Sam Gardner is the Founder, Owner, and Principal Consultant for Wildstat Consulting. His consulting work is currently on hiatus, and he is employed full time at JMP as a Senior Product Manager.
Sam holds a BS in Mathematics and Chemistry from Purdue University, a MS in Mathematics from Creighton University, and a MS in Statistics from the University of Kentucky.
Sam has held numerous roles in his career. Right out of college he earned a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force. For 12 years, he worked as a military scientific analyst in several roles, including weapon systems modeling and simulation, flight test planning and data analysis, and human factors research and development. He was also a member of the faculty at the Air Force Institute of Technology, where he taught statistics and experimental design to fellow officers in the graduate engineering, science, and logistics programs.
After his military service, Sam joined Eli Lilly and Company and worked in research and development and manufacturing as a statistician and as a process chemist. He later made a career transition to the SAS Institute, where he was a technical expert in the JMP Division, and that role gave him a broad exposure to hundreds of companies that are using statistics to solve business problems. He returned to Eli Lilly in the Advanced Analytics group focusing on the application of predictive modeling in support of sales and marketing. He then moved back into research and development at Elanco Animal Health, where he led the Experimental Design and Statistics team with a focus on applying Quality by Design to the development of new pharmaceutical products. Most recently, Sam has returned to JMP as a Product Manager focusing on the needs and opportunities in the Health and Life Sciences market.
After three decades of work in government and industry, Sam decided to launch his own business to provide leadership coaching and development training for scientists and engineers.
Sam is a member of the American Statistical Association, and he also serves as a volunteer member of the United States Pharmacopoeia's Statistics Expert Committee.