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Bob Lucas


Bob Lucas

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Current City: Wake County, NC

Education:
BS; North Carolina State University
MS; Colorado State University
PhD; Colorado State University

Languages spoken: English

Using SAS since 1980    Teaching SAS since 1997

Using JMP since 2010    Teaching JMP since 2011

Professional experience:
Dr. Robert M. Lucas, Principal Analytical Training Consultant, Education Division, SAS, has a PhD in Statistics from Colorado State University with more than 30 years experience as an applied statistician. Dr. Lucas worked for 17 years at Research Triangle Institute applying complex probability sampling and analysis techniques to collect and analyses data for a broad range of scientific and business problems. During his 16 years at SAS Institute, Dr. Lucas has developed and taught courses on advanced statistics (including designing and analyzing complex probability surveys), time series, data mining, and mathematical optimization. Dr. Lucas has also provided customized training or consulting to customers from many industries including government, pharmaceuticals, banking, manufacturing and retail.

Courses I teach include

Survival Data Mining: A Programming Approach
Predictive Modeling Using JMP Pro
SAS Enterprise Miner High-Performance Data Mining Nodes

What students are saying:

Bob was great. I would definitely take a class with him again. He balanced the skill set in class which varied widely.
The instructor has been the best so far I have seen from SAS training. He is knowledgeable and I like the examples and practical tips he gave.
Great speaker, energetic, would always interact with students and listen to their needs in work and give related recommendation and advice.

What is your favorite training course and why?
Survival Data Mining because it presents an innovative approach and a more theoretically sound approach to many time-to-event prediction problems.

What is the best part about teaching?
Meeting so many SAS users and helping them address their business problems in innovative ways. I also learn a lot from users about their practical problems and issues in addressing them.

What are your favorite apps (iPhone, iPad, etc.)?
Google Sky Map

If you could share a meal with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Ronald Reagan because he is the only presidential candidate I voted for versus choosing the less bad of two bad choices.

What is your favorite movie, book, artist, or musician?
David Allen Coe is my favorite musician. Guns, Germs and Steel is my favorite book.

Are you passionate about a particular sports team?
North Carolina State and Colorado State teams.

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