Passing of a Legend: William J. Latzko 1928 -2018

photo: William J. LatzkoIt is with great regret that we announce the passing of William J. Latzko. Bill was one of the founding members of the NY/NJ Metropolitan Section and will be missed. Bill left us on October 23, a few days shy of his 90th birthday.

William J Latzko, Ph.D., 89, Died on October 23, 2018 from complications of prostate cancer at Englewood Hospital, Englewood, New Jersey. He had been a resident of West New York, North Bergen and Teaneck, New Jersey. He was born October 28, 1928 in Rheydt, Germany and emigrated to the United States in 1939. He attended Fordham University, where he was Captain of the Fencing Team, and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1950. MBA, Rutgers University, 1956; Rutgers ABA Stonier Graduate School of Banking, 1978; Doctor of Philosophy, Kennedy-Western University, 2000. He is a member of Delta Pi Sigma and Beta Gamma Sigma.

He served as a first lieutenant United States Army Chemical Corps 1950-1953, Korea, earning a bronze star and unit combat citation for service under fire. He was a Life Member of the American Legion.

Dr Latzko began his commercial career as a chemical engineer at US Testing, progressing to a plant management position at the Joseph Dixon Crucible Company, followed by Director of Quality Control at Mundet Cork Corp until moving to become Director Management Science at CBS’s Columbia Record Company, New York City, until 1970. Vice President, Quality, Irving Trust Company, 1970-1983. He retired from banking and founded Latzko Associates, a management consultancy specializing in quality issues. In 1986 he published his first book, “Quality and Productivity for Bankers and Financial Managers (Quality and Reliability)”

In 1987, Dr. Latzko became an Adjunct Professor of Management Systems at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business. He received the Bene Merenti medal in 2007. He retired in 2016. He also taught at Columbia University and George Washington University.

Dr. Latzko was a Fellow of the American Society for Quality. A certified quality engineer, he was actively involved with the NJ/NJ Metropolitan Section of the ASQ, where he was section chair from 1976-1978 and again from 1999-2000. He received the Ellis R Ott award in 1984. Instrumental in the creation of the W Edwards Deming Award for quality, he received it in 1996. He was the author of more than twenty published papers on management quality. A long time associate of Dr W Edwards Deming, Dr. Latzko helped in Deming’s work with his clients and at many four-day Deming seminars. He was one of the few people in the world recognized by Deming as a ‘master’. He has applied Deming’s theory of management to help both government and companies affect a transformation or be well underway toward this goal. In 1993 Dr Latzko with his co-author wrote the definitive analysis of Dr Deming’s widely recognized Four Day seminar, the aptly titled “Four Days with Dr. Deming: A Strategy for Modern Methods of Management”

Dr. Latzko was a lifetime member of the American Philatelic Society, receiving his 50 year pin in 2017. For over 25 years, he has been a member of the Royal Philatelic Society London. He was a long time member of the Collectors Club of New York City. His last publication before his death was in the summer of 2018 regarding the stamps of Stellaland.

Bill Latzko was on the Board of Directors for the United States Fencing Association (previously Amateur Fencers League of America (AFLA)) 1954-1986, member executive committee, 1964-1986, national secretary, 1964-1972, national treasurer, 1982-1986. Cadre member of the United States Olympic fencing team, 1968, 1972. Board of Directors United States modern pentathlon, San Antonio, 1960-1965. He and his wife, Constance “Connie “Latzko, helped run fencing competitions from the local to the international level. As a judge with the Federation International d’Escrime, he officiated at many international fencing competitions at all levels including Modern Pentathlons, World Championships, and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Married to his beloved wife Connie from 1950 until her passing in 2014. He is survived by his daughter Victoria, his son Alexander, six grandchildren, and one great grandchild.

Those who wish may donate in Bill’s name to Peter Westbrook Foundation

Quality Engineer – Port Authority of NY & NJ

The Port Authority of NY & NJ has an opening for a Quality Engineer with experience inspecting Vertical Transportation Systems.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Assistant Chief Engineer, Quality Assurance and under the direct supervision of the Manager, Vertical Transportation, the successful candidate’s responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Perform acceptance inspections/audits of elevators, escalators, moving walks, and boilers for use.
  • Perform record audits of construction projects, including Special Inspection/Test Reports and Checklists to document non-conforming items and follow up for final disposition
  • Prepares Inspection/Test Reports with recommendations to place an equipment/unit into service.
  • Perform annual Post Construction Inspections/Tests for existing VT systems
  • Perform design review of VT systems

Qualifications

Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering from an accredited college or University or QEI Certified
  • Four plus years of related experience, inspecting Elevators, Escalators, Moving Walks, Dumb Waiters, Material Lifts, etc.
  • Working knowledge of building codes and mechanical/Electrical standards, including local and federal codes
  • Valid driver’s license

Desired

Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Professional Engineering License in NY & NJ
  • Master of Science in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and effective communication skills, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to establish rapport and maintain effective working relationships with peers and all levels of management
  • Demonstrated ability to reach sound judgment

Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume in the following link:
http://www.jointheportauthority.com/jobs/3234487-quality-assurance-engineer
or
email resumes to mhauser@panynj.gov with “Quality Engineer #33329” in the subject line

March 2019 Section Meeting: Implications of Automation and Artificial Intelligence for Improving Quality and Productivity

Please join us this month for an high level overview of using Artificial Intelligence in Insurance and Legal Industries lead by Faheem Munshi. Some practical business use cases will be reviewed which has or currently is improving quality/productivity and reducing risks across the organization. Also, top ethical issues in artificial intelligence such as biasness, job and data security will be discussed.

Presented By: Faheem MunshiPhoto: Faheem Munshi

  • Accomplished Manager and Leader with more than 12 years of experience in Process Improvement,
    Operational Excellence, Agile IT Project Management, Process Automation, Quality in Manufacturing & Finance industries.
  • Currently, Assistant Vice President in Process Excellence in AIG driving the strategy for implementing process automation, artificial intelligence solutions for AIG Global Legal Department.
  • Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Black Belt

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