Department of Statistics

Department of Statistics


1940 Department of Experimental Statistics established
11/1940 First female full professor and department head

Gertrude Cox is hired as Professor of Statistics and head of the Department of Experimental Statistics, becoming the first woman at State College to occupy either rank.

Professor Gertrude M. Cox portraitProfessor Gertrude M. Cox portrait
1946 First Experimental Statistics M.S. degree conferred

Jeanne Freeman becomes the first person to earn an M.S. degree in Experimental Statistics.

1949 Female faculty increases

Twenty-two women are listed on the faculty, most at the instructor or laboratory technician level. Departments with more than one female member include English (six), Statistics (three), Textiles (three), and Modern Languages (two). Women are also on the faculty in Architecture, Agricultural Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Chemistry, Engineering, Research, and Agronomy.


1970 Goodnight joins Department of Statistics

James H. Goodnight receives an appointment as an assistant statistician in the new Department of Statistics. Over the next several years, Goodnight, a statistics student named John Sall, and others would lay the groundwork for what would become SAS. Today, SAS is one of the largest software providers in the world.

1970 Department of Statistics

The Department of Experimental Statistics is renamed the Department of Statistics.

1975 Gertrude Cox elected to National Academy of Sciences

Statistics professor Gertrude Cox is elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

Gertrude Cox at deskGertrude Cox at desk


2000 Daniel L. Solomon becomes fourth dean of PAMS

Statistics professor Daniel L. Solomon is named the fourth dean of the College.

2009 SAS Hall dedicated

SAS Hall is dedicated as the new home of the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics. The 119,000 square-foot building houses state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, tutorial centers and meeting and study space for students and faculty.

SAS HallSAS Hall