Leonard (Len) Stefanski has been named Drexel Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University.
A respected mentor and researcher, Stefanski is known internationally for his work in measurement error models. His method of simulation extrapolation (SIMEX) is widely used in the field, and he is one of the authors of the book, Measurement Error in Nonlinear Models, published in 1995. A second edition of this widely used publication, titled Measurement Error in Nonlinear Models: A Modern Perspective, was released in 2005. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Theory and Methods Section.
Stefanski joined the NC State Department of Statistics as an assistant professor in 1986. He was promoted to associate professor in 1989 and became a full professor in 1994. He has served as co-director of the graduate program and is a key member of the department’s National Science Foundation VIGRE (Vertical Integration of Research and Education) program, which has become a national model for the comprehensive education of statisticians and training future problem solvers. He also serves as the associate head of the department.
Stefanski earned his B.S. in mathematics and statistics from the University of Connecticut and his M.S. and Ph.D. in statistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Drexel Professorship was created in 1968 by a corporate gift from Drexel Enterprises. The company is now part of the company known as Drexel Heritage Furniture, headquartered in Thomasville, NC.