Welcome to Sam Gardner and insights into non-clinical statistics

Interview with Sam Gardner

Let’s welcome Sam Gardner as our new co-host for our podcast show! In his first episode as a co-host, we spend some time getting to know more about him while he answers the questions below:

  • How did he learn about this podcast and get connected to it?
  • Why is he on the podcast & what are his plans for future collaboration?
  • What is your educational background?
  • Where has he worked, what kind of work has he done in the past?
  • What is he currently doing now?
  • Outside work, what does he like to do?

Sam Gardner


Founder, Owner, and Principal Consultant for Wildstat Consulting, LLC. 

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. Hi there

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.  The

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 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.  

After three decades of work in government and industry, Sam decided to launch his own business to provide consulting services that utilize his talents in statistical thinking, problem solving, experimental design, and statistics and predictive modeling. 

Sam is a member of the American Statistical Association, the International Statistical Engineering Association, the American Association or Pharmaceutical Sciences, and he also serves as a volunteer member of the United States Pharmacopoeia’s Statistics Expert Committee.  

Sam lives in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, with his wife, Susan, and together they have four adult children.

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