Alyson Wilson joins North Carolina State University in August 2013 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Data-driven Science. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics. Dr. Wilson is internationally known for her work in Bayesian methods, reliability, and the application of statistics to problems in defense and national security. Her research focuses on combining heterogeneous sources of information to understand complex problems. A central aspect of this research is developing methods to appropriately quantify uncertainty with diverse information sources. Dr. Wilson will further develop this work as she builds interdisciplinary bridges across the university and helps with the development of the new DOD Laboratory for Analytical Sciences.
Prior to joining NC State, Wilson was a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses Science and Technology Policy Institute (2011-2013), where she provided research support for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She has also worked as an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University (2008-2011), a Technical Staff Member/Scientist 5 in the Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1999-2008), and a senior operations research analyst with Cowboy Programming Resources (1995-1999). Dr. Wilson has served on numerous national panels, and she is currently a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Integrating Human, Machines and Networks: A Global Review of Data-to-Decision Technologies. Dr. Wilson is the winner of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Director’s Distinguished Performance Award (2008), the LANL Star Award (2008), the DOE Defense Programs Award of Excellence (2007), and the LANL Achievement Award (2000, 2005). She is a founder and past-chair of the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security. She is currently the Reviews Editor for the Journal of the American Statistical Association and The American Statistician. 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.