Joan R. Rosenblatt
Joan Rosenblatt studied mathematics and statistics, earning a PhD in statistics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a dissertation on non-parametric statistics. She joined Churchill Eisenhart's Statistical Engineering group in 1955. Early collaborations with scientists were in colorimetry and electronic devices. She was an early participant in the development of the theory of reliability. She became Chief of Statistical Engineering in 1969. Some of the highlights of her tenure can be seen in the publications listed below.
After a 15-year detour into management (1979, Deputy Director, Center for Applied Mathematics . . . , 1993, Director, Computing and Applied Mathematics Laboratory), she retired in 1995 to return to Statistical Engineering as an intermittent volunteer Guest Researcher. She serves as a source of institutional memory.