The SAS Circle of Excellence highlights the stories behind users who have reached some very impressive milestones – 10 years, 20 years and 30 years of using our software. What's the most innovative way you've used SAS® to solve a problem? What’s your most memorable SAS moment? Find out in the featured profiles below.
Michele Burlew is the author of the book SAS Macro Programming Made Easy. She has used SAS for 32 years and loves writing books and SAS programs. To be able to combine the two was a wonderful opportunity. Burlew's seventh SAS book, SAS Hash Object Programming Made Easy, was published in September 2012.
Art Carpenter learned SAS using the blue SAS 76 manual. In his 35 years of using SAS, this consultant's list of publications includes five books on SAS programming and numerous papers presented at SAS Global Forum and other users group conferences.
Frank DiIorio, a self-proclaimed SAS zealot since 1975, is President of CodeCrafters Inc., a consulting firm specializing in pharmaceutical applications and SAS training.
Marje Fecht, has been using SAS since 1979 and specializes in building and teaching efficient, adaptable and reusable solutions. She says that the SAS community is her second family and is grateful for the network of friends around the globe who provide answers and advice in minutes. Marje will serve as the Conference Chair for SAS Global Forum 2014.
Senior SAS Programmer/Analyst Jerry Hamilton has more than 32 years of SAS programming experience. He enjoys creating interactive applications using SAS/AF® and SAS/FSP®, and he says he's never stopped loving and supporting SAS – even when he was forced to learn SQL to use PROC SQL.
Finance Specialist Arlen Harmoning has more than 34 years of SAS programming experience and says that SAS has not only made him more productive and valuable to his employers, but has also given him great personal enjoyment and satisfaction. He says his feelings about working with SAS are the same as a carpenter's feelings about his favorite tool.
Find out how Professor Steven Howe keeps his students in awe with the power of SAS®.
Veteran SAS programmer Andrew Karp has flown more than a million miles and visited more than 11 countries in his job as a consultant. Find out how a job in New Zealand teaching SAS at an aluminum smelter was almost his last!
Jim Kissler, Director of Service Delivery at a large financial services firm, supports analytic platforms, hardware and software for risk infrastructure and supports 1,500 analytic users across the enterprise.
Andrew Kramer, PhD, designs, analyzes and writes up research studies as a Senior Research Manager at Cerner Corporation. He also creates patents for novel analytical methods, presents his findings at scientific conferences, writes manuscripts for publication and more.
Doc Muhlbaier, Associate Professor at Duke University School of Medicine, relies on a few key "bread-and-butter" SAS products for his work in health services research.
David Pasta, has been using SAS since 1977 and is the author or co-author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and an array of book chapters, technical reports and other presentations. He says he has seen SAS go from one thin manual to scores of manuals and that SAS has come a long way from its original acronym.
Brett Peppe says SAS has come a REALLY LONG way since he started using it in 1977. Find out the one resource he says new users shouldn't be without.
Arthur Tabachneck, President of myQNA Inc. in Toronto, has spent his entire career designing and overseeing the development of unique database and analytical applications, including computing systems for managing statewide academic programs, major industry outplacement and more.
Richard Wright, an IT Specialist at the Veterans Affairs/Office of the Inspector General, reflects on more than three decades of experience with SAS and how it all began.
Senior Principal Biostatistician Al Barron, a SAS user for 27 years, has read most of the SUGI proceedings, recently finishing the only two volumes he hadn't read – 1976 and 1980. His most memorable SAS moment was managing to get a negative sum of squares using PROC GLM; alas, he has been unable to reproduce the error since.
Find out what Kirby Cossey, a loyal SAS user for 28 years, says is his most memorable SAS moment – the answer may surprise you!
Michael Davis has been a SAS user since 1985 and has specialized in developing decision-support, Web-enabled applications and data warehousing systems.
Ronald Fehd a SAS user for more than 25 years, has made more than 6,000 posts to the SAS-L listserv.
Senior Applications Developer Lori Goldman points to SAS Community discussion forums as a great resource for helping her overcome roadblocks and to get complex questions answered.
Jenine Milum is a Vice President and Analytics Manager at Wells Fargo Bank. She has written numerous SAS papers, is a frequent lecturer and has received several Best Paper awards.
Barbara Okerson, a senior health information consultant and a SAS Certified Professional, finds SAS a great fit for process automation in health care.
Unfortunately, Thomas Orndorff, can't tell you about his most satisfying achievement in 28 years of using SAS. That's because the story is highly classified -- he used SAS to help in the defense of his country in his role as a consultant for the National Security Agency.
Bill Parman, a SAS user for the past 24 years, says new users can improve their coding capabilities in two simple steps: become a student of the language and read the manual.
Rex Pruittworks for Premier Bankcard, where he's responsible for marketing analytic support, portfolio data mining, predictive modeling, staff management and project management. He's also very active in SAS® users group leadership.
In Bob Romero's 27 years of using SAS, he's solved countless problems in innovative ways with SAS while watching his favorite products evolve along the way.
Bharat Thakkar, a management and programmer analyst at the US Department of Veterans Affairs, cites presenting at SAS Users Group International/SAS Global Forum as his most memorable SAS-related moment.
Giri Balasubramanian, Executive Director of global clinical research organization PRA International, explains one innovative way he resolved a problem using SAS.
Michelle Homes, a business development manager, consultant and trainer at Metacoda, shares her personal guide to the best SAS resources for users of all levels.
Harold Klagstad, says he has one "shining moment" that stands out from the rest in his more than 16 years as a SAS programmer. He produced a list of insured account groups and amounts for a pharmacy rebate program in four days from scratch, making him the hero of his finance department. This solutions consultant says he's also got some "pretty cool" MP Connect programs running now.
Kevin Martin, a SAS user since 1994, started an internal SUG at the US Department of Veteran Affairs in 2011. With members scattered across the country, the group holds monthly virtual presentations.
Ellen Michaliszyn, a biostatistics programmer at the College of American Pathologists, learned SAS by writing documentation for programs, which was her first job out of college.
Epidemiologist Latetia V. Moore uses SAS to investigate how where we live, work and play influences our dietary and physical activity behavior. This 11-year SAS user now performs various types of regression and principal component analyses in SAS to categorize almost 75,000 neighborhoods in the US by their sociodemographic characteristics.
Software engineer Jeffrey Purdin says that many great interfaces and functions have been developed since he first started using SAS in 2000, saving countless programming hours. He currently uses SAS to aggregate and analyze public health data for use in internal and public reporting mechanisms.
Francisco Román-Brito, a senior database programmer at global clinical research organization INC Research, enjoys the kudos he receives from colleagues he supports with his SAS skills.
When Steve Sanders was offered a job building a data warehouse using something called "SAS" – he had no idea what he was getting himself into. Now, 15 years later, he's really glad he accepted that job.
Brandy Sinco is a Research Associate at the University of Michigan who values the technical support she's received from the SAS community. She enjoys attending SAS users group conferences to keep her skills sharp.
Robert G. Smith, Financial Advisor/Computer Systems Analyst at TE Connectivity Ltd., has been a SAS user for 17 of his 30 years in IT.