TC alums picked as lecturers

A pair of distinguished Tabor College alums, Brian L. Wiens and William A. Brenneman, will be the featured speakers at the second annual Frank S. Brenne?man Lecture Series Thursday, April 15, and Friday, April 16, at the Solomon L. Loewen Science Center.

The endowed lectureship began last year to honor Frank Brenneman, who retired in 2008 following his 34-year tenure at the college.

This year?s speakers are among the alumni who contributed to the endowment fund that makes the series possible.

Nearly 40 of Brenneman?s math majors went on to earn master?s degrees in related fields. Several of them, including these two speakers, have obtained doctoral degrees.

?I had both Brian and my son, William, in several mathematics classes,? Brenneman said. ?They were outstanding undergraduate majors and they have both achieved major positions in industry.?

William Brenneman?s lecture, to be presented at 4 p.m. April 15 is titled, ?Practicing Statistics in Corporate R&D: What do Pringles, Tide, Pampers and PuR have in Common??

Wiens? lecture, to be presented at 11 a.m. April 16, is titled, ?One Path, Many Destinations: Statistics as an Outcome of a Liberal Arts Education.?

?William?s lecture will be an excellent one for mathematics and science students while Brian?s will be for a general audience,? Frank Brenneman said.

William Brenneman is principal statistician for The Procter & Gamble Company, in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating with a bachelor?s degree in mathematics and education from Tabor, he went on to earn his master?s in mathematics from the University of Iowa, and his doctorate in statistics from the University of Michigan.

He became a statistician at Procter & Gamble in 2000, was promoted to senior statistician in 2003, and then to principal statistician in 2008.

Wiens is director of development at Alcon Laboratories, Ltd., in Fort Worth, Texas. After graduating with a bachelor?s in mathematics from Tabor, he earned a master?s in statistics from Colorado State University and a doctorate in statistics from Temple University.

Before joining Alcon Labora?tories Inc. last year, Wiens managed key statistical, program??ming and data management functions at several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

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