Xiaodan Lyu

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Last updated on 2019-08-24.


Xiaodan Lyu

Anticipated 2020 PhD University Graduate

  • Worked on data science for over 7 years
  • Delivered 5+ interactive data visualization tools
  • Equipped with comprehensive statistical theories and methodologies
  • Published 1 of 4 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, to date
  • Reviewed 1 manuscript for a renowned peer-reviewed journal


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.

Work Experience

Visualization Analyst Intern


San Francisco, California

2019 Summer

  • Developed data pipelines using API, SQL and Python from data platform to dashboards
  • Improved, designed, and delivered SaaS business intelligence dashboards in Domo and Power BI
  • Prioritized potential customers using statistical models with R and Python codes
  • Presented project results to stakeholders and senior leaders

Data Analyst Intern

Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung

Shanghai, China

2014 Summer

  • Prepared sales reports for customers using Excel, PowerPoint and in-house software
  • Gained first-hand experience on market research and sales industry

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Statistics, ISU

Ames, Iowa

2016 - Present

  • Developed an R package to work with cropland database API
  • Developed one R Shiny app to added to the Shiny user showcase soon
  • Integrated large spatial datasets for modelling and visualizing soil erosion in US
  • Developed data dashboards to visualize research results for the general audience
  • Obtained hands-on experience with cloud server, instance and database
  • Presented research results in international conferences and group meetings

Teaching Experience

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


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