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Tim Young

Professor, Center for Renewable Carbon, UTK


Timothy M. Young is a Professor in the Center for Renewable Carbon at the University of Tennessee (UT).  He has Ph.D. in Natural Resources (Statistics) and M.S. in Statistics (Operations Research) from the University of Tennessee. He also holds M.S. and B.S. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  He has taught highly successful industry courses in ‘Advanced Analytics and Data Mining,’ ‘Process Analytics, Statistical Process Control | Lean Methods,’ and ‘Design of Experiments for R&D and Manufacturers’ to more than 1,000 industry personnel since 2000. 

His current focus areas in the data sciences are: 1) advanced analytical modeling, machine learning and AI applications; 2) data fusion and Total data Quality Management (TqDM); 3) statistical visualization and real-time predictive analytics.  He has four years of manufacturing experience with Georgia-Pacific Corporation.  He has participated in grants from the private and public sectors totaling more than $48 million.  He has successfully mentored more than 31 M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students combined. 

He has 304 scientific publications of which 98 appear in refereed journals.  He has given more than 400 professional presentations and has been an invited keynote speaker at 20 scientific meetings.  He is an invited lecturer at BOKU University, Vienna and Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Austria; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; and the Technical University of Munich Germany since 2007.  Tim has extensive invited international speaking engagements in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Croatia, Greece, Ireland, New Zealand, Romania, and Wales.  He has been the keynote speaker at annual quality and continuous improvement meetings of select companies.  He was a Fulbright Scholar and Fulbright Specialist in 2014|2016 in Austria.

Tim was awarded the University of Wisconsin CALS ‘Outstanding Alumni of the Year’ in 2018 and ‘Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science’ in 2019.  He is current Head of the Industrial Engineering Unit and Director of the Center for Data Science (CDS) of the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), Greece.  Leadership experience includes past President of the Forest Products Society (FPS). Tim is also active member of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and Forest Products Society (FPS).


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