Contact Information


SB-242B (New Science 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.

Sandy McGunigall-Smith, Ph.D.


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Sandy McGunigall-Smith has been at UVU since 2001 and is Associate Professor in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. She obtained a First Class Honors Degree in Criminal Justice with Women’s Studies at Liverpool John Moores University, UK and her PhD in Criminology from University of Wales, Bangor, UK. Her research interests are death row prisoners, those serving life without the possibility of parole, and supermax prisons.

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.