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Discovery Summit 2010. Exploring data. Inspiring innovation. SAS World Headquarters, Cary NC, September 13-16.

Featured Speakers

  • Conference Keynote
  • Plenary Speakers
  • Breakout Session Speakers
  • Analytic Exchange Panel

Meet our conference keynote

Dan Ariely, Author, Predictably Irrational

Dan Ariely is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, where he holds appointments at the Fuqua School of Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the School of Medicine, and the department of Economics. He is also a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight.

In addition, Ariely is the author of The New York Times best-seller Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions (February 2008), and The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Ways We Defy Logic at Work and at Home (June 2010).

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 experiments are consistently interesting, amusing and informative, demonstrating profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom.

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 psychology, economics, and marketing and management research journals, and has been featured occasionally in the popular press (The New York Times, The New Yorker magazine, The Washington Post, the Financial Times, etc.). He is a regular contributor to “Marketplace on National Public Radio.

Our plenary session speakers

Dick De Veaux

Dick De Veaux
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Williams College

Dick 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.

Kaiser Fung
Statistician, Sirius XM Radio
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. He leads a team of statisticians at Sirius XM Radio that is responsible for gleaning insight into customers and operational best practices.

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 Statistics 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.

Jeanne G. Harris

Jeanne G. Harris
Executive Research Fellow and Senior Executive
Accenture

Jeanne Harris is Executive Research Fellow and a Senior Executive at the Accenture Institute for High Performance in Chicago. Jeanne leads the institute's global research agenda in the areas of information, technology, analytics and talent.

In 2009, Harris received Consulting magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting award for Lifetime Achievement.

She is the co-author of Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning (Harvard Business School Press, 2007), which explains how high performance businesses are building competitive strategies around data-driven insights that are generating impressive business results. CIO Insight magazine included the best-selling Competing on Analytics (translated into 13 languages) on its list of “the most provocative, engaging business books of all time.” Her new book (with co-authors Tom Davenport and Bob Morison) has just been released by Harvard Business Press. Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results shows how organizations can create an analytical capability that enables them to routinely make better decisions in every aspect of their business.

During more than 30 years at Accenture, Harris has consulted with a wide variety of organizations in many different industries worldwide. She has led Accenture’s business intelligence, analytics, performance management, knowledge management and data warehousing consulting practices. Harris has worked extensively with clients seeking to improve their managerial information, decision making, analytical and knowledge management capabilities.

Her work has been published in numerous business publications, including Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review. Her research has been quoted extensively by the international business press, including The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Forbes magazine, CFO magazine, CIO magazine, Directors and Boards, Computerworld and Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Harris has been a keynote speaker at dozens of corporate events for executive audiences.

Peter reich

Peter Reich, PhD
Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor
University of Minnesota

Peter Reich is Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Forest Resources. His teaching and research focus on ecology, global change and the sustainability of managed and unmanaged terrestrial ecosystems. 

He is the 2009 recipient of the international BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Ecology and Conservation Biology for work that “radically improves our understanding of and ability to predict terrestrial ecosystem … responses to global environmental change,”  including climate change and biodiversity loss.
 
The author of more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, Reich is one of the 10 most frequently cited ecological and environmental researchers in the world. He has presented at some 200 conferences around the globe.

Reich’s research has been critical in uncovering the patterns and implications of species differences in plant traits; understanding the evolutionary and physiological nature of such patterns; and developing general predictive equations useful in modeling the patterns at a variety of scales. For more than a decade, Reich and his team have used JMP as part of an ongoing experiment conducted in open grassland that seeks to provide a more accurate picture of how much carbon dioxide plants can absorb, an important factor in international carbon trading agreements now under negotiation.

John Sall
Co-Founder and Executive Vice President
SAS

John Sall is a co-founder and Executive Vice President of SAS, the world’s largest privately held software company. 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® 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 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 all platforms, 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 that includes SAS Visual BI and SAS Visual Data Discovery. Sall remains the lead architect for JMP.

He was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1998 and has held several positions in the association's Statistical Computing section. He serves on the board of The Nature Conservancy, reflecting his strong interest in international conservation and environmental issues. He also 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.

Our breakout session speakers

Daniel Arneman, PhD
Environmental Analyst – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Daniel Arneman, PhD, is an environmental analyst at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he works to measure and manage the University's carbon footprint.  He holds degrees in biotechnology and physiology, but discovered a passion for environmental science through the study of biomimicry and bio-inspired design.  He now strives to apply his training to the fields of renewable energy, green building, and transportation, helping the university to achieve its goal of climate neutrality.

Patrick Biltgen, PhD
Senior Principal Systems Engineer – BAE Systems

Patrick Biltgen, PhD, is a senior principal systems engineer for BAE Systems Information Solutions in Reston, VA. Specializing in complex systems theory, advanced modeling and simulation, collaborative decision making, and visual analytics, Biltgen interacts with customers in the national security and defense communities. He previously held the position of research engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology and has used JMP for response surface modeling, capability-based analysis, inverse design, and simulation analysis and visualization since 1999.

Elisa Bonvini, PhD
Statistician – Procter & Gamble

Elisa Bonvini, PhD, joined Procter & Gamble in 2007 and is currently a statistician supporting Gillette Strategic Opportunities Europe. She obtained a doctorate in pure mathematics from the University of Pavia, Italy, specializing in geometry. Bonvini participated in a collaborative research project with AstraZeneca at the Medical and Pharmaceutical Statistics Research Unit, University of Reading, working on Bayesian decision methods for dose-escalation studies. She obtained a Master of Research in applied statistics, working on open label extension trials with the Diabetes Trial Unit, Oxford.

Philip Brown, MSc
Senior Applications Developer, Predictum Inc.

Philip Brown has more than 10 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, working in the areas of device, test and reliability engineering at Motorolaand developing several engineering applications based on JMP at Intel. With six yearsof JSL experience, he is an expert in the language. Brown also has knowledgeof other languages including Visual Basic, C# and PHP. He holds a B.Sc. degree in electrical engineering and M.Sc. degree in electrical/materials engineering. Brownis a member of Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.

Bradley Burch
Founder – NFLDV.com

Bradley Burch is a data administrator for the California Health and Human Services Agency.  He currently is a SAS Platform Administrator, and has been using SAS in the health care industry for more than four years.  His love for football and SAS products has naturally come together with the development of the NFL Data Visualization (NFLDV) website.  This is definitely football as never seen before.

Craig Burkhart, PhD
Global Materials Research and Development – The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

Craig W. Burkhart, PhD, is a Research and Development Associate in the Global Materials Science Division at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. He is the chief modeling scientist in the division, and is responsible for both first-principles and statistical modeling. An expert in the industrial application of materials property and performance prediction, his professional interests include research topics in polymer statistical thermodynamics, quantum chemistry, molecular simulations, multiscale modeling and organometallic chemistry, and statistical topics ranging from quantitative structure / property relationships (QSPR) to nonlinear regression and data mining. He also has interests in database architecture and design and large-scale data integration methods. Burkhart holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in macromolecular physics from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Wheeling College. He was a Visiting Scholar for the 2nd International Workshop on Macromolecular Chemistry, sponsored by the Russian Academy of Sciences.  Before joining Goodyear, he was a postdoctoral fellow with the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University. He has authored a review on the modeling and simulation of elastomers and is the holder of two patents and several trade secrets.

Andrea Coombs, MS
Operations Research Analyst – Emergent BioSolutions

Andrea Coombs is an operations research analyst in the Manufacturing and Operations group at the BioDefense Operations of Emergent BioSolutions in Lansing, MI.  Before joining Emergent BioSolutions in 2006, Andrea was a research assistant for more than 10 years in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University where she also completed a Bachelor of Science in plant pathology and a Master of Science in entomology.  She has more than 13 years of data management and analysis experience using JMP and SAS.

Steve Figard, PhD
Senior Scientist Abbott Laboratories

Steve Figard, PhD, received his bachelor’s degree in neurobiology from Cornell University, a master’s degree in chemistry from Northern Illinois University, and was finally ejected with a PhD in biochemistry from Florida State University in 1984. After a two year post-doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory, he escaped to Abbott Laboratories in Chicagoland, where he’s been hiding ever since, developing automated in vitro diagnostic immunoassays. Knowing enough statistics to be dangerous, Figard persists in trying to share that knowledge with the world at large.

Greg Flexman
Process and Risk Analysis – Talecris Biotherapeutics

Greg Flexman has more than 18 years of experience in engineering and the technical support of manufacturing.  He has worked in a variety of automation, equipment design, and production troubleshooting/support roles.  His current position is with the Process and Risk Analysis group of Talecris Biotherapeutics.   He has a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Marie Gaudard, PhD
Consultant – North Haven Group

Marie A. Gaudard is a member of the North Haven Group and a former professor of statistics, having served on the faculty at the University of New Hampshire for 27 years. She has been heavily involved in statistical consulting and training since 1981. Her expertise includes Six Sigma, design of experiments, modeling and data mining. She has worked with a variety of clients in transactional areas, including government agencies and financial departments, and with manufacturers, including automotive, printing, paper, plastics, precision steel, and paving companies, as well as shipyards. She has also supported a number of efforts involving the analysis of medical data.

Brent Ginn, PhD
Senior Scientist – The JM Smucker Company

Brent Ginn, PhD, is manager of Coffee Analytical and an expert coffee formulator at the JM Smucker Company.  Ginn has been a JMP user for more than five years and has applied JMP to a variety of industrial problems.  Prior to Smucker, Ginn worked at The Procter & Gamble Company for three years. Brent holds a PhD in physical chemistry, an MBA in technology and innovation, and a Bachelor of Science in biology.

Xan Gregg
Software Development Manager – SAS

Xan Gregg is a JMP Development Manager with expertise in data visualization and scripting. In 2006, he won first place overall in Business Intelligence Network's Data Visualization Competition, which was judged by author and consultant Stephen Few. Gregg has worked for JMP for eight years and is the inventor of Graph Builder. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Clemson University.

Anders Hasselrot, PhD
Data Mining Manager – Lloyds TSB

Anders Hasselrot, PhD, is the data mining manager and chairman of the HBOS-LAB at Lloyds Banking Group. In 2002, he founded the Knowledge Discovery Network. Prior to that, he was the Deputy and CEO of Yesbox AB, a dot-com startup concentrating on marketing, webmail and Web currency. Hasselrot received a PhD in limnology from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

Zoë Jewell, VetMB; Sky Alibhai, DPhil
Project Co-Leaders – WildTrack

Zoë Jewell qualified as a veterinarian from Cambridge University. Figuring that this might mean a lifetime of popping pills down cat’s throats, she took a sabbatical to study black rhino in Zimbabwe and transformed into a wildlife biologist. Sky Alibhai was awarded his first degree by Idi Amin, then Chancellor of Makerere University in Uganda. This experience caused him to flee to Oxford University where he took a PhD in animal ecology.  He taught zoology at the University of London for 16 years before being drawn back to Africa, and into rhino conservation.  Jewell and Alibhai worked with expert indigenous trackers in Zimbabwe, an experience which led to the development of a non-invasive footprint identification technique (FIT) and WildTrack.  They discovered JMP in 1996 and have been discovering more ever since.

Mark Johnson, PhD,
Professor – University of Central Florida

Mark Johnson, PhD, is a professor at the University of Central Florida. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a Chartered Statistician with the Royal Statistical Society. His accolades include the Jack Youden Prize (1981), the ASQC Shewell Award (1985), the Thomas L. Saaty Prize (1984, 1989 and 1997) and the ASQC Brumbaugh Award (1991). Johnson authored Multivariate Statistical Simulation and he has been an Associate Editor for Technometrics (1984-1991), Journal of Quality Technology, Operations Research, American Journal of Management and Mathematical Sciences, and Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation.

Bradley Jones, PhD
JMP Principal Research Fellow - SAS

Bradley Jones, PhD, is a SAS Fellow in the JMP Division of SAS and the recipient of the 2009 Brumbaugh Award from the American Society for Quality. He built the JMP Custom Designer, a general and powerful tool for generating optimal experimental designs.

Daniel Keim, PhD
Professor and Head of the Data Analysis and Visualization Research Group, Department of Computer Science – University of Konstanz

Daniel A. Keim received his PhD in computer science in 1994 and his venia legendi in computer science in 1997, both from the University of Munich. From 1997 to 2000, he was a professor of computer science at the University of Halle. He later accepted a position as full professor and head of the Information Visualization and Data Analysis Research Group at the University of Konstanz, Germany. Keim has been actively involved in information visualization and data analysis research for more than 15 years and has developed a number of novel visual analysis techniques for very large data sets. Keim has been program co-chair of the IEEE InfoVis and IEEE VAST conferences, as well as the SIGKDD conference. He is also a member of the IEEE InfoVis steering committee. He is an associate editor of Palgrave’s Information Visualization journal (since 2001) and the Knowledge and Information Systems journal (since 2006), and has been an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (1999 – 2004) and the IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering (2002 – 2007). Keim is coordinator of the German Strategic Research Initiative (SPP) on Scalable Visual Analytics and the scientific coordinator of the EU Coordination Action on Visual Analytics.

David Meintrup, PhD
PhD, Professor of Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research – University of Applied Sciences, Germany

David Meintrup, PhD, is a professor of mathematics and statistics at the University of Applied Sciences in Ingolstadt, Germany. He studied at the University of Münster and at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to his academic career, Meintrup worked for several years as a statistical trainer and consultant at STATCON Inc. His ongoing work for STATCON focuses on training and consulting scientists and engineers in the semiconductor, solar, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Kim Mitchiner, PhD
Principal Member of the Technical Staff – Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Kim Mitchiner, PhD, received a Master of Science and a doctorate in engineering (physical metallurgy) from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980. Over the past 23 years at Sandia National Laboratories, she has been a manager and a staff member working in welding metallurgy research and applications, nuclear weapons, advanced manufacturing processes, Lean and Six Sigma, and most recently in security systems and technologies.  Mitchiner is currently involved in statistical analyses of test and evaluation, as well as risk analysis and optimization.

Douglas Montgomery, PhD
Regents Professor of Industrial Engineering and Statistics – Arizona State University

Douglas Montgomery, PhD, is a leader in the fields of engineering and statistics and Regents' Professor of Industrial Engineering and Statistics at Arizona State University. He specializes in design and analysis of experiments, statistical methods for process monitoring and optimization, and the analysis of time-oriented data.

Jim Nelson,
Engineering Data Specialist – Freescale Semiconductor

Jim Nelson began his career as a resident research analyst for North Dakota State University. From there, he went to work for SAS. He later transitioned into the education arena, as the Director of the SAS Austin branch office. He joined Motorola in 1991 and then Freescale Semiconductor when it was spun off from the company. Nelson has been using SAS products since 1973, becoming a JMP user in the ‘90s.

Janel Nixon, PhD
President and Founder – Integrative Engineering LLC

Janel Nixon, PhD, is the founder of Integrative Engineering LLC, an emerging small business that focuses on creating quick-turn trade study tools to support informed decision making. Through her experience as a Research Engineer at the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory at Georgia Tech, Nixon has worked with a variety of clients in the fields of naval architecture, systems integration, capability analysis, information systems, energy and power systems, and statistical analysis. Her primary research focus at Integrative Engineering is on the practical application of decision science to discover the critical factors influencing the design of large-scale systems-of-systems.

Julia O’Neill, MS
Principal Engineer – Merck & Co. Inc.

Julia O'Neill is a chemical engineer, statistician, and Master Black Belt who leads a response team in Vaccines Product and Technology Operations for Merck. Her experience includes Adjunct Professor at Drexel University, research manager, lab manager, quality consultant, research statistician, and paper mill process engineer. She is a Past Chair of the ASQ Chemical and Process Industries Division, and a member of the Editorial Board of Quality Engineering.

Martin Owen
Manager, Chemical Development – GlaxoSmithKline

Martin Owen is an entrepreneur working within chemical development at the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, where he transforms IDEAS (Innovate, Develop, Empower, Apply, Sustain) into value-adding activities and technologies. While working as a research chemist, he performed the world’s first synthesis of the active ingredient in the migraine treatment Imigran and is the co-inventor of Naramig, also for migraines. Owen now works in development, where he investigates process understanding and scales up new chemical entities and existing manufactured products. He consults and coaches in Quality by Design application to late phase projects. He has led the experimental design learning program across 14 GSK R&D and manufacturing sites and 20 leading UK universities. He’s passionate about the continuous improvement of decision making in a science-focused world to maximize and accelerate return on investment.

José G. Ramírez, PhD
Industrial Statistician – W.L. Gore and Associates Inc.

José G. Ramírez, PhD, is an industrial statistician at W.L. Gore and Associates, makers of Gore-Tex® and other innovative products, where he is responsible for promoting business intelligence through innovative analytical applications. He works closely with associates to help them “make sense of data” and, through collaborative education, helps promote statistical thinking and JMP usage. He has been using JMP for 20 years as a catalyst to turn data into knowledge. He received a degree in mathematics from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, and both a Master of Science 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. In 1998 he won the best contributed statistics paper at SAS Users Group International (SUGI 23), and in 2002 he was awarded 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, was published by SAS Press in the fall of 2009.

Philip J. Ramsey, PhD
Consultant and Educator – North Haven Group and University of New Hampshire

Philip J. Ramsey, PhD, is a member of the North Haven Group and a member of the statistics faculty at the University of New Hampshire. Ramsey has 25 years of experience in applying statistical and quality methods to manufacturing and transactional processes, as well as R&D programs, within such diverse industries and disciplines as aerospace, chemicals, metals, microelectronics, automotive, apparel, construction, nondestructive testing, and general manufacturing. He has held the following relevant industrial positions: Senior Engineer for Materials and Processes Development, McDonnell Douglas, St. Louis, MO; Staff Scientist/Statistician, Alcoa Technical Center, Pittsburgh, PA; and Corporate Statistician/Senior Engineer, Rohm & Haas Electronic Materials, Marlboro, MA.  In addition, Ramsey has 15 years of experience in Lean Six Sigma as a consultant and trainer.

David Rose
Implementation Consultant – SAS UK

David Rose is a research statistician with many years of experience working in the food and beverage industry. He is now an implementation consultant at SAS UK.

Jeff Stagg
Principal Scientist – Kraft Foods

Jeff Stagg has worked for Kraft Foodsfor more than 30 years. Currently Stagg is a member of the Global Statistics Group, managing the UK function. He has leadership of Chemometric and Sensometric applications.

Deanna Starbuck, MBA
Production Engineer – Aera Energy LLC

Deanna Starbuck is a Production Engineer for Aera Energy LLC. Aera is one of California's largest oil and gas producers, accounting for approximately 30 percent of the state's production.  Starbuck is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and graduated from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and a master's degree in business administration.

Takenori Takahashi, PhD
Professor – Keio University

Takenori Takahashi’s expertise is in statistics-based quality management and he has published 15 books (including two written in English). He has 20 years of experience consulting with big Japanese enterprises. Takahashi is a lead examiner of the Deming Prize Committee (DPC) and was awarded The Nikkei (Japan Economic Journal) QC Literature Prize by DPC.

Theresa Utlaut, PhD
Statistician – Intel Corporation

Theresa Utlaut is a statistician at Intel Corporation in the Logic Technology Development organization, where she is responsible for providing statistical training, consulting, and support in the development of the next-generation microprocessor. She has 12 years of experience at Intel in the development organization. Utlaut has internal and external publications on robust regression methods, unbalanced mixed linear models, semiparametric regression, data mining, and SPC. She earned her PhD in statistics from Oregon State University.

Lou Valente
JMP Product Manager - SAS

Louis Valente is Six Sigma Product Manager for JMP. Before joining JMP in 2006, he worked for Eastman Kodak Company for 28 years. As a development chemist, he commercialized numerous chemical processes that were responsible for the production of metric ton quantities of imaging chemicals and intermediates. From 2000 – 2006, Lou was the Global Imaging Chemicals Quality Manager. In that position he was responsible for the quality system for the Synthetic Chemicals Division which manufactures over 850 chemicals with a value of over $200M. Lou is a Six Sigma Black Belt whose expertise is in applying the Design of Experiments (DOE) methodology to ensure robust manufacturing methods. While at Kodak, he served as a corporate consultant and advocate for the DOE approach to experimentation. Lou received a B.S. in Chemistry from the State University of New York at Oswego, and a M.S. degree in Organometallic Chemistry from Syracuse University under the guidance of Ei-ichi Negishi.

Zhou Wei, MS
JMP Principal Consultant – SAS Institute (Beijing) Co. Ltd.

Zhou Wei is the first JMP Principal Consultant in the region of Greater China. He began working with JMP when JMP Greater China was founded in 2006. Before assuming his current role, he worked at Siemens Shanghai Mobile Communications Inc. as a senior production manager and certified internal Six Sigma trainer.

Vincent Wingate
Associate Director of Upstream Process Development and Plant Biology – Biolex Therapeutics

Vincent Wingate is currently the head of Upstream Process Development at Biolex Therapeutics. He has worked for 20 years in plant biotechnology with Rhone-Poulenc and Bayer. In the last six years, he has applied his knowledge of plant biology to the upstream process development of therapeutic protein production in the aquatic plant Lemna minor using design of experiments (DOE) in JMP.

Meet our moderator

Michael Schrage

Michael Schrage
Researcher
MIT

Michael Schrage is one of the world’s leading experts on the economics of innovation. He helps companies worldwide design innovation processes that maximize return on investment by managing the links between innovation, the supply chain and the customer cost-effectively. Schrage is a research associate at MIT Media Lab and author of the groundbreaking book, Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate (Harvard Business School Press, 2000). 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.

Meet our panel

Dick De Veaux

Dick De Veaux
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Williams College

Dick 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.

Jeanne G. Harris

Jeanne G. Harris
Executive Research Fellow and Senior Executive
Accenture

Jeanne Harris is Executive Research Fellow and a Senior Executive at the Accenture Institute for High Performance in Chicago. Jeanne leads the institute's global research agenda in the areas of information, technology, analytics and talent.

In 2009, Harris received Consulting magazine’s Women Leaders in Consulting award for Lifetime Achievement.

She is the co-author of Competing on Analytics: The New Science of Winning (Harvard Business School Press, 2007), which explains how high performance businesses are building competitive strategies around data-driven insights that are generating impressive business results. CIO Insight magazine included the best-selling Competing on Analytics (translated into 13 languages) on its list of “the most provocative, engaging business books of all time.” Her new book (with co-authors Tom Davenport and Bob Morison) has just been released by Harvard Business Press. Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results shows how organizations can create an analytical capability that enables them to routinely make better decisions in every aspect of their business.

During more than 30 years at Accenture, Harris has consulted with a wide variety of organizations in many different industries worldwide. She has led Accenture’s business intelligence, analytics, performance management, knowledge management and data warehousing consulting practices. Harris has worked extensively with clients seeking to improve their managerial information, decision making, analytical and knowledge management capabilities.

Her work has been published in numerous business publications, including Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review. Her research has been quoted extensively by the international business press, including The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Forbes magazine, CFO magazine, CIO magazine, Directors and Boards, Computerworld and Nihon Keizai Shimbun. Harris has been a keynote speaker at dozens of corporate events for executive audiences.

Julia O'Neill

Julia O’Neill, MS
Principal Engineer – Merck & Co. Inc.

Julia O'Neill is a chemical engineer, statistician, and Master Black Belt who leads a response team in Vaccines Product and Technology Operations for Merck. Her experience includes Adjunct Professor at Drexel University, research manager, lab manager, quality consultant, research statistician, and paper mill process engineer. She is a Past Chair of the ASQ Chemical and Process Industries Division, and a member of the Editorial Board of Quality Engineering.

Tim Rey

Tim Rey
Manager, Advanced Analytics Group
The Dow Chemical Company

Tim Rey graduated in 1979 with a Master of Science in forestry biometrics from Michigan State University. He joined Dow in the summer of 1979 in the Math Applications group in Central Research as a research statistician. While in the Math Applications Group, Rey conducted projects, consulted, taught, and developed linear statistical methods at most of Dow's North American sites. He went on to supervise the Math Applications group in 1985, and then to manage the Research and Technical Applications group in Central Research in 1987. In 1988, he took the technical management role for the SimuSolv nonlinear simulation, optimization and estimation commercial software development effort in Dow's Central Research organization. Here he conducted joint research with universities to develop nonlinear statistical methods for experimental design and maximum likelihood estimation. At that time he was also responsible for Dow's Quality program in Central Research. In 1996, Tim moved to Dow's Marketing and Sales Expertise Center where he led the development of Dow's Customer Loyalty program and was also the lead marketing research process owner. In 2005, Tim became the manager of Dow's Advanced Analytics group situated in Dow's Six Sigma Expertise Center. Tim has written more than 100 internal papers and published 15 papers externally. He has delivered numerous talks at various quantitative methods forums.

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