Alan F. Karr

Director, Center for Complex Data Analysis

Alan Karr


  • PhD, Applied Mathematics, Northwestern University
  • MS, Industrial Engineering, Northwestern University
  • BS, Industrial Engineering  (with highest distinction) Northwestern University.

Alan F. Karr, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for Complex Data Analysis at RTI. He has long record of research carried out in the context of cross-disciplinary and cross-sector collaborations involving statistics and such other fields as data confidentiality, data integration, data quality, data availability, survey methodology, education statistics, health care, transportation, aging, the scientific workforce, software engineering, materials science and disease surveillance. 

In addition to his role at RTI, Karr also serves as a senior advisor to the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study for the National Center for Education Statistics. This study is the primary source of information used by the federal government to shape public policy as it relates to student financial aid.

Karr has published more than 140 scientific papers and written three books. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Sciences and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

Prior to joining RTI, Karr served as the director of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences for 14 years. He was also the associate director of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences from 1992 to 2000 and spent roughly 20 years at Johns Hopkins University in the Mathematical Sciences Department.

Additionally, Karr was a professor in Statistics and Biostatistics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1993 until 2014, when he was named a Visiting Senior Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.