R. Webster West
Associate Director of Online Learning
Department of Statistics
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3143
Office Phone: (979) 845-3141
Fax: (979) 845-3144
Shortly after completing his PhD in Statistics at Rice University in 1994, Webster West began developing
Internet resources for statistical education. In the mid 1990s, he started to construct interactive web-based java
applets that help students understand difficult statistical concepts. To date, he has developed more than 50
such applets many of which now accompany introductory statistics textbooks. In the same vein, he began to
develop a complete online data analysis package in 1997. With support from the National Science Foundation, his
StatCrunch package has now blossomed into one of the most used statistical
resources on the Web. In 2005, he received the Causeweb
Resource of the Year Award and the Merlot Classics Award for the
StatCrunch project. He has also written the DoStat course management system which is used as a platform
to offer distance courses at Texas A&M. Outside of software development, Dr. West has numerous research interests most
of which (not surprisingly) involve a fair amount of statistical computing. He has published extensively in
the fields of changepoint analysis and toxicological risk assessment.
A devoted father, Dr. West enjoys spending time with his family, especially his two young daughters (ages 4 and 6 months).
He serves as a jungle gym, fashion expert and source of laughter. When he is not playing these roles, he likes to
travel, watch movies and stay current on trends in consumer electronics. He is probably in line for an iPad
as you read this. Update: He now has the iPad!.
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