David L. Banks is a professor of the practice of statistics at Duke University. Having worked at NIST, the BTS, and the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Banks’ statistical expertise is amplified by his understanding of some important federal government needs. He recently won the Roger Herriot Award for his unique approaches to the solution of statistical problems in federal data-collection programs. Dr. Banks is credited with pioneering the use of Bayesian statistics for metrology, with helping to build the BTS, and with leading efforts to apply statistical methods for risk analysis and game theory to counter bioterrorism. He has previously served as a member of the NRC’s Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics (CATS) and is currently a member of BMSA’s standing Committee on Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures. He received his Ph.D. in statistics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.


Robert M. Bell is a principal member of the technical staff of the Statistics Research Department at AT&T Laboratories. Previously, from 1980 to 1998, Dr. Bell was associate statistician, statistician, and senior statistician at the RAND Corporation. He also worked as the head of the RAND statistics group from 1993 to 1995. He is an expert in experimental design and survey development, data analysis, and statistical methodology. Dr. Bell recently served as chair of the NRC’s Panel on Correlation Bias and Coverage Measurement in the 2010 Census. He has previously served as a member on five other NRC committees, including the Committee on National Statistics, and served as chair of the Committee to Review the 2000 Decade Design of the Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and has also served as member and chair of the ASA Census Advisory Committee of Professional Associations. He received his B.S. in mathematics from Harvey Mudd College in 1972, his M.S. in statistics from the University of Chicago in 1973, and his Ph.D. in statistics in 1980 from Stanford University.


Johnny Blair is a senior survey methodologist and principal scientist at Abt Associates. He has conducted methodological research in a number of areas, including sampling from rare populations, measurement error in proxy reporting, data quality in converted refusal interviews, the use of incentives to increase response rates, and, most recently, the design and analysis of cognitive interviews for pretesting. Mr. Blair is co-author of the book Designing Surveys: A Guide to Decisions and Procedures. From 2001 to 2006, he served on the ASA Committee on Energy Statistics, which advises the Energy Information Administration in the establishment of survey design and instrument development. He is also a member of the Design and Analysis Advisory Committee to the Educational Testing Service for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.


Anthony J. Broderick is an independent aviation safety consultant who works with domestic and international airlines, aerospace firms, a major aircraft manufacturer, and governments. Before retiring from his post as associate administrator for regulation and certification in the FAA, Mr. Broderick served for 11 years as a senior aviation safety official in the U.S. government. He led the FAA’s development of the International Aviation Safety Assessment program and was also instrumental in leading international efforts to establish certification and operational standards for safety. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Broderick spent 14 years at the FAA and the DOT and 7 years in private industry. His portfolio also includes a background in civil aviation security; aviation environmental issues; management of the FAA evaluation, currency, and transportation flying programs; and oversight of the FAA flight inspection program. Mr. Broderick is a private pilot. He has received many awards and recognition for his work in the aeronautics industry and is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was previously a member of the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board and has served on three other NRC studies: the Panel on Transportation for Science and Technology for Countering Terrorism, the Committee on Aeronautics Research and Technology for Environmental Compatibility, and the Committee to Conduct an Independent Assessment of the Nation’s Wake Turbulence Research and Development Program.


James Danaher retired in 1998 as chief of the Operational Factors Division of the Office of Aviation Safety, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). He has more than 35 years of government and industry experience in the human factors and safety fields. After joining NTSB in 1970, he served in various management positions, with a special emphasis on human performance in flight operations and air traffic control. Mr. Danaher has



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