The probability of taking an enjoyable EMBA Statistics Class

Retiring EMBA faculty Andy Siegel has been a quintessential example of creating a memorable, impactful learning experience for EMBA students!

Andy Siegel

“An overriding goal of teaching is to stimulate learning that lasts. A way to achieve this is, surely, to make teaching memorable.” (Eric R. Sowey, “Teaching Statistics: Making It Memorable”, Journal of Statistics Education, 1995).

EMBA students are familiar with Andy’s highly recognized “Practical Business Statistics” (now in its 7th edition), and “StatPad,” software which organizes statistical methods and facilitates student understanding and access. In addition to his Foster classroom mastery, Andy has also enjoyed collaborations across-the pond (Université de Bourgogne, Université de Paris and HEC Business School) and broad research accolades – from studying financial markets and investment trading, to DNA sequencing, gene mapping and more!

Andy’s impact on EMBA students has been recognized with Excellence in Teaching EMBA Awards during the 1980’s (1986 and 1988) and after his return to the program (2013 – 2018).  Student notes of appreciation have been what most bring a smile to Andy:

  • “I felt compelled to write you a note to tell you – believe it or not – how much I enjoyed your class this year!” 
  • Who would have thought I’d have so much fun with stats?”
  • “Thank you for caring so much, truly teaching us and creating such great and powerful tool (love stat pad!) that can help us in our daily life. …”
  • “You are one of the most caring professors whom I have ever met …”
  • “Andy is a wonderful teacher and a very kind man.”
  • “I really enjoyed the class and have a deep appreciation for how much you all care about the development of your students. It is unmistakable.”

While officially retiring from the EMBA classroom this December (his two grandchildren are lots of fun!), Andy plans to “continue my research and collaboration (with the Foster School) indefinitely.”  He can be contacted at: [email protected] uw.edu.

Thank you Andy!