Dr. Estep works in uncertainty quantification for simulations of complex models, stochastic inverse problems, algorithms for efficient computation, and stochastic modeling of multiscale systems.

His research scope embraces theoretical analysis, development of algorithms, and application to scientific and engineering problems and he has strong interdisciplinary collaborations with research laboratories, companies and universities.

Professional Overview

  • Director of the Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute (CANSSI)
  • Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Canadian Research Chair (Tier 1) in Computational Probability & Uncertainty Quantification at Simon Fraser University
  • Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
  • Professor of Statistics, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University

Career Highlights

2023-Present Associate Dean for Research, Faculty of Sciences, Simon Fraser University
2020 – Present Canada Research Chair, Tier 1
2019 – Present Professor, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, Simon Fraser University
2019 – Present Director, Canadian Statistical Sciences Institute
2017-2019 Chair of the Department of Statistics, Colorado State University
2013-2014 Chalmers University Jubilee Professor
2012-2017 University Distinguished Professor, Colorado State University
 Co-Editor in Chief (founding) of the SIAM/ASA Journal on Uncertainty Quantification
2012-2015 Member of the Computer and Information Sciences External Review Board for Sandia National Laboratories
2010-2012 Co-Organizer and first Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Uncertainty Quantification
2009-2020 University Interdisciplinary Research Scholar, Colorado State University
Governing Board of the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute
2006-2019 Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Statistics, Colorado State University 

2003-2009 Co-Director of the Program for Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Ecology, and Statistics, Colorado State University
1993-1995 National Science Foundation International Research Scholar
1991-1993 Visiting Faculty, California Institute of Technology
 Faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Colorado State University
1978-2022 Has taught over fifty different courses in mathematics and statistics at Columbia University, University of Michigan, Georgia Tech, Caltech, Colorado State University and Simon Fraser University


B.A. Columbia University (1981)

M.S and Ph.D. University of Michigan (1987)

Awards & Accolades

  • Delivered over seventy invited talks at meetings and over one hundred and ten invited seminars and colloquia 
  • Advised 38 PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows 
  • Organized 25 workshops and conferences
  • Principal and co-Principal Investigator on over $50 million dollars (USD) in grants  for 55 projects from a number of funding agencies and industry
  • Served on 11 editorial boards including SIAM Journal of Numerical Analysis, SIAM Journal of Uncertainty Quantification (co-founding Editor in Chief), SIAM Review, and SIAM Book Series on Computational Science and Engineering
  • Co-authored several white papers and reports for the National Science Foundation and the United States Department of Energy
  • National Science Foundation International Research Fellow, 1993-1995 
  • Awarded the Computational and Mathematical Methods in Sciences and Engineering Prize, 2005 
  • Appointed University Interdisciplinary Research Scholar at Colorado State University, 2009
  • Awarded a Jubilee Professorship from Chalmers University of Technology, 2013
  • Selected as a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 2014
  • Appointed University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University, 2017
  • Appointed Canada Research Chair, Tier 1, Simon Fraser University, 2020

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