Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Kamel Rekab Kamel Rekab


Ph.D. 1988, Statistics, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.S. 1984, Statistics, Stanford University
Manheim 307 D
(816) 235-5746

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Research Interests:
  • Statistical Software Testing and Reliability, Network Security, Biostatistics, Statistics in Advanced Manufacturing, Statistical Quality Improvement, Design of Industrial Experiments, Sequential Analysis, Mathematical Statistics, Probability Theory
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Dr. Rekab joined our faculty in Fall 2005 as a full Professor of Statistics and served as chairman of our department until 2007. Prior to joining us, Dr. Rekab was a Professor in both the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Florida Tech in Melbourne, FL. In 2001-2003, he was also a Senior Research Scientist in System Security at the USAF (United States Air Force) Research Lab (Office of Scientific Research). While on leave in 1999-2000, he was Chair and Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Cameron University, Oklahoma. While at Florida Tech, Dr. Rekab received the College of Engineering's Faculty Excellence Award in research, and the third major team accomplishment from Sematech Center of Excellence.

In addition to the research interests mentioned above, Dr. Rekab has wide-ranging experience as an investigator and consultant in industrial statistics and medical statistics, and the statistical analysis of such topics as Infrasound Classifier Development, Sleep Apnea Avoidance, Sediment Flow, Neurological Responses of Stroke Victims, Mammography, Automated Testing, Cough Reflex, and Structural Bonding Processes, among others. He says "...I have developed a strong interdisciplinary research program and my ultimate goal is to keep narrowing the gap between mathematical statistics and real world applications."

Dr. Rekab is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sequential Analysis, and is a Coordinating Editor of the Journal of Probability and Statistical Science. He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Excellence in Public Sector Management and on the editorial board of the International Journal of Business and Management Research. In 2005-2006 he served as the vice president of the American Statistical Association (Kansas-Western Missouri) and in 2006-2007 he served as president.

Dr. Rekab is the principal author of the 2005 book "Statistical Design of Experiments with Engineering Applications," published by Chapman & Hall/CRC. On teaching, he says "...communication is the most important aspect" and he feels that "emphasis on real-world applications, albeit demanding and challenging, give students what they really need...My teaching style promotes class involvement and analytical thinking using the latest developments in related fields...I use applied examples that are related to my funded projects."

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