Sam Gardner is the founder of Wildstat Consulting. After three decades of work in government and industry, Gardner launched his business to provide consulting services that utilize his talents in statistical thinking, problem solving, experimental design, statistics and predictive modeling.
Right out of college Gardner earned a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force. For 12 years, he worked as a military scientific analyst in several roles, including weapon systems modeling and simulation, flight test planning and data analysis, and human factors research and development. He was also a member of the faculty at the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he taught statistics and experimental design to fellow officers in the graduate engineering, science and logistics programs.
After his military service, Gardner joined Eli Lilly and Company to work in research and development and manufacturing as a statistician and process chemist. He later made a career transition to SAS where, as a technical expert in the JMP division, he received broad exposure to hundreds of companies using statistics to solve business problems. He returned to Eli Lilly in the Advanced Analytics group, focusing on the application of predictive modeling in support of sales and marketing. Gardner then moved back into research and development at Elanco Animal Health, where he led the Experimental Design and Statistics team with a focus on applying Quality by Design to the development of new pharmaceutical products.
Gardner is a member of the American Statistical Association, and he also serves as a volunteer member of the United States Pharmacopoeia's Statistics Expert Committee. He holds a BS in mathematics and chemistry from Purdue University, a MS in mathematics from Creighton University and a MS in statistics from the University of Kentucky.