March Members' Meeting - Karen Meldrum Beaver

posted Feb 15, 2019, 6:14 AM by webmaster ASQ 1010   [ updated Feb 16, 2019, 1:42 PM ]

Beyond DoE 101:  Optimizing Your Experimental Design Efforts, presented by Karen Meldrum Beaver, Founder and Sr. Statistician of DATA.

Socializing starts at 5:30 pm with lite refreshments and the presentation starts at 6:00 pm to 7:00 PM.

To be held at the Gift of Life Michigan campus.


After 25 years of experimental design (DoE) coaching & consulting efforts (and just when I think I’ve seen and heard it all in the world of poorly designed experiments) another bad DoE comes my way, adding to my growing catalogue of “don’t do this” examples!  As such, I have a passion for spreading the word on experimental strategies that will optimize the value of your DoE efforts and minimize the DoE budget while maximizing the information that the DoE provides.

In this talk we will review the concepts of Power & Sample Size, then apply the method to experimental design, revealing a little-known fact about the REAL power and efficiency of DoE, dispelling the myth that experiments with many factors are cost-prohibitive.  We will also discuss some experimental design strategies, including sequential testing and screening designs, that limit the time and budget needed for informative experimental efforts

Karen brings a career in statistical services and guidance to her role as trainer and consultant for Data Analysis & Training Authority—DATA. She started as a graduate coop statistician at Ford Motor Company in 1993, working in Powertrain Quality & Reliability.  She continued sharing her statistical expertise through training, mentoring, and consulting through her consulting firm, KM Optimal, Inc and followed by a decade with Minitab, Inc. Today she works with engineers, scientists, and quality control professionals in a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, oil, medical device and pharmaceutical.  Karen holds a Master of Science in Applied Statistics, a Master of Arts in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics.