BLACKSBURG, Va., June 13, 2012 – The European Network of Industrial and Business Statistics will award Bill Woodall of Blacksburg, Va., professor of statistics in the College of Science at Virginia Tech, the Box Medal at this year’s annual congress in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in September.
Woodall received a Ph.D. in statistics from Virginia Tech in 1980.
The annual award is named after George Box, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin and recognizes an extraordinary statistician who has made remarkable contributions to the development and application of statistical methods in business and industry. Past recipients include Doug Montgomery, who received a Ph.D. in engineering from Virginia Tech in 1969, as well as other prominent international statisticians such as Gerry Hahn, Poul Thyregod, David Cox, and Box himself.
Woodall joined the university’s faculty in 2000, following positions at Mississippi State University, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and the University of Alabama. He has received numerous awards for teaching and research, including the Shewhart Medal, the American Society for Quality’s Brumbaugh Award, and the Pamplin MBA faculty award.
He received his bachelor's degree from Millsaps College.
The College of Science at Virginia Tech gives students a comprehensive foundation in the scientific method. Outstanding faculty members teach courses and conduct research in biological sciences, chemistry, economics, geosciences, mathematics, physics, psychology, and statistics. The college offers programs in cutting-edge areas including, among others, those in energy and the environment, developmental science across the lifespan, infectious diseases, computational science, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The College of Science is dedicated to fostering a research-intensive environment that promotes scientific inquiry and outreach.