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    While statistical methods have been used widely in industrial product and process optimization to increase productivity, quality, and profitability for many years, their routine application at NASA is more recent and still growing.  In aerospace research and development applications, statistical methods offer a rich tool set that when combined with an application-focused strategy can accelerate learning, maximize knowledge, and inform data-driven decisions.  In this presentation, we present a survey of statistical engineering in aerospace research and development at NASA over the last 20 years.  Multiple condensed case studies from aeronautics, space exploration, and atmospheric science are presented that highlight significant milestones in technical and organizational impact, educational resources, methodological extensions, and phases of acceptance by the aerospace community.  In conclusion, we propose steps to achieve broader application and greater impact of statistical engineering in aerospace research and development.

  • : Peter Parker
  • : NASA
  • : Peter Parker
  • : tutorial/case_study
  • : introductory/practitioner
  • : peter.a.parker@nasa.gov
  • : 757-864-4709
A Survey of the Application and Impact of Statistical Engineering in Aerospace Research and Development at NASA