Eric Ziegel

BA ’67 Mathematics, Miami University
MS ’71 Applied Statistics, Purdue University
(Nominated by: Statistics)

"Purdue framed me well for my career as an industrial statistician – not just the coursework but professors who consulted in industry and taught me about the larger statistical community, a central part of my career development."

Eric Ziegel is an adjunct graduate professor in the Department of Statistics at Texas A&M and a consulting data analyst and modeler currently working three days per week in Technology and Innovation for Marathon Oil Company in Houston. He retired in 2014 from a 45-year career as an industrial statistician with BP and Amoco.

Ziegel began his career as an intern with Amoco during his graduate school days at Purdue. During his career, he worked across all areas of the oil and gas business: petrochemicals, plastic products, refining, lubricants, marketing, exploration, drilling, production and pipelines. Ziegel was involved externally in engagements with a number of government agencies and in various cooperative programs with other fuel companies and vehicle manufacturers. Most of his industry assignments were with technology departments. He was co-developer of BP’s data sciences technology program in his final position with Upstream Technology.

Ziegel has organized several conference technical programs, including the American Statistical Association’s annual meeting, and he has been active on several major committees. Ziegel was book review editor for the journal Technometrics for 22 years. His service was honored with an annual award in his name. More recently, Ziegel has been active again in organizing technical programs with the Data- Driven Analytics section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and has had numerous papers at SPE conferences.

Ziegel has three U.S. patents for solving different petroleum engineering problems using data-driven models.


  • 2014 - Retired from a 45-year career in industrial statistics
  • 1989 - Received American Statistical Association fellowship
  • 1980-83 - Associate editor of Technometrics journal
  • 1967-1984 - Statistician for Amoco Corporate Services

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