Prior to joining PPI, Ms. Xu accumulated both academic and professional experience across a wide range of the quantitative sciences. As an expert in database management and statistics, she was previously a statistical analyst at the Research Center of William Beaumont Hospital. Along with her work in these applied fields and her in depth knowledge of pure mathematics, she was a lecturer for a variety of math courses at Wayne State University.
Ms. Xu has extensive experience building and manipulating databases, providing analytic support, performing data analyses, project management/coordination, and helping create reports of detailed findings. She also creates and manages online surveys, as well as collects the survey data for analysis to better understand the working relations between companies and their suppliers. Ms. Xu also assists Professor Henke in academic research.
These experiences have given her expertise in statistical and database software such as SPSS, SAS, Excel, AMOS, and SQL. She is also proficient in programming in Visual Basic, HTML, and Perl.
Her educational background includes a B.S. in mathematics in Zhejiang, China, and two M.S. degrees, one in statistics and one in computer science from Wayne State University.