Murali Haran pronunciation

  Professor and Head, Department of Statistics, Penn State University
  Office : 421D Thomas           Mail : 326 Thomas Building, University Park, PA 16802.
  Phone: 814-863-8126           email: m(followed by last name in lower case)
  Appointments: sign up online (primarily for undergrad advisees but others are welcome to use this)
  B.S. Computer Science (minors: statistics, mathematics and film), Carnegie Mellon U. 1997.
  M.S., Ph.D. Statistics, University of Minnesota, 2003.
  Postdoctoral fellow, NISS (courtesy appointment at Duke University) (2003--2004).
  New Research Fellow, SAMSI (2009--2010); Visitor, Fall 2017.
  Visiting Associate Professor (2011--2012) Statistics, University of Washington.


Primary Research Interests
  • Statistical computing, primarily Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms
  • Models for spatial data: Gaussian random field models, Bayesian hierarchical models
  • Complex computer models/computer experiments: statistical emulation and calibration
  • Cross-disciplinary research in environmental sciences: climate science, disease modeling, ecology

CV and Short bio

Dr. Murali Haran is Professor and Head of the Department of Statistics at Pennsylvania State University. He has a PhD in Statistics from the University of Minnesota, and a BS in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests are in Monte Carlo algorithms, spatial models, statistical analysis of complex computer models, and interdisciplinary work in climate science and infectious diseases.

Longer bio also has a list of current and former graduate students.


Haran, M., Bandeen-Roche, K., Horton, N., Johnson, G., and Kim, M. (2019) Advice for New Faculty Amstat News, July 2019 based on a NISS webinar video on YouTube .

Haran, M. and Hunter, D.R. (2016) On Academic Mentoring Amstat News, September 2016.

Selected Papers (link to longer list of publications and google scholar references ) and current CV

SMAC (Stochastic Modeling and Computing) Seminar Series

Other Roles
  • Co-Editor: Bayesian Analysis (2016--2018)
  • Associate editor: The American Statistician (2015--present). (Past) associate editor Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics (2010--2015); Biometrics (2009--2011); Bayesian Analysis (2010--2015)
  • Schreyer Honors College adviser for Statistics and Honors College thesis adviser
  • Chair of the American Statistical Association (ASA) Section on Risk Analysis 2013-2014
  • Treasurer for the International Society for Bayesian Analysis ( ISBA ) 2014--2016
  • (Past) Chair of the Penn State Statistics Undergraduate Program: 2012--2016
  • Climate Science Related Roles:
    • Co-leader for Uncertainty Quantification Group in the NSF network SCRiM (Sustainable Climate Risk Management), multi-institution network with Penn State as the hub
    • PI on NSF-CDSE grant Statistical Methods for Ice Sheet Projections using Large Non-Gaussian Space-time Data Sets and Complex Computer Models, 7/01/2014--6/30/2017.
    • Director of the Penn State Node of the NSF research network STATMOS , Statistical Methods for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
    • Member of the ASA Advisory Committee on Climate Change Policy 2009--2014
    • Co-Director of CLIMA Center for Climate Risk Management at Penn State.

General articles on statistics: STATISTICS-AT-LARGE
Everything Else: NON-ACADEMIC