The Department of Statistics sponsors the Michael Woodroofe Seminar Series in recognition of the late Michael B. Woodroofe’s profound contributions to the profession and to the Department of Statistics at the University of Michigan.

Michael Woodroofe, Leonard J. Savage Professor Emeritus of Statistics at the University of Michigan, passed away on February 22, 2022, at 81. Michael made many fundamental contributions at the interface between probability and statistics, including sequential analysis and non-linear renewal theory, shape-restricted inference, and central limit theorems under dependence. His seminal work in sequential analysis and non-linear renewal theory influenced an entire generation of researchers. He published over 100 research articles, wrote an SIAM monograph, and authored a book.

Michael Woodroofe received many honors and served our professional community in many ways, including his roles as Editor of the Annals of Statistics (1992–1994), Advisory Editor of JSPI, and Associate Editor of the Annals of Statistics, the Annals of Probability, JSPI, and Sequential Analysis. He was a member of the IMS Council (two terms), a member of numerous federal granting and advisory panels, and an invited/distinguished lecturer at multiple universities and national and international conferences. In addition, Michael Woodroofe was a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

Michael Woodroofe received his B.S. in Mathematics from Stanford in 1962, his M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon in 1964, and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Oregon in 1965. He joined the Department of Statistics at Carnegie Mellon University as an assistant professor in 1966 and moved to the Department of Mathematics at the University of Michigan in 1968. He was a founding member of the Department of Statistics at the University of Michigan in 1969, retaining a joint appointment with Mathematics, and served as Chair of the Department of Statistics from 1977–1983.

Michael was an exceptional statistician, a great mentor who supervised over 40 PhD students, and a wonderful human being who touched many lives directly and indirectly—Michael Woodroofe's formal obituary.

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