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Ana Maria Kenney

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517 Wartik
University Park, PA 16802


  1. Master's of Science in Applied Mathematics, May 2015 at the University of Colorado Denver
  2. Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics, May 2012 at California State University Stanislaus


I am a 4th year PhD student in Department of Statistics and also part of the dual title program with Operations Research here at Penn State. I come from an applied math background, having previously studied optimization and statistics during my Master's program.

Research Interests

My research interests are primarily in the disciplines of statistics, optimization, and machine learning with biomedical applications. I have been working on the use of mixed integer linear programming for variable selection in high-dimensional data. In addition, I am involved in a project using functional data analysis to link childhood growth trajectories and genetic information. As a member of the Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge predoctoral training program, I am receiving training in the analysis of complex biomedical data, which includes tackling issues such as scalability and data privacy for ethical use.

Honors and Awards

  • Accepted into the Penn State Biomedical Big Data to Knowledge predoctoral training program, Fall 2017
  • Awarded the Bunton-Waller Fellowship from the Penn State Eberly College of Science, 2015
  • Recipient of the Lynn Bateman Memorial Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and contribution to the University of Colorado Denver Math department, Spring 2015

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