Don Estep Recognized as University Distinguished Professor

Don Estep, chair of and professor in the Department of Statistics in the College of Natural Sciences, has been named a University Distinguished Professor.

This award is the highest academic recognition awarded by Colorado State University. The award was given to Estep for his outstanding scholarship and achievement and will be recognized for the remainder of his time working with CSU.

Estep, who received his B.A. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1987, was the first at Colorado State University to become a University Interdisciplinary Research Scholar.

Estep’s work symbolizes a commitment to CSU and all he has achieved thus far. Estep is recognized nationally and internationally for his research on the influence of uncertainty quantification for differential equations modeling biological, engineering system, and physical systems. He has also contributed significant research in error estimation and solution of complex scientific models.

Along with the University Distinguished Professor title, Estep has received numerous professional honors including: the Computational and Mathematics Methods in Science and Engineering Prize, the College of Natural Sciences Teaching Award for Graduate Education, the Oliver P. Pennock Distinguished Service Award, the CSU Scholarship Impact Award, the Chalmers University Jubilee Professorship, and appointment as fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

“Professor Estep is one of the most outstanding faculty members at Colorado State University,” wrote College of Natural Sciences Dean Jan Nerger in her nomination letter. He is “a standout among a very elite group of scholars,” she noted, adding that, “the impact of his research is substantial.”

Estep has been with CSU since 2000, first with an appointment in the mathematics department before transitioning full-time to the Department of Statistics in 2014. He was named chair of the department in January.

Congratulations Don!

Don Estep


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