Xiaodan Lyu

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Last updated on 2019-06-09.


Xiaodan Lyu

Anticipated 2020 PhD University Graduate

  • Diversely trained to perform statistical modeling and data analysis
  • Designed 3+ Apps for data analytics and visualization
  • Wrote robust codes with multiple programming languages


Iowa State University (ISU)

Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Statistics

Ames, Iowa

2015 - Present

Thesis: Small area estimation and visualization

Iowa State University (ISU)

Master of Science (M.S.) in Statistics

Ames, Iowa

2015 - 2018

Creative Component: Empirical Bayes small area prediction of sheet and rill erosion using a zero-inflated lognormal model

Wuhan University (WHU)

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Statistics

Wuhan, China

2011 - 2015

Thesis: Cox proportional hazard model and its application in survival analysis


Using landscape habitat associations to prioritize areas of conservation action for terrestrial birds

PloS one 12 (3), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0173041

Ames, Iowa


Harms, T.M., Murphy, K.T., Lyu, X., Patterson, S.S., Kinkead, K.E., Dinsmore, S.J. and Frese, P.W.

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Statistics, ISU

Ames, Iowa

2016 - Present

  • Authored 4 technical manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Analyzed 5+ large data sets over 5 gigabytes using R and SQL
  • Developed an R package to web-scrape soil survey data and land use data
  • Developed 3 Apps with R Shiny to visualize predictions or assess data quality
  • Obtained hands-on experience on statistical learning and high performance computing

Survey Statistics Teaching Assistant

Department of Statistics, ISU

Ames, Iowa

2018 Spring

  • Coached 36 graduate and undergraduate students on SAS programming
  • Taught lab materials and designed lab assignment once a week
  • 4.68 average rating on a 5-point scale based on student responses

Work Experience

Visualization Analyst Intern


San Francisco, California

2019 Summer

  • Utilized, developed, and launched data pipelines from data warehouse to dashboards
  • Improved, designed, and delivered relevant executive/operational dashboards in Power BI
  • Performed predictive analytics and statistical learning to optimize product marketing

Data Analyst Intern

Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung

Shanghai, China

2014 Summer

  • Produced 100+ graphs and 5+ reports for clients
  • Gained first-hand experience on market research and sales industry


Student Travel Grant

International Total Survey Error Workshop

Bergamo, Italy


Holly and Beth Fryer Scholarship

Department of Statistics, ISU

Ames, Iowa


Vera David Award

Department of Statistics, ISU

Ames, Iowa