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Responsibility, Challenge, Accomplishment, and Growth -- My Experience as a Statistician in a Pharmaceutical Company

Yili Lu, Ph.D., Senior Statistician, Eli Lilly and Company

Friday, October 29, 1999, 12:00-1:00 pm

E5/584 Clinical Science Center, 600 Highland Avenue


On September 27, 1994, I defended my dissertation, and a month later I left Madison to work for Eli Lilly. What is my experience with the pharmaceutical company? As a Wisconsin graduate student who loved reading the books of Lehmann, Serfling, etc., did I waste the efforts in proving the asymptotic properties of the MLEs for the parameters in the tampered Brownian motion process model (the work contained in my dissertation)? Do I really enjoy what I am doing in industry? What have I accomplished in those years? Answers to these questions might be found in this talk. The purpose of the talk is to report back to my respectable teachers in Madison who taught and helped me while I was swimming in the ocean of statistical knowledge, to enhance the mutual understanding between academia and industry, and to share my experience with the students who would like to develop a career in industry in the future.

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