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Matthew R. Avery

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Matthew Avery is a Research Staff Member at the Institute for Defense Analyses in the Operational Evaluation Division. As a Task Leader in the Land Warfare Group, he provides input on test plans and reports for Army, Marine Corps, and Navy unmanned aircraft systems. Dr. Avery also leads the Data Management Group within the Test Science team, where he helps develop internal policies and trainings on data usage, access and storage. From  2017 to 2018, Dr. Avery worked as an embedded analyst at the Department of Defense Office of Cost Analysis and Program Evaluation (CAPE), focusing on Space Control and Mobilization. Dr. Avery received his PhD in Statistics from North Carolina State University in 2012.

  • North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC
    2012 - PhD (Statistics) Dissertation: New Techniques for Functional Data Analysis: Model Selection, Classification, and Nonparametric Regression

  • North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC
    2009 - Master’s (Statistics)

  • New College of Florida - Sarasota, FL
    2006 Bachelor of Arts (Economics) Thesis: The Welfare Effects of Direct-to-Consumer Advertising in Prescription Drug Markets: A Theoretical Model and Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • 2014 Runner-up Outstanding JSM Presentation Award American Statistical Association Section on Statistics in the Physical and Engineering Sciences
  • 2014 Best Presentation Award International Test and Evaluation Association
  • 2010-2011 Graduate Fellow Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI)
  • International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA)
  • American Statistical Association