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2011 Don Owen Award Presented to Dennis K. J. Lin

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John Schoolfield, president of the ASA’s San Antonio Chapter, presented the 2011 Don Owen Award to Dennis K. J. Lin on March 25 at the Conference of Texas Statisticians. The conference was held at Texas A&M University and organized by Webster West. Zhiliang Ying, a professor in the department of statistics at Columbia University nominated Lin.

From Left: Don Owen Award winner Dennis K. J. Lin and San Antonio Chapter president John Schoolfield

From Left: Don Owen Award winner Dennis K. J. Lin and San Antonio Chapter president John Schoolfield

Lin is a university distinguished professor in the department of statistics at Penn State University. He earned his doctoral degree in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a minor in computer science, in December of 1988. He served as assistant and associate professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville from 1989 to 1995. Since 1995, he has served as associate, full, and university distinguished professor in supply chain management and statistics at Penn State.

As indicated in the nomination letter by Ying:

Lin has made enormous contributions to the field of statistics and its interface. His over 150 publications cover a breathtaking spectrum of areas, including general theory (statistical inference, random number generation), business (capacity planning, operation management), industrial statistics (quality assurance, control chart, reliability, design of experiment), and government statistics (sampling survey, consumer indices). His industrial experiences cover a wide range of companies with significant impacts, and his service to our professional society is remarkable. His work on supersaturated designs opened up a vital research area and has occupied an important place in the literature …”

Lin has directed 10 PhD and 16 master’s students from the University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, and Penn State. He has taught various courses in statistics, management sciences, and business. Lin is best known for offering his Introduction of Business Statistics course, which he has taught to more than 5,000 students at Penn State. He has presented several distinguished lectures, including the 2010 Youden Address and 2011 Loutit Address. He also has received numerous awards for his excellence in research, teaching, and services.

Lin is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Society of Quality, a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He is/was co-editor of Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry; editorial review board member of Journal of Quality Technology; and associate editor of Technometrics, Statistica Sinica, Journal of Data Science, Statistics of Informatics, The American Statistician, Journal of Statistical Theory and Practice, Journal of Statistics and Its Applications, International Journal of Quality Technology, and Quality Management.

The Don Owen Award is presented annually by the San Antonio Chapter of the American Statistical Association and Taylor & Francis.

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