Philip Ernst, associate professor of statistics (STAT) at Rice, is the 2022 recipient of the George R. Brown Award for Excellence in Teaching, the university's most prestigious teaching award.
It recognizes “continuing excellence in teaching and exemplary commitment to the education of undergraduate or graduate students within the School of Engineering.”
Ernst earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in STAT from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and 2014, respectively, and joined the Rice faculty in 2014. He was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2019.
“From his first year with us,” said Rudy Guerra, professor and department chair of STAT, “it was clear that Philip would be an exceptional teacher. His passion for teaching and deep care for students make him deserving of the George R Brown Award for Excellence. He is simply an extraordinary teacher.”
In 2018, Ernst received the Tweedie New Researcher Award from the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, widely considered the highest honor for excellence in research for an early-career statistician. In the same year, he received the Young Investigator Award from the Mathematical Sciences Division of the Army Research Office.
Last year, Ernst received the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching. He also won from Rice the Teaching and Research Excellence Award from the George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Nicolas Salgo Distinguished Teacher Award, the Sophia Meyer Farb Prize for Teaching and the Graduate Student Association Teaching/Mentoring Award.
In 2020, Ernst was named the inaugural winner of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Don Gaver, Jr. Early Career Award for Excellence in Operations Research, the first institute-wide early-career award.
Recently, Ernst was named to a visiting international research chair in the Department of Mathematics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Ernst will hold the prestigious “Chaire Internationale” in Brussels, Belgium, beginning in June. He was also elected to the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) Leadership Academy.
Ernst will formally receive the award at the annual University Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence and held in McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, on April 26, from 3 to 5 p.m.