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2018 Annual Section Awards and Recognition Dinner

The NY/NJ Metropolitan Section will be hosting it’s annual Holiday/Awards Dinner to recognize and thank those individuals who have worked so hard to plan and implement the Section’s events over the past year. Please come and join the celebration

Date: Saturday December 1st at 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Location: The Manor, 111 Prospect Ave., West Orange, NJ (MapIt)

Registration: Deadline for registration is November 26th

January 2019 Section Meeting: How are internal audit departments tracking the risks introduced by Robotic Process Automation?

Join our monthly section meeting where David Kahan will demystify Robotic Process Automation (RPA), outline its benefits, share predictions and provide insights on how organizations may proactively address the risk and control implications of RPA implementations.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology allows organizations to automate high-volume, deterministic, system-based tasks by introducing a virtual workforce of “robots.” This technology can dramatically reduce costs, while improving service levels, data quality and reducing risk. The financial services industry has embraced RPA as a disruptive force that challenges the current state of business operations while simultaneously aligning with organizational drivers. Risk and Control considerations have been recognized as foundational components of a successful RPA program, yet sometimes perceived as burdensome and therefore may be sidestepped due to competing agendas (e.g. speed to market).
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November Member Gift Bundle

Complex Problem Solving

In this new ASQ member gift, ASQ is sharing lots of resources on various methodologies for complex problem solving, including root cause analysis, DMAIC, and 8D, to name a few. With advanced manufacturing and Quality 4.0 upon us, studies have shown that quality professionals with adept problem-solving skills will be more likely to survive and thrive. So, we’re here to get you ready! Access your member gift today!

Looking for ways to earn recertification units(RUs)? Viewing all the web-casts in this month’s member gift equals approximately 4.0 hours (or 0.4 RUs) of home study activity under courses. Visit asq.org/cert/recertification for details.

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Your exclusive member gift will be available through November 30, 2018.

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

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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September Member Gift Bundle

Organizational, Team, and Individual Excellence

In this new and exclusive gift, we’ll be learning and sharing lots of great resources on excellence! Whether you’re focused on personal, team, or organizational excellence, there’s something here for you.

We’ve gathered the following resources:
Best-selling eBooks – Insights to Performance Excellence and Best Practice in Team Excellence
Expert webcasts series – Team Excellence and An Introduction to Excellence Framework
ASQTV videos – New approach to acheiving organizational and team sucess along with tips and best practices from industry leaders
Downloadable content, including multiple industry case studies, benchmarking reports, articles
And much more…so access this gift today before it’s gone!

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November 2018 Section Meeting: Smart, Feedback Controlled, On-demand Manufacturing Systems To Enable Zero-defect Production

Smart, Feedback Controlled, On-demand Manufacturing Systems To Enable Zero-defect Production:
2018 Fall Mini Ott ASQ NJIT Quality Conference

Following this ASQ tradition, this Fall we are pleased to take our attendees to the new NJIT Makerspace, a $11.6 million hi-tech facility. During this even we’ll focus on how companies should focus on their digital quality transformation journey supported by smart feedback controlled manufacturing and fabrication systems to enable zero-defect / outstanding quality production. A very exciting topic, that can save huge amounts for any organization! The quality methods, tools and practical examples presented are applicable to almost any factory, organization / business.

In the first half of the program we’ll visit our new Makerspacer laboratory at NJIT to explain and demonstrate how smart, feedback controlled, on-demand manufacturing and fabrication systems can enable zero-defect production results.

In the second half of the program we’ll join another laboratory to perform our Quality Analysis and Modeling Methods Using Lean Six-sigma Statistical Tools by Paul G Ranky and his students.

Date & Time: Tuesday, 11/13/2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: This will take place in the NJIT GITC building, room 2305. Newark, NJ
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