PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University Decision Sciences professor Sung K. Ahn has been named WSU’s latest recipient of a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant. The grant, in economics, will send him to Thailand.
Starting July 14, Ahn will spend four weeks as a consultant and educator at Prince of Songkla University in Hat Yai, in southern Thailand. He will consult on its master’s program in applied statistics and econometrics. And, he will conduct a workshop on forecasting using time series and econometric models and teach a short course on multivariate statistical analysis.
The Fulbright Senior Specialist program is only about two years old. It is designed to complement the 55-year-old, well-known Fulbright Scholar Program that sends U.S. academics and professionals to 140 countries to teach and research for terms ranging from three months to an academic year.
The senior specialist program provides shorter term grants, typically of two to six weeks, and is aimed to increase the number of people who have the opportunity to go abroad on Fulbright support. Grantees can undertake a broader range of activities than typically available to Fulbright Scholars, such as conducting teacher training, developing and assessing curricula or educational materials, leading seminars and workshops, and conducting needs assessments and survey research.
Ahn is just the fifth Fulbright Senior Specialist to be named from WSU, and the second in the College of Business and Economics. Seven professors in the college have been Fulbright Scholars. According to the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (which administers the Fulbright programs), 32 from WSU have been Fulbright Scholars (some more than once), and 23 international scholars have come to WSU in the past decade.
Ahn joined WSU in 1989. He earned his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His Master of Science degree in statistics is from Wright State University. He received his Bachelor of Science in computer science and statistics from Seoul National University in Korea. He received the Outstanding Faculty Research/Scholarship Award from the College of Business and Economics in 1997.
Ahn’s current areas of research interest are multivariate time series analysis, multivariate statistical analysis, econometrics, business forecasting and applied financial econometrics. He has taught courses on mathematical and business statistics, and regression, multivariate, time series and decision analysis. He is a member of the graduate faculty in the business college.
Ahn a member of the WSU advisory committee on computing and telecommunications and president of the North American chapter of the Korean Statistical Society. He was recently appointed an associate editor of the “Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation.” He has received several Boeing international travel grants, and has been a visiting professor at the Pohang University of Science and Technology in Korea, the University of Maryland-College Park and the University of Tennessee.
Ahn’s complete vita is available online at http://www.wsu.edu/~ahn/VITA_AHN.pdf.