Dr. ROBERT J. PLATH
Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Research Statistics June, 2006, Capella University/Washington State University
Educational Statistical Research technology (4.0, High Honors)
M.A. WSU, Mathematics, Statistical Economics
B.A. WSU, Applied Mathematics/computer science
Online Teaching/Tutor Experience
Professor of Statistical Economics and Market research, machine learning
Calif. State University, Sacramento (CSUS) Sept 2006 –Present
Presently instructing of Business Statistics and Decision Sciences at CSUS in SAS and SPSS face-to-face and online.
Instructed all-level courses in Mathematics/ Statistics and Economics at the Los Rios Community Colleges, University of New Hampshire, Grantham University, and South University online; and Decision Science/Quantitative Methods course at Walden University
Senior Research Specialist
California Board of Equalization Jan 2001 – Apr 2006
Calif. State Legislature, State of California, Sacramento, CA (United States)
Utilized advanced statistics/mathematics/economics to investigate social, political, economic state and county retail sales data for possible legislative sales and revenue projections involving various consumer drugs. . Used SAS, SPSS, ArcView GIS, Oracle and Access databases on pc and mainframe systems.
Economic Research Manager
California Employment Department Jan 1999 – Dec 2000
Performed legislative requests and developed a monthly state labor bulletin. Utilized advanced statistics/mathematics/economics to investigate social, political, economic Consumer Census data for state employment purposes. Used SAS, SPSS, ArcView GIS, Oracle and Access databases, Minitab on pc and mainframe systems.
Calif. State Legislature/Governor's Office Jan 1997 – Dec 1999
Performed financial and bill analysis by using statistics/mathematics/economics to investigate social, political data for state budget purposes. Used SAS, SPSS, ArcView GIS, Oracle and Access databases on pc and mainframe. Developed legislative publications for analyses of individual state departments.
Computer Technologies May 1998 – May 2015
Remote Statistical research and market survey consultant. Available marketing research consultant in consumer revealed preference methods using hedonistic, quantile, Logistic regression and other SAS and SPSS technology
Proprietary Educational Platforms
WebCT, Ecollege, BlackBoard, Angel
English, German, Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Swedish
Letter of Personal Philosophy
I have been teaching for over 30 years as a professor, and my instruction has included face-to-face and online undergraduate and graduate courses, including: Statistics [advanced statistical modeling, sampling, quantitative and qualitative survey design], Mathematics [Algebra-Differential eq], all levels of economics [micro and macro economics, business statistics,marketing, mathematical economics], Decision Science, research methodology, operation management, business forecasting and econometrics, strategic planning and management, computer and distance education technology.
The wide range of courses covers from Middle school to Graduate School. I have participated in several PhD and master-level dissertation committees by mentoring and reviewing theses; in particular, for statistical modeling and research methodology.
My education philosophy embodies a progressive yet pragmatic approach that allows for interaction among students. I have learned through experience the way to affect the administration, teaching, and learning techniques that best contribute to student self-efficacy and intrinsic motivation. My experience and education has also allowed me to interact with various cultural diverse and ethnic groups. These experiences include the following:
Knowledge of various foreign languages, such as Spanish and Russian, giving me a valuable tool to effectively interact with learners in their native tongue, broadening the efficacy of my instruction; facilitating course content discussion that affects collaborative and interactive instruction for learners; allowing full democratic class participatory functions free from discrimination; and using multimedia techniques with database and PowerPoint learning sessions.
Generally, I have made adjustments to accommodate the needs of all learners in the areas of curriculum, course content, and methods by which learners access their courses, as with web-based instruction. I see my role as an instructor who consistently adheres to commitment to provide the best academic environment for my learners as they pursue completion of their educational courses. I also believe that ethics should be ever present in our endeavors as instructors, and think that the greatest skills students gain in a course of study are the ability to think critically and to see the world from a broader point of view. As acknowledged by the late Martin Luther King, Jr., “Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”
I have instructed Educational Research/Curriculum development and Evaluation, Statistics/ mathematics, quantitative economics, operations management, Strategic Decision-making using SAS and SPSS statistical analysis, ArcView GIS, Microsoft Office, Oracle /Access database etc.
Selected SAS Publications/MathStat Presentations
Optimum Sampling by Ratio Estimation – Western Users of SAS Software Publication
Optimum Sampling Methods in Survey Research
Sacramento Statistical Association Presentation
Optimum Sampling by Ratio Estimation \Statistical Algorithm to Select Optimal Stratified Samples (on Google).
(This paper, presented at the International and regional SAS conferences reveals the mathematical statistics necessary to select the optimal number of samples within the strata population. The program code in SAS is also provided on Google
Complexity of the Tax Code Decision and “Fuzzy Logic”
Presentation to the Federation of Tax Administrators
A Formative Report Evaluation of Learning Mathematics and Statistics at Cosumnes River College, 2010
A Statistical Research Survey of Parental Attitudes and Perceptions, Sacramento City Unified School District, 2010
Predicting Student Mathematics and Statistics Academic Success by Logistic Regression using SAS/Macros
SAS Users Group Presentation
International Annual Conference
A Guide for Selecting Statistical Techniques for Analyzing Educational Data
National University Presentation
A SAS Database Application in AF
Western Users of SAS Software Presentation
A Discussion to Ameliorate Mathematics Learning
Awards and Membership
Lifetime Member of Cambridge Business Professional Who’s Who of America
Lifetime California Community College Teaching Credential
American Educational Research Organization
American Statistical Association
International Organization of Statistical Educators