Featured Presentations

Our Keynote Address, on September 4, 2019,  by Jared Dean will be about SAS Integration with Open Source Software and Making SAS Accessible to Non-SAS Programmers.

Jared is a Principal Data Scientist and Business Knowledge Series instructor at SAS. He has developed leading edge analytics for banking, entertainment, and mobile data. He has developed and maintains projects in Python and R including the SAS kernel for Jupyter and SASPy. Outside SAS, he is an adjunct professor in the MBA program for NCSU, Duke, and Elon as well as frequent speaker and presenter. Jared holds several patents in data mining.

Previously, Jared was a Mathematical Statistician for the US Census Bureau and CTO of Reveal Mobile, a mobile marketing analytics startup. He was also a Senior Director of Research and Development for SAS Enterprise Miner. He holds an MS degree in computational statistics from George Mason University and served as an advisory board member to their statistics department.

Jared is the author of Big Data, Data Mining, and Machine Learning: Value Creation for Business Leaders and Practitioners (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., May 2014). His book was listed as one of five must reads in big data for the summer.

When not working, he spends time with his wife and four children. Their favorite family activities include travel, sports, enjoying good food, cheering for the Denver Broncos.

SAS Essentials Workshop

Presented: Wednesday September 4, 2019
Session 1: How SAS Thinks: SAS Basics I
Session 2: Introduction to DATA Step Programming: SAS Basics II
Session 3: Introduction to SAS Procedures: SAS Basics III

Presented by:
Tasha Chapman has been using SAS since 2003 and an active member of the SAS User Community since 2006. Throughout her career she has championed continuing education and professional development, presented trainings and workshops at professional conferences across the country, sat as an executive committee member on nationally recognized associations, and founded two organizations dedicated to educating state employees about research, data, and statistics. She was the chair of the Western Users of SAS Software Conference and Educational Forum in 2017.

Tasha received a Masters Degree from the University of California, Riverside in Psychology, with an emphasis on personality assessment and psychometrics. Since 2005 she has worked for the State of Oregon as a lead research analyst providing data and policy analysis for Oregon OSHA, the Oregon Child Welfare Program, and the Oregon Health Authority. She lives in Salem, Oregon with her two adorable kids, Nadia and Atlas, and one frisky kitten, Pumpkin Charlie.

This set of three back-to-back presentations gives a concise, yet thorough, introduction to the basics of SAS programming including DATA steps, PROC steps, and the Output Delivery System with an emphasis is on how SAS thinks.  The goal is to give attendees who are new to SAS a solid introduction so that they can benefit from other presentations in the Beginners’ Techniques track and through out the conference.