ASQ to Recognize Innovative Contributions and Achievements in Quality

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ASQ, celebrating 70 years in 2016, announced its awards winners recently who will be honored in May. The recipients are recognized for their innovative contributions and achievements in quality.

The award winners are recognized for innovative contribution and achievements in quality.

ASQ, celebrating 70 years in 2016, announced recently its award winners who will be honored at ASQ's World Conference on Quality and Improvement in May in Milwaukee, Wis.

ASQ will present its Distinguished Service Medals and 10 other Society Medals May 15 in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, prior to its annual World Conference on Quality and Improvement.

ASQ, celebrating its 70th year in 2016, is the leading authority on quality in all fields, organizations and industries, and recognizes recipients for their innovative contributions and achievements in quality. Winners’ exemplary achievements are representative of the ideas and tools that make our world work better.

Each individual will be recognized during ASQ’s Annual Business Meeting, Sunday, May 15.

Distinguished Service Medal winners
ASQ’s Distinguished Service Medal represents the highest distinction for service from ASQ and honors the lifetime contribution of any person who has been recognized as a long-term enabler, catalyst or prime mover in the quality movement. The Distinguished Service Medals for 2016 have been awarded to:

Paul E. Borawski, Vernal Management Consultants, Milwaukee, Wis. — For long-term dedicated leadership and exceptional strategic guidance of the world’s premier quality organization; for communicating and promoting the vision of quality and ASQ globally; and for stimulating and advancing the use of quality concepts and principles across a wide variety of engineering and scientific societies.

Harry S. Hertz, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md. — For dedicated leadership of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, having the vision to embrace quality in the nontraditional areas of health care, education and nonprofits in addition to traditional areas; for skillfully interpreting the leading edge of validated management practice; and for communicating widely to enhance the use of quality-based management concepts and principles worldwide for the benefit of humankind.

John J. Knappenberger, ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, Milwaukee, Wis. — For sustained dedicated service to the accreditation and standards community through his exceptional executive leadership of the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board and its precursor organizations in both volunteer and professional staff capacities for two and a half decades, which has reflected great credit upon the reputation of ASQ.

Ronald Snee, Snee Associates LLC, Newark, Del. — For creation of advanced experimental methodologies in statistical analysis and graphical representation of data, developing the concepts of statistical thinking and engineering for application as approaches to structured process development and analytical problem solving; and for sustained contributions to the advancement of the body of knowledge for both business excellence and Lean Six Sigma initiatives.

Ken Stephens, retired, Sun City Center, Fla. — For being recognized as a long-term enabler, catalyst, and prime mover for worldwide quality; for his demonstrated dedication, exceptional contributions, exemplary leadership and sustained service on behalf of multiple global quality societies in promoting quality principles, applications and methods; for exceptionally dedicated contributions in education through teaching at universities and colleges in the USA and abroad; for outstanding contributions to the quality community through publications, presentations, seminars, workshops, coaching and mentoring around the world; for demonstrating extraordinary efforts as UNIDO's technical assistance adviser for industrial development in Austria, China, Ethiopia, Mauritius, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, Turkey, et al.

2016 Society Medals:
Crosby Medal presented to T.M. Kubiak, Performance Improvement Solutions, Fort Mohave, Ariz. — For distinguished dedication and leadership in the Six Sigma community through several books; and for leading and guiding parishioners in the philosophy and application of the principles, methods and techniques of Six Sigma Black Belts and Master Black Belts. The Crosby Medal for 2016 is for “The Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt Handbook” and “The ASQ Pocket Guide for the Certified Six Sigma Black Belt.”

Deming Medal presented to Rocco J. Perla, Health Leads, Boston, Mass. — For his work advancing the science of improvement; for his work as an integrator of scientific disciplines; and for his contribution to the teaching of applied statistical thinking worldwide.

Edwards Medal presented to Krishan Kumar, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., Gurgaon, Haryana, India — For outstanding contributions to the Indian automotive sector through inspiring leadership and education in total quality management, Six Sigma methodology and customer satisfaction. His efforts have built a sustainable process and expansion of the industry.

Feigenbaum Medal presented to Tina Kanti Agustiady, Agustiady Lean Six Sigma, Tampa, Fla. — For demonstration of early career professionalism through the publication of five well-received books; for service as elected president of the Lean Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers; and for active teaching and coaching of Lean Six Sigma projects supporting the health care, food and chemical industries.

Freund-Marquardt Medal presented to Joe Cascio, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. — For leadership and dedication in the development of international standards in environmental management and sustainability; for application of environmental quality management principles in both public and private sectors; and for guidance provided through his numerous publications on the subject.

Hutchens Medal presented to Vijay Chheda, Bidada Sarvodaya Trust, Los Angeles, California — For his life-long commitment to serve patients without access and resources by organizing an eye, dental, medical and surgical camp every year for the past 41 years, thus nurturing social responsibility awareness with Bidada Hospital in India.

Juran Medal presented to Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corp., Japan — For bringing Toyota back from a difficult time of quality issues to unparalleled levels of quality and customer satisfaction. As CEO and founder, he has led and lives by the Toyota Production System. His testimony to Congress and strategic shift to refocus on quality was extremely public. He has always been thought of as a leader in quality. By most measures, this never changed during the issues and recalls in the 2009 timeframe. He has been a tremendous model for others in how to humbly work to improve quality.

Lancaster Medal presented to Tang Xiaofen, Shanghai Association for Quality, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China — For establishing collaborative relationships with national, regional and global quality organizations; for leadership in the promotion and dissemination of scientific and managerial methods for quality practices within China and Asia; and for founding the Shanghai Association for Quality and the Shanghai Academy for Quality Management, World Partners of ASQ.

Shainin Medal presented to Jeanenne “Jd” Marhevko, Accuride Corp., Evansville, Ind. — For in-depth development and execution of the Hoshin Kanri process in a nonprofit environment through the use of an interactive “Rubik’s-like” cube to share and demonstrate hands-on use and enable in-depth understanding and process execution.

Shewhart Medal presented to Connie Margaret Borror, Arizona State University West, Glendale, Ariz. — For outstanding leadership, teaching and research in the development and application of statistical techniques for engineering and industrial needs in the areas of response surface design, robust parameter design, measurement systems and quality control.

2016 Society Awards
Brumbaugh Award presented to Necip Doganaksoy, GE, Schenectady, N.Y. — For co-authoring the paper, “An Application of the Linear Errors-in-Variables Model in Semiconductor Device Performance Assessment,” published in 2015 in Quality Engineering, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp. 500-511.

Brumbaugh Award presented to Hans van Meer, Applied Materials, Gloucester, Mass. — For co-authoring the paper, “An Application of the Linear Errors-in-Variables Model in Semiconductor Device Performance Assessment,” published in 2015 in Quality Engineering, Volume 27, Issue 4, pp. 500-511.

Gryna Award presented to Dana M. Johnson, School of Business and Economics, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Mich. — For co-authoring the paper, “SEM of Service Quality to Predict Overall Patient Satisfaction in Medical Clinics: A Case Study,” published in 2015 in Quality Management Journal, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 18-36.

Gryna Award presented to Roberta S. Russell, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg Va. — For co-authoring the paper, “SEM of Service Quality to Predict Overall Patient Satisfaction in Medical Clinics: A Case Study,” published in 2015 in Quality Management Journal, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 18-36.

About ASQ
ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. Celebrating 70 years in 2016, ASQ, with its world headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, operates regional centers in the U.S. and Canada, North Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Middle East and Africa. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies and training at

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