Austin Quality Conference – (11/06/15)



November 6, 2015  8:00 am – 5:00 pm    Conference Agenda

Austin Evening

Crowne Plaza Hotel
6121 North IH 35  Austin, Texas

Take a journey in excellence listening and learning about the latest in Quality with topics including Leadership, Malcolm Baldrige, ISO 9000:2015, FDA Inspections and Healthcare

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May Dinner Meeting



The Annual May Dinner took place at Abel’s North  on May 13th 2015.  There were about 30 people present, including members & non-members. The food  and networking were great.



Member Leader Excellence Award Norma Antunano

Todd Minnick, current PAR chair,  described the backgrounds and achievements of the two winners of the Member Leader Excellence Awards. He also described the process for selecting the winners.

The winners were Mike Harkins and Norma Antunano, both long time supportive members of the section.



Francisco J. Russi, current Treasurer,  announced the schedule for certification classes.  Certified Six Sigma Blackbelt CSSBB, and Manager of Quality/ Organizational Excellence CMO/OE are scheduled for the summer, starting July 7th.  Fall classes include Six Sigma Green Belt & Certified Quality Engineer starting September 5th.   The schedule and links to Austin Community College (ACC) can be found on the Certification Class Schedule page:

Eva Esparza, Nominations Chair,  called for nominations for Chair, Treasurer and Secretary,  ASQ Austin Section 2016-2017 elected positions. Nominations  are scheduled for the September meeting to give training time for new officers before the start of the term on January 1, 2016.  Members interested in any position can contact Eva at

Events calendar will be a bit quiet until Sept 9th when Yolanda Conyers, Vice President of Global HR Operations and Chief Diversity Officer at Lenovo, co-author of Lenova Way, will speak at the Crown Plaza location.  There will a factory tour  of Flextronics in November 11, 2015

We are looking forward to September when we can get together again.

By Richard Fawkes, CQE

CTEA Symposium with Kodiak Plant Tour (5/12/2015)




Central Texas Electronics Association

Electronics Design, Manufacturing & Test Symposium
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Kodiak Assembly at 2400 Grand Avenue Parkway in N. Austin


2:00 – Registration Begins

2:30 – Welcome and Introductions

2:35 – Kodiak Assembly Factory Tours

3:35 – “PCB Manufacturing Technologies & Capabilities Today & Into the Next Ten Years,”
Bryan Fish, National Sales Manager, SOMACIS Company / Hallmark Circuits

4:05 – “New Technology Waterless Cleaning Approach,”
Debbie Carboni, North American Manager, KYZEN

4:35 – Break & Networking

4:50 – “Design & Material Parameter Effects on BGA Solder Joint Reliability for Automotive
Applications,” Burt Carpenter, Senior Member Technical Staff, Freescale Semiconductor

5:20 – “How 3D printing is Changing the Landscape of Manufacturing,”
Matthew Fiedler, Co-Founder / Chief Engineer, re:3D

5:50 – Closing Remarks and Door Prizes Drawing

6:00 – Food & Refreshments Served with More Networking


RSVP to Bob Baker at:

No charge for SMTA & IMAPS members; $10 for all non-members >> (Cash or Check ONLY!)

Event Location:

Kodiak Assembly at 2400 Grand Ave Pkwy #103, Austin, Texas (west of I-35 near Bratton Lane)
See Map at: (Map to Kodiak)

In Central Texas, SMTA and IMAPS work together as the Central Texas Electronics Association (CTEA)


Webinar Reliability & “Lean”: At Odds or In Sync? (10/10/2015)


Topic: Reliability & “Lean”: At Odds or In Sync?

Speaker: Cheryl Tulkoff


Reliability and Lean are frequently thought of as opposing forces. Reliability is perceived as driving added cost and complexity while lean is all about stripping down to fundamentals. However, nothing could be further from the truth! If considered early, designing, creating, and building with reliability in mind is fundamentally the ultimate lean process.

Most organizations go wrong simply because they consider product reliability needs too late. This drives overdesign or failure – definitely not lean characteristics! Organizations that understand and identify reliability requirements from the very beginning create products that fulfill their customer’s need at both the lowest cost and greatest quality.

Learn more about the methods and ways that organizations succeed when they purse reliability and lean in sync rather than at odds!


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

Throughout her career, Cheryl has had extensive training experience and is a published author and a senior member of both ASQ and IEEE. She views teaching as a two-way process that enables her to impart her knowledge on to others as well as reinforce her own understanding and ability to explain complex concepts through student interaction. A passionate advocate of continued learning, Cheryl has taught electronics workshops that introduced her to fascinating companies, people, and cultures.

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, and is Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE); she will serve as a springboard enabling her clients to succeed in introducing reliable, blockbuster products tailored to the best market segment.

Date: October 10, 2015

Time: Noon – 1:00 PM CST

Register:  Access information will be provided

RUs: Participants can earn 0.1 RUs for attending this webinar

Instructions to join the event using a computer:

On a computer, use any browser with Flash.

Join the meeting:

Instructions to join the event using audio conference:

Dial a phone number and enter access code, or connect via internet.

By phone:
United States – Hartford, CT +1.860.970.0010
United States – Los Angeles, CA +
United States – Thousand Oaks, CA +1.805.309.5900
Access Code 558-262-817#

Co-sponsored with ASQ Reliability

IHI National Forum Call for Proposals

We’re looking for interactive, dynamic speaker proposals that feature your quality improvement and patient safety knowledge and experience! The IHI National Forum, in Florida on December 6-9, 2015, offers more than 150 unique sessions within six focus areas or “tracks.” Submit your proposal online by Friday, March 27, 2015 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time.

Tips for Proposal Preparation

  1. Determine how you want attendees to experience your presentation using our suggested learning formats, including rapid fire mini-presentations, intensive case study, or buzz session.
  2. Use the online template to plan your proposal.
  3. Check out sessions that have been presented in the past.
  4. Your proposal is more likely to be accepted, if you:
  • Submit a thoughtful, error-free description of your session;
  • Include objectives that detail what attendees will learn from you; and
  • Include a patient as a co-presenter.

Not Sure You’re Ready?

People tell us they have great work underway, but they are not always sure they can show clear progress. If that sounds like you, consider learning more about how to set up your quality improvement and patient safety projects with online courses in the IHI Open School. The online courses teach improvement fundamentals and will help you set up measurable projects that lead to concrete outcomes. Then, you’ll be ready to submit for next year’s National Forum Call for Proposals!

Experience the Forum

Join us at the Forum to see excellent sessions first-hand. Get the early bird discount by registering now

Webinar – Executive Presence – (02/28/15)

JimJohnstoneTopic:  “Executive Presence: What it takes to be an effective leader and rise to the top“

Speaker: Jim  Johnstone


If you thought technical/business competence, ambition and hard work were enough to advance, think again. That is just the ante. If you want to rise up and be a leader in your business there is more to it than that. Learn the 3  secret ingredients that research shows  executives are looking for when they promote someone to senior management.

Speaker Bio:

After 40 years in Industry working his way to executive positions at IBM and Applied Materials, Jim  Johnstone started his own business as a quality consultant. His clients, faced with the  problem of filling their high level jobs with unprepared raw talent,  started  asking him for executive coaching advice and so he offered the wisdom he had gained from his experience and research as Chairman of the executive development team at Applied Materials. Jim has helped many managers, new to the executive ranks, develop their executive presence so they could be effective leaders in their new jobs. They paid thousands to hear the fundamental lessons he will share with you in this one hour seminar


Feb 28 , 2015

10 to 11 am CST

Executive Presence presentation
Executive Presence video



All proceeds will be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank.