Rebecca W. Doerge:
Dean, Mellon College of Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Rebecca Doerge is Dean of the Mellon College of Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to August 2016, Dean Doerge was the Trent and Judith Anderson Distinguished Professor of Statistics, Purdue University. She joined Purdue in 1995 where she held a joint appointment between the Colleges of Agriculture (Department of Agronomy) and Science (Department of Statistics).
Professor Doerge's research program is focused on Statistical Bioinformatics, a component of bioinformatics that brings together many scientific disciplines into one arena to ask, answer, and disseminate biologically interesting information in the quest to understand the ultimate function of DNA and epigenomic associations. Rebecca is the recipient the Teaching for Tomorrow Award, Purdue, 1996; University Scholar Award, Purdue, 2001-2006; and the Provost's Award for Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor, Purdue, 2010. She is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association (2007), an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), and a Fellow of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (2009). Professor Doerge has published over 100 scientific articles, published two books, and graduated 25 PhD students.
Professor Doerge was born and raised in upstate New York. She studied theoretical Mathematics at the University of Utah, and it was there that she gained an interest in both computing and Human Genetics. She obtained her PhD in Statistics from North Carolina State University under the direction of Bruce Weir, and was a postdoctoral fellow with Gary Churchill, Biometry and Plant Breeding, Cornell University.
As Head of Statistics Rebecca managed the department through three years (2008, 2010, 2011) of budget reductions, while working to both expand educational offerings and grow fundable research activity. Under her leadership, the number of undergraduate students doubled, the budget balanced, and tenured female faculty doubled.