Michael Stein

Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professor, Department of Statistics

College Master, Physical Sciences Collegiate Division

University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise:

  • Spatial-temporal processes
  • Statistical approaches to processing large environmental data

Stein graduated from MIT in 1980 with a B.S. in mathematics and received his M.S. and Ph.D. in statistics from Stanford in 1982 and 1984. After spending a year at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, he joined the faculty at the University of Chicago, where he is now the Ralph and Mary Otis Isham Professor of Statistics. He was chairman of the department from 1998 to 2001.

Most of Stein's research has been in the area of spatial statistics and its applications to environmental sciences and astrophysics. He was the director of CISES (Center for Integrating Statistical and Environmental Science), funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Research Projects

Climate variability | Climate emulation | Climate model fidelity | Climate variability: statistics and observation based simulations | Climate Model Emulation | Precipitation in Future Climates: Rainstorms | Climate extremes | Soil moisture | Climate Emulator

Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Won Chang | Whitney Huang | Jingyu Bao | Andrew Poppick | Mark He | Aidan Sadowski 

Former Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

Bill Leeds | Stefano Castruccio | Feifei Crouch | Grant Wilder

Recent Publications