We are pleased to announce that former UW Statistics Ph.D student and alumna, Marloes Maathuis, has been awarded the prestigious 2020 Van Dantzig Award. The prize is considered the highest Dutch award in statistics and operations research and is awarded once every five years. The award was announced at the annual meeting of the Netherlands Society for Statistics and Operations Research (VVSOR), which took place on March 12, 2020.

About Marloes Maathuis

Marloes Maathuis is a Professor of Statistics in ETH Zurich. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Washington in 2006, advised by Professors Jon Wellner and Piet Groeneboom (Technical University of Delft). Her dissertation was on “Nonparametric Estimation for Current Status Data with Competing Risks”. In addition, Marloes was an advisor of Emilija Perkovic, who is currently an Acting Assistant Professor and will soon join our department in a new role as an Assistant Professor in Winter quarter 2021.

Marloes Maathuis's research focuses on causal inference, graphical models, high-dimensional statistics, and interdisciplinary applications at the interface between biology, epidemiology and statistics. Her contributions to causal inference are considered pioneering and have opened up fundamental new possibilities in this field. The jury especially highlighted her work on computational and theoretical aspects of high-dimensional causal structure learning.

About Van Dantzig Award

The Van Dantzig Award is named after the mathematician David van Dantzig, founder of statistics and operations research in the Netherlands. It is awarded every five years by the VVSOR to a scientist not older than 40 who contributed significantly to developments in statistics and operations research.