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

Most Recent Winners

The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE)
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Key contributors:

Susan Ballou, NIST
Alicia Carriquiry, Iowa State University
William F. Eddy, Carnegie Mellon University
Charless Fowlkes, University of California, Irvine
Barbara Guttman, NIST
Martin Herman, NIST
Heike Hofmann, Iowa State University
Hari Iyer, NIST
Karen Kafadar, University of Virginia
Steven Lund, NIST
Hal S. Stern, University of California, Irvine
William Thompson, University of California, Irvine
Alan Zheng, NIST

For building a statistically sound and scientifically solid foundation for the analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence and contributing to the statistical training of forensic practitioners and legal professionals.

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.


Nominations are due by March 1, and required information can be found on the sample preview.

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.


Visit the SPAIG website.

Recent Award Recipients

2017: Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) & National Science Foundation and U.S. Census Bureau
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.