2024 SAS Customer Recognition Awards – It’s Time to Vote!


The entries are in and now it’s time to cast your vote for the best in each category.  A lot is on the line! The first-place winner in each category will receive one trip to SAS Innovate in Las Vegas, NV*, a SAS trophy and SAS swag. A bonus for you: read all the entries to learn what these customers are doing with their SAS software, and you may get some new ideas for your organization!


While the online voting is happening, we have a panel of five judges that will score each entry on a 1-5 scale on three categories:

  1. Spirit of story
  2. Strength of evidence
  3. Results

When the voting closes on Feb 2nd, the top three vote-getters will get bonus points added to the scores from the judges to create a total score for each entry. The top three scores in each category will be the winners. The first-place winner will get a trip to SAS Innovate*!

The first-place winners will be notified during February and all the winners will be publicly announced in April. The first-place winners will be announced at SAS Innovate and all winners will be posted online right after the event.

 Judging Panel

Tom Abernathy: Tom has been using SAS since 1983 to analyze all types of clinical data from experiments and clinical trials to Real World data during his last 31 years for Pfizer. The company uses SAS to do data management, analysis and reporting.  He has been interacting with SAS users online since the days of BITNET.



Louise Hadden: Louise Hadden presented at her first SAS® conference in 1996 and has never looked back, presenting at multiple conferences across the continent over the years. She supports analytic processing at Abt Associates Inc. as a Science and Research Senior Manager and specializes in reporting and data visualization in the data science capability. Much of her current work portfolio is in the health sciences domain, working with CMS, CDC, and state governments. She is also the Girl with the SAS Tattoo.



Chris Hemedinger: As the Director of SAS User Engagement, Chris’ talented team oversees SAS online communities, SAS user groups, developer experience and GitHub, tech newsletters, expert webinars, and tutorials. He is a recovering software developer who helped build popular SAS products such as SAS® Enterprise Guide®. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies. You can follow Chris on Twitter/X as @cjdinger.



Fareeza Khurshed: Fareeza is a graduate from the University of Alberta and has worked in the Data Science field for 20 years. She currently works for Alberta Blue Cross, leading the Analytics team and has previously worked for the Government of Alberta in several ministries as well as the BC Cancer Agency and private consulting. SAS has been a significant contributor to her achievements throughout her career and she is a leading contributor on the SAS community’s board.



Udo Sglavo: Udo leads Applied Artificial Intelligence and Modeling Research and Development at SAS. With a 25-year track record of fostering technology innovation and excellence, Udo heads a team of expert developers and data scientists dedicated to pioneering cutting-edge software and leveraging advanced models to transform the way the world works. By imagining and building the next generation of AI-driven models and software solutions, Udo helps organizations harness the power of data and analytics to solve their toughest business challenges and outpace the world around them.​Udo’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of what AI can achieve has earned him recognition as a global thought leader shaping the future of technology. In addition, Udo has written three publications and holds four patents in advanced analytics.

 *Please visit the SAS Customer Recognition Awards site for all the program details, rules and to cast your vote. Please reach out to Juan Cabanillas with any questions.


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Chris Hemedinger

Director, SAS User Engagement

+Chris Hemedinger is the Director of SAS User Engagement, which includes our SAS Communities and SAS User Groups. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies

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