Focus and Current Research

Professor Cochran's research interests include statistical methods, statistical learning, inference, sample based and Bayesian optimization, and applications of statistics and operations research to real problems from a wide variety of areas including medicine, social & economic development, politics/elections, sports, finance, economics, engineering, marketing, accounting, and education. He has published over 40 articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and seven textbooks in statistics, analytics, and operations research. Professor Cochran has served as a consultant for many companies, government agencies, and NPOs, and he was a founding co-chair of Statistics without Borders and a member of the founding committee for INFORMS Pro Bono Analytics initiative. In 2008 Dr. Cochran received the INFORMS Prize for the Teaching of OR/MS Practice, in 2010 he received the Mu Sigma Rho Statistical Education Award, and in 2011 he was named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. In 2014 he received the American Statistical Association’s Founders Award, in 2015 he received the Karl E. Peace Award for outstanding statistical contributions for the betterment of society, in 2017 he received the American Statistical Association’s Waller Distinguished Teaching Career Award and was named a Fellow of INFORMS, and in 2018 he received the INFORMS President's Award.