Chair Message FY 2012-13


Francisco J. Russi

Hello and welcome to an additional year of the ASQ section 1414 in the Silicon Hills of the city of Austin TX.  I volunteered this year as your chairperson and hope you all can find time to participate in our quest to make our ASQ chapter grow in the same way our city of Austin is growing.

I have been an ASQ member since 1984 with current senior status; in parallel, I am also a member of the IEEE Computer Society since 1991 with current senior status.  I have 25+ years of experience in Design for Manufacturing and Quality, and Design for Test in the Semiconductor Industry, and obtain my CQE in 1985 and my CSSBB in 1997 by the Motorola Technical University, and hope to make a contribution this year as your chair.

For me Quality is a Science where each individual has to look for that small thing affecting their product quality that can make a big impact to their organization’s quality.  This year I like to invite you all to discover “Quality as a Science” and not to view “Quality” as another mathematical model open for interpretation according to the angle of view. We have many tools today to analyze design and manufacturing data, but it is the scientific mind of the quality minded individual that really makes quality look like a science.

Networking and Social Media are very important in one’s career development today, so I encourage all of you to come to our ASQ monthly meetings and talk to others in the meeting, make new connections and friends, it is in style and other companies are using the social media tools to find quality people.

As in past years we are planning to have Holiday and Awards dinner meetings in December 2012 and May 2013 respectively where we encourage members to bring their spouses or significant others. Also we are planning to hold a two day ASQ South West Quality Conference here in Austin Texas, and to ensure success I am asking for your participation as volunteers or to write a technical paper for the conference.

Section 1414 is planning to continue offering refresher classes via our long term partnership with the Austin Community College (ACC) to help prepare individuals for some selected ASQ certification exams.  Classes being offered shall include the Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), and Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE).  Also, a series of low cost education events are currently planned to be given on a quarterly basis that you should find useful.  Details on these classes are pending; please check the section website for details.


Francisco J. Russi
Section Chair FY 2012-13