WUSS 2024 SAS Presentations

WUSS 2024 is pleased to welcome a large contingent of staff from SAS Institute to the conference. They’ll be presenting throughout the conference and will also be available in Resource Central. They’re eager to answer your questions and gather feedback from SAS users. Below are the SAS staff who will be featured at this year’s conference!

SAS Presenters at WUSS 2024

Matt Becker

WUSS 2024 Presentations:

  • SAS Viya in Action: Enhancing Life Sciences Data Analysis
  • Mastering Clinical Trial Reporting with SAS

Biography:
Matt Becker is an Advisory Industry Consultant with the SAS Health and Life Science division. Matt’s more than 30 years of life science experience includes over 8 years with SAS concentrating on next generation clinical trials, data management, analysis, advanced analytics, and deployment options in Life Science.

As a leader for developing technology solutions to life science initiatives, Becker addresses the challenges that life science companies are having around the analytics lifecycle. The challenges result from new infrastructures that provide more data points than ever before, content management, compliance, collaboration, and analytics. He evaluates existing infrastructures and best practices to provide a road map for the future of life science efficiencies.

Recent achievements include solutions in data flow from input to insight to deployment, a visual real-time microbiology antibiogram and an analytics workbench using containers for deployment. Matt’s focus is on finding solutions to change lives via technology, analytics, and science.


Chris Hemedinger

WUSS 2024 Presentations:

  • Using VS Code with SAS
  • Working with SAS and Microsoft 365

Biography:
Chris Hemedinger is the Director of SAS User Engagement. His talented team looks after SAS online communities, SAS user groups, developer experience and GitHub, tech newsletters, expert webinars and tutorials. Chris is a recovering software developer who helped build popular SAS products such as SAS Enterprise Guide. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies. You can follow Chris on Twitter as @cjdinger.


Mark Jordan

WUSS 2024 Presentations:

  • Five Easy Ways to Make Your SAS Code Run Faster
  • Beyond Macro – Data-Driven Programming with CAS in SAS Viya

Biography:
Mark Jordan (a.k.a. SAS Jedi) grew up in northeast Brazil as the son of Baptist missionaries. After 20 years as a US Navy submariner pursuing his passion for programming as a hobby, in 1994 he retired, turned his hobby into a dream job, and has been a SAS programmer ever since. Mark writes and teaches a broad spectrum of SAS programming classes, and his book, “Mastering the SAS® DS2 Procedure: Advanced Data Wrangling Techniques” is in its second edition. When he isn’t writing, teaching, or posting “Jedi SAS Tricks”, Mark enjoys playing with his grand and great-grandchildren, hanging out at the beach, and reading science fiction novels. His secret obsession is flying toys – kites, rockets, drones – and though he usually tries to convince Lori that they are for the grandkids, she isn’t buying it. Mark lives in historic Williamsburg, VA with his wife, Lori, and Stella, their cat.


Joe Madden

WUSS 2024 Presentations:

  • Hands-on Workshop: SAS® Viya Workbench

Biography:
Joe Madden is a Sr. Product Manager leading the launch of SAS Viya Workbench. He joined SAS in February 2022 with a primary focus on enabling customers with open-source solutions. Joe received an MBA from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business in 2017. He resides in Cambridge, MA with his wife and spends his free time running along the Charles River.


Danny Modlin

WUSS 2024 Presentations:

  • PROC BGLIMM: The Smooth Transition to Bayesian Analysis
  • Customizing SAS Studio in Viya: The Next Step
  • How to Modify SAS 9 Programs to Run in SAS Viya

Biography:
Danny Modlin is a Senior Analytical Training Consultant at SAS world headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. Since starting at SAS in 2011, Danny has taught and developed courses that span across many areas of statistics and SAS platforms, with a specialization in the application of Bayesian analyses. Danny received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Elon College (now Elon University), a Masters of Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a Masters of Statistics from North Carolina State University.

Prior to his time at SAS, Danny was a mathematics, statistics, and computer science teacher at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. Outside of SAS, Danny’s interests include local sports and meteorology.


Melodie Rush

WUSS 2024 Presentations:

  • How does SAS Viya and Open Source Integrate

Biography:
With over a decade of experience in data analytics and machine learning, Melodie Rush brings a wealth of expertise to her role as an Customer Success Data Scientist. Her passion for solving complex problems with innovative technology has made her an essential member of the SAS team. Melodie’s work involves developing and deploying advanced models that help businesses make better decisions based on their data insights. She is constantly exploring new ways to improve analytical methods and technologies, striving to create systems that are faster, more accurate, and more efficient than ever before. In addition to her technical skills, Melodie is also known for her ability to communicate complex concepts in simple terms.


Charu Shankar

WUSS 2024 Presentations:

  • SAS Visual Analytics a low code no code approach to visual reporting

Biography:
SAS Senior Technical Trainer Charu Shankar teaches by engaging with logic, visuals and analogies to spark critical thinking. She interviews users to recommend the right SAS training.

Charu curates and teaches unique content in classrooms and with presentations at well over 100 international SAS user groups. She contributes to the SAS YouTube channel, SAS Ask the Expert webinar series, Programmer Week, SAS Training Post Blog, and more. Charu’s areas of expertise include Base SAS programming, PROC SQL, SAS Viya, SAS efficiencies, SAS Enterprise Guide, and Tips & Tricks.

In her personal time, Charu is a Health & Life Coach, vegan chef and yoga instructor. She loves to explore Canadian natural trails with her rescue husky Miko.


Casey Smith

WUSS 2024 Presentations:

  • SAS Studio, SAS Enterprise Guide, SAS Extension for Visual Studio Code: Which should I use?

Biography:
Casey Smith is the Director of Data Engineering at SAS. He oversees the research and development of SAS Studio, SAS for Microsoft 365, SAS Enterprise Guide, and the SAS Extension for VS Code. He has been a strong technical leader in SAS R&D for years. He has a passion for continuing to grow and improve the SAS client experience. On the personal side, when family/children responsibilities/activities allow, he has way too many hobbies, with soccer, guitar, running, gardening, and now 3D printing high on the list.olde


Rick Wicklin

WUSS 2024 Presentations:

  • Matrices and More: An Overview of the SAS/IML Language
  • Ten tips for simulating data with SAS

Biography:
Rick Wicklin, PhD, is a distinguished researcher in computational statistics at SAS and is a principal developer of the SAS/IML matrix language. His areas of expertise include simulation, computational statistics, statistical programming, and statistical graphics. Rick is an author of two books, including Simulating Data with SAS. He writes a popular blog about statistical programming in SAS ( http://blogs.sas.com/content/iml). Rick frequently presents talks, tutorials, and workshops at conferences.


Kim Wilson

WUSS 2024 Presentations:

  • Taking the Mystery Out of and Debugging PROC HTTP

Biography:
Kim Wilson is a Senior Principal Technical Support Engineer in the Technical Support division at SAS. Her focus areas are PROC HTTP, indexing, formats and informats, and numeric precision. She has written and presented several papers at various SAS conferences over the years, and she always enjoys meeting customers in person to chat. She is a certified Kepner-Tregoe program leader and teaches all new SAS Technical Support engineers in the USA and Canada a 3-day Problem Management course. In her spare time, she enjoys fitness classes, reading, and trying new healthy recipes.