Interview with James J. Cochran


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 03 October 2013
  • Copyright: Statistics Views

Dr James J. Cochran is an Associate Professor in the Marketing and Analysis Department of the College of Business, Ruston, Louisiana. He received his Ph.D. (with a major in Statistics and minors in Operations Research and Mathematics) from the University of Cincinna ti in 1997. He received his Master of Business Administration (major in Quantitative Analysis), Master of Science (major in Economics), and Bachelor of Science (major in Economics and Marketing) from Wright State University. He has previously been on the faculty at Wright State University, Drexel University, Miami University, and the University of Cincinnati. He has also held the position of Visiting Scholar with Stanford University's Department of Statistics, the University of South Africa's Department of Decision Sciences, and the Universidad de Talca's Department of Industrial Engineering. In addition to fourteen years of teaching experience, Dr. Cochran has also served as Director of Analytic Services for SPAR\Burgoyne Marketing Research, Inc. and as an Economic Analyst for Ponderosa, Inc. Companies and organizations for whom Dr. Cochran has served as a consultant for a number of organizations from Procter & Gamble to Teach For America.

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Dr. Cochran has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in statistical methods, regression analysis, experimental design, multivariate statistics, linear models, categorical data analysis, statistical consulting, mathematical statistics, operations research methods, and mathematical programming. His research interests include sample based and Bayesian optimization, statistical methods (particularly general linear models), statistical learning, and information assurance.

Dr. Cochran has been a member of INFORMS’ Publication, Education, Student Affairs, Strategic Marketing, President's Initiatives, and Diversity Committees. He established and has organized INFORMS’ Teaching Effectiveness Colloquium series and annual Case Competition as well as the annual INFORMS/IFORS/EURO International O.R. Education Workshop series.

Dr. Cochran is Editor-in-Chief of INFORMS Transactions on Education and the Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science, as well as being the Founding Editor for the Wiley Series in Operations Research and Management Science.

At JSM 2013,Statistics Views talked to Dr Cochran about this career and his current research.

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