This October will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of George E. P. Box, one of the greatest statistical minds of the 20th century, who passed away in 2013. To honor George’s legacy and memory, there will be a one-day conference on his actual birthday (Friday, October 19) at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where George founded their Statistics Department.
George’s pioneering work in the design and analysis of experiments had a major influence on the “Strategy of Experimentation” (SOE) approach developed and deployed within DuPont for over 50 years. Steve will provide a few reflections on George’s work and on DuPont’s SOE history. Steve will then present these several case studies of successful designed experiments.
- A 19-factor 20-run saturated Plackett-Burman screening experiment for marketing
- An 8-factor 18-run fractional factorial design (including 2 center points
- A 5-factor response surface experiment with both categorical and continuous factors
- An 8-component mixture response surface experiment
Bio - Dr. Steven P. Bailey
Steve received his B.S. (1974), M.S. (1975) and Ph.D. (1979) in Statistics, all from the University of Wisconsin., with his thesis done under the supervision of Dr. George Box. Steve completed an over 36-year DuPont career in 2016 with their corporate Applied Statistics Group, retiring as their Principal Consultant and Master Black Belt (MBB). Since 1999, Steve drove the deployment of Six Sigma in DuPont through co-developing and coordinating their corporate leveraged Black Belt, Master Black Belt, and Champion training, as well as leading their corporate MBB Network. Steve has been an American Society for Quality (ASQ) leader for over the past 35 years, most notably as their President in 1997-98 and Chairman of the Board in 1998-99. Steve is an ASQ Fellow and is recipient of ASQ’s Distinguished Service Medal. Steve is a certified Black Belt and a certified Master Black Belt by both DuPont and ASQ.
Steve is currently an Adjunct Faculty Member in the University of Delaware’s Department of Applied Economics and Statistics, where he developed and teaches their “Design and Analysis of Experiments” course. Steve is also currently a Faculty Member in Professional and Continuing Studies at the University of Delaware, where he has co-taught the Spring and Fall sessions of the “Analytics: Optimizing Big Data” certificate program since Fall 2013. Steve is also an independent consultant, providing statistics and six sigma consulting and training.
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