Francis M. Ponti is currently Research Professor of Statistics, Columbian School of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., where he has taught since 1980. Prior to that, he taught statistics at the College of Business, Drexel University, Philadelphia, beginning in 1961. He has taught more than 25,000 students in undergraduate, M.B.A., and M.A. programs.

Dr. Ponti has wide government experience, most recently as Technical Director, Quantitative Methods Division, Department of Defense Inspector General (1986-97). He also has held a number of positions in operations research and training at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Civil Service Commission. Dr. Ponti has provided quantitative methods training to more than 25,000 adult professionals through short courses in numerous federal, state, and local government agencies. In addition, Dr. Ponti has considerable experience as a statistical consultant, most recently for KPMG, LLP. He also has served as statistical consultant for the Newspaper Association of America, Mathematica, Computer Command and Control, and Milsan Associates.

Dr. Ponti received a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Drexel University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He has received numerous awards, including the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, Department of Defense Inspector General Citation for Distinguished Civilian Service, and the Director's Award, U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

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