Named one of America’s ‘Best 300 Professors’ in 2012 by Princeton Review

Dr. Diane Evans has joined the department after being an award-winning mathematics professor for the institute. She specializes in probability and statistics, statistical process control, and Six Sigma, in which she is a certified black belt. Dr. Evans is a big believer in using real-world examples and collaborative learning to showcase educational concepts. She has helped students use Six Sigma statistical methods to reveal potential cost savings from the amount of the campus’ cafeteria food waste. These concepts have been featured in the Minitab and Microsoft’s Daily Edventures blogs, and her teaching excellence has been featured in the Princeton Review’s Best 300 Professors book.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, College of William & Mary, Applied Science, 2001
  • MS, College of William & Mary, Applied Math/Operations Research, 1998
  • MA, The Ohio State University, Mathematics, 1992
  • BS, The Ohio State University, Mathematics, 1990

Awards & Honors

  • Honorary Alumni Award - Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 2020
  • U.S. Professor of the Year Nominee, 2014
  • Indiana’s Women & Hi-Tech Society’s Outstanding Educator in STEM Nominee, 2014
  • Princeton Review’s 300 Best Professors in America, 2012 Microsoft’s 365Heroes in Education, 2012
  • Rose-Hulman’s Dean’s Outstanding Teacher Award, 2007 INFORMS Computing Society Prize for research excellence in connecting OR and CS, 2006

Research Experiences

  • Probability and statistics education
  • Quality control and Six Sigma applied to real-world processes

Select Publications & Presentations

  • J. Drew, A. Glen, L. Leemis, and D. Evans, “Computational Probability: Algorithms and Applications in the Mathematical Sciences,” U.S. International Series in Operations Research & Management Science (textbook), volume 117, 2008
  • “Minitab Study Cards for Business Statistics for Minitab 17, Minitab Express PC, and Minitab Express Mac” (inserted in Pearson’s Business Statistics textbooks), ISBN numbers: ISBN-13: 978-0-13-457681-7; ISBN-13: 978-0-13-457685-5; and ISBN-13: 978-0-13-457691-6, respectively, 2016
  • “Minitab Study Cards for Statistics for Minitab 17, Minitab Express PC, and Minitab Express Mac” (inserted in Pearson’s Statistics textbooks), ISBN numbers: ISBN-13: 978-0-13-450836-8; ISBN-13: 978-0-13-449584-2; and ISBN-13:978-0-13-449583-5, respectively, 2016
  • M. Silva, E. Evans, and D. Evans, “A Bicycle Crash Inspires an Inquiry-Based Learning Activity,” Teaching Statistics, Volume 37, pp. 7–12, Spring 2015
  • Minitab Workshop, “Engaging Intro Statistics Students with Activities” (co-presenter E. Reyes), United States Conference on Teaching Statistics, May 2015
  • “Using Six Sigma to Reduce Recyclables on a College Campus” (co-presenter P. Olejnik), American Statistical Association’s Conference on Statistical Practice, New Orleans, February 2015
  • “Tightening Rose-Hulman’s Waist Line: A Six Sigma Recycling Project,” American Society of Quality, Wabash Valley Section, Terre Haute, Indiana, February 2015
  • M. Silva and D. Evans, “Activities Utilizing Student-Generated Data: Experimenting with Experiments,” American Statistical Association’s Joint Statistical Meetings Proceedings, Section on Statistical Education, pp. 2485-2494, 2014

Teaching Interests

  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Quality control
  • Six Sigma
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