Company

Our mission is to make the benefits of analytics and uncertainty quantification accessible to all decision-makers.

About SmartUQ

SmartUQ headquarters, Madison, WI.

SmartUQ offers unique analytics solutions for simulations, testing, and complex systems. Using our ground breaking analytics and uncertainty quantification technologies, we are helping some of the world’s largest companies push the boundaries of engineering and science.

By reducing the number of simulations and tests required to gain deep insights, our software drastically accelerates analysis cycles, improves designs, and increases confidence in decisions. This translates directly into saved time, reduced costs, better designs, and mitigated risks.

Our team is headed by world class experts in statistics and aerospace engineering resulting in a goal oriented, research-based culture. We pride ourselves on creating game changing solutions to our clients’ uncertainty quantification and analytic needs where no off-the-shelf solution exists.


SmartUQ headquarters, Madison, WI.

Advisers

Dr. Thomas Mackie

Thomas Rockwell Mackie

Dr. Mackie is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Wisconsin in the departments of Medical Physics, Human Oncology and Engineering Physics. At the end of his academic career he joined the Morgridge Institute as its founding Medical Engineering director and developed its Fab Lab, which pioneered 3D printing and a medical device design program at the UW. He was a founder of the Pinnacle 3D treatment planning system which is now commercialized by Philips Medical. He co-founded TomoTherapy which became a public company in 2007 and was sold to Accuray in 2011. He is also a co-founder of HealthMyne, OnLume and Asto CT and on the board of directors of Shine Medical Technologies, BioIonix and Nano-X. He is an author of 180 peer-reviewed publications and an inventor in 45 issued US patents.

Thomas Tefft

Thomas M. Tefft

Tom Tefft was the Senior Vice President and President of Medtronic’s $2B Neuromodulation business from 2009 to 2016 where he oversaw the research and development, operations, and sales and marketing for products used in the treatment of chronic pain, movement disorders, overactive bladder and urinary retention, and gastroparesis. Prior to this role Tefft held numerous finance leadership roles at Medtronic including Corporate Controller, Vice President Finance for the Cardiac Rhythm Management business and Vice President and Controller for Europe, Africa and Middle East based in Belgium and Switzerland. Tefft spent 10 years at Price Waterhouse prior to joining Medtronic in 1992. Tefft currently serves on the board of directors of three private companies, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the American Nurses Foundation and the Deans Advisory Board at the University of Wisconsin- Madison School of Business. He received his Bachelors of Arts degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Tefft and his wife Julie live outside St. Paul, MN and are the parents of three adult children.

Dr. Jeff Wu

C.J. Jeff Wu

In addition to serving as Chief Scientific Advisor of SmartUQ, Professor C. J. Jeff Wu is Coca Cola Chair in Engineering Statistics of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. He was the first academic statistician elected to the National Academy of Engineering (2004). He is currently a Member (Academician) of Academia Sinica (2000), and a Fellow of the American Society for Quality, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, INFORMS, and the American Statistical Association. Among numerous awards and honors, Dr. Wu received the COPSS (Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies) Presidents’ Award in 1987, and gave the COPSS Fisher Lecture in 2011 and the Deming Lecture in 2012. He has published two books: "Experiments: Planning, Analysis, and Parameter Design Optimization" (with Mike Hamada) and “A Modern Theory of Factorial Designs” (with Raul Mukerjee).

Dr. Vigor Yang

Vigor Yang

Vigor Yang is the William R. T. Oakes Professor and Chair of the School of Aerospace Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has received several publication and technical awards from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), including the Air-Breathing Propulsion Award (2005), the Pendray Aerospace Literature Award (2008), the Propellants and Combustion Award (2009), the Worcester Reed Warner Medal (2014), JANNAF Interagency Propulsion Lifetime Achievement Award (2014), and most recently the AIAA von Kármán Lecture in Astronautics (2016). Dr. Yang was the editor-in-chief of the AIAA Journal of Propulsion and Power (2001-2009) and the JANNAF Journal of Propulsion and Energetics (2009-2012). He is currently an editor of the Aerospace Book Series of the Cambridge University Press (2010-). A member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, Dr. Yang is a fellow of the AIAA, ASME, and Royal Aeronautic Society (RAeS).

Board Members

Dr. Peter Chien

Peter Chien

Peter Chien is Chief Scientist of SmartUQ. In addition to his role at SmartUQ, Peter is a professor in the Department of Statistics and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research has been primarily focused on uncertainty quantification, design of experiments, and big data analytics. He has served on the editorial boards of Annals of Statistics and SIAM/ASA Journal of Uncertainty Quantification. He has also received a National Science Foundation Career Award and an IBM Faculty Award.

Paul Shain

Paul S. Shain

Paul Shain is President and Chief Executive Officer of Singlewire Software, a leading provider of emergency and mass notification software. Paul is a seasoned technology industry executive who was previously Senior Vice President and Executive Committee Member at CDW, where he also served as CEO of Madison-based Berbee Information Networks Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation, acquired in October 2006. Paul has served on executive partner councils for both IBM Corporation and Cisco Systems. In addition, Paul currently serves on the board of directors for Singlewire Software, Fiduciary Management Inc., American Family Insurance Company, Ahead IT, and the University of Wisconsin Foundation.

Dr. Jeff Wu

C.J. Jeff Wu

In addition to serving as Chief Scientific Advisor of SmartUQ, Professor C. J. Jeff Wu is Coca Cola Chair in Engineering Statistics of the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. He was the first academic statistician elected to the National Academy of Engineering (2004). He is currently a Member (Academician) of Academia Sinica (2000), and a Fellow of the American Society for Quality, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, INFORMS, and the American Statistical Association. Among numerous awards and honors, Dr. Wu received the COPSS (Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies) Presidents’ Award in 1987, and gave the COPSS Fisher Lecture in 2011 and the Deming Lecture in 2012. He has published two books: "Experiments: Planning, Analysis, and Parameter Design Optimization" (with Mike Hamada) and “A Modern Theory of Factorial Designs” (with Raul Mukerjee).