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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Webinar – ASQ Reliability Introduction – (10/13/14)


Presentation Link-> ASQ Reliability Presentation

Topic:  ASQ Reliability Introduction

Speaker:  Norma Antunano, PhD



In this Webinar Norma will share an overview of ASQ  Reliability Division and Region 14A,  perspective, the diverse  opportunities to apply Reliability in our evolving environment,  and how to engage and locate Reliability related  on-line materials using the ASQ website.

Speaker Bio:


Norma Antunano is section 1414 Education Chair and Secretary, and region 14A Reliability Councilor.  In this Webinar Norma will share an overview of ASQ  Reliability Division and Region 14A,  perspective, the diverse  opportunities to apply Reliability in our evolving environment,  and how to  engage and locate Reliability related  materials  on line in ASQ site.

Norma  has worked in the technology industry in different Quality and Reliability roles, and is passionate about Continuous  Improvement. She has led  and mentored  diversity of technical and business improvement and innovation projects at Medtronic, Honeywell,  Broadcom and Hewlett Packard from scoping to successful completion.  Norma  has been Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner for several years,  has facilitated diversity of courses including Probability and Statistics for  Business  graduate students at the University of Phoenix, and has authored papers for  IPC,  ECTC and ASQ.  Recently, Norma has been  working with  ASQ Reliability Division preparing content on areas of interest.  Norma is a Systems Engineer, holds a Master in Engineering Sciences,  MBA in International Management  and a PhD in Engineering.  She is also  IEEE Senior member, certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt,  Scrum, CQE, CSQE, CRE and SSBB.

On a computer, use any browser with Flash. Nothing to download.
On a phone or tablet, launch the app and enter meeting code: asq-1414-education-norma-a

You have the following options to listen this webinar:

October 13, 2014
6 PM – 7 PM (CST)

Join the 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#

By computer via internet:
Join the meeting, click the phone icon and select ‘Call via internet’. A small download might be required

RUs: Participants can earn 0.1 RUs for attending this webinar.   To receive RU credit, please identify your name in the meeting room once you are connected (easy instructions will be provided in the virtual room)

Sponsored by ASQ Section 1414 in partnership with  ASQ Section 14A Reliability Division

Education Event – (10/04/14)

Saturday October 4, 2014

Event Topic:

Predicting Performance 
in Quality, Supply Chain, Operations, Project Management and Organizational Report Outs 


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Forrest Breyfogle


Forrest Breyfogle is a Professional Engineer and ASQ Fellow who founded Smarter Solutions in 1992.

Mr. Breyfogle was named Quality Professional of the Year for 2011 by Quality Magazine and in 2012 was awarded alumni of the year by Missouri University of Science and Technology. He also received the prestigious Crosby Medal from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) in 2004 for an earlier book, Implementing Six Sigma. He has served on the Board of Advisors for the University of Texas Center for Performance Excellence from 2003-2012.

Mr. Breyfogle began his career with IBM in development and later transferred to the product test organization. Within these organizations he became very interested in the benefits derived from the wise use of statistical techniques. From 1980 to 1992 he served IBM in applying Six Sigma methodology” to testing, development, manufacturing, and service organizations.

Mr. Breyfogle has conducted numerous Lean Six Sigma workshop sessions as well as Master Black Belt, Black Belt, Green Belt, Champion, and Executive training sessions throughout the world. He has coached an array of individuals and organizations on the wise application of Lean and Six Sigma techniques. Smarter Solutions, Inc. has had the honor of serving a distinguished group of Fortune 100 clients and many others in a wide variety of industries.

Mr. Breyfogle has authored or co-authored thirteen books, published over 150 technical articles for a wide range of publications, and has been interviewed by television, radio, and publication editors about managing the dynamics of organizations and the application of all forms of enterprise improvement methodologies.

Mr. Breyfogle has an MSME degree from the University of Texas and a BSME from the University of Missouri at Rolla.

Event Content:

Quality Engineers, Project Managers, Manufacturing Engineers, and all levels of management will be in a position to use the tools described in this workshop to better manage and execute their processes and predict performance.  Through a series of hands-on activities, workshop attendees will learn the benefits of a predicting performance metric reporting methodology.

To facilitate the learning process, Minitab statistical software will be used in hands-on training exercises.  Attendees who do not currently have Minitab software installed on their laptop computer can download a free 30 day trial copy from before the start date of the workshop. As part of the training, attendees will receive a Minitab add-in license that will be used in the workshop to create the described predictive performance metrics.

As a result of attending this class, participants will be able to:

  • Create report-outs that provide predictive statement capabilities for defective rates, on-time deliveries, expected project management plan discrepancies, profit margins, and supplier quality.
  • Convert many traditional historic-data reports to predictive performance reporting.
  • Quantify the amount of change that occurred to a metric because of improvement efforts.
  • Describe how to communicate predictive value-chain metrics throughout the business.

Date & Time:

  • Saturday;  October 4, 2014
  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


  • Marie Callender’s
  • 9503 Research Blvd
  • Suite 400
  • Austin, Texas  78759

Marie Callender’s Restaurant & Bakery


  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch

Food Details Pending

Recertification Units (RUs):

  • 0.8 RUs will be awarded for attending this event.

Costs & Payment Method:

  • $119.00 – ASQ members
  • $129.00 – non-members
  • $10 off for earlier registration  (up until 09/24)

Tour – Circuit of the Americas (08/26/14)


Circuit of the Americas

Every wonder how they get over 100,000 people into the track, fed, entertained and out again safely? Know what they do with the used oil from over 300 cars? How does Race Control keep track of all the cars on the track all the time? Dare to stand on a glass floor, 250 feet in the air? Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the premier road racing facility in North America, the Circuit of the Americas. We will hear from  top level managers of guest services, track operations and sustainability  the challenges they face managing events at this one of a kind entertainment venue.  Following their presentations, we’ll take a behind the scene guided tour of the facility and, for those who dare, a trip to the top of the tower for breathtaking views of the track and the countryside. Bring your camera and a friend! Tour is limited to the first 80 Members and guests, so register now. 


Wild Bubba’s Grill

After the tour, we are headed to the iconic Wild Bubba’s grill for a juicy burger, fries and refreshing soft drink for a little socializing. Bubba has rustled up some fine beef patties to throw down on the grill or if that is too tame for you, try one of the Wild Game burgers.

  • Circuit of the America’s
  • 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd
  • Austin, TX 78617
  • (Take 183 south past the airport, Turn left on  FM 812, Turn left at Circuit of the Americas and follow signs to the paddock.)
  • Wild Bubba’s Grill
  • 13912 Farm to Market Road 812
  • Del Valle, TX 78617
  • (Leaving CotA, Turn Left on FM 812 and go 1.1 miles into Elroy, Wild Bubba’s is on the left. )

Date / Schedule:

  • August 26, 2014
  • 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Tour,
  • 6:15- 8:00 PM Wild Bubba’s Social 


  • Beef hamburger, Fries and Soft Drink – $10
  • Wild Game burger – $14
  • Pay Bubba directly
  • The Tour is free for ASQ Members, guests pay $20
  • All participants will pay for their meals at Wild Bubbas Grill individually.

RSVP / Registration:

Payment at Event for Non-ASQ Members:

  • For non-members who have registered, but opt to not make a pre-payment via PayPal you will be asked to make a $20 payment upon arrival via check, cash, or credit card.

Webinar – Reliability of Wearable Electronics (07/21/14)


Topic:  Reliability of Wearable Electronics

Speaker:  Cheryl Tulkoff


Society has been enamored with wearable electronics for many years. From the futuristic suits in Tron to the recent use of Google Glass, taking electronic technology to this next level has fascinated us. Wiki defines wearable computers, also known as body-borne computers or wearables, as miniature electronic devices that are worn by the bearer under, with or on top of clothing. This class of wearable technology has been developed for general or special purpose information technologies and media development.

Understanding the various issues that could impact wearable electronics from a reliability perspective is necessary for the consumer and the manufacturer to achieve a common set of objectives.


Cheryl has over 22 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 numerous fascinating companies, people, and cultures.

Cheryl earned her Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech,  is ASQ CRE, and is currently a student in the UT Austin Masters of Science in Technology Commercialization (MSTC) program.D

Date:  July 21, 2014

Time:  Noon – 1:00 PM CST

Register:  Please RSVP to receive access information

RUs: Participants can earn 0.1 RUs for attending this webinar


Sponsored by ASQ Section 1414 in partnership with  ASQ Section 14 Reliability Division

Webinar – Baldrige – (7/1/2014)

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Topic:  The Advantages, Disadvantages, and Considerations before Beginning a Baldrige Journey

Speaker:  Mac McGuire, PhD


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. (source:

Date:  July 1, 2014

Time:  10:00 – 11:00 AM CST

Register:  Please RSVP to receive access information

RUs: Participants can earn 0.1 RUs for attending this webinar



Electronics Design, Manufacturing & Test Symposium – Austin February 13, 2014

Central Texas Electronics Association

Electronics Design, Manufacturing & Test Symposium
Thursday, February 13, 2014
ITT Tech at 6330 US-290 East in North Austin


3:00 – Registration Begins

3:30 – Welcome and Introductions

3:35 – “ITT Technical Institute’s Career Based Education Programs,”
Dr. Svetlana Bradley, Chair, School of Electronics Technology, ITT Tech

3:40 – “Better Workforce Integration via Impact Directed Collaboration,”
John Janisch, Dean, Academic Affairs, ITT Tech

4:10 – “High Performance Materials for Next Generation Designs,”
Mark Orzech, Technical Sales & Service Engineer, Arlon MED

4:40 – Break for Networking

4:55 – “An Update on Local Training Opportunities in Static Control,”
Dave Swenson, Officer, ESD Association / President, Affinity Static Control Consulting

5:25 – “Photovoltaic (PV) System Design Considerations,”
DJ Rosebaugh, Commercial Sales Manager, Lighthouse Solar

5:55 – Door Prizes Drawing and Final Remarks

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:

ITT Tech at 6330 US-290 East between I-35 & Cameron Rd in North Austin.
Please use the Parking Lot and the Student Entrance behind the building.
See Map at: (Map to ITTT)

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

October Webinar – (10/21/2013)

Please share the following with announcement with members in your section.

This fall, ASQ Houston Section 1405 will be pilot testing a new and exciting offering for our members throughout our region. We will be hosting an online professional development meeting…yes, you won’t have to leave the comfort of your home or office. You’ll be able to call-in to listen to the speaker and view the slides thorough a screen sharing application. This event is scheduled to be held Mon., Oct. 21st, 12-1pm (central time). Mr. Ronald D. Atkinson, former President of ASQ, will be speaking about Six Sigma. For more details and to register for this free event, please visit The deadline to register for this event is Wed. Oct. 16th at 11:45pm (central time).


Please note, information about how to connect to the online meeting will be sent to registered participants a few days before the event. We hope to “virtually” see you all there!

Thank you,

  • Dr. Jamison V. Kovach (Jami)
  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Lean Six Sigma Program
  • College of Technology
  • University of Houston
  • A Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university
  • 713-743-1704
  • ASQ 2010 Feigenbaum Medalist
  • Associate Member, International Academy for Quality