Trivellore Raghunathan has been appointed director of the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research.
“I am very pleased to make this appointment, which has the strong and unanimous support of both SRC and ISR leadership,” said ISR Director James Jackson. “I look forward to continue developing a strong working relationship with Raghu in his challenging position leading ISR’s largest Center.
“And I also want to extend my sincere thanks to current SRC Director Bill Axinn, who has worked tirelessly over the last four-and-a-half years to provide outstanding leadership to the center.”
Raghunathan, who will begin his five-year term as director on Sept. 1, is a research professor at ISR and a professor of biostatistics at the School of Public Health, where he also serves as chair of the Department of Biostatistics and director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health.
His research interests span several areas in statistics including Bayesian methods, survey design and analysis, and analytic techniques for handling missing data. He developed a widely used open-source software program called IVEWARE for handling multiple imputation analysis.
He is the author or co-author of more than 170 publications in peer-reviewed journals, on subjects including cardiovascular health and cancer prevention.
Ragunathan joined U-M in 1994. He served as director of the Survey Methodology Program at ISR from 1997 to 2001 and continues to serve on the faculty of the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland.
Raghunathan was born in the central India city of Nagpur and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science from Nagpur University. He came to the U.S. in 1980 and received a master’s degree in statistics from Miami University and a doctorate in statistics from Harvard University in 1987. He was an assistant professor of statistics at the University of Washington before coming to U-M.
A fellow of the American Statistical Association, Raghunathan was named the Richard D. Remington Lecturer by the American Heart Association in 2012.