Applied StatisticsFeatured Alumni

Featured Alumni: Nelson Afanador, MS, PhD

Nelson Afanador, MS, PhD

Nelson Lee Afanador is a proud graduate of West Chester University’s Masters in Applied Statistics program (2009). His decision to pursue a Master of Science degree in applied statistics began while he was working as a Project Scientist in Merck’s Laboratory Technical Support group (LTS). While in the LTS he had the opportunity to collaborate with statisticians in Merck’s Center for Mathematical Sciences (CMS) and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Dina Appleby

Dina Appleby, Biostatistician/Data Manager

The Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness at the University of Pennsylvania

At West Chester, you really learn very practical skills. The program is a great blend of the practical with the theoretical — you really study the mathematics that lie beneath the data. But you always sensed the faculty were cognizant of the practicality of what you were studying: the applied statistics. And that kind of experiential learning meant you acquired a much deeper understanding and were much better prepared after graduation.

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Amos Odeleye, Senior Corporate Statistical Analyst

Department of Medical Economics and Informatics (at a National Health Care Company) — and — Assistant Professor of Statistics School of Management Studies, Eastern University

When I was investigating graduate school opportunities, I met face to face with professors at a number of schools. What I got at West Chester, what I heard from Dr. Rieger (Professor of Statistics and Program Director), was different from other institutions. It was clear to me that the faculty here were much more personally involved. There was a real connection between students and professors.

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Tamarah Smith, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Cabrini College

The faculty are so wonderfully supportive, and they’re so good at what they do. They put the program in such fantastic structure; you realize as you move through the program ‘wow, they really knew what they were doing!’ You’re initially so eager to learn, so anxious to really dive in, but they’re laying groundwork and telling you to be patient. And then, sure enough, all the pieces fall into place..

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