Design of Experiments Certification

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New sessions coming in Fall 2018.

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Program Description

Well-designed experiments are a powerful tool for developing and validating cause and effect relationships between factors when evaluating and improving product and process performance. Deliberately changing the input variables to a system allows for observation and identification of the reasons for the change that may be observed in the output responses. Design of experiments can identify important interactions that are usually overlooked when experimenters vary only one factor at a time (OFAT experimentation). Unfortunately, OFATS are still widely used in many experimental settings.

Design of Experiments can be used in a variety of experimental situations. This program is suitable for participants from a broad range of industries, including electronics and semiconductor, automotive, aerospace, chemical and process, pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology. There are also many business and commercial applications of designed experiments, including marketing, market research, and e-commerce. Program participants will learn how to run effective and strong experiments using modern statistical software.

Program Topics

  • Basic design of experiments and analysis of the resulting data
  • Design and statistical analysis issues
  • Analysis of variance, blocking and nuisance variables
  • Factorial designs
  • Fractional factorial designs
  • Response surface methods and designs
  • Experiments with random factors
  • Nested and split-plot designs
  • Applications of designed experiments from various fields of engineering, science and business, including chemical, mechanical, electrical, materials science and industrial
  • Statistics software packages for guidance and support in designing experiments and analyzing data

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to plan and execute experiments
  • Ability to collect data and analyze and interpret these data to provide the knowledge required for business success
  • Knowledge of a wide range of modern experimental tools that enable practitioners to customize their experiment to meet practical resource constraints

Earning a Certificate

The Design of Experiments training is 100% Online. To earn the Design of Experiments Certificate participants are required to complete the online quizzes with a cumulative score of at least 70%, and execute an applied project. The project consists of planning, designing, conducting and analyzing an experiment, using appropriate DOX principles. Two project updates are required, along with a final project report due 60 days after the end of instruction.

A project report template is provided as well as personalized coaching by an experienced course facilitator.

Note: It is recommended that the project be based on your workplace, however if unemployed or unable to identify a workplace-based project alternatives exist such as completing a project on a non-profit organization or other association you are/would like to be affiliated with. Additionally many have found success in offering a target company, such as one you hope to be employed by in the future, the opportunity to have a Six Sigma project completed. Please feel free to contact us for further ideas and support if needed.

Who Should Enroll

The program is aimed at engineers, physical/chemical scientists, scientists from variety of fields, quality professionals, R&D personnel, six-sigma practitioners, consultants, and managers from these fields.


  • Previous experience and background with six sigma methods
  • Working knowledge of statistics, to include computing and interpreting sample mean and standard deviation
  • Previous exposure to the normal distribution and concepts of testing hypotheses (e.g. t-test), as well as on constructing and interpreting a confidence interval, and model-fitting using the method of least squares

Textbook and Software

Students are required to purchase the textbooks and software necessary for success in the program. Textbooks and software are not included in the program fee.

  • Design and Analysis of Experiments, 8th Edition, by Douglas C. Montgomery, 2012, John Wiley & Sons (ISBN: 9781118146927)
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments, Student Solutions Manual, 8th Edition, by Douglas C. Montgomery, 2012, John Wiley & Sons (ISBN: 9781118388198)
  • Design-Expert Software, Educational Version 8.0 or 9.0 (see or JMP, V11. Any JMP version 9-11 is acceptable.
    • Students can purchase JMP 11 through the JMP website (see Six and twelve month licensing options are available.
    • Students can purchase the textbook, student solutions manual, and Design Expert 180 day license software bundle on the Wiley website (ISBN# 9781118396414)
    • Students can download a 45-day trial version of Design Expert 8.0 offered by the Stat-Ease website (see
    • MinitabĀ®17 can be used to complete basic, intermediate, and some of the advanced problems in the course. Minitab is available on ASU MyApps and students will have access to the software for the duration of the course via the ASU server.

The following suggested textbooks are optional and may be useful.

  • Design and Analysis of Experiments: MINITAB Companion, 7th Edition, by D. C. Montgomery, and S. M. Kowalski, 2010, John Wiley & Sons (ISBN: 978-0470169902)
  • The Design and Analysis of Experiments by Douglas Montgomery: A Supplement for Using JMP, by H. Rushing, K. Andrew, and J. Wisnowski, 2013, SAS Institute Inc. (ISBN# 978161290-8014)

Textbooks are available at most bookstores or online. Below are links to some online vendors: