Statistical engineering-roles for statisticians and the path forward

Christine M. Anderson-Cook, Lu Lu, Gordon Clark, Stephanie P. Dehart, Roger Hoerl, Bradley Jones, R. Jock MacKay, Douglas Montgomery, Peter A. Parker, James Simpson, Ronald Snee, Stefan H. Steiner, Jennifer Van Mullekom, G. Geoff Vining, Alyson G. Wilson

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A panel of prominent experts, who represent different areas of academia, research, and industry, answered questions from diverse areas of industry, government, and academia about the changing roles for statisticians in the SE workplace and discuss some of the opportunities and challenges for the future. The members talked of the opportunities for statisticians to define new roles for themselves within their companies and work places. They highlighted that university statistics programs should consider the option of dissertations in SE, in addition to statistical science. It was emphasized that if industry needs the students, they need to step up to the research funding programs to support the academic programs and faculty who produce the students that they hire. One of the members said that publishing SE case studies in nonstatistical trade publications can create the business pull necessary to drive the discipline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-152
Number of pages20
JournalQuality Engineering
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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