Silas Bergen

Silas Bergen

Associate professor of statistics and data science

Winona State University

About me

I am an associate professor of statistics and data science at Winona State University, located in the heart of the Mississippi River driftless region in Winona, MN. My passion is teaching: specifically how to understand data and its limitations; generally how to foster hard thinking and deep understanding. Other professional interests include statistical consulting and data visualization best principles and practice. Check out my Tableau Public profile for examples of my own and student visualizations.

Outside work, I enjoy spending time outdoors (especially wilderness backpacking); racquetball; baseball; baking sourdough; gardening; board and card games; craft beer; fishing; hunting; and spending time with my wife and two boys.

  • Data visualization
  • Statistics and data science education
  • Statistical consulting
  • Ph.D. in Biostatistics, 2014

    University of Washington

  • B.S. in Statistics, 2009

    Winona State University

  • B.A. in Music Performance, 2009

    Winona State University

Recent Posts

Talks and workshops




Courses I am teaching or have previously taught below. Reach out if you are interested in specific course materials for a certain course.

  • STAT 110: Fundamentals of statistics
  • STAT 303: Introduction to engineering statistics
  • STAT 310: Intermediate statistics
  • STAT 370: Statistical consulting and communication
  • DSCI 210: Data science
  • DSCI 310: Data summarization and visualization
  • STAT 365: Experimental design and analysis
  • STAT 405: Biostatistics
  • STAT 450: Mathematical statistics I
  • STAT 460: Mathematical statistics II


sbergen at winona dot edu