Thought Leaders

We’ve invited analytic experts to lead us in a monthly knowledge exchange. You’re about to witness thought leadership at its best. This year you'll meet:

Dean Abbott
Dean Abbott
President, Abbott Analytics
Dean Abbott is President of Abbott Analytics in San Diego, California. Abbott has more than 21 years of experience applying advanced data mining, data preparation, and data visualization methods to real world data-intensive problems, including fraud detection, response modeling, survey analysis, planned giving, predictive toxicology, signal process, and missile guidance. In addition, he has developed and evaluated algorithms for use in commercial data mining and pattern recognition products, including polynomial networks, neural networks, radial basis functions, and clustering algorithms, and has consulted with data mining software companies to provide critiques and assessments of their current features and future enhancements. Abbott also serves as chief technology officer and mentor for start-up companies focused on applying advanced analytics in their consulting practices.
Abbott is a seasoned instructor, having taught a wide range of data mining tutorials and seminars for a decade to audiences of up to 400, including DAMA, KDD, AAAI, and IEEE conferences. He is the instructor of well-regarded data mining courses, explaining concepts in language readily understood by a wide range of audiences, including analytics novices, data analysts, statisticians, and business professionals. Abbott also has taught both applied and hands-on data mining courses for major software vendors, including SAS.
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Sky Alibhai and Zoe Jewell
Sky Alibhai and Zoe Jewell
Project Co-Leaders, WildTrack
Sky Alibhai and Zoe Jewell are the co-founders of WildTrack, a nonprofit organization that tracks endangered species with a noninvasive footprint identification technology (FIT). While monitoring black rhinos in Zimbabwe in the early 1990s, Alibhai and Jewell collected and presented data to show that invasive monitoring techniques were negatively affecting female fertility. WildTrack and the FIT technique grew out of that data and interest from researchers around the world who needed a cost-effective and noninvasive approach to wildlife monitoring.
Alibhai has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Makerere University, Uganda, and a doctorate in small mammal population dynamics from the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and a member of the Society of Conservation Biology. He has published widely on wild animal monitoring using noninvasive approaches.
Jewell has a bachelor’s degree in zoology and physiology from London University, a master’s degree in medical parasitology from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (London University) and a veterinary degree from Cambridge University. She is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology and an adviser for Animal Consultants International on matters relating to wild animal monitoring and welfare. She has published on wild animal monitoring using noninvasive approaches and animal monitoring ethics.
Alibhai and Jewell are currently visiting academics at Duke University and at JMP, a division of SAS.
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Dan Ariely
Dan Ariely
James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University
Dan Ariely, PhD, holds appointments at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, School of Medicine, and department of economics. He is also founder of the Center for Advanced Hindsight and co-founder of the consulting firm BEworks. In addition, Ariely is the author of best-sellers Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, as well as The Honest Truth About Dishonesty.
Using simple experiments, Ariely studies how people actually act in the marketplace, as opposed to how they should or would perform if they were completely rational. His interests span a wide range of daily behaviors such as buying (or not), saving (or not), ordering food in restaurants, pain management, procrastination, dishonesty, and decision making under different emotional states. His TED talks on these topics have been viewed more than 4.8 million times.
Ariely earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Tel Aviv University, his master's and doctorate degrees in cognitive psychology from the University of North Carolina, and a doctorate in business administration from Duke University.
His research has been published in leading journals and featured in the popular press. He is a regular contributor to Marketplace on National Public Radio and has a blog series called Ask Ariely on The Wall Street Journal online.
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Bart Baesens
Bart Baesens
Assistant Professor, University of Leuven
Bart Baesens, PhD, is an assistant professor at University of Leuven in Belgium and a lecturer at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. Baesens has done extensive research on predictive analytics, data mining, customer relationship management, Web analytics, fraud detection and credit risk management. His findings have been published in international journals such as Machine Learning, Management Science, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation and the Journal of Machine Learning Research. Baesens has presented at numerous international conferences; he is also co-author of the book Credit Risk Management: Basic Concepts, which was published in 2008. He regularly tutors, advises and provides consulting support to international firms on data mining, predictive analytics and credit risk management policy.
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Vicki A. Barbur
Vicki A. Barbur
Vice President of Research and Development,
Cardinal Health
Vicki Barbur is Vice President of Research and Development for the medical segment at Cardinal Health based in McGaw Park, IL. Barbur has more than 20 years of experience in research, development and manufacturing. At Cardinal Health, she is responsible for the development of new innovative products that meet the needs of several key functional areas in the health care environment: patient care, critical care, clinician and patient protection, sterilization and fluid management, drug delivery and disease diagnostics. She oversees development of platforms that utilize novel characteristics of materials and coatings to enhance barrier protection, improve strength and increase absorbency in a range of potential new products, such as surgical gowns, surgical drapes, facial protection and infection control apparel. Earlier, Barbur was Technology Director at Kodak for R&D efforts, focused on specialty products that included nanomaterials. At Kodak, she emphasized concept exploration into innovative, novel materials and led the technology transfer to manufacturing via her in-depth knowledge of the R&D development cycle. Barbur has a PhD in physics from Imperial College, University of London, and an MS in applied statistics from the University of Oxford.
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Jonah Berger
Jonah Berger
James G. Campbell Associate Professor of Marketing, The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Jonah Berger, PhD, is the James G. Campbell Associate Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. For the past decade, he has studied social influence and social epidemics: in other words, how products, ideas and behaviors become popular. The author of best-selling Contagious: Why Things Catch On, Berger examines how decision making and social dynamics generate collective outcomes such as social contagion and trends.
Berger has published dozens of articles in top-tier academic journals like Journal of Consumer Research and Marketing Science. Popular accounts of his work have appeared in places like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review and Wired. His research has also been featured in The New York Times Magazine's annual “Year in Ideas” issue.
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Michael Berry
Michael J.A. Berry
Analytics Director, TripAdvisor for Business
Together with his colleague Gordon Linoff, Michael Berry is author of some of the most widely read and respected books on data mining. These best sellers in the field have been translated into many languages. Berry is an active practitioner of data mining, and his books reflect many years of practical, hands-on experience down in the data mines.
A data mining educator as well as a consultant, Berry teaches marketing analytics in the MBA program at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. He is also in demand as a keynote speaker and seminar leader in the area of data mining generally and the application of data mining to customer relationship management in particular. He co-founded Data Miners in 1997.
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Peter Bloomfield
Peter Bloomfield
Professor of Statistics,
North Carolina State University
Peter Bloomfield is a professor in the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University (NCSU). His primary research interests include time series analysis and statistical models for finance.
Bloomfield was the 1989-1990 D.D. Mason Award winner for his “effective application of statistics to the environmental sciences, significant contributions to statistical methods for time series data, and for his diverse and capable service to the teaching programs of the statistics department at NCSU.”
A published author, Bloomfield has written several books, including Fourier Analysis of Time Series and Least Absolute Deviations: Theory, Applications, and Algorithms. He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, the American Statistical Association and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
Bloomfield has a BS in mathematics and a PhD in statistics from University of London.
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Alberto Cairo
Alberto Cairo
Assistant Professor of the Professional Practice, School of Communication, University of Miami
Alberto Cairo teaches courses on information graphics and visualization, and is interested in the convergence between visual communication, journalism, cognitive science, cartography and statistics. He is author of Infografía 2.0 and The Functional Art. He’s working on a new book, tentatively titled The Insightful Art: Storytelling with Data and Infographics, to be published at the end of 2014. He’s also the author of a 12-hour video tutorial about how to use Adobe Illustrator to produce information graphics.
From 2010 through 2011, Cairo was the Director of Infographics and Multimedia at Editora Globo, the magazine division of the biggest media group in Brazil. Previously, he was an assistant professor at the School of Journalism at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill between 2005 and 2009.
Cairo led the creation of the Interactive Infographics Department at El Mundo in 2000. His team won more Malofiej and Society for News Design (SND) infographics international awards than any other news organization worldwide between 2001 and 2005. Cairo has spoken at international conferences on visual journalism and design. He has taught and consulted for educational institutions and media companies in more than 20 countries.
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Brian Corcoran
Brian Corcoran
Director of Research and Development, JMP Host Group, SAS
Brian Corcoran is the Director of Research and Development for the JMP Host Group at SAS, which develops the features of JMP® outside of the statistical and visualization platforms. Corcoran is responsible for database access, Excel and SPSS file import, automation and Windows graphics. He is a member of IEEE. Corcoran has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in the same subject from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Marie Davidian
Marie Davidian
William Neal Reynolds Professor of Statistics, North Carolina State University
Marie Davidian is the William Neal Reynolds Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at Duke University. She a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. Davidian has served as chair of grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as Coordinating and Executive Editor of Biometrics, as a member of US Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committees, and as president of the Eastern North American Region of the International Biometric Society. She is currently president of the ASA.
Davidian's research interests include analysis of longitudinal data, methods for design and analysis of clinical trials and observational studies, methods for making statistical inference in the presence of missing or mismeasured data, and causal inference and dynamic treatment regimes. She is co-author of the 1995 book Nonlinear Models for Repeated Measurement Data and is co-editor of the 2009 book Longitudinal Data Analysis. She received the 2007 Janet L. Norwood Award for outstanding achievement by a woman in the statistical sciences; the 2009 George W. Snedecor Award and the 2011 Florence Nightingale David Award presented by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies; the 2010 NCSU Alexander Quarles Holladay Medal for Excellence, the highest honor the university bestows on a faculty member; and has delivered several distinguished lectures, including a 2010 Institute of Mathematical Sciences Medallion Lecture.
Since 2004, Davidian has served as director of the annual joint NCSU-Duke Clinical Research Institute Summer Institute for Training In Biostatistics (SIBS), a six-week program to inspire US undergraduates to pursue graduate training in biostatistics, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which was recently renewed for the summers of 2013-2015.
She received her PhD in statistics in 1987 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Dick De Veaux
Dick De Veaux
C. Carlisle and Margaret Tippit Professor of Statistics, Williams College
Richard D. De Veaux, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. An expert in applied statistics, his professional interests include data mining methodology and its application to problems in science and industry, as well as model selection and other problems for large data sets.
De Veaux holds a doctorate in statistics and a master’s degree in education from Stanford University. A summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, he earned bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering and mathematics.
Before joining the Williams faculty, he served on the faculty at Princeton and at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a visiting research professor at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Montpellier, France; the Université Paul Sabitier in Toulouse, France; and the Université René Descartes in Paris. In 2006-2007 he was the William R. Kenan Jr. Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University.
De Veaux is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the author of many research papers. He is co-author, with Paul Velleman and David Bock, of several critically acclaimed textbooks, including Intro Stats and Stats: Data and Models.
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Kaiser Fung
Kaiser Fung
Author, Numbers Rule Your World
Kaiser Fung is a professional statistician with more than a decade of experience applying statistical methods to unlocking the relationship between advertising and customer behaviors. His blog, Junk Charts, pioneered the critical examination of data and graphics in the mass media. Since 2005, Junk Charts has received rave reviews from Science magazine, the Guardian, Yahoo!, and Stanford University Libraries. He is also author of Numbers Rule Your World: The Hidden Influence of Numbers and Statistics on Everything You Do.
Fung is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and an adjunct professor at New York University, where he teaches practical statistics to professionals. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, in addition to statistics and engineering degrees from Princeton and Cambridge Universities.
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Peter Goos
Peter Goos
Professor of Technology Management,
University of Antwerp
Peter Goos is a full professor at the University of Antwerp, teaching in the Department of Environment, Technology and Technology Management of the Faculty of Applied Economics. From October 2004 until September 2009, he was an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science. Goos also serves as president of the StatUa Center for Statistics. He is a part-time full professor in the Department of Marketing at the Erasmus School of Economics (Erasmus University of Rotterdam) and a guest professor for the Faculty of Business and Economics at the Catholic University of Leuven. Before his appointment at the University of Antwerp, he was a predoctoral and postdoctoral research fellow at the Flemish Research Fund FWO in the ORSTAT research group of the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Leuven. He has been a guest professor at the KU Leuven and a lecturer at the Antwerp Management School and the International School of Management in Saint-Petersburg, as well.
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Chris Gotwalt
Chris Gotwalt
Director of JMP Statistical Research and Development, SAS
Chris Gotwalt, PhD, is the Director of Statistical Research and Development at JMP, a business division of SAS, and leads the statistical software development and testing teams. Since joining SAS as a software developer in 2003, Gotwalt has made numerous contributions to JMP, mostly in the area of numerical algorithms and in the creation of new statistical techniques. He developed many of the numerical algorithms that underlie the analytical tools within JMP, including those for linear mixed models, linear and nonlinear optimal designed experiments, neural networks, and reliability modeling. Gotwalt has been leading the statistical development team since 2008. He holds a PhD in statistics from North Carolina State University.
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Xan Gregg
Xan Gregg
JMP Director of Research and Development, SAS
Xan Gregg leads data visualization development at JMP. He created the Graph Builder feature introduced in JMP 8 and continues to be its principal developer. Gregg contributes to the JMP Blog, participates in the online JMP Community and often speaks at customer events like the JMP Discovery Summit. In 2006, he won first place in Business Intelligence Network’s Data Visualization Competition.
Gregg holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Clemson University.
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David Hand
David J. Hand
Senior Research Investigator and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Imperial College, London
David Hand, PhD, is Chief Scientific Advisor to Winton Capital Management in addition to his post at Imperial College, London. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and a recipient of the Guy Medal of the Royal Statistical Society. He has served two terms as President of the Royal Statistical Society and is on the Board of the UK Statistics Authority. He has published 300 scientific papers and 26 books, including Principles of Data Mining, Information Generation, and Measurement Theory and Practice. His new book, The Improbability Principle, is out in February 2014. He has broad research interests in areas including classification, data mining, anomaly detection, and the foundations of statistics. His applications interests include psychology, physics and the retail credit industry; he and his research group won the 2012 Credit Collections and Risk Award for Contributions to the Credit Industry. He was made OBE for services to research and innovation in 2013.
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Christian Hildebrand
Christian Hildebrand
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Project Leader, University of St. Gallen
Christian Hildebrand teaches university courses specializing in multivariate data analysis and computational implementation of experiments. He also consults companies in a large number of industries, including automotive, consumer electronics, apparel retail, hotels, insurance and health care. His research has been published in both leading academic journals and practitioner-oriented journals such as Information Systems Research, Journal of Marketing Research and Harvard Business Review.
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Roger Hoerl
Roger Hoerl
Assistant Professor of Statistics, Union College
Roger W. Hoerl, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Statistics at Union College in Schenectady, NY. He is the former leader of the Applied Statistics Laboratory at GE Global Research, which focuses on new product and service development within each of the GE businesses. Hoerl is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Society for Quality, and has been elected to the International Statistical Institute and the International Academy for Quality. He has received the Brumbaugh and Hunter Awards, as well as the Shewhart Medal, from the American Society for Quality, and the Founders Award from the American Statistical Association. In 2006 he received the Coolidge Fellowship from GE Global Research, honoring one scientist a year from among the four global GE Research and Development sites for lifetime technical achievement. He used his six-month Coolidge sabbatical to study the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, spending a month traveling through Africa in 2007.
Hoerl has authored five books in the areas of statistics and business improvement, two book chapters and more than 45 refereed journal articles. Hoerl’s introductory text Statistical Thinking: Improving Business Performance, co-authored with Ronald Snee, was described as "...probably the most practical basic statistics textbook that has ever been written within a business context" by the journal Technometrics. More recently, Hoerl wrote Use What You Have: Resolving the HIV/AIDS Pandemic, with Presha Neidermeyer of West Virginia University, based on his sabbatical research.
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J. Stuart Hunter
J. Stuart Hunter
Professor Emeritus, Princeton University
J. Stuart Hunter, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He served as staff statistician for American Cyanamid Co. and as a member of the Mathematics Research Center at the University of Wisconsin before joining Princeton.
Over the years, Hunter has published numerous books, papers, and technical reports. He co-authored Statistics for Experimenters with George E.P. Box and W.G. Hunter and is the author of the textbooks Design of Experiments and Statistics for Problem Solving and Decision Making. His major areas of concentration include industrial applications of statistics, the fractional factorial, and response surface experimental design.
Hunter is the founding editor of Technometrics, the quarterly journal co-published by ASQ and the American Statistical Association. He served as president of the American Statistical Association in 1993.
Among the many honors received by Hunter were ASQ’s Brumbaugh Award in 1959 and 1985 and Shewhart Medal in 1970. He also received the Ellis Ott Award in 1978 and the Metropolitan Section’s Deming Medal in 1986. In addition, he is a recipient of the U.S. Army’s S.S. Wilks Medal. The Environometrics Society established the J. Stuart Hunter Annual Lecture in his honor.
Hunter received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University, a master’s degree in engineering mathematics and a doctorate in experimental statistics from the same institution.
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Bradley Jones
Bradley Jones
Principal Research Fellow, SAS
Bradley Jones, PhD, is the Principal Research Fellow in the JMP division of SAS, where he is responsible for the development of new methods in design of experiments (DOE). He built the JMP Custom Designer, a general and powerful tool for generating optimal experimental designs. He holds a patent on the use of DOE for minimizing registration errors in the manufacture of laminated circuit boards and is the inventor of the prediction profile plot for interactive exploration of multiple input and output response surfaces.
Before joining SAS in 1997, he was the principal statistician at The MathWorks Inc., where he designed and implemented the MATLAB Statistics Toolbox. He was Chief Scientist and a founding partner of Catalyst Inc., a company created to support the use of computer-aided DOE in industry.
Jones is the 2012 recipient of the Statistics in Chemistry award from the American Statistical Association (ASA). In both 2009 and 2011, he received the American Society for Quality’s Brumbaugh Award for the paper making the largest contribution to industrial quality control. He also won the 2010 Lloyd S. Nelson Award for the article having the greatest immediate impact to practitioners. Jones is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Quality Technology and a Fellow of the ASA. He holds a master’s degree in statistics from Florida State University and a PhD in applied economic sciences from the University of Antwerp, Belgium.
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Daniel Keim
Daniel Keim
Professor of Data Analysis and Visualization, University of Konstanz
Daniel Keim is full professor and head of the Information Visualization and Data Analysis Research Group in the Computer Science Department of the University of Konstanz, Germany. He has been actively involved in data analysis and information visualization research for more than 20 years, and developed a number of novel visual analysis techniques for very large data sets. Keim has been program co-chair and steering committee member of the IEEE Information Visualization and IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology conferences. He has also served as co-chair of the Association for Computing Machinery SIGKDD conference and member of the IEEE EuroVis steering committee. He is coordinator of the German Strategic Research Initiative (SPP) on Scalable Visual Analytics and the scientific coordinator of the EU Coordinated Action on Visual Analytics. Keim got his PhD and habilitation degrees in computer science from the University of Munich.
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Wayne Levin
Wayne Levin
President, Predictum Inc.
Wayne Levin is President of Predictum Inc., a company specializing in SAS® and JMP® application development for a variety of industries, including semiconductor, consumer products, pharmaceutical, financial, insurance, chemical and automotive. He founded Predictum with the goal of improving client operations and accelerating research. He does this through analytical consulting and training, and by developing software systems to support these efforts. Levin was certified by SAS in 1997 as an instructor for JMP, and he has conducted dozens of courses in statistical methods every year since. He graduated from the University of Toronto in industrial engineering and has a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Waterloo.
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Denise Lievesley
Denise Lievesley
Head of School, School of Social Science and Public Policy, King's College London
Denise Lievesley, one of the United Kingdom's leading social statisticians, is dedicated to campaigning for the evidence-based development of sound public policies in the UK and beyond.
Her distinguished career includes posts as founding Chief Executive of the English Health and Social Care Information Centre; Director of Statistics at UNESCO, where she established its new Institute for Statistics; Director of the UK Data Archive; and professor of research methods in the mathematics department at the University of Essex. Most recently, Lievesley was a special adviser to the United Nations African Centre for Statistics and was based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Lievesley has contributed to the formulation of both national and international statistics policy as President of the Royal Statistical Society (1999-2001) and of the International Statistical Institute (2007-9). She is the first and only woman to hold the latter office.
She has taught at many institutions and universities throughout the world, including posts at City University London, Durham University and Institut national de la recherche scientifique in Montreal. Lievesley is a Fellow and graduate of University College London and has received an honorary doctorate from City University London. She remains active in the development of social research methods and in research ethics.
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Don Lifke
Don Lifke
Process Engineer, Sandia National Labs
Don Lifke is a Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM. Sandia’s vision is, “Helping our nation secure a peaceful and free world through technology.” Lifke is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and has been using JMP since version 4. He has applied JMP in a wide array of industries, from cardiac pacemaker manufacturing to weapons quality. He is passionate about teaching scientists that it’s actually advantageous to change more than one variable at a time.
He uses JMP in his personal and family life as well. Lifke used JMP to optimize his golf swing, and his son has been using JMP since second grade for science projects and to win the Pinewood Derby. His grade-school daughter is also a JMP user, confirming that learning JMP is truly elementary.
Lifke’s experience includes working for employers such as AlliedSignal, U.S. Department of Energy, Medtronic and Emcore. He also teaches business statistics courses at the university level. Lifke received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico.
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Gordon Linoff
Gordon Linoff
Founder, Data Miners Inc.
Gordon S. Linoff has had a keen interest in understanding and analyzing large data sets and in applying the results to business problems since he was a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Gordon is a practitioner, thought leader, and teacher in the area of data mining.
His most recent book, Data Analysis with SQL and Excel, was published by Wiley in 2007. His earlier books, written with his colleague Michael Berry, include Data Mining Techniques for Marketing, Sales, and Customer Relationship Management and Mastering Data Mining: The Art and Science of Customer Relationship Management.
Gordon is a Founder and Principal of Data Miners Inc. Prior to co-founding Data Miners in 1998, he also worked at Naviant Technology Solutions and Thinking Machines Corporation. He has consulted for a wide range of companies including Bank of America, BT, The Limited, The New York Times, T-Mobile, The Teaching Company, and Pfizer Inc.
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William Q. Meeker
William Q. Meeker
Professor of Statistics and Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University
Bill Meeker, PhD, is a Professor of Statistics and Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and a past Editor of Technometrics. He is co-author of the books Statistical Methods for Reliability Data with Luis Escobar (1998), and Statistical Intervals: A Guide for Practitioners with Gerald Hahn (1991), six book chapters, and of numerous publications in the engineering and statistical literature. He has won ASQ’s Youden Prize four times and its Wilcoxon Prize three times. He received ASA’s Best Practical Application Award in 2001 and the ASQ Statistics Division's W.G. Hunter Award in 2003. In 2007 he was awarded the ASQ Shewhart Medal. Meeker has done research and consulted extensively on problems in reliability data analysis, reliability test planning, accelerated testing, nondestructive evaluation and statistical computing.
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David Meintrup
David Meintrup
Professor of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research, Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
David Meintrup, PhD, is a professor of mathematics and statistics at the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany, where he is responsible for the mathematical and statistical education of engineering students. Besides his teaching and research in academia, Meintrup works as a statistical trainer and consultant, in particular for the semiconductor, solar, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. He studied at the University of Münster and at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
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Kelci Miclaus
Kelci Miclaus
Research and Development Manager,
JMP Life Sciences, SAS
Kelci Miclaus develops statistical features for JMP Genomics and JMP Clinical software. Her research and development areas include genetic association and relatedness, mixed models, pattern discovery and clinical trials safety analysis. Miclaus joined SAS in 2006 and holds a PhD in statistics from North Carolina State University.
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Anne Milley
Anne Milley
Senior Director of Analytics Strategy, JMP
Product Marketing, SAS
Anne Milley directs analytic strategy in JMP Product Marketing at SAS. Her ties to SAS began at The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas, where she completed a thesis on bank failure prediction models and yield curve inversions and became a manager in the credit group. She continued her use of SAS as a senior business consultant at 7-Eleven Inc., where she performed sales analyses and designed and conducted tests to aid in strategic decision making.
Milley has authored various papers, articles and co-authored an award-winning report for the 1999 KDD Contest. She has served on committees for KDD, SIAM, A2010 and has twice co-chaired SAS’ annual data mining/analytics conference. She is a contributing faculty member for the International Institute of Analytics.
Milley has a master’s degree in economics from Florida Atlantic University and did post-graduate work at Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule Aachen. She is proficient in German and enjoys organic gardening and spending time with her family.
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Chris Nachtsheim
Chris Nachtsheim
Professor and Chair of Operations and Management Sciences at Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Christopher Nachtsheim, PhD, is Chair of Operations and Management Sciences at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. He specializes in experimental design, regression and analysis of variance, and has co-written several related books, including Applied Linear Regression Models and Applied Linear Statistical Models. He teaches university courses and consults with government, oil and gas, consumer products, and the banking industries on experimental design and employing data analysis for decision making. He has served as an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Nachtsheim holds a PhD in operations research from the University of Minnesota and an MS in operations research and statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
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Stuart L. Pimm
Stuart L. Pimm
Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
Stuart Pimm is the Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He is a world leader in the study of present-day extinctions and what can be done to prevent them. His research covers the reasons why and rate at which species become extinct, the global patterns of habitat loss and species extinction and, importantly, the management consequences of this research. Pimm received a bachelor’s degree from Oxford University in 1971 and a doctorate from New Mexico State University in 1974. He is the author of more than 250 scientific papers and four books. The Institute of Scientific Information has ranked him as one of the most highly cited environmental scientists for more than a decade. Pimm wrote the highly acclaimed assessment of the human impact on the planet: The World According to Pimm: A Scientist Audits the Earth. His commitment to the interface between science and policy has led to his testimony to both the US House of Representatives and Senate committees on the re-authorization of the Endangered Species Act. He has worked and taught in Africa for nearly 20 years on elephants, most recently lions – through National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative – but always on topics that relate to the conservation of wildlife and the ecosystems on which they depend. Other research areas include the Everglades of Florida and tropical forests in South America, especially the Atlantic Forest along the eastern coast of Brazil and the northern Andes – two of the world’s hot spots for threatened species.
Pimm’s international honors include the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (2010), the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), the Society for Conservation Biology’s Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award (2006), the Marsh Award for Conservation Biology from the Marsh Christian Trust (awarded by the Zoological Society of London in 2004), and the William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society (2007).
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Potts
Will Potts
Vice President of Statistical Analysis, Risk Management Department, Capital One Financial Corporation
Will Potts has more than 20 years of experience as a statistical consultant in science and industry. For the past seven years he has been with Capital One, where he develops advanced predictive modeling methods for financial services. Prior to Capital One, he was a consultant for Data Miners Inc., a statistical services specialist at SAS Institute, a senior biostatistician at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and the co-director of the Biometrical Consulting Service at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Potts is best known to predictive modelers as the developer of several popular training courses on data mining methods using SAS.
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John Pullinger
John Pullinger
President, Royal Statistical Society, and Librarian and Director General, Information Services, Parliament (UK)
John Pullinger is Librarian and Director General of Information Services in Parliament (UK), where he is responsible for research and library services, the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, media and communications, education, the website and intranet, visitors, outreach and curatorial services. He is also a member of the House of Commons Management Board.
With a professional background in statistics, Pullinger is the current President of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS). He has been active in the RSS for many years, taking on leadership roles such as the Chair of getstats, a campaign for a society enriched by a better understanding of numbers.
Pullinger is the Chair of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) section for Library and Research Services for Parliaments. He chaired the 2008 Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference on Informing Democracy: Building Capacity to Meet Parliamentarians’ Information and Research Needs. His roles with both the IFLA and IPU have led him to actively work with parliamentary services in many countries across the world.
Before joining Parliament in 2004, Pullinger had a career in civil service.
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Brenda Ramirez
Brenda Ramírez
Industrial Statistician and Author
Brenda S. Ramírez is an industrial statistician with more than 15 years of experience working in the chemical and semiconductor industries. Ramírez partners with engineers and scientists to help bring new products to market, sustain manufacturing operations and guide process improvements through the union of science and statistics. She also has years of experience driving continuous improvement initiatives, like Six Sigma and Quality Function Deployment (QFD). Ramírez received master’s degrees in applied statistics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and in industrial and management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has been an avid user of statistical software from SAS since 1992.
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Jose Ramirez
José Ramírez
Statistical Engineer
José G. Ramírez, PhD, is a statistical engineer with years of experience in the semiconductor, electronics and biotech industries. A JMP user for more than 20 years, he has worked closely with associates to help them make sense of data, and through collaborative education, helped promote statistical thinking and JMP usage. He received a degree in mathematics from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, and both an MS in applied statistics and a PhD in statistics from the University Wisconsin-Madison. He was one of the founding members of the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement at the University Wisconsin-Madison. At the 1998 international SAS users conference, Ramírez won the best contributed statistics paper, and in 2002 he received the SAS User Feedback Award. His book, Analyzing and Interpreting Continuous Data Using JMP: A Step-by-Step Guide, written with his wife Brenda Ramírez, won the 2010 Award of Excellence in the Society for Technical Communications International Technical Publications Competition.
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Rob Reul
Rob Reul
Founder and Managing Director,
Isometric Solutions LLC
Robert Reul is the founder and Managing Director of Isometric Solutions LLC, an international market research firm that specializes in customer intelligence research in business-to-business markets. Reul has more than 20 years of experience in quality management systems and performance improvement. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and management science, and has been a practicing Six Sigma Black Belt since 1986. Reul is a tenured Quality System Consultant, a certified Quality System Lead Auditor and a three-term Quality Award Senior Examiner.
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John Sall
John Sall
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, SAS
John Sall is a co-founder and Executive Vice President of SAS, leader in business analytics software and largest independent vendor in the business intelligence market. He also leads the JMP business division, which creates interactive and highly visual data analysis software for the desktop.
Sall joined Jim Goodnight and two others in 1976 to establish SAS. He designed, developed and documented many of the earliest analytical procedures for Base SAS® software and was the initial author of SAS/ETS® and SAS/IML® software. He also led the R&D effort that produced SAS/OR® software, SAS/QC® software and Version 6 of Base SAS.
In the late 1980s, Sall saw a niche that SAS software was not filling. Researchers and engineers – whose jobs didn’t revolve solely around statistical analysis – needed an easy-to-use and affordable stats program. A new software product, today known as JMP®, was launched in 1989 to dynamically link statistical analysis with the graphical capabilities of Macintosh computers. Now running on Windows and Macintosh, JMP continues to play an important role in modeling processes across industries as a desktop data visualization tool. It also provides a visual interface to SAS in an expanding line of solutions.
Sall was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1998. He served on the board of The Nature Conservancy (2002-2011), reflecting his strong interest in international conservation and environmental issues. He is a member of the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Board of Trustees. In 1997, Sall and his wife, Ginger, contributed to the founding of Cary Academy, an independent college preparatory day school for students in grades 6 through 12.
He received a bachelor’s degree in history from Beloit College in Beloit, WI, and a master’s degree in economics from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. He studied graduate-level statistics at NCSU, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2003.
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David Salsburg
David Salsburg
Author, The Lady Tasting Tea
David Salsburg is the author of The Lady Tasting Tea: How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century, a popular science book he wrote in retirement. It has appeared in hardcover and paperback, in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Portuguese editions. The paperback version is now in its eleventh printing. Since retiring in 1995, Salsburg has also taught at the Harvard School of Public Health and currently teaches one course a year at Yale University. He continues to publish academic articles.
Salsburg was the first statistician hired by Pfizer Central Research, Pfizer Inc. in 1968. During his years at Pfizer, he worked on 15 successful products and hundreds of unsuccessful ones, and rose to the top of the company’s scientific ladder. Salsburg occasionally taught courses at the University of Connecticut and at Connecticut College. His publication record includes more than 50 articles in refereed journals and three academic books. He was honored by being named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Research Association, and declared an outstanding alumnus from the University of Connecticut.
He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with honors in 1952, and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy 1952-1955. In the five years after serving in the Navy, he tried his hand at business. Salsburg married his wife, Fran, in 1959 and, with her encouragement, went back to school for graduate studies. He received a Master of Science in mathematics from Trinity College, Hartford, and a PhD in mathematical statistics from the University of Connecticut in 1966. Degree in hand, he accepted a position as an assistant professor in the Statistics and Operations Research Department of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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Michael Schrage
Michael Schrage
Research Fellow, MIT Sloan School of Management, Center for Digital Business
Michael Schrage is one of the world’s most provocative thought leaders on innovation. He has redefined how we think about innovation by focusing on customer acceptance of new products and services as an integral part of the process. Schrage also has pioneered techniques for using rapid prototyping, simulations and modeling to improve return on innovation investment. Schrage lectures and consults on these themes at several MIT executive education programs, overseas business schools and corporate workshops worldwide, showing audiences how to become more innovative and control costs without jeopardizing either their internal culture or their business model.
Schrage is the author of Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate and Shared Minds: The New Technologies of Collaboration. His recent Harvard Business Review e-book, Who Do You Want Your Customers to Become? is a management best-seller on Amazon.
A research fellow at the MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business, Schrage is a columnist for Harvard Business Review, Fortune, CIO magazine and MIT’s Technology Review, and is widely published in the business press. He is a regular contributor to The Conference Board Review. He is also a senior adviser to MIT’s Security Studies Program and consults to the US government on national security systems innovation.
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Willy Shih
Willy Shih
Professor of Management Practice,
Harvard Business School
Willy Shih is a Professor of Management Practice at the Harvard Business School. His interests are in national competitiveness and capability development by firms in emerging markets, global sequential production systems, and the management of science and technology intensive businesses.
Prior to joining the Harvard Business School, Shih spent 18 years in the computer industry and 10 years in consumer electronics.
Shih has two bachelor’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley. He is on the board of directors of Flextronics International, and he chairs the Technical Advisory Board for QD Vision Inc., Watertown, MA.
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Ronald Snee
Ronald Snee
President, Snee Associates LLC
Ronald D. Snee, PhD, is President of Snee Associates LLC. He provides guidance to senior executives in their pursuit of improved business performance using strategy of experimentation, Quality by Design, Lean Six Sigma and other improvement approaches that produce bottom-line results. His work focuses on the pharmaceutical and biotech industries and includes deployment of process improvement initiatives, strategic planning, project selection and process management. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Pharmacy and Rutgers University Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.
Snee began his career as a practicing statistician at DuPont after serving as an assistant professor of statistics at Rutgers University. During his 24 years at DuPont, he progressed from being an internal statistical consultant to managing statisticians, software engineers and a variety of engineering specialists. Later, he held corporate-level positions in R&D planning and continuous process improvement. His work at DuPont was recognized with five major awards.
He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Washington and Jefferson College and a master’s degree and PhD from Rutgers University in applied and mathematical statistics. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, American Society of Quality and American Association for the Advancement of Science. His work has been recognized with 20 major awards and honors, including ASA’s Deming Lecture Award, ASQ’s Shewhart and Grant Medals, and Academician in the International Academy for Quality. He is a frequent speaker and has co-authored four books and more than 225 papers in the fields of statistics, quality, performance improvement and management.
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Robert Stine
Robert Stine
Professor of Statistics, The Wharton School,
University of Pennsylvania
Robert Stine is Professor of Statistics in The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research spans a variety of areas with practical applications, ranging from forecasting to spatial models to fundamentals of multiple testing and model selection. Recent projects consider methods for selecting factors for predictive models from large databases, with particular relevance to the selection of factors that produce cost-effective decisions. These methods are crucial in the development of predictive models in data mining. His research has appeared in numerous academic journals, including the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, and the Annals of Statistics. His teaching has been recognized by major awards in both the Wharton MBA and undergraduate programs, and he is the co-author of a recent textbook Business Statistics: Decision Making and Analysis.
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Sameer Vittal
Sameer Vittal
Engineering Technical Leader for Analytics,
GE Energy
Sameer Vittal is the Engineering Technical Leader for Analytics with GE Energy’s Advanced Technology Operations. He has been with GE since 2000. He leads a global team of scientists and engineers tasked with developing knowledge-based services and technologies to manage the risk and health of complex engineering systems like gas turbine power plants and wind turbines.
His responsibilities are in two main areas – (1) developing data mining, prognostics and asset health management solutions for power generation and propulsion equipment and (2) developing financial risk modeling and optimization solutions for extended warranties and contractual service agreements.
Vittal has a BE in mechanical engineering from Bangalore University, India as well as MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. He has more than 15 years of experience in analytics, predictive modeling and optimization, reliability engineering, asset condition monitoring and risk management in the automotive and energy industries. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences with an interest in actuarial engineering – an emerging risk management field that integrates techniques from engineering, operations research and actuarial science. He lives in Atlanta, GA.
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Howard Wainer
Howard Wainer
Distinguished Research Scientist, National Board of Medical Examiners
Howard Wainer is an Adjunct Professor of Statistics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has a long-standing interest in the use of graphical methods for data analysis and communication, robust statistical methodology, and the development and application of generalizations of item response theory. His work on testlet response theory combined all three and earned him the 2006 National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) Award for Scientific Contribution to a Field of Educational Measurement. He has published numerous books, including Picturing the Uncertain World (2009), Uneducated Guesses (2011) and Medical Illuminations (2014).
Wainer served on the faculty of the University of Chicago, a period at the Bureau of Social Science Research during the Carter administration, and 21 years as Principal Research Scientist in the Research Statistics Group at Educational Testing Service. He received a PhD from Princeton University in 1968. He is a Fellow in the American Statistical Association and the American Educational Research Association, and he has received many accolades, including the Educational Testing Service’s Senior Scientist Award, the Lady Davis Prize and the NCME Award for Career Contributions to Educational Measurement.
Wainer has been editor or associate editor of several scientific magazines, such as the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, and Applied Psychological Measurement. He has written a popular column on data visualization in the statistics magazine Chance since 1990.
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Russell D. Wolfinger
Russell D. Wolfinger
Director of Scientific Discovery
and Genomics, SAS
Russ Wolfinger, PhD, Director of Scientific Discovery and Genomics at SAS, leads a team in research and development of JMP-based software solutions in the areas of genomics and clinical research. He joined SAS in 1989 after earning a PhD in statistics from North Carolina State University (NCSU). For 10 years he devoted his efforts to developing statistical procedures in the areas of linear and nonlinear mixed models, multiple testing and density estimation. In 2000 he started the Scientific Discovery department at SAS.
Wolfinger is co-author of more than 100 publications and a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Statistical Association. He also is an adjunct faculty member at NCSU and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a leading member of the MicroArray Quality Control (MAQC) Consortium, which conducts sweeping assessments of genomics technologies and is sponsored by the US Food and Drug Administration.
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Richard C. Zink
Richard C. Zink
JMP Principal Research Statistician Developer, SAS
Richard Zink is a research statistician developer in the JMP Life Sciences group at SAS. He was a biostatistician in the pharmaceutical industry for eight years, where he designed and analyzed numerous clinical trials from multiple therapeutic areas. Zink also participated in US and European drug submissions and FDA advisory committee hearings. He is the Statistics Section Editor for Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science, and is author of the book Risk-Based Monitoring and Fraud Detection in Clinical Trials Using JMP® and SAS®. Zink holds a PhD in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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