John H. (Jack) Schuenemeyer was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in St. Louis County. He began college at Washington University in St. Louis in electrical engineering and interrupted his academic training for a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Air Force where his primary duty stations were Shemya, Alaska, in the Aleutian chain and Denver, Colorado, where he met his future wife Judy. He completed his undergraduate work in 1969 in applied mathematics at the University of Colorado and continued with a master's degree in mathematics from that same institution. It was during thi s period that he started working for the U.S Bureau of Mines in Denver and gained an appreciation for statistics and their use in mining and geology. In 1971, Jack moved to Athens, Georgia, where, in 1975, he completed his PhD in statistics at the University of Georgia. Jack's advisor was Rolf Bargmann, Professor of Statistics, University of Georgia. Professor Rolf Bargmann came from the old school- originally Berlin and then the University of North Carolina-and graduate students were expected to solve linear models on a Wang calculator even as computers were coming of age. "It was good for you," he said. One of his great frustrations was expressed as, "Why don't you Americans learn English?" Jack completed his dissertation on a topic in multivariate analysis.

During this period, he worked part time for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) where he gained insight into the challenging problem of oil and gas resource assessment. He was a pioneer in the development of discovery process models for oil and gas assessment. Discovery process models, a procedure to estimate numbers and sizes of undiscovered oil and gas depos-its that incorporates geology and statistics, has been used in U.S. National and world assessments. He developed subjective-volumetric procedures used by the USGS in oil and gas assessments of Northern Alaska. Jack's spatial research led to the development of uncertainty estimates for the U.S. National Coal Assessment.

In 1976, Jack began a 25-year career as assistant professor, associate professor, full professor, Director of the Statistical Consulting Laboratory, and head of the statistics program at the University of Delaware. He continued his association with the Branch of Resource Analysis at the USGS and engaged in consulting activities with NBC News, the Professional Golfers' Association, and others. Jack also had joint appointments with the Department of Geology and the Department of Geography. In 1999, he became Professor Emeritus and a research mathematical statistician for the USGS. In 2001, Jack moved to Cortez, Colorado, where he began Southwest Statistical Consulting to work on problems in the earth sciences. For the past two years, he has been a University of Phoenix online faculty member, teaching MBA statistics and research methods courses. He also is currently co-authoring a graduate-level text on statistics for earth and environmental scientists.

Over his career Jack has taught numerous courses in applied the theoretical statistics. He developed and taught a graduate-level course on statistics for earth scientists at the University of Delaware. He conducted seminars for earthscience students on spatial statistics. He supervised 15 doctoral students and served on approximately 50 master and doctoral committees for students in earth-science disciplines. He also served as co-chair of the University of Delaware's Center for Teaching Effectiveness Advisory Board, established the Statistical Consulting Laboratory at the University, and co-developed an internship masters program in statistics with the DuPont Company and other industries. He was also active in the University's Math Teacher Training Center, where he worked with high school teachers and students on special projects.

In his professional career, Jack played a leading role in advancing the state of knowledge in statistical education and consulting through writing, and through leadership positions in the American Statistical Association (ASA), including organizer and first chair of the ASA Section on Statistical Consulting. This activity also included participation on the ASA/MAA Committee on Statistics (a committee designed to foster math education). Jack has been an organizer and presenter at numerous workshops including those sponsored by IAMG, Mathematical Geologists of the U.S., the Canadian Gas Potential Committee, Los Alamos National Laboratory, the MIT Energy Lab, and the USGS.

Over the course of his career, Jack has authored over 100 publications. His research interests, in addition to earth-science applications, include statistical modeling, uncertainty analysis, and spatial statistics. Among his major research accomplishments have been to further the work in discovery process modeling. He is also involved in the assessment of methane hydrates in the offshore U.S.

Awards received by Jack include being elected a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the 1989 EDUCOM/NCRIPTAL National Award for Best Tutorial Package for a set of 25 interactive computer-assisted statistical lessons, and an ASA Council of Chapters award for outstanding service. Jack has been a member of IAMG since 1978. He is also a member of ASA, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Mathematical Geology and is a reviewer for numerous journals and government statistical agencies. He is a past chair of the ASA Committee on Energy Statistics (an advisory committee to the U.S. Energy Information Administration), and has rendered scientific judgment in many venues.

Larry Drew
United States Geological Survey

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