Karen Kafadar is commonwealth professor and chair of statistics at University of Virginia, Charlottesville. She received her B.S. in mathematics and M.S. in statistics at Stanford University, and her Ph.D. in statistics from Princeton University.Prior to joining the statistics department in 2007, she was a mathematical statistician at National Institute of Standards and Technology, member of the technical staff at Hewlett Packard's RF/Microwave R&D Department, fellow in the Division of Cancer Prevention at National Cancer Institute, professor and chancellor's scholar at University of Colorado-Denver, and Rudy Professor of Statistics at Indiana University.
Her research focuses on robust methods, exploratory data analysis, characterization of uncertainty in the physical, chemical, biological, and engineering sciences, and methodology for the analysis of screening trials, with awards from CDC, American Statistical Association (ASA), and American Society for Quality. She was editor for Journal of the American Statistical Association's Review Section and for Technometrics, and is currently biology and genetics editor for The Annals for Applied Statistics.She is a past or present member on the governing boards for ASA, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, International Statistical Institute, and National Institute for Statistical Sciences. She is a fellow of ASA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Statistics Institute. She has authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters and has advised numerous M.S. and Ph.D. students.
She was appointed to the FSSB in 2014.