What is up with the duck?

Ulysses Quackers is the official mascot of Alexandria Validation Consulting, LLC.

Dr. Balch has been drawing this duck, or some variant thereof, for over twenty years. Today, he's a handy little eye-catching emblem to let our clients know where they can find wide-ranging and pretension-free UQ expertise. Do you need help with statistical infernece or uncertainty quantification in an engineering context? 

If so, trust the duck.