David J Edwards

Associate Professor Department of Statistical Sciences and Operations Research
(804) 828-2936

Website: people.vcu.edu/~dedwards7


PhD in Statistics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

MS in Statistics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

BS in Mathematics, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA


My research focus spans two areas of statistics: design of experiments and reliability data analysis. Of exceptional interest to me are the areas of sequential experimentation and response surface optimization. Experiments are regularly performed by researchers in many diverse fields of study with the common objective of utilizing experimental data to obtain useful information regarding some system, process, organization, etc. under study. Ultimately, my goal is to develop new methodologies/tools that are user-friendly and aid an experimenter in more readily understanding their results for the purposes of model building, process characterization, and quality improvement.


  1. Edwards, D.J. and Mee, R.W. (2011). “Supersaturated Designs: Are Our Results Significant?” Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, 55(9), 2652-2664.
  2. Edwards, D.J. (2011). “Optimal Semifoldover Plans for Two-Level Orthogonal Designs”. Technometrics, 53(3), 274-284.
  3. Edwards, D.J. and Kelly, K.D. (2014). “Selecting a D-optimal Follow-Up Design Among Candidate Choices”. Quality Engineering, 26, 233-245.
  4. Weese, M.L., Smucker, B.J., and Edwards, D.J. (2015). “Searching for Powerful Supersaturated Designs”. Journal of Quality Technology, 47(1), 66-84.
  5. Brooks, J.P., Edwards, D.J., Harwich, Jr., M.D., Rivera, M.C., Fettweis, J.M., Serrano, M.G., Reris, R.A., Sheth, N.U., Huang, B., Girerd, P.; Jefferson, K.K., Buck, G.A. (2015). “The Truth about Metagenomics: Quantifying and Counteracting Bias in 16S rRNA Studies”. BMC Microbiology, 15:66.

Professional Affiliations:

Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honor Society

Mu Sigma Rho, National Statistics Honor Society

Phi Beta Kappa, National Honor Society

American Society for Quality (ASQ)

European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS)

Honors and Professional Activities:

Editorial Review Board, Journal of Quality Technology, January 2012-current

Editorial Review Board, Quality Engineering, February 2013-current

American Statistical Association, Section on Quality and Productivity, Chair-elect, 2014; Chair, 2015; Past-chair, 2016.