Spring 2019 Certification Classes

Increase your Quality  knowledge and prepare for certification exams by taking ACC Continuing Education Classes !

2019 Spring Schedule

Course Registration Instructor Day Online? Time 2019 Dates Test Window
Certified Six Sigma Green Belt (CSSGB) (ACC course QCTC-1005) ACC Course Link (CSSGB) Brian Mitchell Y Online Jan 22 – May 19


Please register as soon as possible by clicking on “ACC Course Link” under Registration above.

Scheduled courses that do not have the minimum number required at least a week in advance will be considered for cancellation due to low enrollment.

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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.  http://asqaustin.org/


Francisco J. Russi
Section Chair FY 2012-13


A Legacy Driven Life™ Wednesday, August 28, 2013 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PDT

Every human being is genetically engineered for success and has an immense potential for making a positive impact on this planet. However, for the potential to be realized, one needs a definite goal or purpose. A “legacy” provides the definite purpose to individuals and acts as a “north star” and a “lighthouse”, keeping us on a steady path through the ups and downs of life. Leaving a legacy is not an afterthought or an accident. Leaving a legacy requires one to live a legacy driven life. Today, as we experience global economic and social upheaval on an unprecedented scale, there is an immediate need for all corporate and national leaders to learn how to lead a legacy driven life themselves and encourage their teams to design and live their own personal legacies to ensure accelerated growth of individuals, corporations and nations. Learning Objectives: -The eternal quest for “true north” -Current planetary chaos and the path out of it -The power of one -The importance of a legacy driven life -The need to live a legacy, in order to leave a legacy -The V-factor™ and how it can help in designing a legacy -Wisdom from the power of some simple legacies The webinar is based on a critically acclaimed book, A Legacy Driven Life: Live a Legacy to Leave a Legacy, published by Pinnacle Process Solutions, Intl®, LLC.
Web site: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/240785735

Event Location: Virtual On-Line UNITED STATES
Contact Information:
Name: Wanda Sturm
Phone: 281.546.0753
E-mail: hdl.division@gmail.com

All dates, locations, times and activities are subject to change.

2012-01-11 Meeting: “How to be a Quality Superhero”

Wednesday – January 11, 2012
Austin Community College (ACC) Highland Business Center (HBC)
6:00 – 6:30 PM  –  Networking Time
6:30 – 7:30 PM  –  Main Speaker Presentation
7:30 – 7:45 PM  –  Announcements
7:45 – 8:00 PM  –  Door Prizes
TOPIC: “How to be a Quality SuperHero”
This brief seminar will discuss the top five topics that will make you a quality superhero. These five steps will make your brand much more important at your workplace. One consideration – YOU may have to change a little or a lot to be classified as a SUPERHERO.


Dr. Mac McGuire has over thirty years of service in the United States Army where he began as a private and worked his way through the ranks where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was responsible for the implementation of quality initiatives for over 20,000 personnel in 117 Texas communities. The Texas National Guard won a variety of awards and two second place finishes in a 54 group field.

Mac is a highly energetic and positive motivational speaker. He is adept with any group and brings sound advice and a common sense approach to any problem. He possesses great people skills and is a consensus builder as well as a team builder.

Dr. McGuire is also a Adjunct Professor at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Temple in the MBA Program where he teaches leadership, strategic planning, and change management. He also teaches for the Professional Development Center at the University of Texas and often serves as a guest lecturer in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, and organizational improvements at the University of Texas. This spring he will teach a special certification program as an Adjunct Professor for Southern Methodist University in Dallas.



2011 March Meeting – Plant Tour: Applied Materials

Wednesday – March 9, 2011. (at Applied Materials)

Plant Tour:  Applied Materials – Registration is now closed for this meeting!

Applied Materials

5:30 – 6:00 pm – Bldg 32 cafeteria

  • Pizza and check-in time
  • Tour rules, safety, security and bathroom info

6:00 – 6:30 pm – Welcome to Applied Materials – Executive Pitch B32 cafeteria

6:30 – 7:30 pm – Applied Materials Window Tour – B31, B32, B33

7:30 – 8:00 pm – AMAT Quality Pitch – B32

NOTE: Please bring a photo ID and the license number of the vehicle you drove to and parked on the premises.

Company Profile:

Applied Materials Applied Materials, Inc. is the global leader in providing innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products. Our technologies help make innovations like smartphones, flat screen TVs and solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses around the world. At Applied Materials, we turn today’s innovations into the industries of tomorrow.


(ref. Buildings 31 – 34 at  9700 US 290 East), see map: http://www.appliedmaterials.com/sites/default/files/austin_map.pdf

Details on registration and where to meet at the Applied Materials campus for this tour are pending.