Graduate Students

Some Publications with Graduate Students

Master Degree Students

1. Bradley Dyer
Thesis Title: Optimal Triangulation Algorithm and MatLab Implementation
Graduation Date: May 1999.
Publication: Bradley Dyer and Don Hong, An algorithm for optimal triangulations on $C^1$ quartic spline approximation and MatLab implementation, J. of Computational Analysis and Applications 5(2003), 25--43.
First Job: Instructor, Department of Math and Computer Sciences, Hazard Community College, Hazard, KY.
Current Position: Associate Professor, Department of Math and Computer Sciences, Hazard Community College, Hazard, KY.

2. Yuchun (Anna) Mu
Thesis Title: Wavelets Construction over Triangulations
Graduate Date: August 1999.
Publication: Don Hong and Yuchun Anna Mu, On construction of minimum supported piecewise linear prewavelets over triangulations, In: " Wavelets and Multiresolution Methods," (T.X. He ed.), pp. 181--201, Marcel Decker Pub., New York, 2000.
First Job: Actuary, The St Paul Companies, Inc. 385 Washington Street St. Paul, MN 55102-9947.
Current Position: Actuary, Nationwide companies, property and casualty, Columbus, OH. Email: muy@nationwide.com . FCAS, 2007

3. Hao Gu
Thesis Title: Wavelet Applications in Image Compression (MS in Computer Sciences, co-supervised with Martin Barrett)
Graduate Date: May, 2000.
Publication: Hao Gu, Don Hong , and M. Barrett, On still image compression, J. of Computational Analysis and Applications 5(2003), 45--75.
First Job: Software Engineer, Firstlogic, Inc. , Raleigh, NC.
Current Position: Lead Engineer - Software, PQSO Software Group, Eaton Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA. Email: HaoGu@eaton.com

4. Renee Ferguson
Thesis Title: On Airline Revenue Optimization Problems (MS in Math)
Graduate Date: December 2000.
Publication: Renee Ferguson and Don Hong , On airline revenue optimization problems, J. Concrete and Applicable Math, 5 (2007), 153-167.
First Job and Current Position: Actuary, Office of the Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration, Baltimore, MD.
Email: B.Renee.Ferguson@ssa.gov
Current Position: Statistician, Office of Program Development and Research, Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, SSA, Baltimore, MD.

5. Andrew Sell
Thesis Title: A Punt Returner Location Problem in a Directionalizing Strategy (MS in Math, co-chaired with James Boland)
Graduate Date: December 2000.
First Job: Actuary, Merastar Insurance Company, PO Box 181101, Chattanooga, TN 37414-5336.
Current Position: Product Manager, Northeast Region Kemper Auto and Home, Jacksonville Beach, FL.
Email: wsell@kahg.com

6. Lesley B. Reece
Thesis Title: On Random Rates of Interest
Graduate Date: May 2001.
First Job and Current Position: Actuary, Social Security Administration, Room 700 Altmeyer, 6401 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21235.
Email: Lesley Reece

7. Rusell Mawk
Thesis Title: On Spline Applications to Statistics (MS in Math, co-chaired with Robert Price)
Graduate Date: May 2001.
First Job and Current Position: Actuary, Merastar Insurance Company, PO Box 181101, Chattanooga, TN 37414-5336.
Current Position: Actuary, First Acceptance Insurance Co Inc., Nashville, TN. Email: Rusty Mawk

8. Panrong Xiao
Thesis Title: Image compression using (bi-)orthogonal (spline) wavelets (MS in CS, co-chaired with Martin Barrett)
Graduate Date: May 2001.
Publication: Don Hong, Martin Barrett, and Panrong Xiao, Biorthogonal Spline Wavelets and EZW Coding for Image Compression, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, Vol. 299 (Tarn, Tzyh-Jong; Chen, Shan-Ben; Zhou, Changjiu (Eds.)) , Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2004, pp.281--303.
First Job: Actuarial Analyst/DB Administrator, Lorraine Dorsa & Associates, Jacksonville Beach, FL.
Email: Panrong Xiao

9. Jiansheng Cao
Thesis Title: Construction of smooth wavelets over triangulations.
Graduate Date: August 2002.
Publication: Jiansheng Cao, Don Hong, and Wenjun Huang, Construction of Small Support Piecewise Linear Prewavelets over Type-2 Triangulations, In: Splines and Wavelets: Athens 2005 (G.R. Chen and M.J. Lai Eds.), pp. 105-122, Nashboro Press, Brentwood, 2006.
First Job: actuarial analyst/DB-Administrator, Lorraine Dorsa & Associates, Jacksonville Beach, FL.
Current Position: Pension Actuary, Pension Services, Inc., Miami, FL.
Current Position: Actuary at Pension Services, Inc., Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area Email: Jiansheng Cao

10. Qingbo Xue
Thesis Title: On bivariate piecewise linear wavelets over arbitrary triangulations.
Graduate Date: August 2002.
Publication: Don Hong and Qingbo Xue, Construction of Piecewise Linear Prewavelets over Regular Triangulations, Journal of Concrete and Applicable Mathematics, 4 (2006), 451-471.
First Job: Ph.D. Student, Department of Mathematics, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.
Current Position: Pension Actuary, The Nolan Company, Kansas City, KS.
Email: Qingbo Xue

11. Xiaoyu Mu
Thesis Title: Ruin probabilities with dependent force of interest.
Graduate Date: August 2003.
First Job: Teaching Assistant (Ph.D. Student), Department of Mathematics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.
Email: Xiaoyu Mu or xmu@utk.edu

12. Yong Chen
Thesis Title: Logspline Density Estimation with an Application to Survival Data of Lung Cancer Patients
Graduate Date: August 2004.
First Job: Teaching Assistant, Department of Statistics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106.
Current Position: Graduate Assistant, Quantitative and Computational Finance Program, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332.
Email: Yong Chen or yong.chen@gatech.edu

13. Shuo Chen
Thesis Title: Clustering Analysis of MALDI-TOF MS Data from Lung Cancer Patients
Graduate Date: December 2004.
Publication: Shuo Chen, Don Hong, and Yu Shyr, Wavelet-Based Procedures for Proteomic MS Data Processing, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 52 (2007), 211-220.

First Job: Bioinformatics Systems Engineer, Department of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. Email: Shuo Chen

14. Xingchen Yuan
Thesis Title: Survival Model and Estimation for Lung Cancer Patients
Graduate Date: May 2005.
Publication: Xingchen Yuan, Don Hong, and Yu Shyr, Survival Model and Estimation for Lung Cancer Patients, In: Quantitative Medical Data Analysis Using Math Tools and Statistical Techniques, pp. 201-222, World Scientific Publications, LLC., Singapore, 2007.
First Job: Engineer II, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), Chicago, IL.
Email: Xingchen Yuan

15. Kazem Karimi
Graduate Date: December 2007.
First Job: Actuary, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Tennessee, Chattanooga, TN.
Email: Kazem Karimi

16. Linda Chang
Graduate Date: May 2008.
Current Position: Associates at Bank of China, New York Branch. Email: Linda Chang

17. Adam Niblett
Graduate Date: December 2008.
Current Position: Math Instructor, Northeast Alabama Community College, Rainsville, Alabama. Email: Adam Niblett

18. Fengqing Zhang
Thesis Title: Multivariate Analysis Methods for IMS Data Biomarker Selection and Classification
Graduate Date: May 2010 .
Publication: D. Hong and F.Q. Zhang, Weighted Elastic-Net Model and Applications, Journal of Mathematical Modeling of Natural Phenomena, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2010, pp. 115-133.
First Job: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Statistics, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.
Email: Zoe Zhang
2011 CSGS Master's Thesis Award Recipient

19. Rong Lu
Thesis Title: Optimal Weighted FBAT-Wilcoxon Test for Time-to-onset Analysis of Alzheimer's Disease
Graduate Date: May 2011 .
First Job: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Biostatistics,Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
Email: Rong Lu

20. John Ihrie
Project Title: USING WEB-BASED DATA MINING TOOLS TO EXPLORE SIMILARITIES AMONG DIFFERENT GENETIC PROGNOSIS PREDICTORS OF COLON CANCER
Graduate Date: May 2011.
First Job: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Statistics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
Email: John Ihrie
Current Position: Fellowship at the FDA, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

21. MSPS 2011 Actuarial Graduate: Kyle W. Crump

22. MSPS 2012 Actuarial Graduates: Brent Osantowski, Bruce Williams, Harold D. Tuthill

23. MS in Math 2012 Actuarial Graduate: Yingwei Li

24. MSPS 2013 Actuarial Graduates: Brandon T. Samson, Wilhelmina Dabrah, Min Li, Yu-Cheng Lin, Ying Peng, Caleb Shimberg Lianlian Zhou, Mengjia Zhou

25. MS in Math 2013 Actuarial Graduate: Taotao Ding, Safder Khan, Jianxin Yang, Houston Higgs

26. MSPS 2014 Actuarial Graduates: Cliff W. Bowman, Brent Carpenetti, Ryan Farar, Dimple Mirpuri, Ningyuan Liang, Chuanlun Liu, Gabriel Owiredu-Boateng, Tian Zhang

27. Le Yin
MS Thesis/Project: Trend Analysis Methods and Algorithms
Graduate Date: May 2014 (expected).
Email: Le Yin

28. Menghan (Sarah) Lin
MS Thesis/Project: TBA
Graduate Date: May 2014 (expected).
Email: Sarah Lin

29. Ye Ye
MS Thesis/Project: TBA
Graduate Date: May 2014 (expected).
Email: Ye Ye

30. MSPS 2015 Actuarial Graduates: Lauren Chrisman, Adam French, Andy Grifin, James F. Walls, Wuyan Li, Kimberly N. Page, Tania Pierce, Zixun Qin, Dylan E. Royal, Jennifer M. Seat, Alemayehu Z. Wolde, Yini Yu, Lucy Zhang, Yongqin Zhang

Ph. D. Degree Students

1. Lu (Gary) Xiong
Ph.D. Dissertation: TBA
Graduate Date: May 2014 (expected).
Email: Lu Xiong

2. Marqun Martin
Ph.D. Dissertation: TBA
Graduate Date: May 2014 (expected).
Email: Marqun Martin

3. Shuzhe (Luke) Xu

Ph.D. Dissertation: TBA
Graduate Date: May 2015 (expected).
Email: Shuzhe Xu

4. Jingsai Liang
Ph.D. Dissertation: TBA
Graduate Date: May 2016 (expected).
Email: Jingsai Liang

5. Xin Yang
Ph.D. Dissertation: TBA
Graduate Date: May 2016 (expected).
Email: Xin Yang