February Newsletter article
Dear ASQ Pittsburgh Members,
I am both honored and privileged to serve as your Chair for 2015. We have already begun working on plans to make 2015 an even better year!
Our new Program Chair, Melanie Pope, started the New Year by expertly organizing a joint dinner meeting with the American Society for Materials, which was held at Sigmas Conference and Event Center on January 22. The presentation by our Chair-elect Cassie Jodon and her colleague at All-Clad, Josh Greathouse, on "Aesthetic Quality Standards – How difficult could it be?" was a superb exposition of the challenges facing companies who struggle with managing the subtle aesthetic aspects of product quality. It was literally a “hands-on” experience as the audience was asked to inspect and evaluate actual All-Clad products. A total of 55 people attended with another 5 via the webinar.
You also will not want to miss our next speaker, Amanda Parker, who will be speaking on “Gamification of Risk Management” on February 19. I will be speaking on March 19 on “Process Capability Analysis”, which will cover the basic statistical theory and include a demonstration of a PCA using the Minitab software.
April Dinner Meeting
March Certification Exams
Our Youth Outreach Chair, John Erinc, is leading a group of volunteers who will participate in the 2015 Carnegie Science Center “Engineer the Future” event, as part of National Engineers Week, on Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21. Our volunteers will staff a table where children and their parents can learn about quality “hands on” by constructing a paper cup and a paper jumping frog. The exercise teaches children about the importance of clearly defined procedures and standards for building quality products. Kudos to our volunteers John and his wife Sally, Dean Cuda, Peter Blattner, Jyothsna Nunna, Mike Sadusky, and Matt Reitz.
Our Education Chair, Robin Dudash, and her colleagues (Nick Skovran, Dick Kish, and Teresa Whitacre) continue their long tradition of offering excellent certification-related courses in partnership with the Pittsburgh Section. Upcoming courses include Certified Quality Inspector / Quality Technician, Certified Quality Engineer, Certified Quality Auditor, and Certified Software Quality Engineer. These courses are delivered in Webinar format using Webex, so you may view them from the comfort of your own home. These courses have been very successful and have attracted students from around the country.
Redd-up – Saturday, May 16th
We continue our obligations for social responsibility for ASQ National and our continued KAPE efforts. A networking opportunity if you can't make Thursday night dinner meetings.
Check out the job opportunities on our website. Three postings in January and a new one in February. http://www.asqpgh.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=55&Itemid=65