Department Welcomes New Faculty

Prince Afriye and Anelise Sabbag joined the department this year. They told us what they were up to before joining Cal Poly and how they're enjoying San Luis Obispo.


Prince AfriyiePrince Afriyie

This year has been the busiest and most exhilarating and rewarding yet. To kick off the year, I got married in January — the best thing that ever happened to me. A little more than a month later, I accepted the offer to come to Cal Poly — another great decision. In mid-April, I defended my doctoral dissertation and earned my degree in May. After graduation, I accepted summer contracts at Temple University and LaSalle University to teach business statistics and intermediate algebra, respectively.

To celebrate all these singular events, my wife and I decided to make a road trip out of our move to San Luis Obispo. Among the notable stops along the way were Chicago; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mount Rushmore; Yellowstone National Park and the Redwoods Avenue of the Giants. We are really enjoying living in the San Luis Obispo area; I am enjoying teaching here at Cal Poly, and I feel like I have a charmed life being part of the Statistics Department.


B.S., Mathematics, Northern Kentucky University, 2008; M.A., Mathematics, Ball State University, 2011; Ph.D., Statistics, Temple University, 2016

Research interests: developing new methodologies for testing multiple hypotheses simultaneously

Anelise SabbagAnelise Sabbag

Finishing my doctorate was my greatest achievement this year. I still cannot believe I am done with it. Now I am working on a new challenge: being an assistant professor in the Statistics Department here at Cal Poly. I moved from Minneapolis to San Luis Obispo. Moving to a new city is not easy, but I have some practice because I am originally from Brazil. It has been fun to get to know San Luis Obispo. I am also happy not to have to go through another Minnesota winter!


Bachelor of Statistics, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2009; M.A. (2013) and Ph.D. (2016), Statistics Education, University of Minnesota

Research interests: statistics education and educational measurement

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