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Alyson Wilson

Professor, Department of Statistics

SAS Hall 4270


Alyson Wilson joined NC State in August 2013 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Data-Driven Science. Her research focuses on combining heterogeneous sources of information to understand complex problems. A central aspect of this research is developing methods to appropriately quantify uncertainty with diverse information sources. Wilson further develops this work by building interdisciplinary bridges across the university, and by serving as the principal investigator for the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences and associate director of the Data Science Initiative.

Previously, Dr. Wilson was a research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses Science and Technology Policy Institute, where she provided research support for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She has worked as a technical staff member/scientist in the Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and a senior operations research analyst with Cowboy Programming Resources. Wilson has served on numerous national panels, most recently the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Integrating Human, Machines and Networks: A Global Review of Data-to-Decision Technologies.

Dr. Wilson is a winner of the Army Wilks Award, the LANL Director’s Distinguished Performance Award, the LANL Star Award, the Department of Energy Defense Programs Award of Excellence, and the LANL Achievement Award. She is a founder and past chair of the ASA’s Section on Statistics in Defense and National Security. She received her Ph.D. in statistics from Duke University, her master of science in statistics from Carnegie-Mellon University, and her bachelor of arts in mathematical sciences from Rice University.


  • Ph.D., Statistics, Duke University, 1995.

Research Interests

  • Bayesian Methods
  • Uncertainty Quantification
  • Information Fusion