Dr. J.N.K. Rao is Distinguished Research Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada and a long term Consultant to Statistics Canada and a Member of Statistics Canada's Advisory Committee on Methodology. He received the 2004 prestigious Waksberg Award for survey methodology and the 1994 Gold Medal of the Statistical Society of Canada. Professor Rao is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and Royal Society of Canada. He received Honorary Doctor of Mathematics degree in 2008 from the University of Waterloo
Professor Rao has been at the forefront of research in sampling theory and methods since 1960. He has made fundamental contributions to the design-based classical theory of sampling, to the foundations of sampling during the debates of the 1960s and 70s, to a variety of aspects of variance estimation, to the analysis of complex survey data and to small area estimation. Professor Rao is the author of the 2003 Wiley book on Small Area Estimation.