JMP and SAS present the Innovators' Summit 2008: The knowledge exchange for analytic excellence. September 24-26, 2008 - Sofitel San Francisco Bay
JMP and SAS present the Innovators' Summit 2008: The knowledge exchange for analytic excellence. September 24-26, 2008 - Sofitel San Francisco Bay


Conference Moderator
Michael Shrage

Michael Schrage, Researcher and Author

An MIT researcher and executive education lecturer, Michael Schrage has been co-director of the MIT Media Labs eMarkets Initiative and a pioneer in the economic sociology of modeling, simulation and experimentation in organizations. His work focuses on how models, prototypes and simulations are used to align “innovation markets.” He has advised a variety of global organizations, including Microsoft, Google, BT, BP, Wells Fargo, Mars, Fidelity/Devonshire Partners and Siemens. He is the author of Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate (Harvard Business School Press, 1999) and other books and articles on the economics of innovation.

Plenary Session — Thursday, September 25th
Richard Antcliff

Richard R. Antcliff (Rich), Chief Technologist, Langley Research Center, NASA

Richard Antcliff, PhD, is Chief Technologist, Director of the Advanced Planning and Partnerships Office and Director of the Office of Strategic Communication and Education at NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA.  As Director of Langley’s Innovation Institute, he leads the center’s efforts to stay on the forefront of innovative technology creation. Antcliff serves as an advocate of NASA’s technologies and their use in commercial systems.

Antcliff began his career as a research physicist developing laser spectroscopic measurement techniques.  He served as Head of the Measurement Science and Technology Branch at Langley. In 1999, he was appointed Deputy Director of  the center’s Aerospace Vehicle Systems Technology Office, where he helped institute changes to NASA performance measures.  An assignment with Walt Disney Imagineering helped Antcliff glean concepts for fostering innovation across the organization. 

Antcliff holds a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Georgia and is a graduate of the Harvard Senior Executive Fellows and the Excellence in Government Fellows Programs.  He is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a past chairman of its Aerospace Measurement Technical Committee.  He has received group and individual awards for technical and managerial excellence and was most recently awarded the NASA Leadership Medal.

He and  his wife Joanne live in Hampton, VA, they have four children and 100,000 honeybees.

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Mike Cramer

Mike Cramer, Director of Operations Research for Worldwide Restaurant Innovation, McDonald’s

Mike Cramer leads a corporate group of 12 analysts providing decision support for operations at 34,000 restaurants in 118 global markets. His team’s work includes data modeling, ethnography and data mining. Before joining McDonald’s four years ago, Cramer was CLO for Hub One Logistics for eight years. He also has worked for Kellogg’s in Logistics and Competitive Intelligence, and for Tompkins Associates, an engineering consulting and implementation firm. He serves on the Council of Logistics Management, INFORMS and was a 1996 Edelman Award Finalist. He graduated in 1984 with a bachelor’s degree in information science from North Carolina State University.

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Avinash Kaushik

Avinash Kaushik, Analytics Evangelist, Google

Avinash Kaushik is the author of the recently released Web Analytics: An Hour a Day and the highly rated Web analytics blog Occam’s Razor. He is an independent consultant and currently the Analytics Evangelist for Google. Prior to that he was the Director of Web Research & Analytics for Intuit, where he was responsible for the business, technical and strategic elements of the analytics platform that supported more than 70 Intuit Web sites. Kaushik is a frequent speaker at such conferences as eMetrics Summit and ad:tech, and he is often quoted in the media as a Web metrics expert.

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Plenary Session — Friday, September 26th
Stephen Few

Stephen Few, Principal, Perceptual Edge

Stephen Few has worked for 25 years as an IT innovator, consultant and teacher. Today, as Principal of the consultancy Perceptual Edge, Few focuses on data visualization for analyzing and communicating quantitative business information. He provides consulting and training services, writes the monthly Visual Business Intelligence Newsletter, speaks frequently at conferences, and teaches in the MBA program at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of two books: Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten and Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data.

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John Sall

John Sall, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, SAS

Who knew data analysis could be fun? John Sall did. That’s why Sall, one of the founders of business intelligence software giant SAS, began a SAS business unit in 1989 devoted to creating interactive and highly visual data analysis software for the desktop. The resulting software, JMP, dynamically links statistics with graphics, empowering users to explore their data interactively.

Nearly 20 years later, Sall remains the lead architect for JMP statistical discovery software, which is now used by more than 200,000 researchers and engineers to promote quality initiatives, empower Six Sigma programs and create R&D environments in which innovation rules. “JMP is pronounced ‘jump’ and was named to suggest a leap in interactivity, a leap in a new direction,” he explains.

In addition to his responsibilities at JMP, Sall is also Executive Vice President for SAS, which he co-founded in 1976. 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. North Carolina State University, where he studied graduate-level statistics, awarded him an honorary doctor of sciences degree in 2003.

Sall has held several positions in the Statistical Computing Section of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and was named an ASA Fellow in 1998. He is a past president of ASA’s North Carolina chapter and currently serves on the board of directors of the Nature Conservancy.

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Sam Savage

Sam Savage, Consulting Professor, Stanford University

After receiving his Ph.D. in the field of computer science from Yale University in 1973, Sam Savage spent a year at General Motors Research Laboratory, and then joined the Management Science faculty of the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Here he discovered that an "algebraic curtain" separated the bulk of his management students from management science. In 1985 Savage led the development of a software package called What'sBest!® that coupled linear programming to Lotus 1-2-3. The package won PC Magazine's Technical Excellence Award in 1986. Savage has worked ever since to bring analytical tools to managers in an algebra-free environment. In 1990, he moved to Stanford, where he teaches Management Science in the Engineering School. He has been a Visiting Professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, and was recently appointed Senior Associate of the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge.

Recent publications include articles on "The Flaw of Averages" in the San Jose Mercury News and Harvard Business Review, and Accounting for Uncertainty, in the Journal of Portfolio Management. Savage consults and lectures extensively to business and government agencies and has served as an expert witness. Harry Markowitz, Nobel laureate in economics, has called Savage’s book and software, Decision Making with Insight, "a Must Read.”

In 2006, Savage founded with colleagues Stefan Scholtes of Cambridge and Daniel Zweidler of Shell, to promote a unified approach to enterprisewide risk modeling.

Savage is also founder and president of AnalyCorp, a firm that develops executive education programs and software for improving business analysis.

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Concurrent Session Speakers
Clark Abrahams

Clark R. Abrahams, Chief Financial Architect – SAS

As Chief Financial Architect at SAS, Clark Abrahams formulates new frameworks and paradigms in risk, finance and compliance across all industry verticals worldwide.  He co-developed the Comprehensive Credit Assessment Framework and brought the SAS Fair Banking Solution to market. 

Abrahams is a former bank CRO who brings more than 30 years of experience with financial institutions, including Bank of America and Fair Isaac Corp.  A San Francisco native, he holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master’s in engineering from Stanford University.  Abrahams currently serves on the board of directors of Social Compact, and is a former member of the Urban Markets Initiative Advisory Board at the Brookings Institution.  He is an inventor on six pending SAS patents and co-author of Fair Lending Compliance – Intelligence and Implications for Credit Risk Management, published by John Wiley in 2008.


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John Cunningham

Richard Allen, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Berkeley

Richard M. Allen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. A geophysicist, Allen works in the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, which since 1887 has conducted research to further the understanding of earthquake processes regionally and globally and to provide timely, accurate earthquake information.

Allen’s research interests include the development of real-time seismological techniques for implementation in earthquake early-warning systems around the world, and he is a leader in California’s early-warning system being tested by the California Integrated Seismic Network. He participated in the European Commission’s project on seismic early warning and has presented briefings before such national policy groups in the US as the National Earthquake Prediction Evaluation Council and the Advanced National Seismic System Steering Committee.

Allen earned a PhD in geoscience from Princeton University, a Master of Science from the University of Durham (UK) and a bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University (UK). Before joining Berkeley, Allen was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

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John Cunningham

John Cunningham, Senior R&D and Process Improvement Manager, G3 Enterprises

John Cunningham is Senior R&D and Process Improvement Manager for G3 Enterprises, an industry leader in the food and beverage field.  In this capacity, he works to make innovative products and process models for helping wineries produce and protect high-value wines.

Earlier in his career, Cunningham developed products and modeled processes in the pharmaceutical and specialty chemical industries.  He also consulted for various companies modeling and improving complex processes.  In these roles, he optimized unit operations ranging from precision laser drilling of pharmaceutical tablets to the nutrient feeding regimes of bioreactors.

Currently, Cunningham and his group are developing new products and process knowledge to help winemakers deliver the best possible products to their customers.  Advanced modeling techniques, including design of experiment and artificial neural networks, are being used to speed these developments.

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Dick De Veaux

Dick De Veaux, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Williams College

Richard D. De Veaux 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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Strong Huang

Strong S. Huang, Six Sigma Master Black Belt for Worldwide Six Sigma Program Implementation, Beckman Coulter Inc.

Strong Huang is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt specializing in operations management, process development and quality improvement for Beckman Coulter, a manufacturer of biomedical laboratory instruments and reagents. He is partly responsible for worldwide implementation of the Six Sigma program at Beckman Coulter, which employees 11,000 people. Huang focuses Six Sigma implementations on raising the knowledge level of all employees by building infrastructure, coaching students, consulting on critical projects, leading complex projects, and developing customized curriculum for statistics and DMAIC Phase-Gate System. In addition, Huang implements Six Sigma through the Quality Management Systems with his ZOPEC philosophy in Quality.
With 14 years of experience in Six Sigma implementation, process development, and manufacturing, Huang believes in achieving excellence in quality by combining advanced scientific knowledge and systematic statistical methods. He has solved complex problems hands-on within many different industries, including biotechnology, medical device, semiconductor, disc drive, petrochemical refining and power generation industries, resulting in key intangible benefits and more than $2.5 billion in tangible profits.
Huang, who is based in Minneapolis, holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in manufacturing systems from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Center for the Development of Technological Leadership.

Scott Lasater

Scott Lasater, Director of Lean Six Sigma Enterprise Institute, TQM Network

Scott Lasater is known around General Electric as "the guy who taught Six Sigma to (retired CEO) Jack Welch." More recently, he has advised Jeff Immelt, the current GE CEO, on the integration of Lean and Six Sigma. As Master Black Belt and Director of Global Lean Six Sigma Training, he has trained more than 5,000 business leaders around the world. Recently appointed Director of the Lean Six Sigma Enterprise Institute for the TQM Network, Lasater continues this success. In the last three years alone, his Black Belt students saved their own organizations more than $450 million.

Lasater has trained and implemented business optimization, quality management and statistical methods for a variety of organizations, including Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Colgate-Palmolive, Navistar, Quiznos, Regal-Beloit, Rheem, Carrier, the State of Indiana and The Cleveland Clinic. He has a master’s degree in applied industrial statistics from the University of Tennessee and bachelor’s in psychology from Duke University. Most disturbing, however, may be his background as a professional drummer and stand-up comedian.

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Thomas A. Little

Thomas A. Little, President, Thomas A. Little Consulting

Thomas A. Little, PhD, is President of Thomas A. Little Consulting, an internationally recognized engineering and business statistics, process improvement and Six Sigma and Performance Excellence consulting firm. He develops and deploys problem-solving analytics and Six Sigma programs to meet core management and business objectives.  Little has developed an extensive curriculum in product and process characterization, optimization, tolerance design, and analysis and control. 

In addition to Six Sigma course development, Little has developed specific content for courses in engineering and business statistics, data analysis, design of experiments, performance modeling, statistical process control, measurement systems analysis, mixture design of experiments, root cause analysis, process mapping and failure modes and effects analysis.  Fortune 100 companies use these courses to train their business operations specialists, engineers and scientists.

Formerly a professor at San Jose State University, Little has extensive experience in applying analytical methods to pharmaceutical, medical device, telecommunications, semiconductor and consumer products development and manufacturing. He has published numerous articles and books and has presented papers on the subjects of Six Sigma, analytical thinking and quality engineering.  Little and his organization have trained more than 25,000 engineers, scientists and business professionals.

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Robert Reul

Robert Reul, Managing Director, Isometric Solutions LLC

Robert Reul is founder and Managing Director of Isometric Solutions LLC, an international market research firm that specializes in customer intelligence research in business-to-business markets. He has more than 20 years of experience in quality management systems and performance improvement and has been a practicing Six Sigma Black Belt since 1986. A tenured Quality System consultant, Reul is a certified Quality System Lead Auditor and a three-term Quality Award Senior Examiner. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and management science.

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Emmanuel Roche Vice President of R& D, Teragram Corp.

Emmanuel Roche, PhD, co–founded Teragram in 1997 with Yves Schabes, the company president. A mathematician by training, Roche has investigated numerous formal aspects of algebra and computer science while applying formal results to natural language processing. He is the co–editor, with Schabes, of Finite-State Language Processing (1997, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA).  Roche has served as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Computational Linguistics, and a program committee member of many international scientific conferences. He is the author of more than 30 international scientific publications. From 1993 to 1997, Roche was a scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories and a Research Associate at the Université Paris 7 - Denis Diderot and at the Institut Gaspard Monge, also in Paris. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Paris in 1993 and holds a degree from the Ingénieur program of the École Polytechnique in Paris.

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Manny Uy, Principal Professional Chemist – Johns Hopkins Univ. Applied Physics Laboratory

O. Manuel (Manny) Uy, PhD, is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). He joined APL in 1981 from General Electric, where he was mentored by Edward G. Schilling on the use of statistics in planning experiments. He has been engaged in research in space environmental sensors, reliability and failure analysis, and test planning and analysis for advanced chemical and biological agent monitoring. Uy is currently a member of the Materials and Processes Group within the Milton Eisenhower Research Center at Johns Hopkins.

Uy earned a PhD in physical chemistry from Case-Western Reserve University and was a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University and the Free University of Brussels. Before joining APL, he was employed at GE as a mass spectrometrist, a DOE specialist in process control, and a materials scientist characterizing high-temperature materials used in discharge lamps. He has published more than 150 papers and holds more than 10 patents.

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