JMP Instructors

Meet SAS education’s world-class JMP instructors

SAS instructors are recognized both for their outstanding teaching skills and for their standing as thought-leaders in their area of instruction. Every SAS instructor has earned internationally recognized, industry credentials as a SAS Certified Professional and undergoes a rigorous internal certification, on a chapter-by-chapter basis, for each course they teach. They’re also very interesting people.

Mark Bailey

Mark has been a JMP instructor since 1998. He applied statistics and Six Sigma methods to industrial R&D in new business ventures for 16 years before teaching for SAS Education. He holds a doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of Rochester.

One of Mark’s students said: “Mark took the extra time and effort to work one-on-one with me, ensuring that I felt comfortable utilizing the software to reap its full benefit.”

Monica Beals

Before joining SAS, Monica was a lecturer and biology laboratory instructor for the University of Tennessee, where she earned a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology, and a master’s degree in statistics. She also had a two-year research assistantship for a project aimed at increasing undergraduate mathematical literacy through the biology curriculum, funded by the National Science Foundation. Monica began using JMP in 2001 and joined SAS in July 2007.

One of Monica’s students said: “Monica is very engaging, and I really like her style of teaching. She is interactive, responsive and treats all levels of questions with respect.”

Gerry Hobbs

Gerry has nearly 40 years of teaching experience and dozens of publication credits. He has a PhD in statistics from Kansas State University and has consulted with SAS Education for more than 25 years. Gerry also serves as coordinator of the biostatistics group at West Virginia Medical School.

One of Gerry’s students said: “Gerry presented some of the best explanations and demonstrations of complex statistical concepts that I have heard in a long time. His presentations were lively and interspersed with humor.”

Wayne Levin

Wayne is President of Predictum Inc., a company that specializes in developing analytical applications ranging from virtual labs to operations intelligence systems to analytical workflows using JMP scripts and/or SAS®. He has been a JMP instructor for more than 13 years and a JMP user since JMP 3. Wayne holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Waterloo, with an emphasis on statistical methods.

One of Wayne’s students said: “Wayne was enthusiastic about the material and encouraged questions and comments. He has a very enjoyable presentation style and is very knowledgeable.”

Paul Marovich

Paul came to SAS in 1996 from the University of Central Florida, where he consulted and taught statistics after earning his master’s degree in statistical computing. He has more than 30 years of experience using SAS and has been teaching JMP since 1999.

One of Paul’s students said: “Paul is the best teacher I’ve ever had. He’s a well-informed and entertaining instructor with great examples, wonderful handouts and very good stories that made the subject exciting.”

Di Michelson

Di has been a JMP user since 1998. She develops and teaches many basic and advanced statistics courses using JMP. She received a PhD in statistics in 1994 and an MS in mathematics in 1988 from Texas A&M University. Di has 17 years of experience as a statistician in the semiconductor industry, most recently at Sematech and ISMI. Her research interests include statistical process control and design of experiments, especially when data is auto-correlated, factors are random or other non-textbook situations occur.

One of Di’s students said: “Di is the best instructor I have ever experienced in my career. Her knowledge and experience make the course very valuable.”

Azhar Nizam

Azhar has been a contract instructor for SAS since 2000, teaching SAS and JMP statistics courses. He received a Master of Science degree in statistics from the University of South Carolina in 1987.

One of Azhar’s students said: “With Azhar around, this course needs no improvement.”

Dan Obermiller

Dan, JMP Training Program Manager, comes to SAS following 21 years with The Dow Chemical Co., where he was a Six Sigma Technology Leader and certified Master Black Belt. He was also a consulting statistician at Dow – with particular support in R&D, consumer products and emulsion polymers – and the company’s statistical software contact since 1992. Dan received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from John Carroll University and a Master of Applied Statistics from The Ohio State University.

One of Dan’s students said: “Dan is a great instructor: entertaining, engaging and very articulate.”

Richard Papel

Richard is a man of diverse talents and experience. He’s been a FORTRAN programmer in the transportation industry, a researcher in medical use patterns and a forecaster of electric loads in the electric utility industry. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from California Polytechnic State University, a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

One of Richard’s students said: “Richard is a superb instructor who has great pacing, is very clear and informative, is energetic and enthusiastic, and did a terrific job presenting the material to the class.”

Heath Rushing

Heath is an American Society of Quality (ASQ) Certified Quality Engineer and the co-founder and principal consultant of Adsurgo LLC, a company specializing in advanced analytics consulting services and training for enhanced business performance. He has been a professor at the US Air Force Academy as well as a quality engineer and Six Sigma Black Belt in both biopharmaceutical manufacturing and R&D. Heath holds a master’s degree in operations research from the Air Force Institute of Technology and has used JMP since 2001.

One of Heath’s students said: “Heath was very professional and knowledgeable on both statistical analysis and the use of JMP software. He kept us on target and interjected a good amount of fun into the course when needed.”

Ledi Trutna

Ledi joined SAS in 2012 after 13 years as a consultant teaching statistics. Prior to consulting, she worked at AMD and Texas Instruments. She has been using JMP since JMP 3 and loves teaching with the software. She has a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Duke University. While at Texas Instruments, she developed the catapult as a tool for teaching Design of Experiments and Statistical Process Control. She then shared that knowledge with others to get the catapult used in many types of classes.

One of Ledi’s students said: “I want to commend Ledi on her teaching capabilities. She was able to explain information or concepts that were new to me in a way that made sense. I feel confident that I can perform the various analyses offered in JMP. Excellent instructor!”

Jim Wisnowski

Jim is Principal at Adsurgo LLC and has a PhD in industrial engineering from Arizona State University with an emphasis in applied statistics. He was an award-winning professor and statistics chair at the US Air Force Academy. Jim retired from the Air Force, where he held various analytical and leadership positions throughout the Department of Defense in training, testing and evaluation, human resources, logistics, systems engineering and acquisition.

One of Jim’s students said: “Jim is top-notch instructor with vast knowledge of the subject matter. As well, his experience with DoD and military methodology, tools and policy proved especially helpful in his interaction with the class. For future training, I intend to request Jim.”

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