-2011

  • Teaching for Tomorrow Award, 2010

  • College of Science Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Teaching by an Assistant Professor, 2009-2010

  • Department of Statistics Outstanding Assistant Professor Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2009

  • Good Teaching Award (University of Pennsylvania) in Math 104, 2007

  • Top Ten Outstanding Teachers in College of Science, 2007-2008

  • Good Teaching Award (University of Pennsylvania) in Math 104 and Math 580, 2006

  • Good Teaching Award (University of Pennsylvania) in Math 104 and Math 432, 2005

  • Actuarial Science Program Scholarship, Purdue University, 2004

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Purdue University, 2004

  • GAANN Fellowship in Computational Science and Engineering, Purdue University, 2002-2005

  • Frederick N. Andrews Fellowship in Mathematics, Purdue University, 2001-2002

  • B.S. degree awarded Summa Cum Laude, Denison University, 1999

  • GAANN Fellowship in Mathematics and Computation in Engineering, Wisconsin, 1999-2001

  • Phi Beta Kappa (Denison University), 1999

  • Anderson Science Scholarship (Full tuition Denison University, 1 of 2 selected), 1995-1999

  • Faculty Scholarship for Achievement (Full tuition Denison University), 1995-1999


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