ASQ - Statistics Division

Statistical Engineering Webinar

Abstract: Much has been written about how statisticians can be more impactful and influential as a profession. One potential opportunity recently proposed is that society may need us to function more as an engineering discipline in the future, rather than solely as a pure science. One can define engineering as the study of how to best utilize scientific and mathematical principles for the benefit of mankind. In other words, engineers do not focus on advancement of the fundamental laws of science, but rather on how existing science might be best utilized for practical benefit, i.e., putting the "parts" together in novel ways rather than inventing new "parts". The recent performance of the IBM computer "Watson" on the game show Jeopardy is one such example of an engineering versus a scientific breakthrough. This is not to say that engineers do not perform research, or do not develop theory. Rather, it suggests that engineers’ theoretical developments tend to be oriented towards the question of how to best utilize known science to benefit society. If this need for an emphasis on statistical engineering in addition to statistical science is true, then one could argue that our ability to make this transition will largely determine our future vitality as a discipline. The presenters will discuss the need for enhanced focus on statistical engineering, provide an operational definition, and give tangible examples of its application. They will share their thoughts on how statistical engineering should be integrated with such things as statistical theory, applied statistics, statistical methods, and statistical thinking, in order to view the statistics discipline as a system.

Keywords: Statistical Thinking

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--Alphonse Nkwetchou, 09-24-2012

so is there any critical difference between statistical engineering and quality engineering? CQE BoK also covers the quality management, methodologies and others in addition to statistics. Any comment on that?
--Sam, 07-17-2012

Very informative webinar. Thanks.
--Dave Hegenauer, 07-03-2012

Excellent Presentation, thank you.
--Ray Reed, 04-17-2012

Please point me to the slide downloads for this outstanding webinar.
--Claire Jones, 08-09-2011
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