February Member Spotlight: Willis Jensen
Current Position: HR analytics business partner, W.L. Gore & Associates, Flagstaff, AZ.
Education: Doctorate in statistics from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.
What was your introduction to quality? As an undergraduate, I took a class on statistical methods for quality that opened my eyes to a whole field of applications, including design of experiments (DoE) and statistical process control (SPC).
What is the best career advice you ever received? Focus on making a real contribution and impact on the organization and everything else will follow.
What ASQ activities do you participate in? Editorial boards for ASQ journals, previously part of the steering committee for the ASQ Fall Technical Conference.
Have you published anything? More than 20 refereed articles—covering issues including DoE and SPC—in different journals, including the Journal of Quality Technology and Quality Engineering.
Any recent awards? Selected as an ASQ fellow in 2019, a three-time winner of ASQ’s Statistics Division’s Shewell Award and 2017 winner of the division’s Nelson and Bisgaard Awards.
What are your favorite ways to relax? Cycling, golfing, traveling, playing board games and going on date nights.
Personal: Married to Jeni with six children.
What books are you currently reading? I love history books. Favorite authors include Doris Kearns Goodwin and David McCullough.
Do you have a favorite blogger? I follow a variety of blogs, but I love the work done by the FiveThirtyEight team. To check out the blog, visit fivethirtyeight.com.
What was the last movie you saw? “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
Quality quote: “Connected data eats big data for lunch.” Big data, consisting of large amounts of data, is getting a lot of hype, but it is much more valuable to focus on linking your different data sources together.