Statistical Partnerships Among Academe, Industry, and Government (SPAIG) Award

Most Recent Winners

Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS)

Robert Groves, Georgetown University
Myron Gutmann, University of Colorado
Cheryl Eavey, National Science Foundation
Daniel Weinberg, DHW Consulting
Matthew D. Shapiro, on behalf of the University of Michigan
Bruce Spencer, on behalf of Northwestern University
Lars Vilhuber, on behalf of Cornell University
Jerome P. Reiter, on behalf of Duke University
Scott H. Holan, on behalf of University of Missouri
Kristin Olson, on behalf of University of Nebraska - Lincoln
William Eddy, on behalf of Carnegie Mellon University
David Folch, on behalf of University of Colorado/University of Tennessee

National Science Foundation and U.S. Census Bureau

Alyson Wilson, North Carolina State University
Michael Bender, Laboratory for Analytic Science
Forrest Allen, North Carolina State University
Kay Moore, Laboratory for Analytic Science
David Harris, Department of Defense

About the Award

The SPAIG Award was established in 2002 to recognize outstanding partnerships between academe, industry, and government organizations, as well as to promote new partnerships among these organizations. The award is sponsored by the SPAIG committee of the ASA and distinct from other ASA awards in that it recognizes outstanding collaborations between organizations, while recognizing key individual contributors.

Selection Criteria

Nominees must represent at least two of the organizations from academe, industry, or government. Also, their collaboration must have resulted in significant contributions to the statistical field with applications to real-world problems. Examples include publications, presentations at statistical conferences, exchange visits, support for graduate students, consulting jobs, grant support for faculty, and continuing education opportunities for statisticians outside of academe.


The nomination form must be filled out, along with supporting documents. Preferably, a single PDF file, including all such materials, may be sent by email to the following address: Please include “SPAIG Award Nomination” in the subject line of the email. Alternatively, a hardcopy of these documents may be mailed to ASA Awards, 732 N. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, U.S.A.

Nominations are due by March 1 each year, and the award will be presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings during the same year.

Award Recipient Responsibilities

The award recipients are responsible for providing a current photograph and general personal information the year the award is presented. The American Statistical Association uses this information to publicize the award and prepare the certificate.


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Recent Award Recipients

2012: Baylor University and Eli Lilly & Company
2011: Nationwide Center for Advance Customer Insights, The Ohio State University, and Insights and Analytics Nationwide Insurance Company
2010: Pfizer Inc. and Rutgers University

Read about other recipients.