Shreve Named SAS Distinguished Professor

Joni Shreve

Joni Shreve

April 18, 2018

BATON ROUGE – Joni Shreve, a faculty member in the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business, received the 2018 SAS Distinguished Professor Award at the annual SAS Global Forum, held in Denver.

The award is given to a professor who uses SAS software to teach statistical analysis and who fosters in students an appreciation for the software as an effective analytics tool in both industry and research. 

A senior instructor in the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems, Shreve recently returned to the classroom full-time after serving as director of LSU’s Master of Science in Analytics (MSA) program from 2014 to 2017 and as practicum coordinator, managing more than 30 student-led analytics projects for approximately 20 sponsoring companies. The MSA program was established in 2011 with support from SAS.

“This honor recognizes Joni as a leader in integrating data and analytics into instruction,” said Richard D. White Jr., dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business. “She has been instrumental to the success of our MSA program.”

An active member of the SAS user community, Shreve established the Student Symposium at the annual South Central SAS Users Group (SCSUG) Educational Forum in 2013. She joined the SCSUG Executive Committee in 2014 and served as chair for the 2015 SCSUG Educational Forum. Shreve is the co-author of an upcoming SAS Certification Prep Guide, which will prepare SAS users for the Statistical Business Analyst Certification Using SAS 9 exam.

“This award is the highlight of my career,” said Shreve. “I am absolutely excited and at the same time, extremely humbled, to be recognized by the leader in analytics.”

Shreve’s research interests include data mining and classification analysis. She earned her PhD in educational psychology from the University of Georgia in 1998, her master’s in statistics from UGA in 1990 and her bachelor’s in mathematics from LSU in 1983. Shreve joined LSU’s faculty in 1998.

In addition to Shreve’s honor, SAS named LSU student Xuan Wang as a 2018 Student Ambassador, an honor given to those using SAS in innovative ways. Wang is a PhD candidate in the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems. Her research interests include causal inference, big data analytics and advanced methodologies. 

About SAS

SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS began at North Carolina State University as a project to analyze agricultural research. Demand for such software capabilities grew and SAS was founded in 1976 to help customers in a variety of industries – from pharmaceutical companies and banks to academic and governmental entities. 

About the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems

The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business combines teaching and research to create a rich learning experience for its students. Relationships with industry and state agencies enable the department to assist organizations with issues related to entrepreneurship, information systems, analytics and business intelligence, as well as innovation and technological change and offer enhanced career opportunities for its graduates. Collaborative research efforts of its diverse faculty have resulted in major grants from the National Science Foundation and the state of Louisiana. For more information, visit our home page.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business