Instructor's Summary

Professor Paul Fatti

Professor Paul Fatti, PhD, MSc, BSc, is a Senior R&D and Statistics Expert with over 40 years of extensive experience in R&D, Statistics & Probability, Experimental Design, Actuarial Science, Operations Research, Multivariate Statistical Theory, Applied Statistical Modelling, Applied Operations Research Modelling and Classification in Remote Sensing. He is currently the Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Professor in the School of Statistics & Actuarial Science in the University of Witwatersrand. Concurrently, he is a Senior Professional Consultant of Statistics & Experimental Design for various companies and organizations such as Davsteel, Transvaal, Coal Owners Association, Shell Coal, Alex Aiken and Carter, Water Research Commission, Portland Cement Institute, Federation on Civil Engineer Contractors, Chamber of Mines Research Laboratories, Unilever, FOSKOR, General Accident Insurance Co., National Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers, Deloitte andmany others.

Professor Fatti was the Head of the Department of Statistics & Applied Science at the University of Witwatersrand wherein he was also a Senior Professor for 17 years in the School of Statistics & Actuarial Science under the same university. Prior to that, he became the Head, Programme Leader, Senior Specialist Researcher and Chief Researcher of the Division of Operations Research & Statistics in the National Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences under the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR). Further, he was the Senior Researcher and Consultant for the Institute for Operational Research in London and he rendered R&D work at the Chamber of Mines Research Laboratories.

Professor Fatti has PhD, Master and Bachelor degrees in Statistics & Operations Research. He is an active member, ex President, ex Convenor and ex Chairman of the National Statistical Association. He is also an active member of the Institute for Operational Research & Management Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. Further, he held different senior positions in the IFORS, Institute for Statistical Research, Water Research Commission’s Working Group on Research Needs in Water Resources & Surface Hydrology, National Certification Council, Agrimetrics Institute and the Review Panel for the Biostatistics Unit of the Medical Research Council. He is also an External Assessor for the Academic Reviews of the Statistics & Actuarial Science Department of the University of Stellenbosch, the Statistics Department of the University of Port Elizabeth and the Business Mathematics & Informatics Research Focus Area of the University of the North-West. Moreover, he has 63 articles on Applications on Statistics, 18 articles on Statistical Methodology, 1 article on Statistical Computing and 13 articles on Operations Research. In addition to this, he has co-authored two books on Environmental Management and Stochastic Processes.