Steinberg Receives Postdoctoral Achievement Award

September 4, 2015

As part of the 25th anniversary celebration at the NISS-SAMSI reception, the National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) initiated a new award to recognize the extraordinary achievements of some of its former postdocs. NISS announced that Professor Laura J. Steinberg of Syracuse University's College of Engineering and Computer Science received this award, which was presented at the NISS-SAMSI reception at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle, Washington in August. Steinberg received the award "honoring her distinguished career and impact through her leadership in realizing a vision for the intersection of environmental science and statistics," said Nell Sedransk, acting director of NISS, during her presentation of the award. Steinberg credits her experience at NISS with broadening her ability to apply statistics to interdisciplinary problems. “Much of my growth as a researcher and collaborator came from the intense research environment at NISS,” Steinberg says. “I had a set of incredibly talented post-doc peers to work with, and the privilege of being personally mentored by Director Jerry Saks and Associate Director Alan Karr.” Steinberg is a professor and special assistant to the Chancellor at Syracuse University, where she had previously been serving as dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. In her new, university-wide assignment, she will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the University's Campus, Planning, Design and Construction operations. Prior to her becoming dean at Syracuse University, she served as professor and chair of Environmental and Civil Engineering at Southern Methodist University. She received her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from Duke University and was a NISS postdoctoral fellow from 1993 - 1995. Her areas of expertise include environmental modeling and policy, diffusion of innovation, and critical infrastructure protection. About NISS The National Institute of Statistical Sciences was established in 1990 by the national statistics societies and the Research Triangle universities and organizations, with the mission to identify, catalyze and foster high-impact, cross-disciplinary and cross-sector research involving the statistical sciences. NISS is dedicated to strengthening and serving the national statistics community, most notably by catalyzing community members’ participation in applied research driven by challenges facing government and industry. NISS also provides career development opportunities for statisticians and scientists, especially those in the formative stages of their careers. In particular, NISS has appointed more that 70 postdoctoral fellows with graduate training in statistics, computer science, mathematics, environmental sciences, psychometrics and transportation. NISS is located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. For more information about NISS, go to the website You can also learn more about NISS by following our Twitter account, @NISSSAMSI, join the NISS group on LinkedIn and on Facebook.