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Dick De Veaux

Dick De Veaux

Dick De Veaux, C. Carlisle and Margaret Tippit Professor of Statistics, Williams College

Dick 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.

Peter Goos

Peter Goos

Professor of Technology Management, University of Antwerp

Peter Goos, PhD, 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.

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 minimising 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.

Beau Lotto

Beau Lotto

Neuroscientist and Director, Change Lab, University College London

Beau Lotto is a renowned neuroscientist and Director of the Change Lab at University College London, a research space that unites science, theatre and the arts to explore change at the personal, social and environmental levels. He is Co-Director of the branding neuro-design lab Beautiful Mind, which is an innovation consultancy company that enables experiences to foster applied creativity in organisations. He also serves as CEO of Ripples Inc., a Silicon Valley start-up that unites neuroscience, behavioural research and digital technology in creating the first truly social sharing and exchange.

Lotto has been conducting and presenting research on human perception and behaviour for more than 25 years. His work extends beyond pure neuroscience and deep into the spheres of education, business and the arts. He was awarded the Josef Albers Prize for Disruptive Innovation at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, and has been featured on two BBC Horizon programmes and National Geographic's Brain Games. He has spoken on the main stage at two TED conferences and at the G-8 summit in Northern Ireland about innovation in education and business. Lotto has accomplished many firsts: He was the first scientist to exhibit at the Hayward Gallery on the South Bank and the first to create a public perception lab at the London Science Museum. He is now working with the Chilean government to develop a new science institute that enables young girls from deprived backgrounds to conduct true science as a means of transforming their lives and communities through the process of science.

John Sall

John Sall

Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, SAS

John Sall is a co-founder and Executive Vice President of SAS, the world's leading business analytics software vendor. Sall also leads the JMP business division, which creates easy-to-use graphically interactive statistical software designed for scientists and engineers.

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® software and SAS/IML®. He also led the R&D effort that produced SAS/OR®, SAS/QC® and Version 6 of Base SAS.

In the late 1980s, Sall noticed 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 statistics 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 and in-memory data analysis tool. It also provides a visual interface to SAS in such solutions as JMP Clinical, JMP Genomics, SAS Visual Data Discovery and SAS Risk Dimensions. Sall remains the lead architect for JMP.

Sall was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1998. He serves on the board of World Wildlife Fund and was a member of the board of The Nature Conservancy from 2002 to 2011, reflecting his strong interest in international conservation and environmental issues. He also serves on the advisory board of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. 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.

Sall 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.

Breakout Speakers

Sara Bergonzini, Process Control and Validation Specialist,
Fresenius Kabi Company

Sara Bergonzini is a materials engineer at Fresenius Hemocare Italy and a trained Six Sigma Green Belt. She has worked at Fresenius since 2005 as a project manager in the fields of materials science, process engineering and process validation. Her main interests are the design, management and automation of data analysis.

Jian Cao, JMP Senior Systems Engineer, SAS

Jian Cao, PhD, joined JMP in 2006 to support commercial and academic customers. From 2001 to 2006, Cao worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a statistical consultant and as a manager of statistical applications at Spotfire. Prior to that, he held different positions at AT&T, providing statistical support to a number of business units and conducting research. Cao holds a PhD in economics, a master's degree in statistics and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

Yves Chandon, Six Sigma Black Belt, Freescale Semiconductor

Yves Chandon is Six Sigma Black Belt at Freescale in Toulouse, France.  He works in the ASG electronics products group, and is an engineer in physics with a degree from INSA in Rennes, France. Chandon has been a process engineer, defect reduction manager and a manufacturing Black Belt for Motorola in Toulouse, France; Phoenix, Arizona; and Crolles, France. He has written 12 publications on the use of statistical techniques for quality improvement and yield, as well as cost reduction.

Stine Fangel, Statistician, Bavarian Nordic

Stine Fangel is a statistician at Bavarian Nordic. She graduated from Copenhagen Business School with a master's degree in statistics and economics. Previously, she worked at Novozymes, where she supported the entire organisation through general JMP and statistics support, teaching and participation in quality projects.

Verity Fisher, Principal Statistician, GlaxoSmithKline

Verity Fisher, PhD, is a Principal Statistician at GlaxoSmithKline. Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Southampton, where she completed her PhD in 2012 on aspects of design for nonparametric regression and functional data. Her research interests are in various aspects of design for nonparametric regression, including sequential design and its application to industrial and scientific problems.

Paul Fogel, Independent Statistical Consultant

Paul Fogel, PhD, is a statistical consultant in Paris. He has a recent paper in The American Statistician on non-negative matrix factorisation.

Xan Gregg, JMP Director of Research and Development, SAS

Xan Gregg leads data visualisation 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 the Business Intelligence Network’s Data Visualisation Competition. Gregg holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Clemson University.

Yves Gueniffey, Assistant Professor, Director of Statistics' Teachings at the École des Mines de Nancy

Yves Gueniffey, PhD, is a data analysis and data mining professor with SAS and JMP at the École des Mines of Nancy (France).

Eric Hill, JMP Principal Systems Developer, SAS

Eric Hill has been a software developer at SAS for 20 years, spending the last 9 years in the JMP division. In his time with JMP, Hill has worked on the interface between JMP and SAS, helped redesign the JMP Windows user interface and designed the JMP add-in facility.

Sebastian Hoffmeister, Trainer and Statistical Consultant, STATCON

Sebastian Hoffmeister has worked for STATCON as a trainer and statistical consultant since 2010. Before that, he graduated from the Ludwig-Maximillians University in Munich, Germany. He has extensive knowledge in design of experiments and multivariate techniques, especially clustering algorithms and multivariate time series procedures. He is an accredited SAS and JMP trainer in Germany and teaches scientists, specialists and executive staff in industrial sectors including automotive, life science, pharmaceutics, as well as the financial sector.

Bradley Jones, JMP 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 minimising 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. He has won several awards for his published work in statistics and design of experiments. He is the editor of the Journal of Quality Technology.

Katharina Lankers, R&D Scientist, Schott AG

Katharina Lankers, PhD, is an R&D Scientist at Schott AG, a technology-based company developing and manufacturing specialty materials, components and systems. She studied mathematics and physics in Bonn, Stuttgart and Novosibirsk and received her PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Stuttgart. Since 1998, she has been working in the department of mathematical simulation and optimisation at Schott, focusing mainly on data-based modelling of production processes. With several years of JSL experience, she develops customised JMP applications and applies data mining methods to a variety of manufacturing problems. Moreover, she enjoys teaching JMP courses for the corporate training program.

Maria Lanzerath, Statistician, WL Gore & Associates

Maria Lanzerath studied statistics at the Ludwigs-Maximilians University in Munich and worked for three years as a data manager and SAS programmer for a Japanese pharmaceutical company. She has been with WL Gore  since 1997, working as an industrial statistician in the areas of designed experiments, SPC and data analysis. Lanzerath is also an active member of a global team of statisticians at Gore.

Ryan Lekivetz, JMP Research Statistician Developer, SAS

Ryan Lekivetz, PhD, is a Research Statistician Developer who works on the design of experiments (DOE) platforms in the JMP division of SAS. He earned his doctorate in statistics from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, Canada, and has publications related to topics in DOE in peer-reviewed journals.

Peng Liu, JMP Principal Research Statistician Developer, SAS

Peng Liu, PhD, is a Principal Research Statistician Developer in the JMP development group at SAS. He has bachelor's degrees in industrial foreign trade and computer science, as well as a master's degree and a PhD in statistics. He has been with the group for more than seven years. He is responsible for maintaining and developing reliability and time series platforms. He is interested in consumer product reliability, financial time series and software architecture.

Emily Matthews, Postgraduate Research Student, University of Southampton

Emily Matthews is a postgraduate research student at the University of Southampton and she is supervised by Professor Dave Woods. Matthews' main research interests are the design and analysis of multi-stage factorial designs. Her collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline has provided an example that is central to the work in her thesis.

Martin Owen, Quality by Design Leader, GlaxoSmithKline

Martin Owen is a scientist with GlaxoSmithKline and promotes data-driven decision making. Owen leads collaboration between a multidisciplinary GSK team and Dave Woods' experimental design group at the University of Southampton.  A key part of this work is to understand how information can be assimilated easily. He is an active member of the UK JMP User Group.

David Payne, Head of Continuous Improvement, Macfarlan Smith

David Payne is the Head of Continuous Improvement at Macfarlan Smith in Edinburgh. Part of the Johnson Matthey Group, they manufacture a wide range of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) for use in the pain relief market. Payne is a chartered chemical engineer and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with 12 years of experience in a wide range of manufacturing roles. He has been with Macfarlan Smith for two years, and he has had responsibility for the development and roll-out of the continuous improvement strategy across all areas of the business.

Graeme Robb, Associate Principal Scientist, AstraZeneca

Graeme Robb, PhD, is a computational chemist at AstraZeneca, where he has worked for the last 12 years within oncology and diabetes disease settings. His role involves using 3D molecular structure and numerical modelling techniques to predict activity and properties of small, organic compounds in order to accelerate the process of finding potential new drugs. He holds a PhD and a master's degree in chemistry from the University of Edinburgh.

Emmanuel Romeu, R&D Project Manager, Beckman Coulter (Danaher Corporation)

Emmanuel Romeu is an engineer in biotechnology, spending the last 10 years as R&D project leader developing immuno-assays. He worked in industrial development for 10 years prior to that. He has developed the use of design of experiments and other useful statistical approaches to speed up and improve the quality of assay development at his organisation.

Andrew Ruddick, Director, Process Insight Consulting

Andrew Ruddick is a highly experienced change leader and Operational Excellence expert. A certified Master Black Belt and Lean Champion who has had a successful career in global multi-nationals (ICI, DuPont), he now provides consulting across a wide variety of sectors, including pharma, manufacturing, financial services, transport and food processing. He has delivered consulting and training in many countries throughout Europe, as well as in in the U.S. and Asia.  Ruddick frequently exploits the power of JMP to help his clients tackle their complex process problems. He is the author of a chapter in the book Visual Six Sigma, which was reviewed by Six Sigma expert Mikel Harry, who said  "the authors of this book have done an outstanding job of illustrating how the practice of Six Sigma can be simplified and made more user-friendly through the use of visual data analysis methods."

Heath Rushing, Co-Founder and Principal, Adsurgo

Heath Rushing is the co-founder of Adsurgo, a professional services company focused on the use of analytics. Previously, he was the JMP Training and Consulting Manager at SAS.  As a quality engineer at Amgen, he championed statistical principles in every business unit. He won the top teaching award out of 54 instructors in the Air Force Academy math department. Additionally, he teaches short courses in statistics, data mining, and simulation modelling for SAS.

Bertram Schäfer, Owner, STATCON

Bertram Schäfer, owner of STATCON, has more than 25 years of management skills and statistical consulting experience. He has gained professional in-depth knowledge in the application of many statistical methods in nearly all major scientific fields, ranging from social and market research to life science and biotechnology, as well as automotive industrial statistics.

Melinda Thielbar, JMP Research Statistician Developer, SAS

Melinda Thielbar, PhD, joined the JMP team as a Research Statistician Developer in 2013. She currently specialises in statistical methods for consumer research and categorical data, though she has experience as far ranging as Naval power system analysis, fraud detection and Hollywood script consulting. Thielbar holds a PhD in statistics and a master's degree in economics.

Marianne Toft, Statistician, Novozymes

Marianne Toft, PhD, is a statistician at Novozymes A/S in Denmark with a chemistry background. She graduated from University of Copenhagen with a master's degree in food science and technology and a PhD in chemometrics and spectroscopy. At Novozymes, her department supports the entire organisation through general JMP and statistics support, teaching, and participation in quality projects.

Peter van Bruggen, Statistician, Unilever R&D

Peter van Bruggen has been a statistician at Unilever Research & Development in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands, for about 18 years. He has worked for Unilever for 34 years. With bachelor's degrees in chemistry and statistics, he specialised in the areas of statistical process control and design of experiments. He mainly supports pilot plants and producing factories globally in the area of statistics.

James Wisnowski, Co-Founder and Principal, Adsurgo

Jim Wisnowski, PhD, is co-founder and principal at Adsurgo, training professional services company focused on the use of analytics. He has a PhD in industrial engineering from Arizona State University and has published numerous journal articles and textbook chapters. He was an award-winning professor and statistics chair while at the United States Air Force Academy. Wisnowski retired from the Air Force, where he held various analytical and leadership positions throughout the Department of Defense in training, test and evaluation, human resources, logistics, systems engineering and acquisition.

David Woods, Professor of Statistics, University of Southampton

Dave Woods, PhD, is Professor of Statistics and an EPSRC Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, UK. His research interests focus on the design and analysis of both physical and computer experiments, Bayesian methods, and the application of statistics to science and technology. Much of his work is interdisciplinary and involves collaborations with researchers from other disciplines, and with government and industry.

Laura Zambianchi, Six Sigma Black Belt, Fresenius Kabi

Laura Zambianchi is a physicist and certified Six Sigma Black Belt at Fresenius Kabi, where she has worked as a project manager in R&D, process engineering and process validation for more than 15 years.