Stephan Smeekes (dept. Quantitative Economics SBE) wins prestigious Christiaan Huygens Science Award 2012

Dr. Stephan Smeekes received the Christiaan Huygens Science Award 2012 on 1 November 2012.

Winner 2012: Dr. Stephan JM Smeekes
Dr. Stephan Smeekes (29) on 1 November received the Christiaan Huygens Science Award 2012 (actuarial studies and econometrics) in the Old Church in Voorburg for his  analysis of the root of unity in single and multiple time series.  The prestigious award, handed out by  Mr. Hans Schutte, Director General of the Ministry of Education , consists in a tax free cash prize of EUR 10,000, a certificate and a bronze statuette of Christiaan Huygens.

The jury praised Dr. Smeekes’ research for bringing “the science field of econometrics a huge step forward. ”

In 2004, Smeekes (Maastricht, 5 January 1983) graduated cum laude from Maastricht University with a master’s degree in econometrics. After graduating, Smeekes joined the Department of Quantitative Economics and began his research under the guidance of future supervisors Professor Jean-Pierre Urbain and Professor Franz C. Palm. Smeekes has presented his work at various international conferences and published in leading scientific journals.

The jury, appointed by the KNAW and consisting this year of Professor Piet Rietveld (chair), Professor Jan Kiviet and Professor Philip Hans Franses, was of the opinion that Smeekes’ dissertation demonstrated “great ingenuity and perseverance, not only by the impressive analytic derivations and elaborations, but also by the extensive simulation used to illustrate the designed methods.”

Christiaan Huygens Science Award

The Christiaan Huygens Science Award encourages innovative research in the disciplines in which Christiaan Huygens excelled. The award is presented in a different discipline each year. In 2012 the award is presented in the disciplines actuarial and economics.

The award was established in 1998 and is presented annually to a researcher whose doctoral dissertation has made an innovative contribution to a specified discipline.

The winner receives a certificate, a bronze statuette of Christiaan Huygens, and a tax-free monetary award of EUR 10,000. The award is funded by the Christiaan Huygens Science Award Foundation and various enterprises and institutions that have an affinity for the specific discipline concerned.

The Academy appoints the jury and oversees the nomination procedure.

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