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B. Thomas Carr

B. Thomas Carr, principal of Carr Consulting in Illinois, has received the David R. Peryam Award from ASTM International Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation of Materials and Products. The Peryam award recognizes outstanding professionals in the applied sensory science field.

A member of ASTM International since 1989, Carr works on several E18 subcommittees and is vice chair of subcommittees E18.01 and E18.02. Committee E18 has recognized his contributions with two awards of appreciation and presented him with the Award of Merit in 1997. Carr also serves on Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics and on the ASTM Standing Committee on Publications.

Carr specializes in the optimization of the formula, process, and packaging of consumer products and ingredients with special emphasis on how the sensory properties of the products affect consumer acceptance. Prior to beginning his consulting business in 1995, he held research and statistician positions at The NutraSweet Co., G.D. Searle & Co., and Best Foods/CPC International Inc. He is also an adjunct professor at Charles Sturt University, one of Australia’s national universities that offers around 400 courses to approximately 38,000 students worldwide.

A graduate of Colorado State University at Fort Collins, where he earned a master’s in statistics, Carr also holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Dayton. He is a regular lecturer at the Center for Professional Advancement, Sensory Spectrum Inc., and the Siebel Institute of Technology and serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of Sensory Studies.

In addition to ASTM International, Carr is a member of the American Statistical Association, Institute of Food Technologists, International Organization for Standardization, and Sensometric Society.

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Bob Mason

Bob Mason

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) will present this year’s Shewhart Medal to Robert L. Mason, an institute analyst in the Fuels and Lubricants Research Division of Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). Mason, a Fellow of ASQ, is being recognized for his outstanding work in quality control for the automotive and petroleum industries.

The Shewhart Medal is named in honor of Walter A. Shewhart, who was often referred to as the “father of statistical quality control.” The medal is awarded for outstanding technical leadership in the field of modern quality control. Mason will receive the award at the ASQ annual business meeting held May 5 prior to the ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement.

“Mason’s research work in the area of multivariate quality control, namely his contributions in the application of the T2 statistic in monitoring variation, has been beneficial to industry,” said Steve Marty, vice president of SwRI’s Fuels and Lubricants Research Division. “He shares his knowledge of quality control and statistical experimental design by authoring books and teaching at the university level, as well as being an advocate of statistical practice here at SwRI in all areas of technical research.”

Mason holds a doctorate in statistics from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s of science in mathematics from St. Mary’s University. Mason joined the institute in 1975 as a research statistician and was promoted to institute analyst in 2002. The position of institute engineer, scientist, or analyst is the highest technical rank an SwRI staff member can attain.

Mason is a member of the ASQ, ASA, and Sigma Xi. He is also a Fellow of the ASA and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He has served as past president and past vice president for the ASA. Mason was awarded the ASA Founders Award in 1992, the ASQ Youden Award in 1985 and 1974, the Society of Automotive Engineers McFarland Award in 2003, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Jacobson Award in 1985.

He has published more than 125 papers in statistical and engineering journals and has given more than 90 invited and contributed presentations at national and regional professional meetings and conferences. He is the co-author of several statistical books, including Statistical Design and Analysis of Experiments: With Applications to Science and Engineering (2003, 1989), Multivariate Statistical Process Control with Industrial Applications (2002), How to Construct Fractional Factorial Experiments (1991), and Regression Analysis and Its Application: A Data-Oriented Approach (1980).

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