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William J. Hill
After retiring from Honeywell International in 2005, William J. Hill became active as a volunteer for the United Way of Buffalo. On June 4, 2009, he received United Way’s One Person Can Make a Difference Award. He was honored for coaching and training community service professionals and teams in Six Sigma at 18 area not-for-profit/charitable agencies. Six Sigma is a strategic problemsolving approach for achieving and measuring process improvements.

Hill is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), the American Statistical Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a past recipient of ASQ’s Shewhart Medal and William G. Hunter Award. He is a former Wisconsin distinguished professor and has been an active participant in NASA, EPA, and United Nations environmental assessments related to the study of changes in stratospheric ozone and the development of ozone depletion early warning systems through the use of statistical methods.

He currently resides with his wife, Barbara, in western New York. His two children, their spouses, and four grandchildren also live in the region.

Steve Porzio
Steve Porzio, associate executive director and director of operations for the American Statistical Association, was recognized with a special award of merit by the ASA Board of Directors during its July 31–August 1, 2009, meeting at JSM.

“Steve Porzio has been an outstanding asset for our association for many years,” said ASA President Sally Morton. “He makes enormous contributions to the success of the ASA, and the board of directors felt he should be specifically recognized for his leadership.”

The citation for Porzio’s award reads as follows: For 12 years of outstanding leadership as our association’s chief financial officer; for his diligence as director of operations, freeing up the executive director to focus on other association matters; for his wise financial leadership and management; for extraordinary commitment to customer service; for his responsiveness to the many and varied inquiries he receives; and for his consistently demonstrated commitment to the success of this association, the board of directors recognizes Steve Porzio with this special award of merit.

John E. Rolph
The Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security is proud to announce that this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award was given to John E. Rolph, professor of statistics at the Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles, California. The award was presented during the SDNS mixer at JSM. The citation reads, “For contributions to the statistics and defense communities, particularly for leadership and service on the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) in the National Academy of Sciences promoting and improving the use of statistical methods, and, more broadly, testing and evaluation in the development of defense systems.”

While Rolph has served the statistical profession in many ways throughout his career, the committee found his contributions to improving the practice of statistics within the defense and national security communities particularly noteworthy. For example, Rolph chaired the Committee on Assessing the Feasibility, Accuracy, and the Technical Capability of a National Ballistics Database; the Panel on Statistical Methods for Testing and Evaluating Defense Systems; and CNSTAT Workshop on Statistical Issues in Defense Analysis and Testing. He also served on the CNSTAT Panel on the Operational Test Design and Evaluation of the Interim Armored Vehicle and on the oversight committee for the Workshop on Statistical Methods in Software Engineering for Defense Systems. Additionally, he serves as a member of the oversight committee for the Workshop on Industrial Methods for the Effective Test and Development of Defense Systems.

Rolph earned an AB in statistics in 1962 and PhD in statistics in 1966, both from the University of California, Berkley. After a short period in academia, he joined the RAND Corporation as a research statistician in 1969. At RAND, Rolph held increasingly senior positions, including head of the Statistical Research and Consulting Group, associate head of the economics and statistics department, and associate corporate research manager of social policy. In 1995, he left RAND to become chair of the information and operations management department at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, a position he held until 2000. In addition to his position as professor of statistics at the Marshall School of Business, Rolph holds faculty appointments in the University of Southern California law school and mathematics department.

Rolph has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on the application of statistical methods to fields as diverse as national defense, health policy, and law. Among his professional activities, he served as chair of CNSTAT for the National Academy of Sciences from 1998–2004, editor of CHANCE from 1992–1995, and associate editor for the Journal of Business & Economic Statistics from 1981–1991 and Journal of the American Statistical Association from 1972–1977.

The 2009 awards committee consisted of Max Morris (chair), Pat Jacobs, and Myron Katzoff. In February of 2010, the committee will be soliciting nominations for next year’s award. In addition to new nominations, the committee strongly encourages nominators whose nominations were not selected this year to resubmit them, as nominations are not automatically carried forward. For more information, contact Katzoff, chair of the 2010 awards committee, at

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