Alyson Wilson

NISS Position: 
Chair, 2023-2024; Appointed to the Board of Trustees and Member of the NISS Corporation by the Chancellor of North Carolina State University
NISS Term Expiration: 
2027 Jun 30
North Carolina State University
Professional Title: 

Dr. Alyson Wilson is a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Principal Investigator for the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences at North Carolina State University. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her research interests include statistical reliability, Bayesian methods, and the application of statistics to problems in defense and national security. She is the coordinator of NCSU's Data-Driven Science cluster, which focuses on the development of interdisciplinary collaborations between statistics, mathematics, and computer science to develop leadership in data science.

Prior to joining NCSU, Dr. Wilson was a Research Staff Member at the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute in Washington, DC, a faculty member in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University, a Project Leader and Technical Lead for Department of Defense Programs in the Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a senior statistician and operations research analyst with Cowboy Programming Resources where she planned, executed, and analyzed U. S. Army air defense artillery operational evaluations.

Dr. Wilson has served on numerous national panels, including the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on Integrating Humans, Machines, and Networks, the NAS Committee on Mathematical Foundations of Validation, Verification, and Uncertainty Quantification, the NAS Committees (Phase 1-3) to Review the Testing of Body Armor Materials by the U.S. Army, the NAS Oversight Committee for the Workshop on Industrial Methods for the Effective Test and Development of Defense Systems, the NAS Panel on Methodological Improvement to the Department of Homeland Security's Biological Agent Risk Analysis, and the NAS Panel on the Operational Test Design and Evaluation of the Interim Armored Vehicle. She is a member of the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE/OS) Applied Mathematics Program Committee of Visitors (2013) and the Sandia National Laboratories Predictive Engineering Science Panel.

Dr. Wilson is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a member of the NCSU Research Leadership Academy. She is the former Reviews Editor for the Journal of the American Statistical Association and the American Statistician and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Uncertainty Quantification. She is a founder and past-chair of the American Statistical Association’s Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security.