Charles Cowan, Ph.D.
Charles Cowan, Ph.D., 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, the use of sampling methods for a wide variety of counting and valuation problems, and the combination of sampling techniques with financial econometrics for the valuation of portfolios,
properties, and other groups of assets. 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. 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.