LSU’s Luis A. Escobar Receives the Reliability and Maintainability Symposium’s Prestigious Alan O. Plait Award

Luis EsobarBATON ROUGE – LSU Experimental Statistics Professor Luis A. Escobar recently received the prestigious Alan O. Plait Award for Tutorial Excellence during the 2016 annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium, or RAMS, in Orlando, Fla. Escobar and research partner William Meeker of Iowa State University were given the award for the best tutorial presented at the 2016 RAMS meeting for their study “Experiences in Reliability Data Analysis.”

The Alan O. Plait Award was named for Plait, who instituted the RAMS tutorials program in 1975 and managed and guided it for the symposium for 18 years. The award honors outstanding contributors to the tutorials program. All of the tutorials presented at the symposium are rated by attendees and tutorial coordinators for presentation content, visual aid materials, speaker presentation and printed support documentation.

Escobar has a long tradition of international relations in statistics, including having served as the president of the Inter-American Statistical Institute during the 2010-11 year. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, an elected member of the International Statistics Institute and a corresponding member of the Colombian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences. He has also served a three-year term on the Committee on International Relations in Statistics.

Escobar was previously awarded the 1999 and 2010 Jack Youden Prize for American Statistical Association; the 2013 American Society for Quality, Statistics Division, William G. Hunter Award; and he has won two awards for outstanding teaching at LSU. He is the co-author of “Statistical Methods for Reliability Data” and “Statistical Intervals: A Guide for Practitioners and Researchers, Second Edition.”

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