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Three exemplary scholars honored as distinguished professors

Their contributions in teaching, research and service to both the university and their academic disciplines merit the university's highest academic title

Dulio, Fu, Khattree, distinguished professor

icon of a calendarFebruary 7, 2023

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The university has presented three of its most accomplished faculty with the highest honor made available to members of the academy. On Monday, February 6, the Oakland University Board of Trustees approved resolutions granting Dr. David, Dulio, professor of political science; Dr. Huirong Fu, professor of computer science and engineering; and Dr. Ravindra Khattree, professor of statistics; the title of distinguished professor.

This honor recognizes exemplary accomplishments in teaching, intellectual contributions and service, with particular focus on how each of these helps advance the objectives of the honoree’s discipline or department, the goals of their college or school, and the mission, vision and strategic goals of the university.

David DulioA nationally recognized political scholar, Dr. Dulio conducts research on political consulting, Michigan politics and elections. He has authored 13 books, and 77 scholarly articles and book chapters, and he is currently edited two books.

He has also attended prestigious international conferences to discuss presidential campaigns in Michigan, and has appeared in nearly 1,000 news articles and broadcasts at the local, national and international level.

Professor Dulio is the founding director of the university’s Center for Civic Engagement, which over the last four years has hosted more than 50 programs and events welcoming nearly 4,000 participants. Notably, these programs have invited speakers such as Lech Walesa, Madeleine Albright and many local and state politicians.

Huirong FuDr. Fu is a leading expert in networks, information security for cellular and vehicular network systems, and data centers, and her research has attracted the interest of colleagues across the counttry. Her publications include two books, 45 peer-reviewed journal publications, and close to 100 conference papers.

As founding director of the Center for Cybersecurity,  Dr Fu has enabled it to become identified as the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Professor Fu has also secured more than $6 million in federal research funding, which among other accomplishments has given more than 150 undergraduates from nearly 100 universities the opportunity to take part of a 10-week summer research program. This, in turn, has allowed attendees to pursue outstanding high technology careers.

Ravindra KhattreeDr. Khattree is an internationally recognized statistician who has authored more than 100 journal publications, two books, and two edited volumes. He has also served as a guest editor for two journal volumes on a wide variety of statistical topics.

His significant scholarly contributions have resulted in theorems, estimators and plots that bear his name, including the Fountain-Khattree-Peddada Theorem, Khattree 's nonnegative estimators of variance components, Khattree-Bahuguna's Univariate Multivariate Skewness, Khattree-Bahuguna Multivariate Skewness, and the Khattree-Naik Plots/Khattree-Naik Curves.

In 2002, the American Statistical Association honored Professor Khattree among just one third of 1 percent of its members with the rank of Fellow “for promoting statistics by writing for diverse audiences; for editorial work; and for innovative contributions to statistical education." He also won the International Indian Statistical Association’s Young Statistician Award and is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

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