Grace Yang was born in China, and moved to Taiwan in 1949. She graduated from National Taiwan University, and earned a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California at Berkeley, with Lucien Le Cam as advisor.
Grace is full professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park. As a Faculty Appointee in NIST’s Statistical Engineering Division since 1980, she has collaborated with NIST scientists on problems ranging from neutron lifetime measurement to sampling. Her research includes construction of stochastic models for the physical sciences, survival analysis and asymptotic theory in statistics.
She has performed editorial service for the Annals of Statistics, Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, Mathematical Biosciences, and Statistics and Probability Letters. She has served on the Council of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the Bernoulli Society, and was a President of the International Chinese Statistical Association. During 2005–2008 she was a Program Director of Statistics at the National Science Foundation. She is a Fellow of the the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.