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ASQ Grants “Fellow” Status to 21 Members

Milwaukee, Wis., October 22, 2008 – The American Society for Quality (ASQ) has awarded “Fellow” status to 21 members of the Society. These individuals were elected Fellows by ASQ’s board of directors in September 2008. In being elected Fellows, they are recognized as having achieved professional distinction and pre-eminence in the technology, theory, education, application, or management of quality control.

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:

bulletHave at least 15 years of quality-related experience
bulletMeet minimum score requirements across six professional categories
bulletAre sponsored by peers and endorsed by their ASQ section and/or division
bulletHave been a Senior member for five years or longer

“ASQ presents these men and woman with Fellow status to recognize the commitment they have made to making quality a personal ethic, an organizational imperative, and a global priority,” said ASQ President Roberto Saco. “They are leaders of the quality movement, and many may become the future leaders of ASQ.”

The new ASQ Fellows, in alphabetical order, are:

 Jonathon L. Andell, Andell Associates Consultants in Quality, Gilbert, Ariz. – For significant contributions to the quality assurance profession through quality management positions, consulting with Fortune 500 companies, pioneering work in the application of statistical methods to reduce emissions of substances that contribute to ozone layer depletion, and applying the tools of quality to improve other fields.

 S. AnilKumar, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Ranipet, Tamil Nadu, India – For his outstanding skills in integrating quality initiatives weaving TQM, Six Sigma, and balanced scorecard methodologies effectively; for being a role model assessor, facilitator, and trainer with converging skills for quality planning, control, and improvement; and for making quality learning fun through his crossword puzzles.

 Bruce D. DeRuntz, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill. – For significant contributions to the quality assurance profession through quality management positions, consulting, and developing and teaching quality methods courses for universities, industry clients, and international societies; and for extensive publications and presentation on the principles of Six Sigma.

  Necip Doğanaksoy, Global Research Center, Niskayuna, N.Y. – For his outstanding leadership in high-impact applications of statistics and statistical thinking to further quality improvement in product design, manufacturing, servicing, and business processes; for his numerous contributions to quality, reliability, and product improvement, as evidenced by his publications; and for his many years of service to the profession.

 B. Reddy Gottipolu, Fairview Health System, Eagan, Minn. – For a distinguished career and esteemed leadership in advancing quality concepts by conducting error proofing and quality improvement workshops for the automotive industry; for championing Six Sigma certification programs and advancing quality concepts in healthcare to improve the safety and quality of patient care; and for active participation on ASQ committees.

 Brian J. Horstman, Steelcase Inc., Caledonia, Mich. – For distinguished service, dedication, and significant contribution in the advancement of quality through his leadership; for promotion of quality concepts, tools, and methodologies by setting the example; and for his commitment to the development of other quality professionals through mentorship and training.

 David B. Levy, Levy Quality Consulting, LLC, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. – For outstanding dedication to the profession and practice of quality; for contributions in training and education of quality professionals dedicated to ASQ leadership; for implementing quality management systems; for training and professional conduct in the field of quality auditing; and for providing leadership at the section and organizational levels of ASQ.

 Joanne D. Mayo, Nortel, Cary, N.C. – For outstanding service to Raleigh Section 1113 and the society by establishing and leading an ISO support group and educating quality and non-quality professionals in auditing, quality management, environmental systems, Malcolm Baldrige, and Sarbanes Oxley; and for applying these concepts in a non-traditional corporate environment.

 Andrija Milivojevich, The Knowledge Management Group, Mississauga, ON, Canada – For exemplary work advancing quality and Six Sigma in corporate Canada; for being champion of innovation through statistical methods to resolve technical uncertainties in the Canadian business community; and for being a vocal promoter for quality and Six Sigma through the Canadian federal government's scientific research and experimental development tax incentive program.

 Raul F. Molteni, Molteni & Asociados, Buenos Aires, Argentina – For spreading and applying the best quality management practices in Argentina and South American countries; for creating Argentine and Paraguayan National Quality Awards; for championing quality circles, benchmarking, FMEA, QFD, and other techniques; for being a recognized leader of Lean Six Sigma techniques; and for creating national awareness for improvement.

 Vijayan N. Nair, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. – For significant research contributions to quality improvement; for editorial service to ASQ journals; and for leadership in promoting industrial statistics.

 Kim S. Niles, Alphatec Spine, Inc., Escondido, Calif. – For long-term support of San Diego Section 703; for long and outstanding assistance to members of the leadership team; for support of student participation in ASQ; and for ASQ participation in local charities.

 Gregory F. Piepel, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Wash. – For outstanding contributions to the experimental design and analysis of mixture experiments; for important applications of statistics and quality to nuclear waste immobilization; and for service to the profession.

 Steven Richard Pollock, Humana, Inc., Louisville, Ky. – For his career of leading quality improvement efforts and sharing his knowledge and wisdom through business sponsored initiatives and institutions of higher learning; and for embodying the best intentions of ASQ as a service and educational organization.

 Denise E. Robitaille, Robitaille Associates, Kingston, Mass. – For outstanding contributions in section leadership of Boston and Olde Colony sections; for international participation in ISO standards development; for international presentations of quality-related subjects such as effective corrective actions; and for authoring eight books related to quality and more than 60 published articles.

 Norma Simons, Simons-White & Associates, Ann Arbor, Mich. – For her commitment to and outstanding achievements in quality improvement through teaching, training, and publications; and for her dedicated service contributions to her section and the Society.

 Nicholas L. Squeglia, N.L. Squeglia & Associates, Essex, Conn. – For a lifetime of significant contributions and his commitment to the quality profession through teaching, training, and publications; and for his decades of dedicated service to the Society and the quality profession at the regional and section levels in many capacities.

 Sunil Thawani, Sama Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates – For his outstanding leadership in promoting, educating, and implementing TQM and business excellence concepts, tools, and methodologies; for sharing his rich and hands-on experience through his book, case studies, and presentations; for his significant contributions to business excellence award programs in U.A.E; and for promoting ASQ's interests in the region.

 Johan Veltmeyer, Griffith University, Robina, Queensland, Australia – For outstanding contributions to quality leadership and continued development throughout Australia by contributions to professional societies and specifically to sustained quality leadership in the Australian defence sector; and for distinction in the management and execution of quality-related activities for many years in several prominent Australian defence companies.

 Gamal S. Weheba, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kan. – For outstanding leadership in quality education activities by his teaching, writing, and promoting quality concepts; and for his service to the Society by devoted regional section leadership and management. 

 Linda Westfall, The Westfall Team, Plano, Tex. – For dedicated service to the field of software quality by chairing the effort to establish the Certified Software Quality Engineer certification; for chairing local and national software quality organizations and software quality conferences; and for promoting software quality through her presentations and publications.

The American Society for Quality,, has been the world's leading authority on quality for more than 60 years. With more than 90,000 individual and organizational members, the professional association advances learning, quality improvement and knowledge exchange to improve business results and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide. As a champion of the quality movement, ASQ offers technologies, concepts, tools and training to quality professionals, quality practitioners and everyday consumers, encouraging all to Make Good Great. ASQ has been the sole administrator of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award since 1991. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., ASQ is a founding partner of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), a prominent quarterly economic indicator, and also produces the Quarterly Quality Report.




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