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ASA SA Chapter 2011 Don Owen Award Winner: Dennis K. J. Lin

Dennis K. J. Lin Wins 2011 Don Owen Award
Dennis K. J. Lin (left) and John Schoolfield (right)

The 2011 Don Owen Award from the American Statistical Association San Antonio chapter was presented to Dr. Dennis K. J. Lin on March 25, 2011 at the Conference of Texas Statisticians by the president of the chapter, John Schoolfield. This conference was held at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas and was organized by Dr. Webster West. Dr. Lin was nominated by Professor Zhiliang Ying of the Department of Statistics, Columbia University.

Dr. Dennis K. J. Lin is a University Distinguish Professor from the Department of Statistics, The Pennsylvania State University. He received his doctoral degree in Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a minor in Computer Science, in December, 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 in Statistics at Penn State University.

As indicated in the nomination letter by Professor Ying, "Dr. Lin has made enormous contributions to the field of Statistics and its interface. His over 150 publications cover a breath-taking 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…"

Dr. Lin has directed 10 Ph.D. and 16 Master students from the University of Tennessee, University of Memphis, and the Penn State University. He has taught various courses in the fields of Statistics, Management Sciences and Business. Dr. 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 (FTC) and the 2011 Loutit Address (SSC). He also received numerous awards for his excellence in research, teaching, and services.

Dr. 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. Dr. Lin is/was co-editor of Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry; editorial review board member of Journal of Quality Technology; 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 & Quality Management, and many others.

The Don Owen Award is presented annually by the San Antonio Chapter of the American Statistical Association, and Taylor and Francis, a leading international academic publisher.