Future Statistics PhD Uses STJR Education in Classroom and Workplace
Posted February 28, 2014
After receiving his
master’s degree in 2010, STJR graduate Jingang Miao stayed at Texas
A&M to pursue a PhD in statistics. Jingang, who had majored in
biomedical English at Peking University in China, now has a
well-rounded background that sets him apart from other
In summer 2013, Jingang did an internship at Capital One bank in
Dallas. This experience showed him that communication skills are
essential for statisticians who interact with businesspeople
frequently. These statisticians study business problems, express
those problems in mathematical language, and then crunch the
numbers to find solutions.
But how do statisticians communicate their solutions to
businesspeople? “You have to prepare the weapons from Dr. Gastel’s
classes, and use good examples and analogies,” he said, referring
to the STJR program coordinator, Dr. Barbara Gastel.
Jingang emphasized that thanks to his communication skills,
academic tasks such as simplifying class materials for
undergraduates he taught and preparing manuscripts for publication
were less challenging. He also pointed out that the program allowed
him to explore different areas of science. “This is very unique; I
don’t see many programs that can allow this much flexibility in a
curriculum,” he said.
Jingang studies logistic regression, a statistical method used
to estimate the probability of an event having occurred (whether a
credit card transaction was fraudulent, for example). After
receiving his PhD in summer 2014, he plans to move to New York City
to work at multinational insurance company AIG.
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