”Let me be blunt: IGSP is the best educational deal at UT, period. Statistics transformed my good dissertation into a great dissertation. I have a built-in edge in job interviews and a resume line that will always attract attention. In the recession of 2011, I am not looking for job offers; they are looking for me.” UT Nuclear Engineering PhD Graduate.
Dr. Mary Sue Younger of UT’s Department of Statistics, Operations, and Management Science is retiring in June after 39 years at UT. She currently is director of the Intercollegiate Graduate Statistics Program (IGSP) and has served in that role since 1997. That program allows master’s and PhD students in 40 different programs at UT to earn a minor or a master’s degree in statistics. In the age of big data, the program provides UT graduates a competitive edge in their job searches and their careers.
Younger has worked closely with IGSP students; she has served as the statistical guru on the masters or PhD committee of 115 of them. She has coauthored journal articles with many of them in diverse areas such as audiology, transportation engineering, agricultural engineering, nursing, physiology, equine medicine, and health care management.
She has been an innovator and a leader throughout her career. She served as the first female president of the Southeastern Chapter of the Decision Sciences Institute. She has served as assistant dean of graduate studies in UT’s College of Business Administration. And, she authored two books. She wrote the first one out of frustration; she couldn’t find a good textbook for the senior regression course that she taught. So, she wrote her own. She also has been an innovator as a teacher and has received awards both from the college and the campus for her innovation in distance education.
Younger also is an expert rider and trainer of horses and an expert scorer of equestrian competitions. She scored all three equestrian events at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Her retirement will give her more time to pursue that passion and to volunteer with STAR (The Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding).
As a professor, she has had an impact on the lives of many, many grateful students. In her retirement she will continue to have an impact with an entirely different group of students.