Tara Scherder, MS Statistics, Master Blackbelt Katherine E. D. Giacoletti, M. Stat
Tara Scherder has over 30 years of experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries as a statistician, process engineer, and master black belt. She gained broad experience across the entire product lifecycle and multiple product platforms during the years she spent as a manufacturing statistician for a large pharmaceutical company. Her process design and improvement skills were further enhanced by several years spent in the corporate lean six sigma training group. There she also fueled her ongoing passion to teach others the value and practice of statistics, always with a clear connection to business benefit. She continued to expand her expertise supporting pharmaceutical development and manufacturing teams in her last position as the CSO of MS&T for a statistical consulting company. Her formal education includes a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a MS degree in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. Katherine Giacoletti has worked as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry for over 18 years and has expertise across the product lifecycle, from non-clinical product and process development through validation and commercial supply, as well as all stages of clinical development from First in Human through licensure and beyond. Katherine is highly skilled in a wide range of statistical methodologies, and has the expertise to choose the best methodology to meet both scientific and business demands. She earned her Masters of Statistics at North Carolina State University, with a focus in biostatistics, and before starting in Pharma she worked in survey research at the Research Triangle Institute.