About

Dan Apley is a professor of industrial engineering and management sciences at Northwestern. Prior to joining Northwestern in 2003, he served on the faculty of Texas A&M University for five years. His research interests lie at the interface of engineering modeling, statistical analysis, and data mining, with applications that include quantitative six sigma process improvement and manufacturing variation reduction. Much of his work in these application areas is geared toward processes in which one is inundated with data, in particular those that are pervaded by measurement and automation technology.

Apley received an NSF CAREER award for his research and teaching in this area in 2001. He is a past chair of the Quality, Statistics & Reliability Section of INFORMS and a past director of the Manufacturing and Design Engineering Program at Northwestern. He served as an associate editor for Technometrics from 2002 to 2009, and as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Quality Technology from 2009 to 2012.

Education

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

MS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Research Interests

Engineering modeling; statistical analysis; data mining; automaton technology

Significant Recognition

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Quality Technology, 2009-2012

Wilcoxon Prize, for best practical application paper appearing in Technometrics in 2008

2002-2003 IIE Transactions Best Paper Award, Quality and Reliability focus

Morris E. Fine Professorship in Manufacturing, 2003-2006

Chair, INFORMS Section on Quality, Statistics & Reliability, 2003

NSF CAREER AWARD, 2001-2006

TEES Select Young Faculty Award, 2001

AT&T Bell Laboratories PhD Fellowship, Manufacturing Science, 1993-1997