David Kahle received his undergraduate degree in mathematics in 2006 from the University of Richmond. He went on to earn his master's and doctoral degrees from the Department of Statistics at Rice University in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
In August 2011, Dr. Kahle joined the Department of Statistical Science at Baylor University as an assistant professor and was just promoted to the rank of the associate professor, with tenure. His promotion will be official in August 2017. During his time at Baylor, Dr. Kahle has made significant contributions to statistical computing in the fields of spatial statistics, Bayesian pharmaceutical statistics, and algebraic statistics. In spatial statistics, his work with Dr. Hadley Wickham to create the free, open source R package ggmap, which facilitates the visualization of spatial data and models on maps, has been used all over the world and has been cited nearly 200 times in scholarly journals. His collaboration with Drs. James Stamey and John Seaman, also at Baylor, have resulted in several grants from Eli Lilly & Company, and this ongoing work has helped fund and provide research problems for many of our graduate students. In algebraic statistics, Dr. Kahle and collaborators Drs. Luis Garcia (Sam Houston State University) and Ruriko Yoshida (Naval Postgraduate School) have created several R packages that connect R to free, open source software in the commutative algebra and polyhedral geometry communities. This work recently was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Mathematical Sciences.