Charles Cowan, PhD

BEC 317F

Managing Partner
Analytic Focus, LLC
110 12th Street No.
Birmingham, AL 35203
Ph: 205-672-3255

Charles D. Cowan is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biostatistics. Dr. Cowan has 30 years of experience in statistical research and design. He consults for numerous public and private sector entities on the design, implementation, and evaluation of research and the synthesis of statistical and sampling techniques for measurement.

Dr. Cowan has designed some of the largest and most complex research programs conducted by the Federal Government, including the Post Enumeration Program conducted by the Bureau of the Census to evaluate the 1980 Decennial Census, the Economic Cash Recovery valuations conducted by the Resolution Trust Corporation in 1990-95, and many evaluation studies conducted for the Justice Department, the Department of Defense, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Treasury Department.

Dr. Cowan teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in survey methods, statistics, and computer methods for analysis. He is the co-author of two books, one on evaluation of survey and census methods and one on econometric measures related to the welfare of the U.S. economy. He has written numerous articles on statistical methods, sampling, rare and elusive population research, and optimization techniques.

Outside of UAB, Dr. Cowan runs a consulting firm, Analytic Focus LLC, specializing in Federal research and work for financial institutions and law firms. Previously, he was with Price Waterhouse, where he specialized in financial research, survey research, and audit sampling. From 1991 to 1996, Dr. Cowan was the Chief Statistician for the Resolution Trust Corporation and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, where he designed research necessary to measure the loss from the Savings & Loan Crisis of the late 1980's and capitalization requirements for the RTC funds from the U.S. Treasury. Dr. Cowan also served as the Chief Statistician for the U.S. Department of Education, where he designed large-scale surveys of educational institutions to measure resource needs and availability, and for Opinion Research Corporation, where he designed predictive models of demand for automobile manufacturers, banks, and large horizontally diverse firms like GE and AT&T. Dr. Cowan worked for the U.S. Bureau of the Census, where he was the Chief of the Survey Design Branch and developed many of the techniques in use today for the evaluation of coverage in surveys and censuses.