My Statistical Mission
I started my data analysis career in the Space Shuttle Program, as part of the Trend Analysis and Corrective Action Department at Kennedy Space Center.
My group searched for trends and recurring problems in the vast amounts of data generated at each shuttle launch. Our motto was “turning data into useful information.”
Hanging over the entrance to the Johnson Space Center Mission Evaluation Room (where the operations community and engineering community exchanged ideas and data on anomalies) is the Dr. W. Edwards Deming quote, “In God we trust, all others must bring data.” These words plant the seed that problems are solved and good decisions are made by collecting and understanding the data, not by gut feel.