Dr. Letetia Addison holds the PhD. Mathematics and M.Phil. Statistics from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus. She is currently a Project Officer involved in Statistical Consulting at the University Office of Planning at the UWI, St. Augustine Campus. Dr. Addison is also an Adjunct Lecturer at various UWI campuses, with over 12 years’ of experience lecturing tertiary-level courses in Mathematics, Probability, and Statistics, as well as active involvement in statistical consulting, research and outreach. Dr. Addison has served as the Coordinator of the Mathematics Help Centre at the UWI, St. Augustine Campus, assisting students in any Faculty with difficulties in quantitative courses. In addition to this, she builds data-driven models for Higher Education data. Her research interests include multidisciplinary applications of mathematical and statistical models for sustainability in STEAM fields. She has produced a number of scholarly research publications.
Dr. Addison has also worked on interdisciplinary projects including applications of AI and predictive modelling in climate change and education. In 2022, she was also part of a cross-campus team with the UWI, Five Islands and St.Augustine Campuses, achieving first place in the Growth & Resilience Dialogue (GRD) 2022 Climate Resilience Data Challenge, involving the development of AI application prototypes on key climate data issues in the OECS region. She is also the team lead responsible for the One UWI Model Prototypes for Student Retention and Tuition Cost for the Revenue Revolution aligned with the Strategic Plan 2022-2027. This is part of the Lead with Data Campaign launched at the UWI in April 2023, a well-received sensitization on the data-driven tools available for various University administrators and campus planning teams.
Dr. Addison also serves in exemplary roles in regional and international arenas. In March 2023, she was nominated for the role of Deputy Chair, Advisory Board of the Disaster Risk Reduction Centre (DRRC), which facilitates climate resilience building through projects, and partnerships in the Caribbean region and beyond. In October 2022, Dr. Addison become the first Women in Data Science (WiDS) Trinidad and Tobago Ambassador for the global Datathon 2023 Challenge themed: Adapting to Climate Change by Improving Extreme Weather Forecasts. Dr. Addison and her team have hosted a number of independent events (https://widstt.org/) as part of the annual WiDS Worldwide conference by Stanford University, featuring outstanding women in the field of Data Science. She also has Professional Affiliations with the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), American Statistical Association (ASA) and Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). She enjoys lecturing, mentoring and outreach to promote the importance of Mathematics and Statistics in various fields.