Alumnus Gary McDonald Receives ASA Founders Award

August,  2007


Congratulations to Gary McDonald, Purdue Statistics alumnus (M.S. 1966, Ph.D. 1969), on receiving the American Statistical Association's (ASA) 2007 Founders Award. This award is the highest level given by the ASA, the nation's preeminent professional statistical society. The award, presented at the Presidential Awards Session at ASA's 2007 Joint Statistical Meetings in Salt Lake City, Utah, is given to ASA members who have rendered distinguished service to the association.

Selection criteria for the Founders Award include service over an extended period of time and in a variety of leadership roles, including chapter, section, committee, officer or editorial activities, in which effective service or leadership was provided within ASA or on behalf of ASA to other organizations.

Gary McDonald, General Motors (retired) and Oakland University, received the award for distinguished leadership in industry, education and NISS; for research in regression, reliability and safety; for dedicated service in ASA chapters, sections and Board of Directors; and for exceptional impact in work with sister professional organizations, especially his work as Board of Directors Chair of MathCounts, a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every U.S. state and territory.

Gary was selected as a College of Science Distinguished Alumnus in 1990.