Professional Staff

Clopper Almon

Clopper Almon is the founder of Inforum, which he began at the University of Maryland soon after leaving Harvard in 1966. Dr. Almon has been a pioneer in developing macroeconomic and interindustry models, as well as software for econometric analysis and model building. His latest book, The Craft of Economic Modeling, teaches model building through hands-on experience with his econometric software package, called G7. Dr. Almon has pushed strongly through the years to make Inforum truly an international organization, forging links with other organizations in many countries who have become Inforum partners. He has designed and written a software package called Interdyme, which provides an object-oriented environment for the development of interindustry models. Clopper retired from full-time teaching in 2003 and now is Professor Emeritus in the Economics Department at the University of Maryland.

Douglas Meade

Doug returned to Inforum in May, 2006, after serving 3 years as Deputy Chief of the Industry Division at the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Before working for BEA, Doug contributed significantly to the development of the Lift, Iliad and DEPPS models for the U.S., and the Jidea model for Japan. He has served as principal investigator on a wide variety of projects for private sector and government clients. He has nearly 20 years of experience with economic modeling and data development, and has also held positions at Data Resources Inc. and the Bureau of Census. Doug received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Ronald Horst

Ron began work at Inforum in 2001 as a Research Assistant, and he joined the full-time staff after receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland in 2006. He directs research activities at Inforum including model development and student research. Ron leads production of semiannual macroeconomic-industry forecasts and monthly macroeconomic forecasts. He serves as the principle investigator for projects including analysis of the exhibition industry and provision of specialized industry forecasts. His expertise includes transportation and other public infrastructure; freight flow projections; projections of detailed industry data; energy economics; and analysis of terroristic attacks and other economic impacts. Ron has also been the chief software developer at Inforum since the retirement of Clopper Almon in 2003.

Jeffrey Lemieux

Jeff Lemieux is an economist specializing in health care, public finance, and, most recently, transportation and community economic development. He has been one of the nation's foremost cost estimators of Medicare and health reform programs, has written proposals for health coverage, Medicare reform, and balanced budgets, and created long-term projections of entitlement spending and federal budgets used by Congress and the policymaking community. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and other committees in Congress on Medicare reform, tax-based proposals to expand access to health coverage, chronic care management, and other topics. Prior positions include research positions at the Medicare Office of the Actuary, the Congressional Budget Office, the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, the Progressive Policy Institute, America's Health Insurance Plans, and CAQH. Jeff received an M.A. in economics from the University of Maryland and was an INFORUM research assistant, specializing in macro-economic modeling and finding bugs the original G modeling software for personal computers.

Troy Wittek

Troy graduated with a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Maryland in 2007. He completed a master's degree in Applied Information Technology from Towson University in 2012, specializing in database management. He joined Inforum in 2006 and became a full-time Research Assistant in 2009. Troy's responsibilities at Inforum include collecting and analyzing statistical data for use in policy analysis, business planning, and academic research. He has helped to write and edit reports for a variety of audiences in the academic, government, and private sectors. He works with the Department of Defense to project defense purchases and skilled labor requirements by industry and by region using Inforum economic models. Other projects include providing short-term forecasts for domestic industries and analyzing the impact of major soft drink bottler operations in Asia. Additional responsibilities include software testing, literature review, and website development.

Douglas Nyhus

Doug develops and maintains the international interindustry models and the bilateral trade system linking countries into a world forecasting system. Doug performs many analyses with the international/bilateral trade system. He has supported impact analyses by U.S. government agencies for studies of the Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Indian economies. He has many years of experience working with international models and data, and he has been instrumental in developing the Inforum international network of researchers. Doug retired from full-time duties in 2013 but continues to work on model development, health care, and other projects. Doug has a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Margaret McCarthy

Margaret first joined Inforum in 1970 as a Faculty Research Assistant in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland. More recently, her principal responsibilities were in the operation, application, and maintenance of LIFT, Inforum's interindustry-macroeconomic model of the United States. Other work at Inforum included production and presentation of the group's economic outlook at conferences of subscribers. She worked frequently on research projects involving applications of input-output models and data. She also was been in charge of Inforum's production of updated input-output tables for the United States. Margaret led Inforum's assistance to the Chief Actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid. Margaret retired from full-time duties in 2007.

Undergraduate Students

Kaushik Nagarur

Kaushik is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. He will graduate in the spring of 2017 with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Business. Kaushik joined the staff of Inforum as a Research Assistant in January of 2016. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a masters in Economics, or work for an Economic Consulting Firm.

Mariah Hughes

Mariah is an undergraduate student at the University of Maryland, College Park. She will graduate in the spring of 2017 with a B.S. in Economics. Mariah joined the staff of Inforum as a Research Assistant in January of 2016. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in data analytics.


Inforum Ph.D. Graduates

From its beginning in 1967, Inforum has worked with many scholars from the University of Maryland, other academic institutions from the U.S and abroad, and elsewhere. We list some of the University of Maryland graduate students who completed their dissertaions while working with us.

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