Denis Agniel '03
FULL STATISTICIAN, RAND CORPORATION
Industry – NON-PROFIT RESEARCH
EDUCATION – PHD, BIOSTATISTICS, HARVARD UNIVERSITY; MS, STATISTICS, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS URBANA-CHAMPAIGN; BS, STATISTICS AND BA, PHILOSOPHY, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
Describe what you're working on and/or what you're most proud to have accomplished.
I work as a researcher on a broad range of issues in health and criminal justice policy and clinical medicine.
You know we have to ask it. Do you have a favorite SLUH memory or teacher?
Tons of great memories from late nights at Prep News with Steve Missey and Frank Kovarik, but the one that really stands out is the time that we managed to lock (a sleep-deprived with a tiny baby at home) Mr. Missey's car keys in the printing room at or around midnight the first week of senior year.
What topic are you most excited about in your industry?
Figuring out the best ways to encourage health care providers to improve care to disadvantaged patients (as) major players like Medicare and insurers are now interested and able to make real changes.
Think back to senior year. Was this the job you dreamed of? If not, then what?
I think I had in mind something more like the elbow-patched professor or newspaper editor as possible jobs for me when I was a senior. My current job is pseudo-academic, so not that far off, I guess.
How are you acting as a Man for Others in your current role?
One way is trying to encourage health care providers to improve care for disadvantaged patients, but generally all of my work (and RAND generally) orients toward making a positive impact in the world.
What advice would you give to current students?
Develop broad academic interests - some of my most useful intellectual development came editing the Prep News and doing a philosophy degree.