SAS Users Group Westwood

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Welcome to SAS Users Group Westwood!
SAS Users Group Westwood hosts meetings dedicated to helping people further develop their SAS® skills. Our meetings are open to everyone and almost always involve hands-on training. We also provide free food and opportunities for networking. SAS Users Group Westwood is registered as an official SAS users group but operates totally independent from SAS. There are no dues or membership fees, but there may be small fees for certain trainings. We meet four to six times per year, and the meetings are usually held on the UCLA campus.


SAS Users Group Westwood is planning a sponsored event for the Spring and welcomes community input and participation. If you wish to participate or have any ideas please contact Michael Johnston at
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at an upcoming event!

Past Events

In October we hosted a SAS-sponsored meeting where William E. Benjamin, Jr., Owl Computer Consultancy LLC and SAS Press Author, gave 2 presentations: "Leave Your Bad Code Behind: 50 Ways to Make Your SAS Code Execute More Efficiently" and "Give the Power of SAS® to Excel Users Without Making Them Write SAS® Code."

Other past events include:

  • 4/9/16: Kirk Paul Lafler, Software Intelligence Corporation gave a hands-on workshop "Building Business Intelligence Dashboards Using Base-SAS Software"; Christine Wells presented "Survey Data Analysis in SAS"; and Cynthia Trinidad spoke on "Nifty Uses of SQL Reflexive Joins and Sub-Queries in SAS."
  • 8/26/15: Mary-Elizabeth Eddlestone, Principal Systems Engineer at SAS presented "Star Wars and the Art of Data Science: An Analytical Approach to Understanding Large Amounts of Unstructured Data" and "Proven Practices for Predictive Modeling"
  • 5/16/15: Deepak Goel hands-on workshop "HASH Objects: Fast and Creative Ways to Merge."
  • 1/24/15: Kirk Lafler hands-on workshop "Best Practice Programming Techniques Using SAS®" and "Google® Search Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts"
  • 10/11/14: Arthur Li (City of Hope) "Fundamentals of SAS Datastep Programming."
  • 5/3/14: Vince DelGobbo (SAS) hands-on workshop "Some Techniques for Integrating SAS Output with Microsoft Excel Using Base SAS" and "An Introduction to Creating Multisheet Excel Workshops the Easy Way with SAS."

Directions to our meetings

The Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA (map ) is located at:
640 Charles E. Young Dr., S.
Los Angeles, CA 90024.
The closest parking structure is UCLA parking structure 9 and the closest point of purchase for a parking pass is kiosk #9 (500 Westwood Plaza [1]).
Fees are $12 ($5 for disability) for an all-day pass payable with cash or Bruincard only OR self-park by the hour at certain locations (structures 2 and 8 at $3/hour are closest: see how to park at UCLA: [2]).
Other transportation options to the School are provided on the School's webpage here.. Maps, Parking, and Transportation.

We usually meet in room A1-241 in the School (level A, corridor 1, room 241). After entering the building's front door ([3]) there is a set of elevators a few steps in front of you and starting down a corridor to the left. Take one of the elevators in this bank to level A. Exiting the elevator on level A, take an immediate left turn, and then an immediate right turn: this is corridor "1". Room 241 will be on your left near the end of the corridor.

Executive Committee

We have a terrific Executive Committee chaired by Michael Johnston. Stop by at one of our meetings or contact any one of us if you would like to join in and contribute to our group!

Michael Johnston
Michael Johnston holds both base and advanced SAS certifications. He has 10+ years of experience in healthcare. He pursued graduate education at UCLA, earning a Master's of Public Health in Biostatistics and a PhD in Sociology (one field of expertise is Health and Medicine). His experience in statistical analysis includes risk adjustment, regression (multiple variable, logistic, multilevel, and longitudinal), survival analysis, missing data, and propensity score analysis. Michael has published more than 20 academic papers and delivered more than 100 public presentations.

Chan Chan
Chan Chan is a Data Analyst/SAS Programmer at the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC in the division of Dental Public Health & Pediatric Dentistry. He holds both base and advance SAS certifications with a strong background in science/research. He obtained a Bachelor’s in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA and a Master’s in Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology from USC.

Johnny Lin
Johnny Lin has worked with SAS for more than eight years and currently works as a statistical consultant at UCLA. He obtained his Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology from UCLA and has published with researchers in psychology, education and medicine. Previously he worked as a psychometrician at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey.

Elaine Liu
Yihang (Elaine) Liu has a diverse background with degrees in Medicine, Statistics, Epidemiology and Communication Management. She is a certified SAS programmer with more than 10 years working experience in the healthcare field and has co-authored on many papers published on peer-reviewed journals. Elaine is a senior statistician with UCLA, and is also a co-founder and current active board member of the SAS Users Group Westwood.

Karen Spritzer
Karen Spritzer has been using SAS since 1981.
A programmer/analyst in UCLA's Division of General Medicine Health Services Research since 1998, Karen enjoys analyzing complex datasets and maintaining this webpage.

Cynthia Trinidad
Cyndy is a SAS ver 9 certified programmer and has been a Clinical Data Management SAS programmer for more than 10 years. She recently presented a paper at the 2015 SAS Global Forum and regularly participates in a variety of SAS user group meetings. In her spare time, she enjoys public speaking and competing at her local Toastmasters club.

Christine Wells
Christine Wells, Ph.D., has advanced knowledge of SAS and has worked as a statistical consultant for more than 15 years. She has worked with a wide range of data types and statistical models and assisted consulting clients with all phases of the research process.

Web Site

For more information and to join our mailing list please visit us on LinkedIn [4].

We thank SAS [5] for their continued support.