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Thomas Sager

Thomas Sager

Professor of Statistics Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management

  • Ph.D, University of Iowa, 1973
  • MS, University of Iowa, 1971
  • BA, University of Iowa, 1968

Tom Sager was raised and educated in Iowa. He served in the Army as a trumpet player during the Vietnam War. After getting his PhD in statistics from the University of Iowa, he practiced the art of professing at Stanford University and UT, and someday may get it right. Attracted to statistics because he thought it would allow him to avoid specializing, he has written articles spanning the gamut from to very applied to very theoretical. He has dabbled in statistics in insurance companies, air pollution, law, auditing, quality, and mathematics to name a few research interests. He has consulted extensively for insurance and re-insurance companies, lawyers, government agencies, large and small corporations, and consulting firms in the roles of quantitative analyst, expert witness, audit designer, data miner, interpreter and adviser. Currently Professor of Statistics in the IROM Department, Tom just loves statistics in all its ubiquity.

Tom’s current research interests focus on econometric analysis of insurance companies. His research has appeared in the top statistics and risk journals. His primary teaching responsibilities include the core statistics course in the MBA curriculum and econometrics for doctoral students.

Tom has been honored with the Joe D. Beasley Award for teaching excellence in the Master's curriculum from the McCombs School of Business. In addition, Tom has taught repeatedly in the BBA and Masters of Finance program at Thammasat University in Thailand and presents an annual short course on time series for the UT Division of Statistics.