Dr. Soon B. Hong

Department of Statistics
Grand Valley State University

Contact Info:
Phone: (616) 331-2057
Department Fax: (616) 331-2910
email: hongs@gvsu.edu
Mailing Address: 

C2-507 MAK, Dept of Statistics
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401-9403

Teaching Schedule(Fall 2013: August 26 - December 14)

STA 215-14: MWF 10:00-10:50

STA 215-25: MWFW 12:00-12:50

STA 416/680-01: M 2:00-2:50 F 2:00-3:50

Office Hours: MWF (11:00-11:50) or appointment


Ph.D.     Statistics, University of New Mexico, 1987
              Dissertation Title: Comparison Problems for Experiments with Curve Responses.

M.S.     Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-R.F., 1983
              Thesis Title: Lecture Notes on Nonparametric Statistics.

M.Ed.    Mathematics, Yonsei University, 1982
              Thesis Title:  A Note on Metric Spaces and Topological Spaces.

B.S.       Mathematics, Sogang University, 1976


Hong, Soon, "Skewed T Confidence Intervals for the Mean," 2011 Joint Statistical Meeting Proceedings, p5896-p5906.

Hong, Soon and Jelsema, Casey, "Exploration of Power Transformation with Monotonic Curvilinear Responses," Technical Paper Series, Paper #803, Dept of Statistics, GVSU, 2008.

Hong, Soon, Phyllis Curtiss, Paul Stephenson, Kirk Anderson, and Sango Otieno. "500 Show Up for Statistics Career Day." Published in AMSTAT NEWS, January 2006-Issue #343, pp. 16-17.

Hong, Soon B., "SAS for Windows," Third Edition, Stipes Publishing L.L.C., Champaign, IL, August 2001.

Levenburg, Nancy M, Dandridge, Thomas c., and Hong, Soon B., "Marketing Via the Internet: Micro-Firms and E-Commerce." 2001 Winter Educators' Conference Proceedings of American Marketing Association, Marketing Theory and Applications, Volume 12.

Hong, Soon B. and Koopmans, Lambert H., "Comparison Problems for Experiments with Curve Responses" Published in Statistics, Probability, and Game Theory, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, Lecture Notes-Monograph Series (1996) Volume 30, pp. 99-113. .

Hong, Soon B. and Sturm, George W., "Statistical Computing: Introduction to IBM mainframe, SAS and Nonparametric Statistics." Second Ed. Stipes Publishing L.L.C. August, 1994.


8/09-12/09     Acting Chair of the Department of Statistics, GVSU

2001-present    Professor of Statistics, GVSU

2003 - 2005     Director of Statistical Consulting Center, GVSU

1993-2000       Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, GVSU

1987-1993       Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, GVSU

1983-1987       Teaching Assistant of Mathematics and Statistics, Univeristy of New Mexico

1976-1982       Mathematics Teacher, Sangmyung Girls' High School, Seoul, South Korea.

Statistics Courses Taught at GVSU:

STA 215 Introductory Applied Statistics
STA 216 Intermediate Applied Statistics

STA 312 Probability and Statistics
STA 314 Statistical Quality Methods
STA 316 Advanced Applied Statistics
STA 318 Statistical Computing
STA 319 Statistics Project
STA 412 Mathematical Statistics I
STA 415 Mathematical Statistics II

STA 499 Independent Study

STA 416 Multivariate Data Analysis (senior level of undergraduate and graduate course)

STA 512 Mathematical Statistics I (Graduate Course for Michigan State University)

STA 621 Design of Experiments and Regression (Graduate Course in Biostatistics)

STA 680 Multivariate Data Analysis (Graduate Course in biostatistics)


Areas of Expertise and Interest:

*Applied Multivariate Data Analysis - Regression analysis, Cluster Analysis, Factor Analysis, and Discriminant Analysis
*Statistical Computing - Data Management, Statistical Simulation, Statistical Algorithms, and Graphical Methods
    Statistical Computing Package - SAS, SPSS, and StatGraphics
    Computer Programming Language - SAS and Pascal
*Statistical Consulting - Various Industrial Data Analyses and Research Designs
*Time Series Analysis and Forecasting
*Data Mining - Applied Analytics and Text Analytics

Other Interest:

* Tennis, Hiking, Swimming, Skiing, Traveling


A notable activity

Initiated and organized a statistical conference, Statistics Career Day, held on Friday, October 14, 2005 at Grand Valley State University. It was a great success! More than 500 students, presenters, exhibitors, educators, and volunteers contributed to the event. Below is a picture of the organizing committee. Please click Statistics Career Day for more pictures. It resulted in a national publicity (page 16-17, AMSTAT NEWS, January, 2006).

Some pictures from my other activities

Below is a picture that Soon shows off his diving skill from a cliff in Jamaica, 12/05

Below is from a publication of the Jenison Board of Education Newsletter, Oct/Nov 2001. I volunteered as an assistant to the coach from 1994 to 2004.

Mr. Soon Hong has faithfully given of his time as a volunteer for the past seven years with the Jenison girls' tennis program. Team members have benefited from this commitment as Mr. Hong has led the girls in drills and physical conditioning. They have gained confidence and inspiration from his numerous talks with them. From sweeping and getting the courts ready for a match to supervising drills, Mr. Hong has always been willing to help. His commitment to the team has helped to establish a real feeling of family among the team. Although Mr. Hong's two daughters have since graduated and gone on to college he still continues to give of his time to the tennis program.

Mr. Soon Hong with Mr. Tom Leyrer and the tennis team-2001.


At a departmental hiking event that I organized, Fall 2001 at the Muskegon State Park


At a department outing that I organized, Fall 2006 at the Saugatuck Boat Cruise.




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