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Mary G. and Joseph Natrella Scholarship

  The Quality and Productivity Section announces the 2016 Mary G. and Joseph Natrella Scholarship, which supports student participation in the Quality and Productivity Research Conference (QPRC). Winners will receive a $3500 grant, a $500 stipend toward travel and housing expenses, complimentary registration for the conference, and complimentary registration for the pre-conference tutorial given in conjunction with the conference. In addition, winners will give a presentation on their statistical work (applications or research) at the QPRC, which will be held in Tempe, AZ from June 14-16, 2016. The scholarship is funded by the Q&P Mary G. and Joseph Natrella Scholarship Fund and the Quality and Productivity Research Conference.

Purpose and History

The scholarship was initiated by a contribution to the ASA Quality and Productivity Section given by Joseph Natrella at the time of Mary Natrella's death to honor her many contributions to the statistical community. The Natrella's always maintained a strong mutual interest in quality applications of statistics. Mary was for many years a staff member of the Statistical Engineering Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Joe's career was primarily with the Department of Defense and NASA as a mathematician in charge of data processing and computations. 

Mary's most important publication, NBS Handbook 91: Experimental Statistics, is one of the all-time best selling publications of NIST. Originally published in 1963 by the Government Printing Office, it was later reprinted by Wiley-InterScience in its Selected Government Publications series, and also has been reprinted in paperback by Dover Publications. The ASA Q&P Section established the scholarship in 2000 to honor Mary's 36 years as an author, teacher and consulting statistician.

Recent recipients of the Natrella Scholarship describe their experiences as follows:

"I am so thankful for the opportunity to be a Natrella Scholarship recipient. I hope to follow the Natrella's love and passion for statistics and sharing that with others. Also being able to attend the Joint Research Conference was a wonderful opportunity to learn from so many great minds of industry and academia." –Erica Goodrich, Grand Valley State Univ.

"To be chosen as a recipient of the Natrella Scholarship is a tremendous honor, and it is an accolade I am extremely grateful to have received. This award gave me the opportunity to attend the Joint Research Conference, where I had the privilege of presenting my work to others with similar research interests. The conference served as an excellent venue for learning and networking, and overall was an invaluable experience. I would like to sincerely thank the Natrella Scholarship Committee for giving me this opportunity" -Nathaniel Stevens, Univ of Waterloo.

Eligibility

Application is open to students who are currently pursuing a master's or doctoral degree full-time in an accredited college or university. The student must have a demonstrated interest in quality applications as evidenced by course work, research topic, prior work experience, etc. Applicants should be prepared to make a presentation of their research work at the 2016 Quality and Productivity Research Conference. Applicants will receive equal consideration regardless of age, color, country of origin, country of residence, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, military status, race, or sexual orientation. Students who have previously received the Natrella Scholarship are not eligible to apply again.

Selection Criteria

The Natrella Scholarship Award Committee will select scholarship recipients based principally on the following criteria:
 
These secondary criteria also will be considered:
 
  • Teaching and mentoring

  • Engagement and experience in statistical applications

  • Service and leadership in the statistics community

   
  • Authorship and research

  • Academic performance and scholarship

  • Community service outside of the profession

Important Dates and Forms

The deadline for registration is April 1, 2016. Scholarship applicants will be notified of the results on April 15, 2016. The scholarships will be awarded at the conference banquet on June 14, 2016. More information about the conference is available at www.qprc2016.com.

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Previous Scholarship Recipients

2015

Youngjun Choe
Department of Industrial and Operations Engineering, University of Michigan  
Recommended by Prof. Vijay Nair and Prof. Eunshin Byon
Abstract Title: "Uncertainty Analysis for Importance Sampling Estimators with Stochastic Simulations"

Keivan Sadeghzadeh
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University
Recommended by Prof. Nasser Fard and Prof. Beverly K. Jaeger
Abstract Title: "Analytical Heuristic Decision-Making Methods for Complex High-Dimensional Failure Data Selection and Classification"

2014

Erica Goodrich
Biostatistics Program, Grand Valley State University  
Recommended by Prof. Robert Downer and Mr. Jason Gillikin (Priority Health)
Abstract Title: "Exploration of Repeated Measures Logistic Regression for Medication Adherence"

Nathaniel Stevens
Dept. of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, University of Waterloo
Recommended by Prof. Stefan Steiner and Prof. Jock MacKay
Abstract Title: "Design and Analysis of Measurement System Comparison Studies"

2013

Salah Haridy
Division of Systems and Engineering Management, Nanyang Technological University  
Recommended by Prof. Zhang Wu and Prof. Philippe Castagliola (LUNAM Université / Université de Nantes)
Abstract Title: "An Application of Curtailment in Control Charts"

Matthew Plumlee
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology
Recommended by Prof. Jianjun Shi and Prof. V. Roshan Joseph
Abstract Title: "Building Accurate Emulators for Stochastic Simulations"

2012

Mohammed Zafar Anis
Department of Mathematics, Bengal Science and Engineering University  
Recommended by Prof. Murari Mitra and Prof. Tirthankar Dasgupta (Harvard Univ.)
Abstract Title: "A Review of Process Capability Indices"

Fadel Mounir Megahed
Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Recommended by Prof. William Woodall and Prof. Jaime Camelio
Abstract Title: "From Fault Detection to Diagnosis: An Investigation Using Statistical Process Control and Visual Analytics in High-Density Data Environments"

2011

Tatevik Ambartsoumian

Department of Statistics, University of California Riverside  
Recommended by Prof. Daniel Jeske and Prof. Linda Penas
Abstract Title: "Generalized Likelihood Ratio Cusum based on a Nonparametric Kernel Density Estimation"

John Szarka
Department of Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Recommended by Prof. William Woodall and Prof. Jeffrey Birch
Abstract Title: "Comparisons to the Early Aberration Reporting System's W2count Method"

2010

Jeffrey Boone
Applied Statistics Program, University of Alabama  

Recommended by Prof. Subhabrata Chakraborti and Prof. Marcus Perry
Abstract Title: "Multivariate Nonparametric Shewhart-Type Control Charts"

Laura Freeman
Department of Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Recommended by Prof. Geoffrey Vining and Prof. Jeffrey Birch
Abstract Title: "Reliability Data Analysis for Designed Experiments"

2009

Denisa Olteanu
Department of Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  

Recommended by Prof. Geoffrey Vining and Prof. William Woodall
Abstract Title: "Control Charts for the Parameters of Life Time Data Distributions"

Adam Pintar
Department of Statistics, Iowa State University
Recommended by Dr. Christine Anderson-Cook (Los Alamos) and Prof. Huaiqing Wu
Abstract Title: "Mean Squared Error in Model Selection"

2008

Veronica Montes De Oca
Department of Statistics, University of California, Riverside 

Recommended by Prof. Daniel Jeske and Dr. Mazda Marvasti (Integrien Corporation)
Abstract Title: “A Nonparametric Cusum Algorithm for Timeslot Sequences with Applications to Network Surveillance”

Abdel-Salam G. Abdel-Salam
Department of Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Recommended by Prof. Jeffrey Birch and Prof. William Woodall
Abstract Title: “Profile Monitoring Analysis Using Semiparametric Methods”

2007

Shannon Fraker
Department of Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  

Recommended by Prof. William H. Woodall and Prof. Jeffrey B. Birch
Abstract Title: “The Relationship Between the Recurrence Interval and Time-to-Signal Properties of Surveillance Schemes”

Rachel Johnson
Department of Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University

Recommended by Prof. Douglas C. Montgomery and Prof. Connie M. Borror
Abstract Title: “Improvements on Nonlinear Regression Models for Cycle Time-Throughput Curves”

2006

Tirthankar Dasgupta
School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Recommended by Prof. C. F. Jeff Wu and Roshan Joseph Vengazhiyil
Abstract Title: ″Deriving Optimal Conditions for Large-Scale Controlled Synthesis of Nanostructures Using Statistical Methods″

Shilpa Gupta
Department of Industrial Engineering, Arizona State University
Recommended by Prof. Douglas C. Montgomery and Prof. Connie Borror
Abstract Title: ″Change Point Methods for Monitoring Polynomial Profiles″

2005

Abhyuday Mandal
School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Recommended by Prof. C. F. Jeff Wu and Prof. Brani Vidakovic
Abstract Title: “SELC: Sequential Elimination of Level Combinations by Means of Modified Genetic Algorithms”

Landon H. Sego
Department of Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Recommended by Prof. William Woodall and Prof. Jeffrey Birch
Abstract Title: "Continuously Monitoring a Small Incidence Rate"

2004

Abishek Gupta
Department of Industrial Engineering, Texas A&M University

Recommended by Prof. Emanuel Parzen and Prof. Yu Ding
Abstract Title: "Robust Design of Electronic Packaging Using Sequential Computer Experiments"

Ayca Ozol-Godfrey
Department of Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Recommended by Prof. Christine Anderson-Cook and Prof. Geoff Vining
Abstract Title: "Fraction of Design Space Plots for Examining Model Robustness"

2003

Adnan Bashir
Department of Industrial Engineering, Florida State University

Recommended by Prof. Samuel Awoniyi and Prof. James Simpson
Abstract Title: "Constructing Super-Saturated Designs with Genetic Algorithms"

James D. Williams
Department of Statistics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Recommended by Prof. Angela Neff-Patterson and Prof. William Woodall
Abstract Title: "Phase I Monitoring of Nonlinear Profiles"

2002 

Susan Frost
University of Wyoming

Carla Vivacqua
University of Wisconsin

2001

Susana Eyheramendy
Rutgers University

Recommended by Prof. Regina Y. Liu

Yong Jiang
University of Iowa

Recommended by Prof. Russell Lenth

Xu (Susan) Jiaqiong
University of Waterloo
Recommended by Prof. Stefan Steiner

Willis Jensen
Brigham Young University
Recommended by Prof. G. Rex Bryce

2000

Ana Ivelisse Avilés
Northwestern University

Recommended by Prof. Bruce Ankenman

Dwight Beaudry
Purdue University

Recommended by Prof. George P. McCabe

2000 Honorable Mentions: 


Andy Chiang
Iowa State University
Recommended by Prof. Steve Vardeman

Christa Pettway
University of Alabama
Recommended by Prof. Bill Woodall

Dean DeCook
Iowa State University
Recommended by Prof. Max Morris