Summary:Since the inception of the Statistical Engineering Division by Churchill Eisenhart in 1947, education and training of the NIST staff has been a core component to the division's service, consulting, communication, and research mission. The benefits of such education are 5fold:
In the 1970's and 1980's, training remained an important function for SEDNIST communication, with an aggressive and ongoing series of talks and specialized courses. In the 1990's, SED teaching became more diversified, via several different formats:
Example 1: NIST/SEMATECH Engineering Statistics Handbook (ebook) Inspired by the style and content of Mary Natrella's "Experiment Statistics" book (1978), SEMATECH approached NIST in 1995 regarding the possibility of writing a modernized update of Mary's book (in both content and formebook). A CRADA was subsequently formed involving a working team of 8 staff members (4 from SEMATECH/AMD and 4 from NIST). Work on this extensive (2000 webpage) ebook is near completion. It is anticipated that it will serve as an invaluable resource for industry and university training alike. It comes with a "course builder" feature that automates the topic selection process for easy tailoring to a classroom environment. Example 2: Experiment Design for Scientists and Engineers Short Course. With the advent of improved data analysis techniques, the major impediment in scientific/engineering investigations shifted from the ability to analyze data to the ability to generate meaningful data. This weeklong course on experiment designtechniques and tools to construct meaningful and biasfree experimental planswas initially presented in 1990. It has subsequently been presented on an annual basis to NIST staff and on a less frequent basis to audiences from industry/government/academia. Example 3: Statistics for Scientists Short Course Series. The variety of problems encountered by the NIST scientist/engineer is broad and diverseas is the variety of statistical solutions needed to solve these problems. In this context, a unified effort was initiated in 1995 to present an integrated, comprehensive and ongoing series of short courses on topics of specific import and relevance to NIST. Topics include exploratory data analysis, intervals and uncertainty analysis, regression, ANOVA, time series analysis, and more. Example 4: Professional Society Short Courses. The NIST scientists/engineers which SED staff consult with belong to a variety of disciplinespecific professional societies. To assist in the transfer of methodology to external professionals who rely on NIST services and expertise, SED staff and NIST clients have collaborated in presenting a variety of disciplinespecific short courses at (or in conjunction with) various professional societies. These shortcourses (e.g., Uncertainty Analysis Techniques, Data Mining, etc.) have been particularly well received and have served to reach out to the broader scientific community. Description:The NIST laboratory has over 1300 scientists and engineers formulating investigations, planning experiments, collecting data, analyzing data, and deriving scientific/ engineering conclusions. All of these scientificmethod components may benefit from both the general and NISTspecific statistical principles and techniques developed over the years in conjunction with SED staff expertise/experience. The ultimate objective in statistical training is to assure valid, supportable, repeatable scientific/engineering conclusions while maximizing insight and minimizing experimentalist time/cost. It is the aim of SED training to maximize the leverage of the limitedsize SED by putting the best statistical tools in the hands of the NIST scientist/engineer. Example 1: NIST/SEMATECH Engineering Statistics Handbook (ebook)
Example 2: Experiment Design for Scientists and Engineers Short Course.
Example 3: Statistics for Scientists Short Course Series.
Example 4: Professional Society Short Courses.
Additional Technical Details:Example 1: NIST/SEMATECH Engineering Statistics Handbook (ebook) The SEMATECH semiconductor consortium companies have access to the Handbook from the SEMATECH web page (and will be able to mirror the SEMATECH site to their own local web pages).
The Handbook is available to NIST scientists and engineers. The Handbook is available to any industry/company with webaccess. Example 2: Experiment Design for Scientists and Engineers Short Course. This course has been taught to many NIST scientists and engineers. In addition, numerous manufacturing companies have sent their engineers and scientists to this course.
Example 3: Statistics for Scientists Short Course Series. These courses are provided to NIST scientists and engineers.
Example 4: Professional Society Short Courses. to be provided
Major Accomplishments:Example 1: NIST/SEMATECH Engineering Statistics Handbook (ebook)
Example 2: Experiment Design for Scientists and Engineers Short Course.
Example 3: Statistics for Scientists Short Course Series.
Example 4: Professional Society Short Courses.

Lead Organizational Unit:itlCustomers/Contributors/Collaborators:Example 1: NIST/SEMATECH Engineering Statistics Handbook (ebook)
Example 2: Experiment Design for Scientists and Engineers Short Course. Does not apply since there are no collaborators.
Example 3: Statistics for Scientists Short Course Series. Does not apply since there are no collaborators.
Example 4: Professional Society Short Courses. NonSED NIST collaborators typically taught half of each courseStaff:Example 1: NIST/SEMATECH Engineering Statistics Handbook (ebook)
Example 2: Experiment Design for Scientists and Engineers Short Course.
Example 3: Statistics for Scientists Short Course Series.
Example 4: Professional Society Short Courses.
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