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Laura Freeman

Associate Director, Intelligent Systems Lab - Hume Center
  • Research Associate Professor, Statistics Department


Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

  • Ph.D. Statistics, 2010
    • Thesis: Statistical Methods for Reliability Data from Designed Experiments
  • M.S. Statistics, 2006
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Minor: Mathematics, 2005

Awards & Honors

  • 2017  Andrew J. Goodpaster Award for Excellence in Research, IDA
  • 2014  Best Paper Award - International Test and Evaluation Association
  • 2013  Junior Achiever Award - International Test and Evaluation Association
  • 2011  American Society for Quality, 40 New Voices of Quality Award
  • 2011  NASA Engineering and Safety Center Group Achievement Award
  • 2010  Mary G. and Joseph Natrella Scholarship
  • 2009-2010  Virginia Space Grant Consortium, Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient
  • 2008-2010  Amelia Earhart Fellow
  • 2009  Graduate Woman of the Year, Virginia Tech
  • 2005-2008  Department of Homeland Security Fellow

Professional Memberships

  • International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA)
  • National Defense Industrial Association
  • American Statistical Association


  • Experimental Design considerations in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Cybersecurity Analytics
  • Reliability Analysis
  • Statistical Engineering
  • Freeman, L.J., Dickinson, R., and Johnson, T. “Challenges and New Methods for Design Reliability Experiments” Accepted for publication in Quality Engineering.
  • Dickinson, R., Freeman, L.J., Kensler, J., Vining, G. “Analysis of a Split-Plot Reliability Experiment with Subsampling.” Accepted for publication in Quality Reliability Engineering International.
  • Johnson, T., Dickinson, R., Freeman, L.J. “Power Approximations for Failure-Time Regression Models.” Accepted for publication in Quality Reliability Engineering International.
  • Johnson, T.H., Medlin, R.M., Freeman, L.J. “On Scoping a Test that Addresses the Wrong Objective.” Quality Engineering(2018), 1-10.
  • Avery, M., Avery, K., Freeman, L.J. “Statistical Methods for Defense Testing.” Wiley Statistics Reference Online (2018).
  • Freeman, L.J. and Warner C. “Informing the Warfighter – Why Statistical Methods Matter in Defense Testing.” (2018) Chance Magazine 31 (2), 4-11.
  • Freeman L. J., Johnson, T., Avery, M., Lillard, V., Clutter, J. “Testing Defense Systems.” Analytic Methods in Systems and Software Testing. 2018, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Editors: Kenett , R., Ruggeri, F., Faltin, F. 439-487.
  • Johnson, T., Freeman, L.J., Simpson, J. & Anderson, C. “Power Approximations for Generalized Linear Models using the Signal-to-Noise Transformation Method.” Quality Engineering (2017), 1-14.
  • Fronczyk, K. & Freeman, L.J. “Improving Reliability Estimates with Bayesian Statistics.” ITEA Journal of Test & Evaluation(2016) Vol. 37 (4).
  • Avery, M., Orndorff, M., Robinson, T., & Freeman, L.J. “Regularization for Continuously Observed Ordinal Response Variables with Piecewise‐constant Functional Covariates.” Quality and Reliability Engineering International (2016) 32(6), 2033-2042.
  • Vining, G.G., Freeman, L.J., & Kensler, J. “An Overview of Designing Experiments for Reliability Data.” Frontiers in Statistical Quality Control 11.  2015, Springer International Publishing. Editors: Knoth, S., Wolfgang, S. 321-336.
  • Dickinson, R.; Freeman, L.J., Simpson, B., Wilson, A. “Statistical Methods for Combining Information: Stryker Family of Vehicles Reliability Case Study.” Journal of Quality Technology (2015) 47 (4), 400-415.
  • Johnson, T.H.; Freeman, L.J.; Hester, J.; Bell, J.L., “A Comparison of Ballistic ResistanceTesting Techniques in the Department of Defense.” IEEE Access (2014), 1442-1455.
  • Kensler, J., Freeman. L.J., and G.G. Vining, “A Practitioner’s Guide to Analyzing Reliability Experiments with Random Blocks and Subsampling.” Quality Engineering (2014) Vol. 26 (3), 359-369.
  • Freeman, L.J., Ryan, A., Kensler, J., Dickinson, R., Vining, G. “A Tutorial on the Planning of Experiments.” Quality Engineering(2013) Vol. 24 (4), 315-332.
  • Freeman, L.J., Vining, G.G., “Reliability Data Analysis for Life Test Designed Experiments with Sub-Sampling.” Quality Reliability Engineering International (2013) Vol. 29 (4), 509-519.
  • Freeman, L.J., “A Cautionary Tale: Small Sample Size Concerns for Grouped Lifetime Data.” Quality Engineering (2011) Vol. 23, 134-141.
  • Olteanu, D., Freeman, L.J., “The Evaluation of Median Rank Regression and Maximum Likelihood Estimation Techniques for a Two-Parameter Weibull Distribution.” Quality Engineering (2010) Vol. 22 (4), 256-272.
  • Freeman, L.J., Vining, G.G., “Reliability Data Analysis for Life Test Experiments with Sub-Sampling” Journal of Quality Technology (2010) Vol. 42, Number 3.
  • Kemper, A.R.., McNally, Pullins, C.A., Freeman, L.J., and Stefan M. Duma. “The Biomechanics of Human Ribs.” Stapp Car Crash Journal (2007), Vol. 51