Meet JMP Education’s world-class instructors

JMP instructors are recognized both for their outstanding teaching skills and for their standing as thought-leaders in their area of instruction. Every JMP instructor has earned internationally recognized, industry credentials as a JMP 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.

Monica Beals

Before joining JMP, 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.”

Di Michelson

Di has been a JMP user since 1998, and now has the job of her dreams, teaching people to extract information from their data using JMP. She received a PhD in statistics in 1994 and an MS in mathematics in 1988 from Texas A&M University. Di has many years of experience as a statistician in the semiconductor industry. Her research interests include statistical process control and design of experiments, especially when data are 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.”

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!”

Guest Instructors

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.”

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