The Robert E. Doherty Award for Sustained Contributions to Excellence in Education
2013 Doherty Award Recipient
John P. Lehoczky
Thomas Lord University Professor of Statistics and Mathematical Sciences and Dean, Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences
John P. Lehoczky is the Thomas Lord University Professor of Statistics and Mathematical Sciences and Dean of the Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Lehoczky studies stochastic processes and how they can be used to model real applications. His investigation into the evolution of random processes over time is focused on developing methods that combine system scheduling with performance evaluation and can be applied to manufacturing systems in which products have delivery deadlines. His theories can also be applied to real-time computer or communication systems that require certain tasks to be completed within stringent timing requirements.
Major national projects like NASA's Space Station, Mars Rover and the GPS Satellite System have adopted his theories, and several IEEE computer standards incorporate Lehoczky’s work.
Lehoczky, who earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University, joined the Statistics Department at CMU in 1969. He is a well known for his application of stochastic modeling to problems in finance, which led to the creation of a unique master's degree program in computational finance involving the Department of Statistics, the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the David A. Tepper School of Business and the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. Lehoczky served as the head of the Department of Statistics from 1984 to1995 and has led the Dietrich College since 2000. During his tenure as Dietrich College dean, Lehoczky has overseen the launch of the college’s ambitious Humanities Initiative, which created the Humanities Scholars Program, the Humanities Center and the Center for the Arts in Society. He is also responsible for fostering Dietrich College research in the brain sciences and has been a strong advocate for developing CMU international programs, such as the Center for International Relations and Politics.
Lehoczky is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, INFORMS and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is an elected member of the International Statistics Institute.