Born in Lisboa, Portugal, a naturalized U.S. citizen, living in the U.S. since 1978, earned a Licenciate in Geology from the Classical University of Lisboa, Portugal, and a Ph.D. in statistics from Yale University (under John Hartigan’s guidance).
Pre-doctoral professional engagements
Lecturer in the Classical University of Lisboa
Post-doctoral professional engagements
Geologist of the Geological Survey of Portugal
Research Assistant to John Hartigan (Yale)
Teaching Assistant for Frank Anscombe (Yale)
Research Assistant to Felix Chayes (Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington)
Assistant Professor in the statistics departments of Princeton University and of the University of Washington in Seattle
Associate Technical Fellow of The Boeing Company (1989-2000)
Statistician of The General Electric Company (2000-2006)
Chief of NIST’s Statistical Engineering Division since October 1st, 2006
environmental remote sensing
foundations of probability theory and of statistical inference
classical music (romantic repertoire and Bel canto opera)
Secretarial Honor Award, U.S. Department of Energy, 2011 — In recognition of your contributions to the Flow Rate Technical Group / Nodal Analysis Team's swift and effective response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill [...] helping to speed the ultimate solution and reduce the environmental cost of the disaster.
U.S. Geological Survey Director's Award, 2010 — for exemplary service to the Nation in relation with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: your answers and insights helped guide important decisions and made a very real and positive difference during the response to this unprecedented oil spill event.
Gold Medal (Scientific/Engineering Achievement), U. S. Department of Commerce, 2010 — for extraordinary dedication and technical achievements in the application of statistical methods to measurement science to characterize and improve the estimates of areas dedicated to illicit coca cultivation.
- 2011. J. B. Hubbard, M. R. Stoudt, and A. M. Possolo, Topographic analysis and Weibull regression for prediction of strain localisation in an automotive aluminium alloy, Materials Science and Technology, 27 (7): 1206-1212.
- 2011. F. R. Guenther and A. Possolo. Calibration and uncertainty assessment for certified reference gas mixtures. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 399: 489-500.
- 2010. A. L. Rukhin and A. Possolo. Laplace random effects models for interlaboratory studies. Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 55: 1815-1827.
- 2010. B. Lehr, S. Bristol, and A. Possolo (Lead Authors). Oil Budget Calculator — Deepwater Horizon. Technical Documentation: A Report by The Federal Interagency Solutions Group, Oil Budget Calculator Science and Engineering Team. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. URL
- 2010. A. Possolo. Copulas for uncertainty analysis. Metrologia 47(3): 262-271.
Statistical Engineering Division
- National Institute of Standards & Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce:
Statistical Engineering Division,
September 2006 - Present
- The General Electric Company, GE Global Research:
Statistician, August 2000 - September 2006
- The Boeing Company:
Associate Technical Fellow
March 1989 - August 2000
- University of Washington:
Department of Statistics, and
Adjunct Assistant Professor,
Department of Geological Sciences
September 1984 - March 1989
- Princeton University:
Department of Statistics
August 1983 - August 1984
- Ph.D. (Statistics),
- Licenciate (Geology),
Classical University of Lisboa, Portugal