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Skeie E-Commerce Scholar and Fellow Named

A generous gift from SDSU alumnus Arnold K. Skeie has allowed the SDSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics to create the positions of Arnold K. Skeie E-Commerce Analytics Faculty Scholar and Arnold K. Skeie E-Commerce Analytics Graduate Fellow.  

A generous gift from SDSU alumnus Arnold K. Skeie has allowed the SDSU Department of Mathematics and Statistics to create the positions of Arnold K. Skeie E-Commerce Analytics Faculty Scholar and Arnold K. Skeie E-Commerce Analytics Graduate Fellow.  

Assistant Professor of Statistics Dr. Semhar Michael has been named the first Arnold K. Skeie E-Commerce Analytics Faculty Scholar.  Dr. Michael's research as the Skeie E-Commerce Analytics Scholar will be in the area of finite mixture modeling and model-based clustering with applications to analysis of unstructured data generated in the practice of e-commerce.

Assisting Dr. Michael with her research will be MS in Statistics candidate Damon Bayer.  Mr. Bayer has been named the first Arnold K. Skeie E-Commerce Analytics Graduate Fellow.  He is a 2016 graduate of SDSU with a B.S. in Mathematics.

Arnold K. Skeie graduated from SDSU in 1961 with an Electrical Engineering degree. Shortly after graduation he began his employment with Control Data Corporation in Minneapolis, MN.  In 1976, he purchased Farmers State Bank of Winger.  He continued working at Control Data Corporation for an additional five years before leaving to fully commit himself to a career in banking. In 2004 the bank became Ultima Bank Minnesota and had grown to 5 offices. Arnie Skeie gives great credit for the direction and focus of his professional life to Leonard E. Johnston, his father-in-law and mentor and to the educational base he received at South Dakota State University.  A computer engineer turned banker, Arnie Skeie has married his competencies in computer engineering and software development to create local, world-class banking in the Minnesota communities of Winger, Fosston, Plummer, and Bemidji.  In addition to his professional accomplishments and contributions, Arnie Skeie has been an active contributor to the success of the Winger-Fosston communities.  He served extensively on the Fosston Economic Development Association Board, as a member of the Rotary Club including service as President, and as a member of the First Care Medical Services Board of Trustees including three years of service as Chairperson.