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Jonah Lehrer is a contributing editor at Wired and the author of How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist. He graduated from Columbia University and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Nature, Seed, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe. He is also a contributing editor at Scientific American Mind and National Public Radio's Radiolab.
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The Real-Life Inspiration for the Film 21
As a member of the MIT Blackjack Team, Jeff Ma created an ingenious method for counting cards – using talent, creativity, math and teamwork to win millions in Vegas. (Card-counting, by the way, is not illegal; casinos just don’t like it). Ma is the subject of the best-selling book Bringing Down the House and the hit movie, 21, which topped the box office in its first two weeks.
Ma is the co-founder of Citizen Sports, a revolutionary sports media company recently acquired by Yahoo! that is changing the way businesses use numbers and metrics to build their brands and retain customer loyalty.
As a much sought-after speaker and author of The House Advantage: Playing the Odds to Win Big in Business, Ma shows companies how to harness the power of numbers to make better bottom line business decisions – decisions that, often, are the difference between winning and losing.
At the blackjack table and in the world pro sports – both emotional, "gut-feel" environments – Ma achieved success by not only gathering the right data and analyzing it rationally, but also having the courage to follow through on the sometimes counterintuitive answers it provided. With stories drawn from sports and from Vegas, he helps audiences better visualize how a more rigorous approach to numbers will improve results in everything from sales to HR to strategy. He draws examples from unique personal experiences, which include recovering from losing $100,000 in two hands of blackjack, teaching Kevin Spacey how to count cards, and advising the Trail Blazers on whether to pick Greg Oden or Kevin Durant.
A charismatic speaker, Ma talks about teamwork and innovative metrics in a way that prompts people to reevaluate how they assess talent, find undervalued assets and measure the true worth of a business. By eschewing emotion and focusing on hard facts and results, Ma has helped usher in what Newsweek calls "a new age of numbers in corporate America."
The Co-Founder of SAS, No. 1 on Fortune's '100 Best Companies' List
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® 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 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.
He 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.
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.
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The Storied Statistician
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 11th 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 is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Research Association, and honored as an outstanding alumnus from the University of Connecticut.
He graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 1952 and served as an officer in the US Navy from 1952 to 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 of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Sky Alibhai was awarded his first degree by Idi Amin, then Chancellor of Makerere University in Uganda. He then left for Oxford University, where he read for a PhD in animal ecology. Alibhai taught zoology at the University of London for 16 years before being drawn back to Africa. Over 10 years, he collected data indicating that invasive monitoring procedures were negatively affecting female rhino fertility and used JMP to develop innovative alternative approaches. Alibhai and Zoë Jewell co-founded WildTrack in 2004.
Christine Anderson-Cook is a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the current chair of the American Society for Quality Statistics Division. An author of more than 85 peer-reviewed statistics papers, Anderson-Cook is a guest editor for the special issue in Quality Engineering on statistical engineering to appear in 2012. She also serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Quality Technology, Journal of Statistics Education, Quality Engineering, and Quality and Reliability Engineering International. Anderson-Cook has a PhD in statistics from the University of Waterloo.
Kevin C. Anderson is a statistician for Fab 11x Yield Department in Rio Rancho, NM, where he is responsible for process control system education and improvements, statistical and quality consulting, statistical projects, complex data analysis, and design of experiments. He has more than 33 years of semiconductor engineering experience and has worked at Intel for the last 10 years. He also has worked at Motorola, Sperry and Texas Instruments. Anderson pursued a BS in chemistry from the University of Tulsa, and is a member of the American Statistical Association.
Vincent Barec has worked as a defectivity engineer for Soitec, a high-tech semiconductor company supplier of engineered substrates, since 2005. Defect reduction and yield improvement are his main missions. He is a graduate of the Grenoble Institute of Technology (France, 2005).
François Bergeret, PhD, leads Ippon Innovation, a consulting and software company he founded four years ago. His work includes statistics training and consulting using JMP. Ippon Innovation develops software for process optimization, outlier detection and test time reduction. He also teaches statistics to master’s degree candidates at Toulouse University. Before founding Ippon, Bergeret spent 15 years at Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor Inc., working in R&D, yield enhancement and zero defect teams.
Alan Brown has 30 years of experience in the chemical industry in a variety of roles in process development, formulation development, synthetic chemistry research and analytical science. During the last 15 years he has become increasingly interested in the application of experimental design, multivariate statistics and modeling of chemical process data.
Alexandre Couvrat graduated from the Engineering School of Chemistry and Physics in Bordeaux, France, in 2000. He worked for Philips Semiconductors – now called NXP Semiconductors – for six years as a defectivity engineer focusing on defect reduction and metrology tool ownership. In 2007, he joined Soitec as a senior yield engineer. His main mission is yield enhancement through close follow-up of product parameters.
Ian Cox, PhD, currently works in the JMP division of SAS as the Marketing Manager for Europe. He has worked for Digital and Motorola, was a Six Sigma Black Belt and also worked with Motorola University. Before joining SAS 10 years ago, he worked for BBN Software Solutions Ltd. and consulted with many companies on data analysis, process control and experimental design. Cox is part of the SPIE organizing committee for process control and referees related papers for the IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing. He is the associate editor of Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry (Wiley Online) and has been a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University. Cox is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society in the UK and a member of its Committee of the Statistical Computing Section. He has a PhD in theoretical physics.
Lynn Dickey, PhD, has more than 30 years of experience in biochemical and molecular research. Her current position is Vice President of Research and Technology Development at Biolex Therapeutics, a recombinant therapeutic protein development and manufacturing company based on the use of Lemna as the expression system. She joined Biolex with the founding team with an initial focus on optimizing the Lemna transformation and expression system. Currently, Dickey directs research and development activities including product development projects, line development, early process development, analytical development, further system optimization and development of other enabling technologies. Before joining Biolex, Dickey was an assistant professor at North Carolina State University, where she led a research program concerning the molecular biology of gene expression in transgenic plants.
Greg Flexman has more than 19 years in engineering and technical support of manufacturing. He has worked in a variety of automation, equipment design, and production troubleshooting/support roles. He leads the Process and Risk Analysis group of Talecris Biotherapeutics. He has a BS in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and is a Six Sigma Black Belt.
A SAS hacker for many years, Matt Flynn has recently become an enthusiastic JMP scripter as well. He is excited about the potential uses of the combination of SAS code and JMP scripts. With three years as a SAS financial services business unit employee, he is back to happily doing what he does best – building analytic models, currently for Travelers Claim Research unit. Flynn has a PhD in finance.
Marie Gaudard is a consultant with the North Haven Group and an emerita professor of statistics at the University of New Hampshire. She has worked extensively as a teacher and consultant in industry, focusing on statistical quality improvement, predictive modeling and data analysis.
Rich Giannola is a member of the Principal Professional Staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He earned his PhD in atmospheric science from Drexel University and was a postdoctoral research associate at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Dr. Giannola joined JHU/APL in 1982 and has worked on numerous projects, including synoptic weather analyses, climatological studies, meteorological instrumentation performance, and operational weather impacts.
Chris Gotwalt is the Director of JMP Software Development at SAS. Since joining SAS in 2003, he has made numerous contributions to JMP statistical discovery software, primarily in the area of numerical algorithms. He is the primary developer of the Gaussian Process, Generalized Linear Models and REML platforms in JMP. He also developed the numerics for the JMP reliability platforms, and he has made substantial enhancements to algorithms for computing optimal designed experiments. Gotwalt holds a PhD in statistics from North Carolina State University. He and his wife, Jessica, live in Raleigh, NC.
Eric Hill has been a software developer at SAS for 17 years. He started as a developer on SAS for Windows, working on printing and the SAS Enhanced Editor. He later became the lead developer on the SAS Add-in for Microsoft Office. Hill moved to the JMP division of SAS five years ago, where he works on the Windows user interface and SAS integration. Hill attended Davidson College for his undergraduate studies and received an MS in computer science from North Carolina State University.
Shortly after qualifying as a veterinarian from the University of Cambridge, Zoë Jewell undertook a short contract to help the Zimbabwean government monitor black rhino. The call of the wild proved too strong, and she worked for the next 10 years in Zimbabwe and Namibia. Jewell and Sky Alibhai co-founded WildTrack in 2004.
Bradley Jones, PhD, is the inventor of the Custom Designer and the Prediction Profiler, two powerful tools in JMP software. He holds a patent on the use of designed experiments to minimize registration errors in circuit board lamination. Jones also serves as the associate editor for Technometrics and as a member of the editorial review boards for the Journal of Quality Technology and Quality Engineering. Jones and his co-presenter Chris Nachtsheim are co-recipients of the prestigious 2009 Brumbaugh Award from the American Society for Quality and the 2010 Lloyd S. Nelson Award of the Statistics Division of the ASQ. Both are Fellows of the American Statistical Association.
Ned Jones is a statistician who faces an array of issues from sample design, experimental design and repair, data analysis and more. Jones completed a BS in horticulture, a MS in agricultural economics, and two years of graduate work in statistics.
Dirk Jordan joined the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NRE) in April 2009 as senior reliability engineer. Previously he worked at Motorola on technologies such as low-power electronics and flat-panel displays. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and was responsible for statistical analysis at Motorola Labs. He received a PhD in physics from Arizona State University in 1999 and a BS in physics from the University of Heidelberg in Germany in 1992.
Bill Kappele has worked as a chemist in both research and development and manufacturing. He has worked for Hewlett-Packard, Hach Co., and Lexmark International. He has been teaching techniques for effective innovation for the past 12 years. Kappele is the President of Objective DOE, a DOE training company.
Kathleen Kiernan is a Senior Statistician for SAS Technical Support. She works closely with customers using SAS and JMP in the areas of design of experiments; linear and nonlinear regression; linear, mixed, generalized mixed and nonlinear mixed models; power analysis and genomics. She has a bachelor's degree in chemistry and biology from Bethany College and a master’s in statistics from Kansas State University.
Simon King is the Upper School Mathematics Department Chair at Cary Academy in Cary, NC, where he teaches advanced analytics and statistics and SAS programming. Previously, he served as a school principal and Upper School Director at Woods Charter School. King is currently a part-time student, studying for a MS in statistics at Texas A&M University.
Laura Lancaster is a Research Statistician Developer for JMP, a business division of SAS. She is responsible for platforms such as Measurement Study Analysis, Variability and Distribution. Lancaster studied mathematical sciences with an emphasis in operations research and has a PhD in management science from Clemson University. She completed her undergraduate work in mathematics and computer science at Stetson University in Florida.
Katharina Lankers is a research and development scientist at SCHOTT AG, a technology-based company that develops and manufactures specialty materials, components and systems. She studied mathematics and physics at universities in Bonn, Stuttgart and Novosibirsk and received her PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Stuttgart. Since 1998 she has worked in the department of mathematical simulation and optimization at SCHOTT, focusing mainly on data-based modeling of production processes. With several years of JSL experience she develops customized JMP applications and applies data mining methods to a variety of manufacturing problems. Moreover, she enjoys teaching JMP courses for the corporate training program.
Sig Mejdal is Director of Amateur Draft Analytics at the St. Louis Cardinals. He is part of a team that provides analysis, player projections and data-driven decision making for the General Manager’s office. While his baseball-playing career ended in Little League, he has had an almost unhealthy interest in baseball research ever since. This led him on a quest to become one of the few quants within baseball’s front offices. Mejdal has undergraduate degrees in both mechanical and aeronautical engineering, and master's degrees in industrial engineering and human factors engineering. Before joining the Cardinals, Mejdal worked as a NASA sleep researcher.
Diane K. Michelson, formerly of SEMATECH, spent more than 16 years improving semiconductor industry processes before joining the SAS Education team earlier this year. She now teaches people how to improve processes using JMP. She holds a PhD in statistics from Texas A&M University.
Peter Mroz works for Johnson & Johnson as a manager and statistical programmer, supporting the development and implementation of analytic tools to increase efficiency and analytical capability within PV Analytics. His previous pharmaceutical experience includes 16 years as a programmer and consultant for clinical trials management. Mroz graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He obtained a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in computer and systems engineering.
Chris Nachtsheim, PhD, Frank A. Donaldson Chair in Operations Management, Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota
Christopher Nachtsheim, PhD, is Chair of the Department 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, medical device, consumer products, health care and the banking industries on experimental design and employing data analysis for decision making. Nachtsheim and his co-presenter Bradley Jones are co-recipients of the prestigious 2009 Brumbaugh Award from the American Society for Quality and the 2010 Lloyd S. Nelson Award of the Statistics Division of the ASQ. Both are Fellows of the American Statistical Association.
D. Perret, PhD, is a research and development scientist at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) where he works on glass formulations for high-level nuclear waste conditioning. Prior to joining the CEA, Perret worked on photoresist materials for microlithography applications as a research and development scientist at Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials. In 2003, he received a PhD in materials science, studying acoustic and mechanical properties of oxide and metallic glasses.
John Ponte is a JMP software developer specializing in graphics and visualizations. His career started more than 25 years ago as a graphics software developer, developing software for flight simulations systems for General Electric. Ponte has been part of JMP for two years. He is responsible for adding image functionality and raster-based background maps to JMP 9. He holds a BS in computer science with a concentration in mathematics.
José G. Ramírez is an industrial statistician at Amgen, supporting the Quality Engineering function. Earlier, Ramírez was responsible for promoting business intelligence through innovative analytical applications at W.L. Gore and Associates, makers of Gore-Tex® and other innovative products. 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.
Robert Reul is the Founder and Managing Director of Isometric Solutions LLC, an international market research boutique 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 holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and management science and has been a practicing Six Sigma Black Belt since 1986.
Rob Reviere is a Technical Architect for SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services. He is a member of the development team for SAS Solutions OnDemand, an application service provider solution. Reviere is responsible for building operations and manufacturing solutions that address asset prognostic and health management (PHM) issues. He has worked in a wide range of industries, including chemical, aerospace, automotive, semiconductor, and behavior health science. Reviere has expertise in quality, failure analysis, reliability, basic research and development, applied research and development, and manufacturing. He is certified as both a Six Sigma Black Belt and as an ISO auditor. Reviere has a master's degree in bioinformatics -- a new field of study at the nexus of computer science, genetics and statistics -- as well as a master's degree and PhD in metallurgical engineering.
John Salmon is a research engineer at the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He holds a BS and MS in electrical engineering from the University of Calgary and Utah State University, respectively, and a MS in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. His current research areas include decision-making techniques, operations research and visual analytics.
Jyoti Srivastava has more than 13 years of engineering experience, eight of which she spent working in the biopharmaceutical industry as technical support for manufacturing. She has executed process improvement projects, supported data mining and analysis for troubleshooting and yield improvement, and worked on risk analysis projects spanning processes from raw materials to the final product. Her current role is as senior process engineer in the process and risk analysis group. Srivastava holds a chemical engineering degree, and is also an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer.
Tim Troutman is a fundraising professional with a decade of experience in the industry. His most significant contributions include the development of cost-saving processes and the implementation of response modeling using JMP to significantly improve ROI on direct–mail campaigns. Troutman is also editor–in–chief of an online magazine and the director of the Philippine Aid Society, a charity. He lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife and son.
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 13 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.
Sameer Vittal is the Engineering Technical Leader for Analytics with GE Energy's Advanced Technology Operations. 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.
Cy Wegman has been with P&G for more than 34 years and has worked in modeling for the last 20+ years.
Jon Weisz is the Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for JMP, a business unit of SAS. Before assuming his current role, he worked as JMP marketing director and, earlier, as a manager of software development, marketing and sales support for SAS. He came to SAS in 1999 from Allegro MicroSystems, where he was Director of Statistical Methods. Weisz has extensive industry experience in semiconductor and automotive manufacturing and product development. He received a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics from Eastern Michigan University. Weisz is a member of the American Statistical Association and American Society for Quality. He is a frequent presenter on data visualization, applied statistics and design of experiments, and has written several papers on applied statistics in manufacturing and product development. He also is co-author of a book on design of experiments using mirror-image designs.
Vincent Wingate, Associate Director of Upstream Process Development and Plant Biology – Biolex Therapeutics
Vincent Wingate is currently the head of upstream process development and plant biology at Biolex Therapeutics. He has worked for 20 years in plant biotechnology with Rhone-Poulenc, Aventis and Bayer. In the last seven 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 in JMP.
Bill Worley has been with P&G for more than 11 years and has worked in modeling for the last 3+ years.
Libo Yu is a senior manager of HR Strategic Analytics and Budgeting at Walmart. She has created analytical tools to support her areas of responsibility which include data mining, modeling and providing data visibility and insights to Walmart US HR leadership. Yu joined Walmart two years ago as a data analyst. Prior to that, she studied at the University of Arkansas, where she earned a master's degree in information systems. She also holds dual bachelor’s degrees in management information systems and economics from the Peking University in China.
Annie Dudley Zangi works as a Research Statistician Developer on the JMP product at SAS. During her 18 years at SAS, she has also worked as a development tester, a technic al support statistician, and as a consulting statistician. Her MS is in statistics from Virginia Tech.