Robin Ritch – Advisor
Dennis Tolley, Ph.D. – Advisor
Paul Farnsworth, Ph.D. – Advisor
Dennis Tolley, Ph.D.
Although his 40-year career began with statistical studies on health and health care costs, Dennis Tolley, Ph.D. has focused most recently on stochastic modeling and data analysis in the biomedical arena. For example, Dr. Tolley has actively applied and extended statistical methods to scientific instrumentation and analytic chemistry, including developing detection methods for Gas Chromatography and Liquid Chromatography systems. Currently a professor of Statistics at Brigham Young University, Dr. Tolley has been a faculty member of the university since 1983. Prior to joining BYU, Dr. Tolley held positions with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Texas A&M, Duke Medical School, and Booz-Allen (among others). He has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and been issued over half a dozen patents in instrumentation and stochastic feedback control. Dr. Tolley received his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and his bachelor’s degree in Statistics from BYU.
For over 25 years, Robin Ritch has produced outsized intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial success for organizations ranging from Fortune 50 companies to Venture Capital firms and nonprofit enterprises. Her extensive experience includes architecting initial business plans for products and services, and designing and implementing strategies for global ecosystem development leading to increased market creation and penetration. During her career, Ritch spent nearly six years with Cisco Systems creating new business lines through its Emerging Technologies group. She also spent over six years with Intel, much of it in strategic business development roles in the wireless communication industry. Ritch received an MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. She also graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance.
Paul Farnsworth, Ph.D.
During a career of over 35 years in academic research, Paul Farnsworth, Ph.D. has spent the majority of his efforts on analytical spectroscopy, with an emphasis on developing new analytical techniques and instrumentation for trace molecular and elemental analysis. Currently a professor of Chemistry at Brigham Young University, Dr. Farnsworth has been a BYU faculty member since 1983. His expertise in analytical spectroscopy has led to Dr. Farnsworth to over 25 years of editorial service at peer-reviewed, scientific journals, including Editor of both Spectrochimica Acta Electronica (1994—2001) and Applied Spectroscopy (1997—2009), and as a current member of the Editorial Board of Spectrochimica Acta, a position he has held since 2001. He has also authored over 100 papers, chapters, and patents. Dr. Farnsworth earned his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from BYU.