About Me

Rudy Guerra, Ph.D.

1992    University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. Statistics
1987    University of California, Berkeley, M.A. Mathematics
1984    University of Texas, San Antonio, B.S. Applied Mathematics

Dr. Guerra is from San Antonio, Texas. He is married and he and his wife, Nancy, have three children. They also have three large dogs, Fred, Emma and Lucy. From 2005-2011 Dr. Guerra and Nancy served as residential college masters of Jones College, one of Rice’s eleven residential colleges. The position of master requires a tenured professor and his or her family to live on-campus and oversee the approximately 300 undergraduate members of their college. Dr. Guerra enjoys reading, baseball, college sports, and spending time with the family dogs.

Dr. Guerra’s first academic appointment was Assistant Professor of statistical science at Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, Texas. In 1998 he was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at SMU. He joined the Department of Statistics at Rice University in 2000 and was promoted to Professor in 2004.

In addition to teaching and research Dr. Guerra has held several administrative positons. He has been a member of the W.M. Keck Center for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences Training since 2000. From 2003-2006 he served as Keck Center Training Director, a position requiring oversight of the graduate and postdoctoral training arm of the Keck Center. From 2006-2008 he was Director for the Gulf Coast Consortium for Bioinformatics.  The Gulf Coast Consortia is an academic consortium of six institutions, Rice, MD Anderson, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Houston, University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston and the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. Dr. Guerra has a strong interest in under-represented minority recruitment and retention in the STEM fields. He regularly participates in activities of various minority organizations and groups. At Rice with Dr. Richard Tapia he co-founded the Empowering Leadership Alliance (ELA), an organization aimed at supporting under-represented minorities succeed and graduate from Rice.



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