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  1. Collaborations Between Academic Departments and Industry/Government SPAIG Committee: George Williams, Amgen July 28, 2007 Note: Statistics Partnerships among Academe, Industry, and Government

  2. Broader Understanding of Needs, Opportunities, and Environments in Which Statisticians Work in an Industrial Setting • Statisticians must understand the expectations of industry and have the training to meet those expectations • Statisticians must understand and appreciate the complete research process • Statisticians must be interested in the total problem, not just the statistical part • Statisticians must expand their skills beyond statistics (communication, negotiation, project management) Rodda, B. et al., 1995, JSM Moore, D.S., 1998 Manson, R.L., 2004

  3. Collaboration between Academia and Industry • Industry scientists and statisticians give seminars on real problems • Faculty sabbaticals in industry • Industrial advisory committees at universities • Adjunct faculty appointments of industrial statisticians • Cooperative research endeavors • Continuing education programs Rodda, B. et al., 1995, JSM

  4. Collaborations with Industry Today • Internships • Opportunities published annually in Amstat News • Fellowships • Importance of strength of academic training programs • Sabbatical experiences/short term visits • “How to” manual on SPAIG web site • http://www.svsu.edu/orgs/spaig • Funding of academic chair positions

  5. Collaborations with Industry (continued) • Short courses/seminars – offered on-site at industry location • Seminars by industry statisticians at universities • Consultation/grant support • Consortia • Analytic problems general enough to be of interest beyond a specific company Ray, 2006

  6. Partnerships • SPAIG Award • 2002 - Iowa State University, General Motors Corporation, and the Mayo Clinic • Distance education, consulting and research opportunities, improvement in statistical practice, improvement in university curriculum • 2003 - Harvard University and Schering-Plough Research Institute • Annual workshop, visits between institutions, intern program, funding of training • 2004 - Temple University and Merck & Co. • Annual conference, intern program, joint supervision of Ph.D. students

  7. Partnerships (continued) • 2005 - NISS Affiliates • 27 academic institutions, 9 government agencies, 15 Corporations • Dissemination of advanced statistical methods, communication of applied problems • 2006 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute and National Center for Health Statistics • Intern program, joint work on NCHS survey problems, thesis projects • 2007 - U. of Mich., U. of Pa., NCI, NCHS, NCCD, IMS • Development of advanced techniques, published research, new research areas for junior researchers

  8. Additional Observations on Collaborations with Industry • ASA Chapter Career Days • Exposure of students to opportunities in industry • Challenges • Intellectual property (Mayo, 2006)

  9. Collaborations with Government (NIH, NSF, CDC, NCHS) • Grants • Training • Research

  10. Additional SPAIG Related Topics • SPAIG Salary Survey • Provides current salary survey information on statisticians employed in B/I/G • Characterized by type of employer and geographic region • October 1999 issue of Amstat News • Also conducted in 2003, 2005, 2007 • Business/Industry/Government Student Database (under consideration) • Database of summary information on statistics students seeking permanent and intern career opportunities in non-academic institutions

  11. Conclusion • “…in the best interest of statisticians in both university and business settings to help foster better collaboration in order for our discipline to maintain its relevance to the business community.” • “….encourage academia and industry to work together and form partnerships.  The problems we face are too complex for any one entity to solve in isolation.”  Ray (2006) Iman, R.L., 1995

  12. References • Hahn, G. and Hoerl, R. (1998)  Key challenges for statisticians in business and industry (with discussion)  Technometrics 40: 195 -210. • Iman, R.L. (2005) New paradigms for the statistics profession. Journal of the American Statistical Association 90: 1 - 6. • Mason, R.L. (2004)  Does the statistics profession have an identity crisis?  Journal of the American Statistical Association  99: 1 – 6. • Mayo, M. J. (2006) Data needed for intelligent design of university-industry partnerships. Amstat News 347: 16-17. • Moore, D. S. (1998)  Statistics among the liberal arts.  Journal of the American Statistical Association 93: 1253 – 1259. • Physical and Engineering Sciences (2006) Promoting statistics and industry. Amstat News 346: 31. • Ray, B. K. (2006) Bridging the gap between statistical practice in academe and industry. Amstat News 347: 2 -3. • SPAIG (2005) Nine ideas to further the goal. Amstat News 336: 4. • SPAIG (2006) SPAIG award nomination guidelines Amstat News 352: 47. • Starbuck, R. (2005) Value assessment of departments involved with business, industry, and government. Amstat News 338: 19.