Kumer Das

Kumar Das
  • LeadershipStaff
  • Assistant Vice President for Research and Innovation


Dr. Kumer Das is the AVP for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development and Assistant Provost at the University of Louisiana at 69传媒. Previously, he was a professor of statistics and founding director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at Lamar University in Texas. Dr. Das also served as an interim associate provost for research at Lamar.

He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Auburn University. His research interest is in the area of statistics, big data analytics, actuarial mathematics, undergraduate research, and international education.

He has received many regional and national awards for teaching, mentoring, and research. Notably, he was a recipient of the 2013 Mathematical Association of America鈥檚 Alder award for distinguished teaching. He was also a recipient of the 2016 Mathematical Association of America鈥檚 Robert V. Hogg Award for Excellence in Teaching Introductory Statistics.

He has published extensively on a variety of topics in statistics and mathematics with his undergraduate and graduate students. He was named the 2015 Lamar University Scholar in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding scholarly and creative achievements. He was also the recipient of Lamar University鈥檚 2015 Julie & Ben Rogers Community Service Award and the 2016 Fulbright International Education Administrator Award to France by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He is currently a 2022 APLU's Council of Research Fellow. He is a 2018 Fellow of the American Council of Education.

Over his career, Dr. Das has been involved with over $3 million in research grants and contracts as a PI or co-PI.


Ph.D., Mathematics, May 2005
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
Research area: Probability Theory, Statistics, Actuarial Mathematics.
Dissertation Title: The joint distribution of surplus immediately before
the ruin and deficit at ruin.
Advisor: Professor Jerry A. Veeh

M.S., Statistics, October 1998
University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Thesis: Reproductive Health: A Life Table Approach

B.S., Statistics, June 1996
University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Minor: Mathematics and Economics

Student Research/Collaboration

Dr. Das's research interests are in extreme value theory, big data analytics, and stochastic processes.

Opportunities for Student Research/Collaboration:

Dr. Das is willing to work with both undergraduate and graduate students.


  • Kenney, A*., Solomon, D*. and Das, K. (Accepted)鈥淪parse regression with clustered predictors鈥, Journal of Statistical Research.
  • Reena, I., Hebert, E., Das, K. P., Doe, R., Dipti, S. M.*, Gope, N. C.* (Accepted)鈥 Anxiety and depression among U.S. international students during COVID- 19 pandemic鈥, College Student Journal.
  • Tang, L*., Matt, J., Khoshlessan, R.,Das, K., and Allard, C. (2022)鈥淎 quantitative study of undergraduate students鈥 anxiety鈥, Journal of Education and Learning, Vol. 11, No. 5.
  • Dey, AK. and Das, K. (2022)鈥淗ow do mobility restrictions and social distancing during COVID-19 affect oil price?鈥, Journal of Statistical Theory and Practice.
  • Dey, AK., Haque, T*. and Das, K., Panovska, I. (2021)鈥淚mpacts of COVID-19 local spread and Google search trend on the US stock market鈥, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and Applicationshttps://doi.org/10.1016/j.physa.2021.126423.
  • Datta, A*. and Das, K. (2021)鈥淭he Changing Pattern of Export Advantage between American and Chinese Machinery and Transportation Equipment Sector: Analysis via Normalized Revealed Comparative Advantage鈥, International Journal of Comparative Management., Vol. 4. No. 1, pp. 36-52.
  • Diawara, N., Grant, M., Ferguson, S. and Das, K. (2021)鈥淣ovel statistical analysis in the context of a comprehensive needs鈥 assessment for secondary STEM recruitment鈥, Computation, Vol 9, 105. https://doi.org/10.3390/computation9100105
  • Islam, T.*, and Das, K. (2021)鈥淧redicting Bitcoin return using extreme value theory鈥, American Journal of Mathematical and Management Sciences,Vol 40, No. 2, pp. 177-187. DOI: 10.1080/01966324.2021.1950086
  • Acharjee, M.*, Forhad, N.* and Das, K. (2021)鈥淭rend of Birth Spacing Impact on Physical Growth of Children under Age Five: An Analysis based on Bangladesh Demographic and Health Surveys鈥, Asian Journal of Pregnancy and Childbirth, Vol 4, No. 1, pp. 34-50.
  • Dey, AK., and Das, K. (2020)鈥淧redicting Federal Funds Rate Using Extreme Value Theory鈥, Stochastics and Quality Control. DOI: 10.1515/eqc-2020-0003.
  • Das, K., Hapuwitharana, J.*, Fowler, J. and Young, S. (2020)鈥淣on-negative matrix factorization: a useful method for two-way life tables鈥, Journal of Statistics and Management Systems, DOI: 10.1080/09720510.2020.1756048.
  • Acharjee, M., Forhad, N. and Das, K. (2020)鈥淧revalent Factors Influencing Women鈥檚 Intention to Limit Childbearing: Empirical Evidence Based on Bangladesh Demography and Health Surveys鈥, Asian Journal of Pregnancy and Childbirth.Vol 3, No. 4, pp. 17-33.
  • Noman, AHM.*, Das, K., and Andrei, S. (2020)鈥淎 Modified Approach for Data Retrieval for Identifying Primary Causes of Deaths鈥, The ACET Journal of Computer Education and Research, Vol 14, No. 1, pp. 1-13.
  • Dey, A*., Edwards, A*., and Das, K. (2020)鈥淒eterminants of High Crude Oil Price: A nonstationary extreme value approach鈥, Journal of Statistical Theory and Practice, Vol. 14, No. 4. doi: 10.1007/s42519-019-0070-7
  • Gomes, A., Atambo, D., Das, KO*., Cocke, D. and Das, K. (2018)鈥淓lectrochemical remediation of chicken processing plant wastewater鈥, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, Vol. 6, pp. 6028-6036.
  • Bu, N*., Diawara, N., Das, K. and Waller, L. (2018)鈥淣ew approaches to model simulated Spatio Temporal Moran鈥檚 Index鈥, Journal of Probability and Statistical Science, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 11-24.
  • Lee, J*., Ciccarello, S*., Acharjee, M*, and Das, K. (2018)鈥淒imension reduction of gene expression data鈥, Journal of Statistical Theory and Practice, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 450-461.
  • Rezvan, K. and Das, K., (2017) 鈥淎nalyzing International Students鈥 Study Anxiety in Higher Education鈥, Journal of International Students, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 311-328.
  • Das, K., Sams, C.*, and Singh, V. (2016) 鈥淐haracterization of the tail of river flow data by generalized Pareto distribution鈥, Journal of Statistical Research, Vol 48-50, No. 2, pp. 55-70.
  • Dey, A*, and Das, K., (2016) 鈥淨uantifying the risk of extreme aviation accidents鈥, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and Applications, 463, 34

Awards & Recognition

Receipt of research awards, scholarships, fellowships:

  • APLU Council on Research Fellow Award (2022), Association of Public & Land Grant Universities (APLU).
  • University Scholar Award (2015), Lamar University. The University Scholar Award is the highest award given to a faculty each year for a lifetime of outstanding scholarly and creative achievements.
  • National Science Foundation Research Fellow (2012 - 2013); Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, Duke University, University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University.
  • Travel Support Grant Award (2010), American Statistical Association.
  • Project NExT Fellow (2006 - 2007); Mathematical Association of America.
  • Texas NExT Fellow (2006 - 2007); Texas Section Mathematical Association of America.

Teaching Awards

  • Robert V. Hogg Award for Excellence in Teaching Introductory Statistics (2016), by the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America (SIGMAA) on Statistics Education.
  • Faculty Mentoring Award (2015), Mathematics and Computer Science Division, Council on Undergraduate Research.
  • Henry L. Alder Award (2013) for distinguished teaching, Mathematical Association of America (MAA).
  • Nominated for the Piper Professor Award (2013), The Piper Foundation, TX.
  • Nominated for the University Merit Award (2011), Lamar University, TX.

Leadership Award

  • Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminar Award to France by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, 2016.
  • Global Daily Point of Light Award for advancing education in the community by Points of Light, the world鈥檚 largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, 2016.
  • American Council of Education Fellow, 2018- 2019