Jean Opsomer is Professor and Past Chair in the Department of Statistics at Colorado State University, which he joined in 2007. Previously, he was 12 years at Iowa State as a faculty member in the Department of Statistics affiliated with the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology. He obtained an MBA from University of Chicago and a PhD in Operations Research from Cornell University. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.
Opsomer's research interests are in nonparametric methods and survey statistics. While he is still active in the former topic, the majority of his research and interdisciplinary collaborations are currently in surveys. His methodological and theoretical work is frequently motivated by open questions that arise within federal statistical agencies with whom he has long-term collaborations, including NOAA, NSF, USDA and Census. Currently on-going research initiatives are focusing on the introduction of shape-constrained methods in survey estimation (jointly with CSU colleague Mary Meyer) and several interdisciplinary projects with survey components on a range of topics (methane emissions, forest health assessment, public health, agricultural erosion).