The Award Committee (established as a separate committee by the TIES board and chaired by Giovanna Jona Lasinio) unanimously awarded the Abdel El-Shaarawi Early Investigator Award 2020 edition to Andrew Zammit-Mangion. The Award Committee took this decision in virtue of Andrew’s relevant interdisciplinary work in Environmental Statistics and in the development of important computational instruments for space-time data analysis. The committee has also recognized Andrew’s active involvement in the Society.  Andrew Zammit-Mangion is a well-deserved recipient.

Andrew Zammit-Mangion is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) Senior Research Fellow with the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics at the Universty of Wollongong, Australia. His interests lie in statistical spatio-temporal models and the inferential tools that enable them, and has recently been exploring the use of deep learning in modelling spatio-temporal phenomena. His work is largely motivated by environmental applications, and his current research projects include the assessment of the Antarctic contribution to sea-level rise, and the quantification of sources and sinks of greenhouse gases using remote sensing (satellite) data. Andrew is currently a member of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) Science Team, and in 2019 he published a co-authored book with Christopher Wikle and Noel Cressie on spatio-temporal modelling with R.  Andrew has also won awards in the past from the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the National Academy of Sciences of the US.