Contact Information


CB-401P (New Classroom Building)
OARS Phone number: 801-863-7520

Mohammed A. El-Saidi, Ph.D., Director


Mohammed A. El-Saidi

Mohammed A. El-Saidi is presently a Professor of Statistics and the Director of the Office of Academic Research Support at UVU. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Statistics from the University of Memphis, a M.Sc. in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Iowa, a certificate in Management and Leadership from Harvard University, and a M.Sc. in addition to two B.S. degrees, all in pure and applied Mathematics from the University of Tanta, Egypt. Recently he was the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs (A-VPAA) and Interim VPAA, both at UVU. Prior to this, he served as Academic Dean at Texas A´M University – Central Texas, and Assistant Dean of Assessment at Ferris State University in Michigan. He served in the editorial boards for several international journals. He has published over 30 papers in national and international journals, in addition to 24 Test Banks for the most well-known statistics textbooks in the nation. His research interests are in the areas of cancer and bioassay modeling, approximation of distributions, probability theory, performance measurement, and strategic planning in higher education.

David Knowlton Ph.D.


David Knowlton

David Knowlton is a professor of anthropology in UVU’s Behavioral Sciences Department. He obtained his PhD and MA from the University of Texas at Austin and his BA from the University of Utah where he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa. Knowlton is known for his qualitative work on the Andes (Bolivia and Peru) as well as work on the United States. Besides reviewing submissions for a number of journals, Knowlton is a prolific author of academic and popular texts. He currently is working on ritual and pilgrimage in Copacabana, Bolivia; as well as popular Catholicism, identity, and food in Cusco, Peru; and ethnomedicine and public health in Madre de Dios and Cusco, Peru.

Gary Mercado, Ph.D.


Gary Mercado

Gary Mercado is an Assistant Professor of Statistics in the Woodbury School of Business. He has been at Utah Valley University since 2012. He holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Applied Statistics from the University of Alabama, a MBA from McNeese State University, and a B.S. in Production Engineering from Universidad Privada Boliviana, Bolivia. His research interests include statistical quality control, nonparametric methods, and data mining.