February 25, 2015 CE – Data Analysis

Continuing Education – Evening Lecture
Engineering Statistical Data Analysis with EXCEL:
An Important Component of the Engineer’s Decision-Making Tool Kit

Speaker: Zenaida Otero Gephardt, PhD, PE

Wednesday February 25, 2015
5:15pm-5:30pm – Networking 
5:30pm-6:30pm – Dinner & Presentation
6:30pm-6:45pm – Q&A Session & Closing Remarks

Ashford Boardroom
KBR Inc.
242 Chapman Road
Newark, DE 19702

$15 KBR Employees
$35 Non-members & Guests
$30 Members
$10 Students

Dinner will be provided with registration.

PDH Credit: 1 credit

Abstract of Talk:
Data analysis is the foundation of sound engineering decision making. Deterministic approaches to data analysis are often insufficient to analyze complex systems. The selection of the most precise methodology, the identification of differences among the same product manufactured in different sites or using different protocols, and the number of experiment replicates required for a specified degree of certainty are all based on systematic engineering statistical analyses. These analyses are relatively simple and are powerful tools in a wide range of engineering applications.

This short-course will include data analysis techniques that are part of Six-Sigma and Quality by Design protocols. The modular presentation will allow for a systematic approach to implementing the data analysis techniques discussed. The identification of outliers in data, estimation of the appropriate number of experimental replicates, comparison of two variable values based on measurement precision, and comparisons of multiple variable values using analysis of variance (ANOVA) will be discussed. A straight-forward and systematic approach using EXCEL© will allow for simple and swift implementation of the data analysis techniques.

Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops. The course will include opportunities for hands-on data analysis using EXCEL©.

About the Speaker:
Zenaida Otero Gephardt, PhD, PE is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Rowan University where she has also served as Director of Engineering and Assistant Dean. She teaches fluid mechanics, process dynamics and control and unit operations, and consults in data analysis and experimental design applications in chemical and pharmaceutical industries. She has worked on a wide range of applications including mollusk and salmon aquaculture, water quality and sterilization of powder food products.

Gephardt is an American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Fellow and Immediate Past Chair of the AIChE Societal Impact Operating Council. She is former Vice President for Accreditation of the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions and former Chair of the AIChE-Delaware Valley Section. Gephardt is a member of the American Association for Engineering Education and is former Secretary/Treasurer of its International Division. Gephardt is a Professional Engineer registered in Delaware and holds PhD and MS degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and a BChE degree from Northwestern University.

Please register no later than Tuesday February 24 at 5:00 PM

Please contact Colleen McGinness (Cell: 720-625-9089 or Colleen.McGinness@kbr.com) should you have any further questions.