May Newsletter article
Dear ASQ Pittsburgh Members,
2014 PAR Silver Award
I am proud to announce that the Pittsburgh Section has been awarded the Silver Award by ASQ’s Performance Awards & Recognition (PAR) Committee for the year of 2014. This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of last year’s Section Leadership Committee in providing high-quality service to Section members. We salute Nick Skovran (2014 Chair), Robin Dudash (Past Chair), Jennifer Halligan (2014-2015 Treasurer), and Margaret Smith (2014 Secretary) for earning this great honor for our Section. Kudos to all of you! The current year’s SLC will find inspiration and encouragement in your accomplishments and will hopefully bring future honors and recognition to the Pittsburgh Section.
Our final dinner meeting of the season is approaching! On Thursday, May 21, Mr. Jack Duizer, Technical Service Manager at Tata Steel Europe/USA, will be speaking on “The influence of Culture on Expected Quality and Service”. Registration and networking begin at 6:00pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm, and the presentation at 7:15pm. As always, we will meet at Sigmas Conference Center at 1717 Babcock Blvd. in Pittsburgh. This will be our final dinner meeting before we break for summer and then resume in September. Our exemplary Program Chair, Melanie Pope, already has a roster of outstanding speakers lined up for the 2015-2016 season.
Our April 16th dinner meeting was also a great success. Former Pittsburgh Section Chair and former Region 8 Director, Teresa Whitacre, spoke on the topic of “Quality Tools in Your Career”. You may remember Teresa’s numerous insightful columns in Quality Progress over the years on the topics of building and enhancing your career in the Quality profession. Among Teresa’s many important points was the application of the standard tools of process improvement to the promotion of our career goals and to finding that perfect matching job at the right company, including DMAIC and PDSA.
Praise for Youth Outreach
The 2015 Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) celebrated its 76th year of open competition of research projects in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering on March 27th at Heinz Field. The Science Fair’s mission is to connect budding engineers and young scientists with professionals. The Pittsburgh Section (802) of the American Society for Quality participated by judging student presentations for quality orientation. This is part of our effort to promote the advancement of the Quality Profession by engaging the next generation.
Michelle Labash and John Erinc worked with the Carnegie Science Center to encourage students to self-identify their presentations as quality-centric. Of the 1100 participants, the judges were able to focus on 55 self-identified quality oriented presenters. The competition was intense as many of the student demonstrated not only good concepts of quality and statistics but in depth understanding of the underlying principles. Based on responses to questions, comprehension of quality techniques and overall enthusiasm, Michelle Labash and John Erinc were able to identify and award two well-deserved competitors.
Adam Ozegovich, a 6th grader from Yough Intermediate Middle School, was impressive in his thoroughness in experimentation and use of statistics to demonstrate significance. Adam used very impressive methods to determine germ concentration within a common home. This young man has a bright future in quality based on his interests and application of quality to experimental control.
Thomas Pascucci, a 10th grader from Freeport Senior High School, used a formulaic approach advocated by the Freeport Senior High School science teacher. Thomas performed an impressive set of experiments that demonstrated ingenuity as to the impact of rice water on mortar adhesive strength. His interest was borne out of a piqued interest in how the Great Wall of China was constructed. Thomas stood out from his peers and classmates because he genuinely understood the statistical analysis including ANOVA that he used.
Overall the 2015 Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) and the Pittsburgh Section (802) of the American Society for Quality participation was a success.
April Quality Conference
Our annual Spring Quality Conference was held on April 24th at the Regional Learning Alliance Center in Cranberry Woods. Initial reports indicate that it was a great success. There were a total of 80 attendees who enjoyed presentations from 9 speakers. This was the largest attendance in years, and we are very happy to have achieved these results. The Section Leadership Committee will meet in May to begin planning next year’s Conference, to make it bigger, better, and an even greater success!
I would like to extend a very warm THANK YOU to our conference speakers for taking the time to prepare and deliver your presentations. Without you, there would be no conference!
Special recognition must also be extended Hank Sobah, Chair-elect Cassie Jodon, Johnna Chicots, and Melissa Monarko for serving on the Conference Committee. Their many months of preparation paid off! Thank you for your service!