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

Steering Committee

Ian Cox

François Bergeret

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, outliers detection and test time reduction.

He also teaches statistics for 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. He is a Motorola Six Sigma Black Belt.

Bergeret graduated in 1992 with a PhD in statistics from Toulouse University.

Ian Cox

Ian Cox

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

Lynn Dickey

Lynn Dickey, PhD, has over 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. 

Ed Hutchins

Ed Hutchins

Ed Hutchins is the Product Engineering Manager in the Materials Division of Cree in Research Triangle Park, NC, an innovator and manufacturer of semiconductors that enhance the value of LED solid-state lighting, power and communications products by significantly increasing their energy performance.

Hutchins’ specific role focuses on the manufacture of the common element in these diverse products, known as silicon carbide (SiC) wafers. He’s happy to be doing the type of work he studied as a materials science and engineering major at Cornell University. Hutchins has been using JMP extensively in his job for about nine years, and realizes that if he applied JMP to his personal life as much as he does to his professional, he might actually be a successful investor.

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Stan Koprowski

Stan Koprowski

Stan Koprowski
sanofi-aventis

Stanley Koprowski is a Global Program Manager at Sanofi US, a diversified healthcare company focused on patients' needs. Sanofi is engaged in the research, development, manufacture and marketing of healthcare products. Its business includes pharmaceuticals, which comprises prescription drugs, consumer healthcare and generics; vaccines and animal health.

He has successfully planned and executed corporate technology solutions for FORTUNE 500® companies and has international business experience in France, Germany, Japan and UK. He is the current chair of the Northeast Pharma JMP® Users Group. His teams have designed and deployed iLINK, a worldwide "first-of-its-kind" clinical data integration environment, contributed to the development of PH.Kinetics™ software from SAS, and created pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic and other data integration environments for support of modeling and simulation activities.

Koprowski's research interests include application of technology to warehouse scientific data, in-silico approaches to rational drug development, workflow modeling and business process optimization. He is a member of both the Project Management Institute and International Institute of Business Analysis. He has been a SAS® programmer for more than 15 years and a JMP programmer for more than five years.  He has published several articles in the International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Prior to joining Sanofi, Koprowski directed the data warehousing department for DuPont Pharmaceuticals.

Don Lifke

Don Lifke

Don Lifke is a Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM.  Sandia’s vision is, “Helping our nation secure a peaceful and free world through technology.” Lifke is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and has been using JMP since version 4.  He has applied JMP in a wide array of industries, from cardiac pacemaker manufacturing to weapons quality.  He is passionate about teaching scientists that it’s actually advantageous to change more than one variable at a time.

He uses JMP in his personal and family life as well. Lifke used JMP to optimize his golf swing, and his fifth-grade son has been using JMP since second grade for science projects and to win the Pinewood Derby.  His second-grade daughter is also a JMP user, confirming that learning JMP is truly elementary.

Lifke’s experience includes working for employers such as AlliedSignal, US Department of Energy, Medtronic and Emcore. He also teaches business statistics courses at the university level.
Lifke received his BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of New Mexico.

Bob Lucas

Bob Lucas

Bob Lucas has a PhD in statistics from Colorado State University and more than 30 years of experience as an applied statistician. Lucas worked for 17 years at Research Triangle Institute applying statistical techniques to collect and analyze data for a broad range of scientific and business problems. During his tenure at SAS Institute, Lucas has developed and taught advanced statistics, time series, data mining, and mathematical optimization classes as well provided customized training or consulting in many industries including government, pharmaceuticals, banking, manufacturing and retail.

David Meintrup

David Meintrup

David Meintrup, PhD, is a professor of mathematics and statistics at the Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences in 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 with scientists and engineers in the semiconductor, solar, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Di Michelson

Di Michelson

Di Michelson is a Statistical Training Specialist with SAS Education. Prior to joining SAS, Michelson was a statistician in the semiconductor industry for 17 years, most recently at SEMATECH in Austin, Texas. She has been a happy JMP user since version 3.2. Her research interests include statistical process control, design and analysis of industrial experiments and statistical programming. Michelson received her PhD in Statistics from Texas A&M University in 1994.

Dan Obermiller

Dan Obermiller

Daniel Obermiller is a JMP Training Program Manager for SAS and is also the manager of the SAS Design Institute for Six Sigma.

Prior to joining SAS, Obermiller was a Six Sigma Technology Leader for The Dow Chemical Co. and a longtime JMP user. He held a variety of positions at Dow, beginning in 1990. He was a consulting statistician for the entire company, supporting R&D, consumer products and emulsion polymers. Obermiller was also the statistical software contact for Dow. Specifically, he was the JMP Product Manager for Dow and was responsible for JMP being named Dow’s global statistical software standard in 1998. He is the co-author of a JMP companion guide for Statistical Methods for Engineers by Geoff Vining.

Obermiller was involved with Dow’s Six Sigma effort since its inception in 1999, starting as a Master Black Belt before becoming a Technology Leader for Six Sigma. He coached more than 200 successful projects and certified more than 150 Green Belts and Black Belts. His efforts in Six Sigma helped Dow deliver more than $1 billion yearly in Six Sigma savings.

Obermiller received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from John Carroll University in Cleveland and a Master of Applied Statistics from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

John Sall

John Sall

John Sall is a co-founder and Executive Vice President of SAS, the world’s largest privately held software company. He leads the JMP business division, which creates interactive and highly visual data analysis software for the desktop and provides a visual interface to SAS. Sall was elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 1998. He serves on the board of The Nature Conservancy and is a member of the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Board of Trustees. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Beloit College in Beloit, WI, and a master's degree in economics from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Sall studied graduate-level statistics at NCSU, which awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2003.

Theresa Utlaut

Theresa Utlaut

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.

Manny Uy

Manny Uy

Manny Uy is a member of the principal professional staff at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He obtained his PhD in physical chemistry from Case Western Reserve University, and held postdoctoral fellowships at Rice University and the Free University of Brussels. He joined JHU/APL in 1981, where he has held several positions, including Performance Assurance Supervisor for Spacecraft Systems, Quality Manager for Microelectronics and Materials Laboratory Manager. He also teaches statistics and design of experiments for APL professionals.

Before joining JHU/APL, he was a senior scientist for advanced programs at the General Electric Co. Lamp Business Division at Nela Park in Cleveland, where he specialized in advanced lamp designs and optimization of the manufacturing processes.

He has published over 100 papers, has 10 patents, and is an expert in the area of spacecraft contamination, sensors systems and reliability. Uy is a member of Sigma Xi, the American Chemical Society, the Royal Chemistry Society, the Society of Photo-Optical and Instrumentation Engineers, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. 

Sameer Vittal

Sameer Vittal

Sameer Vittal is the Engineering Technical Leader for Analytics with GE Energy's Advanced Technology Operations. He has been with GE since 2000. He leads a global team of scientists and engineers tasked with developing knowledge-based services and technologies to manage the risk and health of complex engineering systems like gas turbine power plants and wind turbines.

His responsibilities are in two main areas – (1) developing data mining, prognostics and asset health management solutions for power generation and propulsion equipment and (2) developing financial risk modeling and optimization solutions for extended warranties and contractual service agreements.

Vittal has a BE in mechanical engineering from Bangalore University, India as well as MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. He has more than 15 years of experience in analytics, predictive modeling and optimization, reliability engineering, asset condition monitoring and risk management in the automotive and energy industries. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences with an interest in actuarial engineering – an emerging risk management field that integrates techniques from engineering, operations research and actuarial science. He lives in Atlanta, GA.