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Zhan-Qian "John" Lu

John Lu has been a mathematical statistician at NIST since 2001. His main research activity has been collaborating with other discipline scientists  to address various measurement science problems arising from physical, phantom, or medical products.

Technical Areas of Research and Consulting:

  • Quantitative medical imaging (e.g. Computerized Tomography and optical images)
  • Image-based measurement standards and morphometrics
  • Functional data analysis and statistics
  • Time series analysis and spectral analysis
  • Collaborative research, applications of statistics to materials science, physical sciences, biosciences and information technology

Professional Activities and Societies and Standards Activities:

  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Member
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Member




Mathematical Statistician
Statistical Engineering Division

Employment History:

  • 2001-present: Mathematical Statistician, NIST, Gaithersburg, MD.
  • 1999-2001: Research Scientist, MathSoft/Insightful Inc., Seattle, Washington.
  • 1997-1998: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, HKUST, Hong Kong, PRC
  • 1995-1997: Visiting Scientist/Postdoctoral Fellow, Geophysical Statistics Project, NCAR, Boulder, CO.  



  • B.S. (Statistics), Peking University, 1986
  • M.S. (Statistics), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1992
  • Ph.D (Statistics), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1994

Phone: 301-975-3208
Fax: 301-975-3144