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Research Interests. Bill Woodall. B.S. in Mathematics, Millsaps College M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics, Virginia Tech Associate of the Society of Actuaries Former Editor of the Journal of Quality Technology Reviewer for over sixty journals, funding agencies, and universities outside the U.S.

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Research interests

Research Interests

Bill Woodall


  • B.S. in Mathematics, Millsaps College

  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Statistics, Virginia Tech

  • Associate of the Society of Actuaries

  • Former Editor of the Journal of Quality Technology

  • Reviewer for over sixty journals, funding agencies, and universities outside the U.S.

  • Resume is at departmental website


Twenty former ph d students and three current ones have worked in the following areas
Twenty former Ph.D. students and three current ones have worked in the following areas:

  • Industrial process monitoring: Involving, e.g., multivariate methods, time series models, Markov chains, and regression.

  • Taguchi on-line and multivariate methods

  • Critiques of fuzzy logic

  • Profile monitoring

  • Health-related monitoring


To work with me, you should take worked in the following areas:STAT 6494 Advanced Topics in Mathematical Statistics (on Advanced Statistical Quality Control) in Spring 2008.


Recent Ph.D. Students: worked in the following areas:

M. A. Mahmoud and J. D. Williams

Woodall, W. H., Spitzner, D. J., Montgomery, D. C., and Gupta, S. (2004). “Using Control Charts to Monitor Process and Product Quality Profiles”, Journal of Quality Technology 36, 309-320.

http://filebox.vt.edu/users/bwoodall/WOODALL%20et%20al.pdf


Woodall, W. H. (2006), “Use of Control Charts in Health Care Monitoring and Public Health Surveillance” (with discussion), Journal of Quality Technology 38, 88-103.

http://filebox.vt.edu/users/bwoodall/2006%20JQT%20Review%20Paper.pdf

Ph. D. Students:

Landon Sego, Mike Joner, Shannon Fraker, Brooke Marshall.


Reasons to study health related monitoring
Reasons to study health-related monitoring Care Monitoring and Public Health Surveillance” (with discussion),

  • Literature is accessible

  • Many open research topics with some low-hanging fruit

  • Highly publishable topics

  • Biostatistics is a very hot area

  • Can make a significant impact


Advice to m s students
Advice to M.S. Students Care Monitoring and Public Health Surveillance” (with discussion),

  • Learn details, but don’t forget the bigger picture.

  • Keep an open mind about research and obtaining a Ph.D.


Advice to ph d students
Advice to Ph.D. Students Care Monitoring and Public Health Surveillance” (with discussion),

  • Choose research area carefully.

  • Meet regularly with advisor.

  • Submit papers for publication while writing your dissertation.

  • Expect ups and downs.


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