2014 Statistics Outstanding Alumna: Anita Singh

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Lockheed Martin Environmental Services

Anita Singh, born in New Delhi, India, attended the Delhi University where she completed her Master of Science in Mathematical Statistics in 1973, and for which she received the Gold Medal Award.

Dr. Singh joined the Ph.D. program in the Department of Statistics in 1974, and received her Ph.D. in 1978 under the supervision of Professor K.C.S. Pillai. She was an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology before joining Lockheed Martin Environmental Services (Information System & Global Service) in 1991.

Since 1991, Anita has provided statistical guidance for environmental and chemometrics projects of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). She has provided statistical expertise for over 150 Superfund, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and unexploded ordnance (UXO) FUDS (Formally Used Defense Sites) site projects requiring technical assistance to address data analytic, site characterization, exposure and risk assessment, and dose-response modeling needs.  She has served on scientific advisory board of USEPA and technical advisory committee for UXO statistical projects of Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, a program jointly run by EPA, DOE, and DOD.  She has developed two statistical software packages: Scout 2008, v.1.0 and ProUCL 5.0.  The Scout software provides robust and resistant multivariate statistical methods; and the widely used software, ProUCL 5.0  provides statistical methods for left-censored data sets with multiple detection limits.

Anita has fond memories of the time spent at Purdue University during 1974-1977. During her lunch hour, she used to play bridge with faculty members and classmates. Also during her time at Purdue, she met her husband, Dr. Ashok Singh who received his Ph.D. from the Department of Statistics under the direction of Professor Shanti Gupta. 

October 2014