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New Center Knows Numbers


“The Statistical Consulting Collaboratory” at UC Riverside Is All About The Numbers

A New Research Center at UC Riverside Offers Fee-Based Consulting

(April 12, 2004)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Smart people don’t know everything. They just know where to look for the answer. And if the question relates to statistics, UC Riverside is the place to look.

The Statistical Consulting Collaboratory, open to the public, is a laboratory all about numbers. Located in Sproul Hall, The Collaboratory is a fee-based consulting service with a three-fold mission: assisting academic research, offering consulting service to the public, and serving as a training center for graduate students.

Director Daniel Jeske arrived at UC Riverside in September after a 17-year career at Bell Laboratories. “The idea is not commercial profit, but rather to create an environment where students gain vital practical experience with statistical consulting, and where research communities have a place to come for help with designing their experiments and analyzing the data, “Jeske said. “We are partially supporting two graduate students now and we hope to grow rapidly.”
Ted Younglove, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Statistics from UC Riverside, manages the operation.

Already, The Statistical Consulting Collaboratory has a long list of clients. Examples include:
• The UCR Student Recreation Center wanted to find out how long people had to wait to get on the equipment at different times of the day.
• An Entomology professor needed stronger statistical comparisons for a journal article, in order to get it accepted for publication.
• The Collaboratory analyzed a survey of community college students to see what factors made them decide to continue their education. Interestingly enough, the language skills of their instructors made a big difference, even above personal factors, such as child care and work issues.
• March Air Force Reserve Base needed to measure the value of preventive maintenance in terms of how much money it could save by preventing unexpected failures of aircraft engines.

Tom Vaden, a statistical consultant to the auditors of the U.S. Air Force, said UC Riverside’s Collaboratory helped frame the problem in a useful way. “ The reliability cost functions for aircraft engine maintenance that they provided to me has the potential to save the government millions of dollars,” he said.
Vaden is a statistical consultant himself, Jeske pointed out. When he feels the service is valuable, that’s saying something. “The Collaboratory will help to improve the efficiency of research activity,” Jeske said. “We are a resource for campus, the community and the business world. UC Riverside prides itself on useful research, and this is definitely useful research.”

The Collaboratory is holding an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.Thursday, April 22. More details are available on the Web site for the Collaboratory: http://www.collaboratory.ucr.edu

Daniel Jeske

Professor Jeske joined UCR in the Fall of 2003 from Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, where he was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff and a Technical Manager in the High Performance Communication Systems Lab. During his 17-year career at Bell Laboratories, he worked to solve a diverse array of engineering problems. Examples include practical software reliability models, geolocation prediction algorithms for wireless networks, signal-to-noise ratio estimators for wireless networks, and design of highly reliable shared mesh networks. He was a visiting lecturer in the Department of Statistics at Rutgers University for 10 years. He collaborated with the Rutgers Statistics department on a consulting project for the Federal Aviation Administration that helped manage risk indicators. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Austin Peay State University in 1980, he received a Master of Science degree (1982) and a Ph.D. (1985) in Statistics from Iowa State University. Contact: (909) 787-3014

Theodore Younglove

Ted Younglove has over 21 years of experience in statistical consulting. During those 21 years he has served as a consultant on research projects for national, state, and local government agencies, private industry, and professors at the University of California, Riverside. He has authored 21 peer-reviewed publications and 23 presented papers at national and international conferences. He received a B.S. degree in Statistics from the University of California, Riverside, in 1979 and a M.S. degree also in Statistics from the University of California, Riverside, in 1982. Contact: (909 827-7939).

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