Young Quality Professional – Essential Steps to being a Successful Quality Professional!

The ASQ Young Quality Professionals Network strives to cultivate a stimulating community for young professionals by developing resources and learning opportunities relevant to young leaders. It is our goal to learn together, to seek out mentorship and to shepherd one another through a variety of social networking and events which support success in the spirit of ASQ for all young professionals.

Come and join our social event on 10/18 at Rudy’s BBQ!  There will be a short presentation at 6:00 PM followed by a tour of Rudy’s BBQ, a winner of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.    This will be followed by a BBQ tasting!

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Time: 6:00 -8:00 PM

Speaker: Andrew Davison

Andrew Davison is a seasoned quality expert:

  • 20+ years as a Quality Professional
  • Senior ASQ Member
  • Significant experience and knowledge with FDA/ TGA/ MHRA/ ANVISA/ JPAL regulations, ISO standards, MDD, and EU MDR regulations

Address: Rudy’s BBQ and Country Store, Crockett Dining Room

3914 N. Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78756 

Registration:  Please preregister at Eventbrite so we have enough BBQ for you!  There is no admission fee for this ASQ Austin event.  Walk-ins are welcome too!

For questions, please contact Andrew Davison at andrew_davison@att.net or 512-431-7255.



What If Change Was Easy? Free Webinar 11/12/18 11AM CST

What If Change Was Easy?

Change is inevitable. We may respond with excitement, indifference, or fear. Effective leaders recognize and respond to the potential effects of organizational change. They view improvements through the lens of the system, processes, and people. Sustainable improvements rarely take hold without everyone understanding and embracing change. This session explores change, not as an obstacle to success, but as an opportunity to improve one step at a time, consistently, over time.

Speaker Bio:

Kathryn LeRoy helps individuals and organizations be and become their best. She brings a passion for innovation and excellence to every facet of her work. Kathryn focuses on leadership development to support embracing quality and the value of change as a critical component of continuous improvement. Her expertise and experience include executive coaching, strategic planning, leadership development, process management, benchmarking, performance measurement, and organizational assessments. Kathryn holds a Ph.D. in Educational Management and is an ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence.

Please join our free webinar by registering at Eventbrite.

Date: 11/12/18

Time: 11AM – Noon CST

To Join: Webinar details to be provided to registrants no later than two days prior to the event.



Running Reliably: The World Through the Lens of a Globetrotting Reliability Engineer

Cheryl Tukoff ASQ CMQ/QE, ASQ CRE
Director of Corporate Quality and Continuous improvement National Instruments

Traveling and working outside the US provides incredible opportunities to observe how other countries and cultures achieve reliability. Because reliability requires both people and objects to function well for a certain time under specific conditions, it means quite different things in different places!  Politics, geography, culture, climate, and society norms all influence how reliability is defined, perceived and achieved. In a presentation that is equal parts travelogue and technology review, learn more about the fascinating ways reliability is achieved around the world and how you can apply some of these lessons in your own organization. Case studies include examples of reliability management in the US, Mexico, Ethiopia, South Africa, New Zealand and India with technologies ranging from automobiles, to appliances to tracking devices.

Our Speaker

Cheryl Tulkoff has over 20 years of experience in electronics manufacturing focusing on reliability and failure analysis. She is passionate about applying her unique background to accelerate product design and development while saving time, optimizing resources, and improving customer satisfaction.

Throughout her career, Cheryl has had extensive experience training others.  She is a published author and a senior member of both ASQ and IEEE. She is an ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer and Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence.

Cheryl earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech and a Master of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) program at the University of Texas at Austin.

In her free time, Cheryl loves to run! She’s had the good fortune to run everything from 5k’s to 100 milers including the Boston Marathon, the Tahoe Triple (three marathons in 3 days) and the nonstop Rocky Raccoon 100 miler. She also enjoys travel and has visited 46 US states and over 20 countries around the world. Cheryl combines these two passions in what she calls “running tourism” which lets her quickly get her bearings and see the sights in new places.


Wednesday / Nov 14th

  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM – Networking Time/ Snacks
  • 6:30 – 6:45 PM – Announcements
  • 6:45 – 7:45 PM – Talk
  • 7:45 – 8:00 PM – Door Prizes

National Instruments

11500 N Mopac Expressway,

Austin TX 78739


No Charge; please register at Eventbrite

RUs to Attendee:   0.5 RUs

For questions contact our:

Arrangement Chair Chair (Ryan Cho):  ryan.cho@asqaustin.org

Program Chair (Surendra Patel): surendra.patel@asqaustin.org

Supplier Quality Engineer – Biotechnology – Austin

Summary: The Supplier Quality Engineer will be responsible for

  • Interacting with suppliers to address quality excursions observed at any of the Luminex sites.
  • Interfacing with Operations, Engineering, and Sourcing for supplier performance monitoring and selection
  • Driving continuous improvement plans with suppliers.

Key Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Act as the Quality liaison between the suppliers and the manufacturing sites.
  • Lead supplier audits and audit reporting.
  • Monitor and Measure supplier performance through measurement of production line statistics, Field data, company inspections, and audits.
  • Leading or assisting in the investigation and resolution of problems initiated through non-conformances, corrective action, or customer complaints linked to suppliers.
  • Establish and report supplier quality metrics as required.
  • Assists in supplier selection & qualification process for new products and sourcing activities.
  • Participate in or lead the coordination of supplier conference meetings, site visits, and audits.
  • Establish meetings with low scoring suppliers to communicate quality issues, discuss root cause and drive corrective actions.
  • Work with critical suppliers to improve product quality levels through the development of processes and controls at the supplier (e.g. control plans, test methods, test plans, and test fixtures, etc.)

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors of Science degree required, in a life science/engineering discipline
  • Experience in a Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) environment required, preferably in a medical device industry.
  • Working knowledge of current industry quality practices, such as QSRs, ISO-13485.
  • Minimum 5 years of quality, supplier quality, or manufacturing experience in a relevant

Training, Skills and Certifications/Licenses:

  • Certification in a quality discipline preferred, such as ASQ certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Quality Auditor (CQA), etc.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint programs.
  • Strong statistical and data analysis skills and problem-solving techniques; SPC, DOE, 8D

Work Conditions:

  • Austin, TX
  • 15-25% Travel may be required; limited international travel
  • Possible exposure to mechanical, biologic and chemical hazards
  • Physical Demands: All positions require standing, stooping, bending, climbing, sitting, kneeling, and lifting at least 10 lbs

Interested candidates should visit the Luminex Career site for additional information on an available opportunity – Supplier Quality Engineer #437 – https://www.luminexcorp.com/open-positions/

Automotive Service and Zero Defects 10/10/18 6-8PM


Michael Brucker, ASQ CQM/OE, CQE. CQA, Senior Mgr.

Michael is the GlobalFoundries Senior Manager of Automotive Quality Systems and the proud parent of the AutoProTM Service Package.  He is a Quality and Operations leader with 20+ years of related experience including leading key initiatives for GlobalFoundries,  Motorola, Texas Instruments, and Silicon Labs. He is also a contributing member to the AEC Q004 Zero Defects Guideline

Automotive Service and Zero Defects

The acceleration of electronic systems and consumption of semiconductor content by the Automotive industry in the past few years has been revolutionary. This is largely driven by a need for new technologies that promise to enhance the driving experience such as navigation, remote roadside assistance, and autonomous driving systems that combine data from multiple sensors with high-performance processors that make control decisions.

GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the fastest growing automotive foundry in the world, has implemented its AutoProTM Service Package, built upon three foundational pillars:

  • Quality Systems Readiness
  • Technology Platform Readiness and
  • Operational Readiness

The Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) has been developing a comprehensive approach to dramatically improving automotive supply chain quality through a document entitled Q004 Zero Defects Guideline.  This wide-ranging document provides dozens of tools and techniques that help companies institute a zero defects culture in support of improved quality and profitability, regardless of its customer base.


Wednesday / Oct 10th

  • 6:00 – 6:30 PM – Networking Time/ Dinner
  • 6:30 – 6:45 PM – Announcements
  • 6:45 – 7:45 PM – Talk
  • 7:45 – 8:00 PM – Door Prizes

National Instruments
Building C, Room 1S15
11500 N Mopac Expressway,
Austin TX 78739


Free for first 75 members and 25 non-members!

To obtain your free seat, register at Eventbrite




For questions please contact:

Arrangements Chair (RyanCho) ryan.cho@asqaustin.org,

Program Chair (Surendra Patel): surendra.patel@asqaustin.org

Online Journal: Quality Management (QMJ)


The transition to online access for the Quality Management Journal (QMJ) was complete earlier this year. The Quality Management Journal aims to link the efforts of academic researchers and quality management practitioners by publishing significant research relevant to quality management practice and provide a forum for discussion of such research by academics and practitioners.

The Quality Management Journal is a peer-reviewed publication and is published four times per year.

Full, Senior and Fellow members all have free access to digital subscriptions.  Join today at the ASQ site, upgrade by calling ASQ Customer Care at 800-248-1946, or contact Austin Section 1414 Membership Chair Shoshana Bokelman shoshanab@asq.org for assistance.

Student and Associate: Digital Access to the Quality Management Journal is not included in your membership.


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Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Overview – Friday, August 10th

Improve your communication with designers, customers and suppliers by understanding the language of Geometric Dimensions and Tolerances. In this one day course you will review the fundamental concepts of GD&T that allow you to communicate simply and precisely what a fabricated part should look like and how to measure and inspect it.


Who should attend this class:

Engineering Students
Continue reading “Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) Overview – Friday, August 10th”

Sunset Dinner Cruise on Ladybird Lake – Saturday, July 28th (Boarding 7:00 PM)


Ever watched the sunset over Austin from the Water? Ever seen the bats come out from the Congress Avenue Bridge? Check these off your bucket list when you join us for a sunset dinner cruise on Ladybird Lake aboard America’s largest electric paddlewheel excursion boat. Members may bring one guest. Want to toast the sunset? BYOB.

Dinner: Fajitas

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2018


Please register at Eventbrite
[Advance ticket purchase is required!]

Must be an ASQ member to register.

Maximum number of tickets is 2 per member.

Purchase early!  The first 30 tickets are discounted to $25/ticket; after first 30,  $30/ticket.


7:00 Board the Lone Star

7:30 Departure

8:28 Sunset

9:30 PM Disembark


  • The Hyatt Hotel: Located at 208 Barton Springs Road. Lone Star dock is located 100 yards to the west of the Hyatt Hotel.
  • City Hall: Located at 201 W. 2nd Street. If you park at City Hall, you will need to cross the lake on the South 1st Street Bridge. Our dock is located at the bottom of the stairs on the South Shore.
  • Long Center for Performing Arts: Located at 701 W. Riverside Drive. Lone Star dock is a short walk across Riverside Drive and through Vic Mathias Shores.
  • On street parking is limited.
  • Handicap access is available at the boat dock.


All sales in advance via Eventbrite, no sales at the door, no refunds after July 20.

Bring your camera and/or cell phone!

The event will take place rain or shine.

The lower section of the boat is enclosed and air conditioned.

This is a non-smoking event.

ASQ is not offering alcoholic beverages, attendees are welcome to bring their own alcoholic drinks.

No glass containers, no glass beer bottles.

You do not need a Paypal account to register, you may use a credit card by selecting this option during registration.

You may visit  http://lonestarriverboat.com/ for additional information about Lone Star Riverboat.

For questions contact Jim Johnstone (jim.johnstone@asqaustin.org) or

Shoshana Bokelman (shoshanab@asqaustin.org)

Austin IoT Group and ASQ Austin Section Joint Event: Video Analytics Solutions Presentation & Demonstration – June 26th


Attend to learn how video is used today, including an overview of video analytics, privacy and video retention and future trends in video centric environment. Also covered an IoT hands-on demonstration on how a simple motion sensor and camera can be converted to an intelligent IoT device with image and video capabilities.

Chuck Reeves is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Smart Spaces and Video Intelligence Division of Hitachi Vantara, based in Santa Clara, CA. With a corporate background of strategic sales and business development, Chuck also has extensive experience as a former law enforcement official in the Dallas Fort Worth area. His in-depth understanding of Smart Cities technologies, video intelligence and analytics is supported by 18 years in the industry with companies such as Tiburon (Tritech), Intergraph and more recently, Motorola Solutions.  As a former law enforcement official, Chuck served in virtually every division of the Police Department, which included Field Operations, Criminal Investigations, Special Investigations (Vice, Narcotics and Juvenile Crimes) as well as Captain of the Support Services Division, which included Emergency Communications and Technology. Chuck is a graduate of the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas, as well as the Southwestern Legal Foundation School of Police Supervision. Chuck resides in Richardson, TX, where he enjoys weekend travel and family time with his three grandchildren.

Adil Dalal: Director Solution Architecture, Hitachi Global Social Innovation Business

Adil Dalal is a Director, Solution Architecture for Hitachi, Global SIB. He is also the incoming President and co-CEO, Austin IoT. He is certified in ioT and in IoT Digital Business Transformation. Adil’s passion is to use IoT, Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence to improve the quality of human life while making organizations more profitable. Adil was the CEO of Pinnacle Process Solutions, Intl®, LLC, past-Chair of ASQ’s Human Development & Leadership division and also the CEO & founder of Patriots4OurHeroes (P4OH), a non-profit organization serving veterans and the families faced with PTSD. Adil has pioneered several key advances in lean and in project leadership, and is the recipient of the 2015 ASQ Crosby Medal, 2014 Shingo Research and Publication award and 2013 Axiom Business book award for his first publication “The 12 Pillars of Project Excellence: A Lean Approach to Improving Project Results.” Adil has also authored “A Legacy Driven Life” and co-authored ASQ’s “Lean Handbook” and ‘Changing Your World”.


Please register at Eventbrite.


Action Corp

12365 Riata Trace Pkwy B,

Austin, TX 78727

Date & Time

Date: 06/26/18

Start Time: 7:00 PM

End Time: 9:00 PM

Program Agenda:

7:00 pm – 7:15 pm: Sign-in and Networking Hitachi Global Social Innovation Business will sponsor refreshments.

7:15 pm – 8:00 pm: A Video Centric Society (Chuck Reeves) This talk will begin with an introduction and background of the speaker, and will cover how video is used today, including an overview of video analytics, privacy and video retention.  Also covered will be future trends in video-centric environment. Chuck’s presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

8:00 pm – 8:15 pm: A Demonstration of an IoT Camera and Motion Sensor Application (Adil Dalal)
Adil Dalal will provide a hands-on demonstration of how a simple motion sensor and camera can
be converted to an intelligent IoT device with image and video capabilities.

8:15 pm – 8:30 pm: Announcement of an IoT Workshop Series (David Brixius and Darren Swan)
David and Darren will announce the launch of an IoT workshop series Austin IoT will be offering,
beginning in July of 2018.

8:30 pm – 9:00 pm: Induction of New Board of Directors (Austin IoT)


No charge/No RU’s


Austin IoT (Adil Dalal): adil@pinnacleprocess.com

ASQ Austin Section Program Chair (Surendra Patel): surendra.patel@asqaustin.org

ASQ Austin Section Secretary (Melanie Berry): melanie.berry@asqaustin.org