Murali Haran pronunciation

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Chair, Department of Statistics, Penn State University
Office : 421D Thomas           Mail : 326 Thomas Building, University Park, PA 16802.
Phone: 814-863-8126           email: m(followed by my last name all in lower case)

I received my M.S. and Ph.D. from the School of Statistics at the University of Minnesota and a B.S. in computer science (with minors in statistics, mathematics and film) from Carnegie Mellon University. I was a postdoctoral fellow at NISS (courtesy appointment at Duke University) (2003--2004) and a New Research Fellow at SAMSI (2009--2010). I spent my sabbatical (2011--2012) at the Department of Statistics, University of Washington.

Primary Research Interests
  • Statistical computing, primarily Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms
  • Models for spatial data: Gaussian random field models, Bayesian hierarchical models
  • Complex computer models/computer experiments: statistical emulation and calibration
  • Cross-disciplinary research in environmental sciences: climate science, disease modeling, ecology
For more on my research, Ph.D. students etc. please see background and research.

Selected Papers (link to longer list of publications and google scholar references ) and cv


Stats Undergrads: information on scheduling appointments, undergrad program etc. (If you do not hear back from me, please email me again. I occasionally lose track of emails because ).

Other Roles
  • Chair of the Penn State Statistics Undergraduate Program
  • Schreyer Honors College adviser for Statistics and Honors College thesis adviser
  • I organize the weekly SMAC (Stochastic Modeling and Computing) seminar series:
  • Associate Editor: (1) Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics, (2) Bayesian Analysis, (3) The American Statistician, and (past) (4) Biometrics
  • Chair of the American Statistical Association (ASA) Section on Risk Analysis 2013-2014
  • Treasurer for the International Society for Bayesian Analysis ( ISBA ) 2014--2016
  • Climate Science Related Roles:
    • Co-leader for Uncertainty Quantification Group in the NSF network SCRiM (Sustainable Climate Risk Management), multi-institution network with Penn State as the hub
    • PI on NSF-CDSE grant Statistical Methods for Ice Sheet Projections using Large Non-Gaussian Space-time Data Sets and Complex Computer Models, 7/01/2014--6/30/2017.
    • Director of the Penn State Node of the NSF research network STATMOS , Statistical Methods for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
    • Member of the ASA Advisory Committee on Climate Change Policy 2009--current
    • Co-Director of CLIMA Center for Climate Risk Management at Penn State.
  • I co-organized the Workshop on Environmetrics (ENVR 2012) at North Carolina State University from October 4-6, 2012.

Everything Else: non-academic