Sastry Pantula

Dean, College of Science
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Biography

Dean, College of Science

Sastry G. Pantula became dean of the College of Science at Oregon State University in the fall of 2013. Prior to that he served as director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Mathematical Sciences from 2010-2013. Pantula headed the statistics department at North Carolina State University (NCSU), where he served on the faculty for nearly 30 years. He also directed their Institute of Statistics. Pantula served as president of the American Statistical Association (ASA) in 2010. In addition to being an ASA fellow, he is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a member of the honor societies Mu Sigma Rho and Phi Kappa Phi and was inducted into the NCSU Academy of Outstanding Teachers in 1985.

Pantula holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata, India, and a Ph.D. in statistics from Iowa State University.

The College of Science

Through education and research, the College of Science, is focused on solving some of the most critical problems we face today — from preventing chronic, debilitating diseases and protecting fragile ecosystems — to creating a more energy-efficient, sustainable society and staying on the forefront of electronics technology and materials science.

We have built a vibrant, internationally recognized materials science program based on trans-disciplinary research, which resulted in an acceleration in the number of patents and intellectual property, commercialization and spin-off companies.

As Big Data permeates science, business, engineering and other fields, the College is prepared to leverage its existing strengths in statistical, mathematical and computational sciences to become an international leader in data analytics. Our multi-disciplinary education helps students develop the analytical skills that industry demands to address challenges in science, health, sustainability and the economy.

The College also excels in marine studies with a world-class program that fundamentally positions OSU as a global leader. With experiential learning opportunities on campus, at the coast, and around the world, our students take information from the classroom, assimilate it through direct experiences, and then apply it in professional settings.

Our researchers and students work in the classroom, in the lab and in the field. They work domestically and internationally. Our faculty are collaborative, working across disciplines at Oregon State to further their goals and contribute to a harmonious scientific community. They also mentor students, paving the way for them to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.

Ultimately, our mission as a College is develop a vibrant, diverse community of scientists to serve the people in Oregon, the nation, and the world, while empowering future generations to do the same.