Prof. SINGPURWALLA Nozer Darabsha

Ph.D. - Engineering


Author IDs


2013 – Present

Chair Professor, Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, and Department of Management Science, City University of Hong Kong

1969 – 2013

Distinguished Research Professor, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University

1977 – 2012

Professor, Department of Statistics, and Department of Decision Sciences, The George Washington University

1981 – 2013

Director, Institute for Reliability and Risk Analysis, The George Washington University

2009 – 2010

Program Manager, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Defense Sciences Office) (2009 - 2011)Principal Investigator on:

  • Research contracts with the Office of Naval Research, Department of the Navy (1973-1974, 1974-1975, 1977-1978, 1978-1979, 1979-1980, 1980-1981, 1981-1984,1985-1988, 1989-1993, 1994-1996, 1999-2003, 2006-2009)
  • Research contract with the Army Research Office, Department of the Army (1980-1983, 1983-1986, 1987-1992, 1993-1996, 1996-1997 DURIP, 1997-2000, 1999 – 2004, 2005-2008, 2009-2012)
  • Research contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (1977-1978, 1978-1979)
  • Research contract with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (1989-1990, 1991-1994, 1994, 1996)
  • Research contract with Aerospace Research Laboratories, Department of the Air Force (1974-1976)
  • Research contract with the National Science Foundation (1989-1990, 1992-1995, 2010-2013)
  • Research contracts with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1974-1976, 1978-1980, 1989-1992)
  • Research contract with Los Alamos National Laboratories (1981-1985)
  • Research contract with the Naval Air Systems Command, Department of the Navy (1981-1982, 1982-1983, 1983-1984, 1984-1985)
  • Research contract with the Automated Manufacturing Research Facility, National Bureau of Standards [now NIST] (1985-1986)
  • Research contract with The Institute for Defense Analyses (2002-2005)
  • Research contract with Coherent Communication (1998)
  • Research contract with General Motors Research Laboratories (1985-1986)
  • Research grant with Ford Motor Company (1989-1991)
Jan-Jun 1968

Instructor, University of California at Irvine, Extension

1969 p/t

Associate Professor, California State College at Fullerton

1968 – 1970

Project Manager for an Air Force contract, Hughes Aircraft Company, Fullerton, California

1963 – 1968

Research Statistician, Western Electric Company, Princeton, New Jersey

Research Interests/Areas

Management Sciences profile

  • Reliability Theory, Bayesian Inference, Applied probability, Foundations of Inference


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow)
  • American Statistical Association (Fellow)
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics (Fellow)
  • International Statistical Institute (Elected Member)
  • Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability
  • International Society for Bayesian Analysis
  • Editor, Operations Research, Special Issue on Reliability (1984)
  • Discussion Forum Editor, Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference (1995-2005)
  • Coordinating Editor, Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference (1989-2000); Associate Editor (1983-1985)
  • Associate Editor, International Statistical Review (1999-2007)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of the Spanish Society of Statistics and Operations Research (1992-1998)
  • Association Editor, Journal of the American Statistical Association (1990-1993), (2002-2006)
  • Associate Editor, The American Statistician (1985-1993)
  • Associate Editor, Probability in the Engineering and Informational Sciences (1986-1995)
  • Associate Editor, Letters in Probability and Statistics (1982-2006)
  • Associate Editor, Operations Research (1980-1982)
  • Associate Editor, Naval Research Logistics (1982-1992), (2004-2010)
  • Associate Editor, Technometrics (1978-1980)
  • Associate Editor, Aligarh Journal of Statistics (1981-2000)
  • Associate Editor, Institute of Industrial Engineering Transactions (1989-1993)
  • Associate Editor, TEST (Spanish Journal of Statistics and Operations Research, 1993-1998)
  • Associate Editor, Iranian Journal of Statistics (2002-Present)
  • Member, Subcommittee on Statistical Methods, American National Standards Institute Committee Z-1
  • Member, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Evaluation Panel (1978)
  • Program Chairman, Eighth Annual Meeting (International) of the Society for Engineering Science; Environmental Engineering
  • Representative of American Statistical Association to Section P (Industrial Science) of American Association for Advancement of Science (1984-1987)
  • Lecturer, Visiting Lecturer Program in Statistics, Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (1989-1991)
  • Consulting Services 

  • U.S. Post Office, Technical Analysis Division, Washington, D.C.
  • Planning Research Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
  • Lockheed Aircraft Company, Palo Alto, CA
  • Mathematica, Inc., Princeton, NJ
  • Teknekron, Inc., Berkeley, CA
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Division of Meteorology
  • Potomac Electric Power Company, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mobile Source Enforcement Division
  • NUS Corporation, Rockville, MD
  • U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (now DHHS), Bureau of medical Devices
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Research-Cottrell, Inc., Bound Brook, NJ
  • Bendix Research Laboratories, Southfield, MI
  • U.S. Air Force Logistics Management Center, Gunter AFB, AL
  • Maximus, Inc., McLean, VA
  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Advisory Committee on Nuclear Safeguards
  • Association of American Railroads, Washington, DC
  • Electronic Industries Association, Washington, DC
  • Novacor Medical Corporation, Oakland, CA (assessing the reliability of a heart-assist device)
  • Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI
  • Cummins Engine Company, Columbus, IN
  • RDA Logicon, Los Angeles, CA and Washington, DC
  • United States Marine Corps (Reliability of the AAAV)
  • Owens Corning, Science and Technology Center
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM
  • The Institute for Defense Analysis, Washington, DC
  • Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Md.


  • Medal of Excellence – Rutgers University (2011)
  • Visiting Fellow, St. Hugh’s College, Oxford, England (Spring 2002)
  • Invited Professor, Université de Bretagne-Sud, Vannes, France (2002)
  • Visiting Professor, The Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, NM (Fall 2001)
  • Scholar in Residence, The Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio (Italy) (1994)
  • Senior Research Fellow, ASA/NSF/NIST, at the National Institute for Standards and Technology (1993)
  • Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Faculty Scholarship, The George Wash. Univ. (1992)
  • Wilks Award* for Contributions to Statistical Methodologies in Army Research (1984)
  • Fellow*, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1987)
  • Fellow*, American Statistical Association (1974)
  • Fellow*, Institute of Mathematical Statistics (1982)
  • Elected Member, International Statistical Institute (1977)
  • Member, Committee on EMP, Panel on Statistical Software, Committee on Aircraft Certification, and Committee on Biological Agent Risk Analysis, National Academy of Sciences
  • Member, Division Review Committee, Los Alamos National Labs. (2001), (2002); Committee Chair (2003), (2004)
  • Member, Threat Reduction Program Review Committee, Los Alamos National Labs. (2003)
  • Member, Committees on Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacology, Food and Drug Administration (2001) to (2004)
  • Platinum Jubilee Speaker, Indian Science Congress (1993)
  • Keynote Speaker, Iranian Statistical Association (1992), (1998), (2002)
  • Keynote Speaker, South African Statistical Association (1991)
  • Keynote Speaker, U.S. Army Conference on Applied Statistics (2000)
  • Keynote Speaker, Mathematical Methods in Reliability (2011)
  • C.C. Garvin Visiting Endowed Professor of Computer Science and of Statistics, VPI and SU (1991)
  • Lukacs Professor, Bowling Green State University (2000)
  • Visiting Professor of Statistics and Visiting Scientist, Carnegie-Mellon University (AY 1989-1990)
  • Visiting Professor of Statistics, Stanford University (academic year 1978-1979)
  • Visiting Professor, Department of Statistics, The FSU, Tallahassee (January-June 1976)
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Operations Research, Stanford University (Fall 1975)
  • Visiting Scholar, Department of Operations Research, UC Berkeley (1972, 1977, 1978, 1979)
  • Visiting Professor, The Bhabha Atomic Research Center, India (Summer 1975)
  • University Honors Scholar, New York University (1969); College Open Merit Scholar (1956-1959)
  • Alpha Pi Mu; Omega Rho; Sigma Xi; Mu Sigma Rho; Tau Beta Pi (Eminent Engineer)
  • Listed: American Men of Science, Community Leaders of America, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in Engineering, Who’s Who in Technology, Who’s Who in the World.

Citations of Honors 

  • Trachtenberg Prize for Faculty Scholarship (1992):
  • For significant research contributions and continuing advances in scholarly field.
  • Wilks Award (1984):
  • For singular contributions to reliability theory and life testing methodologies, for professional service to the statistics community and for invaluable assistance in solving several important problems in the Department of Defense.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellow 1987):
  • For outstanding research in the statistical theory of reliability, particularly for theory and practice of software reliability and for the application of Bayesian Statistical theory to expert systems.
  • Institute of Mathematical Statistics (Fellow 1982):
  • For excellent contributions to reliability and life testing.
  • American Statistical Association (Fellow 1974):
  • For significant contributions to reliability theory, accelerated testing, modelling of air pollution, and application of time series analysis.