Velleman got his Bachelor's Degree at Dartmouth College, and a PhD. at Princeton University.He is the author and designer of the multimedia statistics CD-ROM, ActivStats, for which he was awarded the EDUCOM Medal for innovative uses of computer in teaching statistics, and the ICTCM Award for Innovation in Using Technology in College Mathematics. He developed the statistics program, Data Desk and the Internet site Data and Story Library (DASL), which provides datasets for teaching statistics.He owns a pond in Ithaca.
He is co-author (with Richard DeVeaux and David Bock) of the books, Intro Stats, Stats: Modeling the World, and Stats: Data and Models, and the co-author (with David Hoaglin) of ABCs of Exploratory Data AnalysisPaul has taught Statistics at Cornell University since 1975. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.