Volunteers Needed – Austin Energy Regional Science Festival – 02/21-24/18

Judges/Volunteers needed for the Austin Energy Regional Science Festival, February 21-24 2018



The  Science Festival is a competition for students from 23 school districts and 12 counties who are advancing from their local schools. Junior (middle school) Division and Senior (high school) Division students submit their projects in one of 17 scientific categories, covering both Life and Physical Sciences as well as Math and Engineering.

The  top three winners in each category from both divisions advance to the state fair in San Antonio. Elementary students are judged on Saturday, Feb 24, 2018 and are graded but do not advance/

The overall top six projects in the Senior Division, called “Best of Fair”, advance directly to the international competition.


How to Help:

  • We need subject matter experts to evaluate the projects. About 7-8 projects are assigned to each group of 3 judges Who interview the students and  discuss the project to determine the ranking.
  • Judging  is a 2-4 hour commitment, plus orientation.  We offer orientation sessions in the weeks prior to the fair. Judging  will take place on Thursday, Feb 22, 2018 at the Palmer Event Center. Links to the abstracts will be made available the week-end prior to the fair.
  • We also need general volunteers from Wednesday, Feb 21 to Saturday, Feb 24 to help with registration, project set-up, and assisting with the awards ceremonies. You can register as either a judge or a volunteer by going to http://www.sciencefest.org/volunteers

ASQ volunteers may submit a request for RU’s  from their  section recertification chair based on 0.1 RU per hour of time spent in service as a volunteer.


When and Where:

Wednesday Feb 21, 2018 – Saturday Feb 24, 2018

Palmer Events Center

900 Barton Springs Road

Austin, TX 78704

Statistics for Non Statisticians – 3/12/18 Free Educational Webinar

Statistics for Non-Statisticians

Think statistics are not intuitive? We all use statistics to make decisions every day without even thinking about it. Attend this webinar and learn how to collect, present, and use statistical data in a way that is so intuitive, everyone will understand it whether or not they understand statistics.


Speaker Jim Johnstone, a popular Quality consultant in Austin, Texas works with companies to improve their quality management systems

Prior to starting his own business, Jim was Sr. Director of Supplier Development with Applied Materials. Jim holds Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and in Business Administration. A member of ASQ Austin since 2011, he is ASQ certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer and Quality Auditor

Date Monday 03/12/2018

  • Start Time: 11:00 AM
  • End Time: 12:00


  • 11:00 – 11:05 Introductions and ground rules
  • 11:05-!2:00 Presentation

Eventbrite Link to Register: Statistics for  non Statisticians 

Link to Join:  join.me/asq-1414-

To Dial in by Phone:

  • Join the meeting:  5 minutes early Using the Join Me app, then mute your phone as a courtesy to others
  • You may join via VOIP, Landline or cell phone. Call number In USA: US +1.404.400.8750 or +1.857.706.3435
  • Conference ID: 558-262-817 #
  • Time of the event is Central Std. Time.
  • If you do not already have the Join me app, you will need to download it to your device to join the online event and see the slides

RUs to attendee: 0.1 RUs

For questions contact our Education Chair:  Norma Antunano  norma.antunano@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

Corrective Action (CA) Plus Training at 10% Discount – 02/06-07/18

Local training class is now being offered to ASQ members at a 10% discount.

For details contact the McDonald Consulting Group



CA PLUS: Feb 6-7, 2018 – Austin, TX



Minimize Risk

Strong Root Cause Analysis / More effective Corrective Action

Tell me if this sounds familiar:

You get a customer complaint – they’ve received a defective thingy from you.

  • You go through Root Cause Analysis (RCA) – determine the problem, fix it, and notify the customer.  The customer is happy.

A few months later, the customer gets another defective thingy from you.

  • You go back through RCA, determine that it was a different Root Cause (RC), fix that, and notify the customer (again).  The customer is less happy, and a little grumbly.

A few months after that, the customer gets a third defective thingy from you. They’re really mad now, and losing confidence that you even know how to make defect-free thingys!

  • You go back a third time, find a different RC from the first two, fix that, and grovel to the customer so they won’t take their business elsewhere.  The customer is downright cranky now, and wants to implement additional controls so they don’t receive any more defective parts – at your expense, not theirs, of course.

Have you been here?  Are you worried that this could happen to you?

Maybe this has happened to you already…. or you’re worried that it could in the future.

You thought you had the problem solved, but it recurs (even for a different root cause)?  Your bosses ask why it wasn’t “fixed right the first time”?

Tens of hours of analysis and implementation,

spent by dozens of highly-trained people,

wasting (tens of) thousands of dollars in time and resources,

with the net result of ZERO customers happy in the end.

I can help!

The scenario above really happened.  The Fortune 50 company, at their wits’ end, called me in to help them fix the problem – once and for all.   They had smart engineers on the problem, so I was a bit nervous about what value I could add.  I reviewed what they did –

  • They followed all the protocols for Root Cause Corrective Action.  ✓
  • They did their analysis, and hadn’t missed any of the possible root causes. ✓
  • They fully implemented and verified the selected Corrective Action.  ✓

So – why was the problem recurring, not once, but twice??!?

I went back to the drawing board.  I went back to the training I had personally received from the great Japanese masters on how to do effective Root Cause Analysis.  I realized the step that most everyone was skipping, or rushing through…. Time and time again.  I validated that this step is the one most often overlooked.  I went back and worked with their team to implement this step better.

And I fixed the problem for the client.  Permanently.  Problem never reared its ugly head again.

And it works just as well for quality, environmental, and health and safety systems – anywhere that you need to implement permanent corrective action.

Everything Old is New Again

I didn’t develop a new tool.
I didn’t have breakthrough innovation.
I simply applied what my Japanese instructors told me to, with a few modern tweaks.

Better Corrective Action – CA PLUS

If you’d like to learn this technique – how to improve the chances of implementing a Corrective Action that prevents the problem from returning – then sign up for CA+

BONUS:  This tool is also very effective in identifying and minimizing risk.

Six Sigma Deployments That Last – Free Webinar – 01/29/18

Six Sigma Deployments That Last

Forrest W. Breyfogle III

CEO of Smarter Solutions 


Six Sigma projects often fail after a short period, or worse, are abandoned before they are completed, because organizations have not created a culture which embraces improvement efforts and ties them to big-picture enterprise benefits.

Learn how to overcome these obstacles using proven techniques that help you connect with top executives as well as front line staff to design and implement projects that everyone can relate to. These techniques have been perfected over hundreds of trials in real businesses and government organizations.


Our speaker,  Forrest W. Breyfogle III,  is the CEO of Smarter Solutions.  

He is an ASQ fellow and has authored over a dozen books on the use of six sigma techniques to improve operations. His five-book set, Integrated Enterprise Excellence provides a system for the integrating scorecards, strategic planning, and process improvement that create lasting enterprise benefits 

Format:    Webinar Educational Event

Date/Time:    Monday, January 29, 2018 10:30 – 11:30 AM Central Time (US & Canada)  


Registration and Access to Webinar:

This is a free event.  Please RSVP at Eventbrite to receive the webinar link.

You may join via VOIP, Landline or cell phone.

Call Number In USA: US +1.404.400.8750 or +1.857.706.3435  


Event Cost: Free


RUs to Attendee: 0.1 RUs  


For Questions:  Please contact our Education Chair (Norma Antunano):  Norma Antunano norma.antunano@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.