Bani K. Mallick has been promoted to distinguished professor in the department of statistics at Texas A&M University. Mallick is a pioneer researcher in the field of Bayesian nonparametric regression and classification and the author of Bayesian Methods of Nonlinear Classification and Regression. He does major collaborative research with scientists from other fields such as petroleum engineering, bioinformatics, traffic mapping, superfund hazardous waste sites, and industrial engineering. He develops novel methodology and theory essential for scientific research in these collaborations and has seven funded research grants.