April Event- Plant Tour of Dynamic Manufacturing Solutions- 4/11/18

Dynamic Manufacturing Solutions


Company Profile

Dynamic Manufacturing Solutions is a full service manufacturing and engineering organization specializing in the assembly and testing of mechanical and electromechanical assemblies. DMS offers its customers a complete range of manufactured solutions from build to print outsourcing to turn key design and product realization. Centered on the “Solutions for X” philosophy, DMS produces solutions that are anything but “one size fits all. DMS takes pride in being an American made manufacture with the highest ISO certifications in quality management. DMS supports many industries, along with the Biomedical, Pharmaceutical, Semiconductor and Microelectronics Industries. Continue reading “April Event- Plant Tour of Dynamic Manufacturing Solutions- 4/11/18”

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.

ACC Overview Brochure

March Austin ASQ 1414 Event – Counterfeit Electronic Components – The Threat and Risk Mitigation Methods- 03/21/18

Counterfeit Electronic Components

The Threat and Mitigation Methods
Jason Jowers

Learn about the threat counterfeit electronic components pose and processes members of the supply chain can use to mitigate the risk.  Counterfeit electronic components present a serious threat to the electronic manufacturing industry. This presentation will describe:

  • The volume and prevalence of counterfeit components
  • Factors that contribute to the counterfeiting
  • Counterfeiting techniques
  • Effects of counterfeit components
  • Techniques to avoid purchasing counterfeit components
  • Inspection techniques to detect counterfeit components

Speaker:   Jason Jowers – Global Vice President of Quality and Operations, Velocity Electronics Corp.    http://velocityelec.com/

Jason oversees the development of Velocity’s electronic component inspection program and has spent his career at Velocity working to combat counterfeit electronic components.

In addition to overseeing Velocity’s quality and operations since 2001, Jason has served on the IDEA board of trustees since 2009 and as its president since 2017, as a VP of the Texas ESD Association since 2002, and on SAE’s G-19D AS6081A development committee since 2014. He has given presentations about counterfeit avoidance and detection at numerous conferences around the world and had a paper on the topic published by SMTA. Jason holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business.


Austin Community College (ACC) Highland Business Center (HBC)

5930 Middle Fiskville Road

Austin, TX 78752

Room 411.0

Date: 03/21/18

Start Time: 6:00 PM

End Time: 8:00 PM


Wednesday / March 21st

  • 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

Registration: Eventbrite

Registration Cost: $10

RU’s to Attendee: 0.3 RUs

For questions:

Please contact:

Arrangement Chair (Ryan Cho): Ryan.Cho@asqaustin.org,

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

February Meeting – What’s New at ASQ and the Benefits of your Membership – 02/14/18

Belinda Chavez, ASQ Region 14A Deputy Regional Director

Operations Manager for KBRwyle Technical Solutions, LLC


Belinda will provide a brief update on the changes that have occurred at ASQ Headquarters in 2017 and will discuss some ASQ initiatives that may affect the way Sections operate. She will also discuss some of the benefits of being an ASQ member and member leader

Speaker Bio

Belinda Chavez is an Operations Manager for KBRwyle Technical Solutions, LLC, in support of the NASA Safety Center Audits and Assessment Office. She has over 25 years of Safety and Quality experience. Belinda is a graduate of Louisiana Technical University with a Master of Business Administration and Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology.

Belinda currently serves in a number of ASQ member leader positions: Region 14A Deputy Regional Director; multiple section positions in several sections (Nominating Committee Chair, Audit Committee Chair, VOC Chair), Education Division Past Chair; and Aviation, Space & Defense Division VOC Chair, and co-chair of the ASQ Performance Awards and Recognition (PAR) program. She previously served on the ASQ Board of Directors (2007-2012), was Section Affairs Council Chair (2010-2012), Region 14/14A Director (2007-2012), Region 14A Deputy Regional Director(2013-2015, 2017), Education Division Chair (2015-2016), Education Division Chair-
Elect (2013-2014), Aviation, Space and Defense Division VOC Chair (2013-2017), Section 1422 VOC Chair (2014-2017), and Section 1418 Nominating Committee Chair (2011-14).

Belinda is an ASQ Fellow and ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence, ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt, an IPCM Certified Manager, and George Group Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. She has received numerous company and NASA awards including a United Space Alliance Safety Quest Award, a NASA Space Flight Awareness Award, the NASA Astronaut Silver Snoopy Award, and multiple NASA Group Achievement Awards.

Date/Time: 2/14/18 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM


Wednesday / Feb 14 th
 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

RUs to Attendee: 0.3 RUs

Cost: $10/attendee; please RSVP at Eventbrite


Austin Community College (ACC) Highland Business Center (HBC)

5930 Middle Fiskville Road

Austin, Texas  78752

Room 411.0

ACC HBC – Map & Directions

Registration closes at 11pm, Tuesday February 14, 2018.  Registration is limited to 40 people.

For questions contact our Arrangement Chair (David Estes): david.estes@asqaustin.org,
Program Chair (Surendra Patel): surendra.patel@asqaustin.org

ASQ Austin Hosting Regional Member Leader Training – 01/20/18

ASQ Region 14A 2018 Member Leader Training

Saturday, January 20th, 2018



Get your new year off to a good start by making sure you are ready to go as an ASQ  leader!

This training is for All Region  14 A Member Leaders, new and old. Learn about ASQ’s new strategy and tactical direction, learn what you need to know as a member leader,  and learn  how to access the information you need to be a successful ASQ Member Leader.



  • Vijai Venkata, ASQ Region 14A Director
    • Vijai is a dynamic leader who has been a key participant In reshaping the organizational strategy of ASQ during the past year


  • Belinda Chavez, ASQ region 14A Assistant Director
    • Belinda is a long time regional leader in ASQ with a wealth of knowledge in how to make your ASQ section successful


  • Keith Pache, ASQ region 14A Assistant Director
    • Keith is a skilled teacher and long time ASQ Director who can help you learn the ropes as an ASQ leader


Location: Circuit if the Americas Media Center, Press Briefing room

(Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Boulevard, Austin, TX 78671)

-No parking charge to park at the venue

-For hotels, we recommend to stay close to the Austin Bergstrom Airport for cost and travel distance to the venue.  The Circuit of the Americas is a 30 minute drive from downtown Austin.


Date:  Saturday, January 20th


Time:   8:00 am – 4:30 pm with lunch from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm


Agenda: Refer to attached agenda for details:  Agenda

8:00am –    Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking

8:30am –    Opening Comments and Introductions

8:45am –    ASQ Governance, Section Requirements & Management

9:15am –    Section Requirements and Management

10:15am – Break / Networking

10:30am – Quality Café Table Topics (Pick from these or others as determined by the attendees)

  •          How to Add More Member Value?
  •          How to Retain Our Members?
  •          How to Find and Prepare New Member Leaders?

11:30am – Lunch/Networking (lunch provided)

12:15pm – Member Leadership Transition Process

1:00pm –    Voice of the Customer

1:45pm –    Break / Networking

2:00pm –    Navigation of the ASQ Member Leader Site & Friday Fast Facts

2:30pm –    Quality Café Table Topics (Pick a 2nd topic)

3:30pm –    ASQ Transition: Future state ideas

4:30pm –    Recap What Worked and What Didn’t

4:45pm –    Adjourn


RUs: Will be given at event.


Cost:  $35 / person which covers meeting expenses


Meals: Continental breakfast, box lunch, and all day coffee, water, and tea will be provided

Please communicate any dietary restrictions in your RSVP


Registration: <<<<Click here to RSVP and pre-pay via Eventbrite>>>>

-If you prefer to pay cash at the door, please email Jim Johnstone, ASQ Austin Chair at jim.johnstone@asqaustin.org to RSVP

-Registration closes at midnight, January 18.  No refunds are issued for cancellations after January 18 close of registration.


Event Photos:

Jim Johnstone in character as a track marshal, explaining the job’s role and responsibilities
Jim Johnstone giving a tour of the track control room

January Meeting – Case Study: Creating a Spare Parts Purchase List with Confidence – 01/10/18

Find out how you can save millions of dollars in having the right spares at the right time in your facility

As anyone with a hand in running a household knows, it’s important to keep a stockpile of key items. You certainly don’t want to find out the hard way that you’re on your last square of toilet paper. But in the case of a facility like a power plant, a missing spare part could be more than just a nuisance—it could be downright expensive.

Determining the appropriate spare parts to have on hand in a large facility, however, can be tricky. Most organizations deal with this in one of two ways: 1) they guess or 2) they purchase according to a spares list provided by an equipment vendor.

Through a case study, I would present how ARMS Reliability takes the guesswork out of developing a critical spares list, taking into account item costs, the likelihood of failure, lead times, downtime costs, and all other relevant factors.


Wednesday / Jan 10th

  • 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

Location: Pok-E-Jo’s at 2121 W Parmer Ln, Austin, TX 78727 512-491-0434

Pok-e-Jo’s Smokehouse


NOTE:  Seating is limited to the first 35 people who register due to room size restrictions.


Speaker: Jason Ballentine

VP of Engineering, North America, ARMS Reliability http://www.armsreliability.com/

Jason Ballentine holds a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability professional. At ARMS Reliability, Jason manages the multitude of reliability projects undertaken by ARMS Reliability Engineers in North America. This includes maintenance strategy development and optimization, RAMS studies, Asset Strategy Management, and the life cycle analysis studies for different industry sectors.

RUs: 0.3 RUs are awarded to attendees


Meals are being provided by ASQ Austin via the Pok-e-Jo’s menu.

Registration / Cost:

Cost will be $10 per person to cover meeting expenses.

Registration is limited to the first 35 people. Please register no later than January 9.

Registration Link: Eventbrite

December Holiday Dinner 12/11/2017

December Holiday Dinner

Mark the Date for the upcoming ASQ Austin Holiday Dinner!

Date:  Monday Dec 11, 2017

Time:  7pm-10pm

Location:  Private Banquet room at Maggiano’s (at The Domain)

 10910 Domain Dr.Austin, Texas 78758

Google Map

NOTE:  This event is limited to the first 50 people who RSVP.

 <<<< RSVP via Eventbrite and Pre-pay>>>>

<<<<RSVP via Meetup to Pay at the Door>>>>

Preliminary Schedule:

  • 7:00 – 7:45  Meet and Network (Cash Bar available)
  • 7:45 – 9:00  Dinner
  • 9:00 – 10:00  Awards and Announcements


Appetizers: Mozzarella Marinara & Stuffed Mushrooms

Salads: Caesar & Italian Tossed

Pasta: Chicken & Spinach Manicotti & Mom’s Lasagna

Entrée: Chicken Parmasan & Salmon, Lemon & Herb

Sides:  Fresh Grilled Asparagus

Dessert: Chocolate Zuccotto Cake & New York Style Cheesecake

Included Beverages:  Water, Coffee, Tea and Sodas


Cost: $15 per member, $15 per guest

Payment Method & RSVP:  **Buy tickets via Eventbrite** or pay at the door.  Make sure to RSVP so we know you’re coming!

Please contact our Arrangements Chair (David Estes) for any questions or to communicate any dietary needs:  david.estes@asqaustin.org

November Speaker Event 11/08/2017

I Help People Get Jobs


Deckel Israeli

Product Manager, Indeed




Indeed’s mission is to help people get jobs. Through constant experimentation and an emphasis on making data driven decisions, Indeed has grown to the world’s largest job search website. In this talk, you will hear about how Indeed’s values shape the way problems are solved and success is evaluated.



Deckel Israeli

Product Manager, Indeed (https://www.indeed.com/)

Deckel is a product manager at Indeed, working on supporting jobseekers throughout their job search journey. Previously, he worked on a government data analytics platform as a founding member at Poplicus, product manager at The Resumator, and co-founded a denim company. He’s also the co-founder of Excise Records, a vinyl focused music label out of Oakland, CA.

Deckel has been on a quest to find the world’s spiciest beef noodle soup but often gets distracted drinking boba tea on the way.



Date: Wednesday 11/08/17

Start Time: 6:00 PM

End Time: 8:00 PM



  • 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





6433 Champion Grandview Way
Building 1
Austin, TX, 78750

Indeed – Google Maps

Parking: Attendees can park their vehicles in the garage or surface lot located near building 1. Indeed does not have any assigned parking, but please do not park in the Jobs2Careers dedicated spots (Painted orange with J2C)

Food: TBD

RUs: 0.3 RUs are awarded to attendees

Registration / Cost:

Cost will be $10 per person to cover meeting expenses.

Attendees are required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) at check in.

Registration is limited to the first 50 people. Please register no later than November 7.

Registration Link: Eventbrite

For questions contact our Arrangements Chair (David Estes):  david.estes@asqaustin.org

November Free Webinar 11/06/2017

Supply Chain Risk Assessment

Jim Johnstone

2017 Chair, Austin ASQ Section 1414


How do you assess and measure risk in your supply chain?  ISO 9001/2017 certification requires us to assess and mitigate risk in our businesses, including the supply chain.

In this webinar you will  learn how to define and assess the eight common types of risk in every supply chain and where you can easily get the data you need to assess those  risks. Then you will be shown how to systematically organize your risk assessment so you can prioritize your risk reduction activities. Attendees will then share what has worked for them in reducing risk in their own supply chains.


Jim Johnstone is an author and quality consultant from Austin, Texas and works with companies to improve their quality management systems; train, coach, and develop management, and develop strategies that transform  businesses, improving profit and customer satisfaction.  Past clients in include Veeco, Benchmark Electronics, and Ichor Systems. Prior to starting his own business, Jim was a Sr. Director of Supplier Development with Applied Materials and worked in various executive management positions at Applied Materials and IBM.  He has  Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration. A member of ASQ since 2011, he is currently the Chair of Section 1414 in Austin. Jim  is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer, And Certified Quality Auditor.

Date / Time:

  • Monday November 6th, 2017
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM CST


Registration and Access to Webinar:

This is a free event.  Please RSVP on our Eventbrite page to receive the webinar link.

Instructions on  how to connect to the event will be sent to those registered a day before the event.  Access will be via the JoinMe web application.  For any questions about this webinar, please contact our Education Chair (Norma Antunano)




0.1 RUs shall be given for participating in this event.