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James Lucas (left) and Ron Snee

April 23: Gore Lecture

W.L. Gore Lecture Series to feature talks by Ron Snee and James M. Lucas


3:41 p.m., April 5, 2013--The University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics will present the third annual lecture of the W.L. Gore Lecture Series in Management Science at noon, Tuesday, April 23, in Clayton Hall.  

Sponsored by an endowment from the Gore family, the lecture series features experts on topics from the application of probability, statistics and experimental design to decision making, including applications in academia, business, government, engineering and medicine. 

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The series recognizes the key role that the fields of probability, statistics and experimental design have played in the success of W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.    

The lecture on April 23 will feature two distinguished statisticians with extensive business experience. 

Ron Snee, president of business process improvement firm Snee Associates, LLC, will speak on "Statistical Thinking -- Improving the Effectiveness of Analytical Studies." In his talk, Snee will illustrate applications of statistical thinking, including the critical elements of process, variation and data, through examples that show improvements in the speed of experimentation and effectiveness of problem solving.

James M. Lucas, principal of J. M. Lucas and Associates, a consulting firm in statistics and quality management, will discuss "Statistical Systems." Specifically, his talk will highlight the Strategy of Experimentation (SOE) and Product Quality Management (PQM) systems. 

The registration cost for the lecture and buffet lunch is $10 per person (complimentary for faculty/staff). Seating is limited and advance registration by April 13 is required. To register online and view additional biographical information on the speakers, visit the lecture series website

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