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George Fernandez


George Fernandez

Hometown: Mannar, Sri Lanka

Current City: Reno - Sparks, NV

Education:
PhD; Texas A & M University College Station Texas
MS; Texas A & M University College Station Texas
BS; University of Peradaniya Sri Lanka

Languages spoken: English and Tamil

Using SAS since 1980    Teaching SAS since 1994

Using JMP since 2011

Professional experience:
Before joining SAS, George Fernandez worked as a tenured full professor of applied statistics and the director for the University of Nevada-Reno Center for Research Design and Analysis. He has more than 25 years of experience in statistical consulting and teaching SAS based applied statistics courses. He has published more than 50 refereed journal articles and served on more than 100 MS and 50 PhD thesis and dissertation research committees. He has won several best paper and poster presentation awards at the regional and international conferences.

Courses I teach include

Advanced Predictive Modeling Using SAS Enterprise Miner
Forecasting Using SAS Forecast Server Software
Probability Surveys 1: Design, Descriptive Statistics, and Analysis
Forecasting Using SAS Software: A Programming Approach

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gcjfernandez

Authored/coauthored works:

Book: Statistical Data mining using SAS applications (2ed) CRC press / Chapman Hall 2010
CDROM: Data Mining using SAS applications CRC press http://www.amazon.com/Data-Mining-Using-Applications-CD-ROM/dp/15848
SAS Global Forum Paper: User-Friendly Childhood Obesity Screening Charts Using SAS/STAT 2011 Paper 235-2011
SAS Global Forum paper: Model Selection in PROC MIXED - A User-friendly SAS Macro Application Paper 191-2007
WUSS Paper: Discriminant Analysis, a Powerful Classification Technique in Predictive Modeling 2009

Notable achievements:

Outstanding Teacher Award (1995) Presented by Gamma-Sigma-Delta
Krezdorn Award for excellence in Doctoral research. American Society for Horticulture Science (ASHS). Southern Region
Anderson Award for best MS research presentation. ASHS, Southern Region, 1983

Invited speaker at conferences

Applications of user-friendly statistical methods in Data mining: American Statistical Association Joint meeting (2001)
Keynote Speaker and workshop presenter, 16th Conference on Applied Statistics, Kansas State University. (2004)
Invited Workshop Presenter 56th Deming's conference, Atlantic City (2003)
Invited paper presenter Western SAS users Conference in Arizona (2000)
Invited Workshop Presenter - International Statistics Institute Durbin South Africa (2009)

Recommended resources:
Blogs: The SAS Training Post
Books: Statistical Data Mining Using SAS Applications (2nd) CRC press/Chapman Hall 2010
Discussion forums: SAS-L Listserve
SAS conference papers: Search features in SAS Global Forum
Other resources: One link to remember: support.sas.com

What students are saying:

George presented the material in a very logical way and it made the learning/reinforcment of concepts very easy. Excellent instruction overall.
Very talented Instructor. He covered the course content and conveyed the concepts well. I wish there was more time so we could learn more from him.
George did a fantastic job with what he was given. Many in our class have zero statistics background, so he had a challenge ahead of him coming into this. He did a great job!

What is your favorite training course and why?
SAS Forecast Studio two-day training course. I always enjoy seeing a satisfied student's face expression when they see the power of Forecast Studio's GUI to generate automatic statistical forecasts with confidence limits for thousands of time series data.

What is the best part about teaching?
The collaboration and support efforts I receive from my colleagues and the SAS education support team to provide the best training experience to our customers.

Do you have any hobbies, favorite activities, or hidden talents?
Hobbies: Watching South Indian and Bollywood movies and listening to Indian movie music and singing Indian songs.

What is your favorite place or dream vacation destination?
Because I left my birth place Mannar, Sri Lanka 34 years ago, I always like to visit and spend few weeks there.

What are your favorite apps (iPhone, iPad, etc.)?
Samsung Galaxy Gear (Smart watch) and it's apps

If you could share a meal with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
My late dad, Pancras Fernandez. I wish I had more opportunity to spend some time with him in my Sri Lankan home. I only visited him three times in the last 34 years due to the past ethnic war in Sri Lanka.

What is your favorite movie, book, artist, or musician?
Artist, Carlos Santana and south Indian music composer, A. R. Rahman

What is your most memorable moment of teaching a SAS (or JMP) class?
After my SAS laptop was stolen the night before the training, successfully teaching SAS Enterprise Miner course to Apple computer analysts onsite using their apple computer in the lab.

Are you passionate about a particular sports team?
I am not a sports fan.

What are your favorite Web sites?
Google's search page.

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