Associate Director, Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology Center (GEST)
Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology (JCET)
Presidential Distinguished Staff Award, Professional Staff, 2008-2009
In addition to her outstanding management skills, Danita Eichenlaub has demonstrated leadership in the development of financial systems and controls which are now being modeled across the campus.
Eichenlaub supervises all aspects of the administrative and financial management for two research centers, GEST and JCET. She has merged the two administrative staffs from the centers into one team and monitors sponsored research funding of $20-25 million annually.
As one of the original PeopleSoft peer mentors, Eichenlaub is frequently consulted for her expertise in business processes and the management of a large administrative unit. She serves on the HR-Finance Advisory Board and the HR Upgrade Committee.
Eichenlaub takes time to train business staff across the campus in business specialist skills, helping them to be more efficient in their jobs. She is acknowledged as a mentor by the Centers' nearly 200 research faculty. Her diligence, perseverance, knowledge and ownership of the Centers makes an important difference to both her colleagues and UMBC. Despite her large workload, she brings a teaching attitude and patience to every situation.
She received her B.A. in Physics and M.A.S.in Administrative Science from The Johns Hopkins University.
Mathematics and Statistics
Presidential Research Professor, 2008-11
Thomas Mathew, professor of statistics, is an internationally recognized authority on multivariate statistical analysis, bioequivalence testing and statistical tolerance intervals. As an elected fellow of both the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Mathew is a member of the most select group of statistical scientists in the field. He is known for his foundational statistical contributions to the field of inter-laboratory data analysis, and his work was recognized with a Youden Award for inter-laboratory testing from the American Statistical Association.
Mathew is the author of one of the leading books in the field, Statistical Tests for Mixed Linear Models, and is currently working on a highly anticipated book on Statistical Tolerance Regions, representing a recent area of research. He has been a co-editor or associate editor of four prestigious international statistics journals, and he has produced 85 original research articles, many of them in leading statistics journals.
Exceptionally prolific in obtaining independent funding for his research, Mathew has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Army Research Office.
Mathew has provided a high level of service to UMBC and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He was instrumental in the creation of the B.S. program in Statistics, including writing the program proposal and helping to create new graduate and undergraduate courses. After graduation, his students often receive prominent positions at universities and in industry. His versatility as a researcher is evident in the doctoral dissertations he has supervised on a wide variety of topics.
Mathew earned a B.S. in Mathematics and a M.S. in Statistics from the University of Kerala, India. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics from the Indian Statistical Institute.