at Iowa State University. Dr. Wilson received her Ph.D. in statistics from Duke University, her M.S. in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University, and her B.A. in mathematical sciences from Rice University. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and a recognized expert in statistical reliability, Bayesian methods, and the application of statistics to problems in defense and national security. Prior to joining Iowa State University, Dr. Wilson was a project leader and technical lead for Department of Defense programs in the Statistical Sciences Group at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (1999-2008), a senior statistician and operations research analyst with Cowboy Programming Resources (1995-1999), and a mathematical statistician at the National Institutes of Health (1991-1992). She is a founder and past-chair of the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security. She is a member of the Technometrics management committee and serves as reviews editor for the American Statistician and the Journal of the American Statistical Association. In addition to numerous publications, Dr. Wilson has co-authored a book, Bayesian Reliability, and has co-edited two other books, Statistical Methods in Counterterrorism: Game Theory, Modeling, Syndromic Surveillance, and Biometric Authentication and Modern Statistical and Mathematical Methods in Reliability. She holds a patent for her early work in medical imaging.
MICHAEL R. ZIKA is a project leader and an associate division leader in the AX Division at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He earned both his B.S. (1991) and his M.S. (1992) from Purdue University, and his Ph.D. (1997) from Texas A&M University, all in nuclear engineering. In 1997 he joined LLNL as a computational physicist. His work focused on algorithms and physics models for modeling radiative transfer. As a project leader, Dr. Zika has led a large team of computational physicists and computer scientists to deliver massively parallel two-dimensional/three-dimensional multi-physics simulation tools for high energy density physics in support of the Stockpile Stewardship Program. These tools have been used to design and analyze experiments on the National Ignition Facility. In 2006 he led a team and in 2009 was a member of a team that received a Department of Energy Award of Excellence. Dr. Zika has served as an adjunct faculty member at Texas A&M University and as a visiting faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley. He has participated in a variety of strategic planning efforts at the request of the Advanced Simulation and Computing Program Office in the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration.