25 Leaders of the Quality Movement Named ASQ Fellows

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ASQ recently named 25 quality movement leaders as Fellows, a prestigious title to those who make exceptional contributions to the quality profession.

ASQ Fellows are leaders in the quality movement, making quality a personal ethic, an organizational imperative and a global priority.

The ASQ Board of Directors in November awarded Fellow status to 25 ASQ members for achieving distinction and pre-eminence in the technology, theory, education, application or management of quality control.

ASQ Fellows represent diverse industries on a global scale. The 2012 Fellows come from companies and organizations such as Chrysler, Beechcraft Corp., James Madison University, the U.S. Department of Commerce Seafood Inspection Program and Seoul National University. ASQ currently has more than 600 active Fellows.

“ASQ Fellows are leaders in the quality movement, making quality a personal ethic, an organizational imperative and a global priority,” said ASQ Chair John Timmerman. “As Fellows, ASQ acknowledges their tremendous contribution to quality and their commitment to making the world we live in better through quality.”

According to ASQ bylaws, Fellow membership status may be awarded to those individuals who have been ASQ members in good standing and meet the following criteria:
-- Have at least 15 years of quality-related experience.
-- Achieve requirements across six professional categories.
-- Are sponsored by peers and endorsed by their ASQ section and/or division.
-- Have been a Senior member for five years or longer.

The new Fellows will be honored at a ceremony at ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement held May 6-8 in Indianapolis, Ind.

The 2012 ASQ new Fellows, in alphabetical order, are:

Ram R. Bishu, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb. — For ongoing training of quality management professionals on topics including statistical process control, Six Sigma, process reengineering through design of experiments, and configuration of quality in information systems. His experience in product and process evaluation and use of sophisticated statistical techniques provide invaluable knowledge to a generation of quality advocates.

John H. Breckline, Key Quality Consulting, Fort Worth and Haslet, Texas — For exemplifying a quality ideology and servant leadership in all he does; for driving quality disciplines in all functions of his professional environment, leading his organization to performance excellence; and for his involvement in community service organizations by bringing quality principles to the forefront to achieve customer focus and continuous improvement.

Terrance A. Burns, Burns & Associates, Inc., Richmond, Va. — For outstanding leadership in the promotion of quality management system certification, improving the professionalism of auditors through training and mentoring, and long-term contributions to ASQ and state quality award processes.

Randy G. Canfield, Union Bank, Los Angeles — For outstanding leadership in the quality profession across a wide range of disciplines including high-tech manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, financial services, public education, and software. Also, for continuing action in related fields of data accuracy and process improvement.

Michael J. Dreikorn, The IPL Group LLC, Bokeelia, Fla. — For his outstanding leadership in Aviation, Space & Defense (AS&D) quality and performance, guidance of the organization of international AS&D quality leaders, leadership in developing the AS&D Body of Knowledge, outreach in organizing the maritime quality field, knowledgeable contributions through publications, and for his mentorship of young quality professionals.

Marc P. Kelemen, NanoSynopsis Consulting LLC, Westlake, Ohio — In recognition of decades of dedication to continuous improvement, nanotechnology, sustainability, and workforce development as well as leadership roles with ASQ sections, regions, and divisions.

Andre Kleyner, Delphi Electronics & Safety, Kokomo, Ind. — For exceptional achievements in the reliability field as an educator and prolific contributor to advancing quality and reliability sciences in the areas of reliability analysis and warranty management, and for long-term dedication to teaching, lecturing, and mentoring others in quality and reliability engineering in industry and academia settings.

Robert E. Kukla, The CI Group Inc., Edwardsburg, Mich. — For outstanding contributions as a versatile quality professional practicing diverse quality activities including QS 9000 and ISO 9001, for leadership in quality education activities, and as a mentor and motivator in the ASQ section leadership.

Nicholas C. Leifeld, Serigraph Inc., West Bend, Wis. — For outstanding contributions to the ASQ Milwaukee Section as membership chairman, member of the Economic Case for Quality Committee, for college teaching activities as well as for contributions to the state of Wisconsin as a board member for the Wisconsin Forward Award, and to the nation as an MBNQA examiner.

Eric D. Mead, Beechcraft Corp., Wichita, Kan. — For his contribution to quality professionals through dedicated support of ASQ at the section and division levels, distinguished contributions through volunteer service focusing on quality and education, tireless and passionate mentoring of his peers, and exemplifying leadership in promoting quality initiatives throughout the society, community, and industry.

Michael G. O’Connor, Medtronic Inc., Minneapolis, Minn. — For being a dedicated medical device professional who has supported quality and has been a member of ASQ for many years, and for his countless years of experience and contributions in quality areas that led to the commercialization of biomedical technology products and the delivery of many reliable medical devices.

Sung Hyun Park, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea — For advancing the field of statistical quality control and Six Sigma in Korea by authoring statistics and quality management books, and through leadership as a teacher of statistical methods, quality management principles, and continuous improvement principles.

Michael A. Parrillo, Lapp Group, Florham Park, N.J. — For outstanding contributions and leadership in support of local and regional ASQ activities, for his contributions to many section leadership positions, for advanced technical expertise through preparing other professionals for ASQ certification examination and for setting an example through his professionalism and certifications awarded.

Teresa Laurene Pratt, TE Connectivity, Winston-Salem, N.C. and Plexus International, Minneapolis, Minn. — For outstanding sustained contributions to the global automotive industry and for promoting, publishing, and teaching lean quality management systems and the process approach to auditing.

Nicole Radziwill, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va. — For outstanding and innovative cross-disciplinary contributions to teaching and research in quality, for promoting social responsibility through quality and process improvement as a form of community service, and for continuing service to the quality profession through ASQ sections, divisions, and interest groups.

Timothy J. Robinson, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo. — For outstanding contributions in advancing quality in environmental and ecological monitoring, and for significant research contributions in design of experiments and robust parameter design, and as a trainer of statistical thinking to a wide variety of disciplines.

Debashis Sarkar, Asia’s Service Lean Pioneer and Author, Mumbai, India — For sustained leadership in service performance improvement and pioneering the application of lean principles to service organization in Asia, for the development of a model approach to service lean transformation and creation of numerous tools for service transformation through publications and leadership in quality efforts.

Lalith Nimal Senaweera, Sri Lanka Standards Institution, Colombo, Sri Lanka — For leadership in the development and implementation of the Sri Lanka national certification program for quality management systems, for multiple contributions to the successful establishing of the Sri Lanka National Quality Award program, and for authorship of seven books on quality, improving the quality consciousness in Sri Lanka businesses.

Dilip Anand Shah, E=mc3 Solutions, Medina, Ohio — For his continued contributions to the metrology and quality community, for fostering mutual relationships with allied professional organizations, for promoting the Society’s vision and extension education, and for increasing the Society’s visibility to other organizations and the public.

Stefan H. Steiner, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada — For substantial research contributions in process monitoring, measurement system assessment, and statistical engineering, for highly productive collaborative consulting, and for contributions to the profession through publications and editorial review.

Jerry L. VerDuft, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, Calif. — In recognition of sustained leadership within the Society at multiple levels, for consistent demonstration of quality improvement principles within aerospace in government service, the private sector, and in academia, and for innovative leadership within the Society in both technical committees and through section leadership.

Stuart Walker, Teleflex, Research Triangle Park, N.C. — For outstanding contributions to the ASQ Raleigh Section and the Society by serving in multiple leadership positions, and for educating, training, and mentoring personnel with various levels of experience from multiple industries in auditing, quality management, quality standards, and quality tools.

Steven Ellison Wilson, USDC Seafood Inspection Program, Silver Spring, Md. — For being a champion of quality improvement and food safety within the government, and for providing outstanding leadership to the ASQ board of directors and the Division Affairs Council.

Guangbin Yang, Chrysler, Auburn Hills, Mich. — For outstanding innovation and contributions to the development and application of advanced reliability methods for product design, accelerated testing, and warranty analysis that have improved reliability, reduced design costs, and shortened the design and testing cycle.

Mohamed Zairi, European Centre for Best Practice Management, Keighley, United Kingdom — For dedicated scholarship in benchmarking and best practice management, international leadership and promotion of total quality management, for pioneering expansion of education in quality throughout the Arab community by founding the first licensed, recognized online university in the United Arab Emirates and for founding the Saudi Arabia chapter of ASQ.    

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. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with national service centers in China, India, and Mexico. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies, and training at http://www.asq.org.

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