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.
As dean of Oregon State’s College of Science and professor of statistics, Pantula provides leadership to world-class faculty in some of the university’s most recognized disciplines, including nationally recognized programs in chemistry, informatics, integrative biology, marine studies, material science, physics and others.
During his tenure at NCSU, Pantula worked with his dean and the college foundation to create three $1 million endowments for distinguished professors. He also worked with colleagues and alumni to secure more than $7 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, other agencies and industry to promote graduate student training and mentorship.
Pantula’s research areas include time series analysis and econometric modeling, with a broad range of applications. He has worked with the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Bureau of Census on projects ranging from population estimates to detecting trends in global temperature.
As home to the core life, physical, mathematical, and statistical sciences, the College of Science has built a foundation of excellence. It helped Oregon State acquire the top ranking in the United States for conservation biology in recent years and receive top 10 rankings by the Chronicle of Higher Education for the Departments of Integrative Biology (formerly Zoology) and Science Education. The diversity of sciences in the College—including mathematical and statistical sciences—provides innovative opportunities for fundamental and multidisciplinary research collaborations across campus and around the globe.
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
The College of Science, through education and research, 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.
Our researchers and students work in the classroom, in the lab and in the field. They work domestically and internationally. Our faculty are collaborative, and further their goals by working across disciplines at Oregon State. They also mentor our students, paving the way for them to become the problem solvers of tomorrow.
The facilities available at the College of Science, some of which are standouts in the Northwest and beyond, give our researchers the ability to make key discoveries. Not only that, we encourage our students —graduate and undergraduate— to use these facilities, as well as researchers around campus and the State of Oregon.
Ultimately, our mission as a college is to serve the people in Oregon, the nation, and the world, and empower future generations to do the same.