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 Expert  107919

Expert in Applied Statistics

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

West Virginia (WV)
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Expert has more than 35 years of experience working with scientists, engineers, and managers in the design of multifactor experiments. Although much of his experience is concentrated in R&D, he is frequently called upon for help with experiments in full-scale production equipment. He has extensive experience with all forms of designed experiments, including factorials, fractional factorials, central composite designs, Latin squares, screening designs, mixture experiments, response surface methods, and nested designs. Expert applies these methods in diverse industries, including chemicals, plastics, catalysts, electronic components, medical devices, ceramics, and metals.

central composite design


chemical process modeling


design of experiments


mixture experiment


statistical design of experiments

Expert's experience in analyzing multifactor data parallels his practice of designing experiments. The methods he uses most frequently include analysis of variance, the Student's T statistic, and fitting models to data.

fitting models to data


Student's t statistic


Student's t test

As the manager of an applied statistics group at a major corporation, Expert has innovated new methods for modeling chemical processes, including methods for building models from unsteady-state data. He is familiar with methods of principal components and other methods for analyzing "messy" data. He also is familiar with chemometric methods, notably methods for predicting properties from limited amounts of data. Expert routinely teaches courses in DOE and the analysis of data from designed experiments.

applied statistics



Expert uses designed experiments and other techniques to optimize formulations, products, and processes. He uses optimization experiments, mixture experiments, sequential-simplex optimization, evolutionary operation, and predictive systems. Expert teaches clients how they can bring products to market by using designed experiments, the analysis of multifactor data, optimization methods, and computer software to design products with a computer instead of running more experiments in the lab. He has been able to reduce the number of products necessary to meet market demand and meet customer requirements while minimizing the cost of materials. Expert has applied these methods to formulations and mixtures, catalyst systems, metals, polymers, carbon products, ceramics, and more.

optimization experiment


process optimization


product optimization


sequential-simplex optimization

Expert has worked with clients in diverse industries, including chemicals, rubber, plastics, electronic components, ceramics, food products, clay products, coatings, plating, medical devices, and others. His training and experience in a combination of chemical engineering and statistics gives him unique insight into physical and chemical systems.

engineering statistics

Expert recently wrote software to simulate the energy system in a major chemical plant. Using Monte Carlo methods, he was able to predict a route to $5 million in cost avoidances. He also worked with a supplier-customer team to demonstrate how variables in the supplier process impacted the quality of a product made by the customers.

multivariate statistical analysis


statistical computing


statistical data analysis

Well versed in modern methods of SPC, Expert's activities include finding sources of variation and minimizing variation in products. He is familiar with process capability studies, the process capability index, and all of the usual control-charting methods, including cumulative sum charts. Expert also has extensive knowledge of the new methods for interpreting attribute data. He routinely teaches SPC courses for his clients. He is trained in and teaches "Six-Sigma" methods.

process capability index


process capability study


statistical process control

Expert is currently conducting private research in how genetic algorithms can be used to quickly move up a learning curve, especially in systems that have many active variables, typical of catalysts, certain formulations or mixtures, and complex processes. His idea is to partially optimize a system of variables before running a formal designed experiment.

genetic algorithm

A great deal of the data Expert finds in his practice does not meet the usual textbook assumptions. Because of this, he has developed resampling methods that allow him to move forward without restrictive assumptions. For example, he used a resampling method while serving as an expert witness in a lawsuit over the validity of a patent. This allowed him to demonstrate to the opposition the error in their complex statistical arguments.


Expert understands that the questions "How much data do we need?" is a critical issue in planning experiments. The failure to get enough data is a primary cause of failures with designed experiments. Expert has extensive knowledge of this concept.

sampling error

Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charleston, West Virginia;  and Huntington, West Virginia.

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Applied Statistical Methods
Statistical Consulting, Data Mining, Assessment and...
Design of Experiments, Reliability, Quality, Accelerated...
Applied Statistics: Data Analysis, Modeling, Data Mining,...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1960   MS   Chemical Engineering (minor in statistics)   University of Tennessee  
1955   BS   Chemical Engineering   Clemson University  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title  

1998 to



Independent Consultant


1980 to 1998


Union Carbide Corporation


Corporate Fellow


1966 to 1979


Union Carbide Corporation


Group Leader-Statistician


1961 to 1966


Union Carbide Corporation




1958 to 1958


NASA (Lewis Flight Propulsion Center)


Fuel Chemist


1957 to 1957


US Army Signal Corps.


2nd Lt.


1955 to 1956


Union Carbide Corporation


Chemical Engineer


Career Accomplishments:

Expert was a Corporate Fellow at Union Carbide Corporation (one of only about 20 people so honored). He received the Chairman's Award in 1989.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has several technical publications and one patent.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Chemtech.  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert has extensive experience working with teams of scientists and engineers in planning experiments, analyzing data, and optimizing products and processes. In one recent instance, he worked with a team of chemists to create a new adhesive system and brought it to market in less that six weeks instead of the expected two years.
  • Expert was recently asked to serve as an expert witness in a major lawsuit concerned with the validity of a patent. He wrote his expert opinion, gave depositions, educated the attorneys in the interpretation of statistical terms, and successfully opposed the statistical expert who had claimed the patent was invalid.
  • Expert worked with a team of chemists and engineers to locate sources of variation in a critical polymer product.
  • Expert recently worked with a team of ceramic engineers, chemists, and physicists to design an innovative electronic capacitor.This involved running a series of complex designed experiments; building predictive models from the entire accumulation of data; and then using those models to learn how to design optimal products without further experimentation.
  • Expert worked with a team of engineers and operators to improve control charting techniques. The existing charts were too complex; the improved charts are appealing and are actually better for detecting changes in the process.
Recent Client Requests:
  • DOE statistical expert for consulting on process development.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert has served as an expert witness in two situations; each was concerned with validity of patents. His role was concerned with the validity of technical data cited in those patents. He has given depositions and has observed depositions where he was involved with the opposition.

Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1992 to   Brazil   Taught courses in designed experiments. Worked with engineers to improve on-site processes.
1995 to   Belgium   Taught courses in designed experiments. Worked with chemists to create new additives for food products.
1990 to 2000   Mexico   Expert frequently teaches courses in basic statistics and has designed experiments in Mexico.

Additional Skills and Services:

Expert frequently teaches courses in basic statistics, designed experiments, attribute data, SPC methods, and related topics. He developed and teaches a course in designed experiments for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. His courses are not "canned" but are tailored to the needs of the group. He will create new training materials where needed and is also available for consultation after training is completed.


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