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Program in Data Analytics

Meet the Director

Dr. Nairanjana “Jan” Dasgupta

Director and Professor of Statistics

My vision for the WSU data analytics program is to enable students to develop critical analysis and communications skills so they can serve as conduits between the non-tech world that generates the data and the tech world that analyzes the data. (Learn more: “Data analytics expert to lead degree program.”)

We have expert faculty teaching our classes and intend to make the data analytics program accessible to different types of learners and to people of different interests. I hope we can convey a feeling of home for our students – so they feel connected to the curriculum and have opportunities to get to know the faculty.

My long-time interest in data and its applications led me to co-chair the WSU working group that first conceptualized the idea of a bachelor of science degree in data analytics. I earned my bachelor’s degree in statistics from Presidency College, Kolkata, and then came to the United States and earned my MS and PhD, both in statistics, from the University of South Carolina. I joined the faculty at Washington State University (WSU) in 1996 and I am currently the Boeing Distinguished Professor of Science and Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Since 2016 I have served as director of the WSU Center of Interdisciplinary Statistics Education and Research (CISER), which provides services in support of WSU researchers in designing data-collection protocols and statistical analysis of the data resulting from research studies. In 2018, I was elected as a fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Beyond my academic interests, I am the mother of two, a teenager and a tween, so I’m very aware of how tech-savvy the new generations are.  I am a voracious reader and love to cook. I love to draw cartoons and write doggerel verse and enjoy trivia and board games.

Dr. Dasgupta Honored with Appointment as Regents Professor

Program in Data Analytics is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Dasgupta to the distinguished rank of Regents Professor. This prestigious honor recognizes Dr. Dasgupta’s exceptional contributions to the university community and her remarkable achievements.

The Regents Professorship is a rare distinction, reserved for no more than 30 faculty members at WSU at any given time. Selection is based on a rigorous process, requiring at least seven years of dedicated service to the university and a sustained record of exceptional scholarship, teaching, and leadership. Each year, colleges are limited to nominating only two candidates for this esteemed position.

Dr. Dasgupta’s selection as a Regents Professor is a testament to her unwavering commitment to academic excellence and her profound impact on WSU. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Dasgupta on this well-deserved recognition.

My Name Is

An original poem by Dr. Dasgupta

My name is…

Of Statistics and Computer Science, I am the unplanned child

My presence in academe has made some administrators wild.


To Mathematics my grandparent, credit is more than due

And to the application domain that often determines my hue.


Topics include ML, SVM, HPC and the ubiquitous AI

Many are enamored and fans, but others do really sigh!


I have immense applications, in possibly every field

Policies, predictions, projections, I am often used to yield


Misrepresentation can happen, so, ethics are a must

Try to focus on the unbiased and results fair and just…


And make sure around me, you mind your pi’s and theta

For as you have guessed, YES, I am the Science of Data!


Nairanjana (Jan) Dasgupta