Alumni Profile: Guosheng Yin, PhD
Professor and Head of Department, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, The University of Hong Kong
Describe your current position
I am currently a professor in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, at The University of Hong Kong. From September 2017, I will be the Head of Department, which involves many administration responsibilities. My research interests include clinical trial design and analysis, Bayesian adaptive design, survival analysis, machine learning, high-dimensional data etc. Our department is a traditional one, with a regular teaching load of three courses per year and research in various areas of statistics and actuarial science.
List your career highlights
– Head, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, The University of Hong Kong (2017)
– Tenured Full Professor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, The University of Hong Kong (2014)
– Elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association(2013)
– Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (2012)
What would you consider to be your greatest achievement in your professional career and why?
Head of Department (beginning in 2017). This position will shift my focus to more administration duties. My main goals are to develop better structured curriculum for both undergraduate and graduate teaching, enhance our research program, improve the ranking of the department, and increase the influence of statistics in the scientific community.
What is your first memory of Chapel Hill or the Department of Biostatistics?
During the orientation in 1998, the department chair at that time, Dr. Ed Davis, said that “we guarantee everyone from this department can find a job.” That was impressive and also true. I was a physics major, and there is no such thing in physics unfortunately.
What is one thing a Biostatistics student should do before graduating?
Internship, which may help students to gain experience in industry and more exposure to real data and real problems.