Kumer Pial Das, Ph.D is the Assistant Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development and Assistant Provost at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Previously, he was a professor of statistics and founding director of the Office of Undergraduate Research at Lamar University in Texas. Dr. Das also served as an interim associate provost for research at Lamar. He received his PhD in mathematics from Auburn University in 2005. His research interest is in statistics, big data analytics, actuarial mathematics, undergraduate research and international education. He has received many regional and national awards for teaching, mentoring and research. Notably, he was a recipient of the 2013 Mathematical Association of America’s Alder award for distinguished teaching. He was also a recipient of the 2016 Mathematical Association of America’s Robert V. Hogg Award for Excellence in Teaching Introductory Statistics. He has published extensively on a variety of topics in statistics and mathematics with his undergraduate and graduate students. He was named the 2015 Lamar University Scholar in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding scholarly and creative achievements. He was also the recipient of Lamar University’s 2015 Julie & Ben Rogers Community Service Award and the 2016 Fulbright International Education Administrator Award to France by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. He is a 2018 Fellow of the American Council of Education. Over his career, Dr. Das has been involved with over $3 million in research grants and contracts as a PI or co-PI.