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Stephen is a Senior Member of ASQ, Past Metropolitan Section Chair and is a certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE).

June Member Gift: Happy 50th Anniversary to ASQ’s Certifications!

Happy 50th Anniversary to ASQ’s Certifications!

ASQ’s first certification exam was held in 1968. Now, 50 years later, ASQ has granted nearly 500,000 certifications around the world and across industries.

In this gift ASQ is celebrating this incredible milestone with lots of resources for you, whether you’re considering a certification, preparing for an exam, or already certified and maintaining your professional requirements.

We hope you enjoy this very special gift, and thanks again for being a champion of quality!

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

Did You Also Know?

By maintaining an active membership with ASQ, you are able to receive 0.5 RUs per 12 months of membership.

Visit asq.org/cert/recertification for more information about recertification.

May Member Gift Bundle

DID YOU KNOW that you have access to nearly 40,000 ASQ quality resources including articles, case studies, industry reports, tools and templates, topic introductions, free e-books, webcasts and videos, sample chapters, newsletters, and expert blogs?

With so many resources available to ASQ members, we thought it would be helpful to remind you of all the ideas, applications, and solutions you can access when you need them and where to find them. Plus, we’ve included lots of free bonuses with this gift, too!

  • New Member Benefit for Full Members! 25 years of the Quality Management Journal and nearly 50 years of the Journal of Quality Technology
  • Five of our most popular webcast series, including a seven-part series on Basic Quality Tools
  • ASQTV video introductions to quality topics, along with tips and best practices from industry leaders
  • Career resources, including expert articles, career coach videos, an annual salary report, a free newsletter, and a full Career Center with updated nationwide job postings


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Section Meeting: Workforce Issues for NJ Manufacturers – The Need for Skilled Workers

Join us for the June 2018 section meeting where Ray Vaccari will share with us the state of NJ’s manufacturing industry, focusing on its workforce issues. NJ has 11,000 manufacturing companies, 90% of which have 50 or less employees. Most of these companies do not have HR departments to help find and develop the skilled workers they need to continue operations and grow in the future. This talk will focus on the issues manufacturers have due to the shortage of skilled workers. Ray will discuss programs the NJ Dept. of Labor has implemented to help train incumbent and new workers. He will also present what educators are doing, particularly in the Career Technical Education (CTE) schools (aka votechs), private schools, community colleges and four year universities. One solution that NJIT has developed is the MechaFORCE Registered Internship Manufacturing Program, M-RIM, in which NJIT acts as a sponsor for apprenticeships, or registered internships, for NJ manufacturers.

DATE, TIME & PLACE: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Spanish Tavern, 103 McWhorter Street – Newark, NJ 07105 (MapIt)
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Section Meeting: A Clog in the Wheel of Quality Management

The risk of fraud is very real and unfortunately, happens often. Fraudulent activities have always been woven within the corporate fabric and cuts across industries, businesses and governmental establishments. History has shown that the impact of fraud can be catastrophic and have a lasting adverse effect. Fraud events have increased in recent years due to a variety of reasons including the financial benefit, opportunity, motive, justification or rationalization. Certainly, its awareness, prevention and early detection are very important in sustaining a quality management system. The discussion will include:

  • Lessons Learned: Con Edison’s fight against fraud.
  • The common areas of fraud risk and the key red flags to look for.
  • A discussion of factors that create a perfect environment for fraud to thrive.
  • An understanding of the components of quality management and how fraud hinders its achievement.
  • Resourceful ways of combating fraud.

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Former NY/NJ Section Chair Dak Murthy has passed away

Photo Dak MurthyWith profound regret, we, Crishna Murthy, wife of Dak Murthy, and Mihir Murthy, son of Dak Murthy, announce the passing of Dak Murthy this morning. Dak valiantly fought for more than 6 years with progressive muscle atrophy, but succumbed to its wrath in the end. Undoubtedly, the disease has proved that it is far bigger, mightier than any one of us could conquer. Dak experienced massive respiratory distress and could not recover from it.

Dak leaves behind his wife, Crishna Murthy, an attorney, and his only child, Mihir Murthy, an engineer, three brothers, three sisters, and nieces, nephews,cousins, and vast number of friends and colleagues.

Dak just reached 65 on January 5th. He was born in Chennai (Madras) and lived his first 30 years in Chennai. He graduated as an engineer from Anna University in Chennai, India and worked nearly 10 years before migrating to USA.

Dak completed his Masters from NJIT and obtained professional engineering license. He also obtained a number of ASQ certifications and held regular teaching sessions to promote quality. He has been working for NJ Transit for 32 years, and for the last 11 years, as Director of Quality. He volunteered hundreds of hours to American Society of Quality, both locally and as a Team judge.

Before passing away, Dak expressed and wanted to convey his deep sense of gratitude to all of you for helping, especially during the last brutal six years of his life.

The viewing will be held at Franklin Memorial Park between 9am-11am.
http://www.franklinmemorialpark.org/

In lieu of flowers, please donate your tax deductible donation to:
Joan Dancy & PALS (People with ALS) Foundation
Riverview Medical Center
One Riverview Plaza
PO Box 8157
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Ksperring@joandancyandpals.org Joandancyandpals.org

ASQ NJIT Fall Ott Conference – October 9th, 2017

Join us for the ASQ NJIT Fall Ott Conference on Visual Factory Management, Collaborative Robotics, Lean six-sigma Methods, Tools and Case Studies, organized by the NJIT ASQ Student Leadership Team: Michelle Vollo, President, Jovana Stijovic and Jelena Stijovic, Vice Presidents, Avery Bechtel, Program Chair, Philip Lelikov, Secretary, Terry Asante, Educational Chair, and Paul G Ranky, Founding Academic Advisor.

Several presenters will discuss Visual Factory Management, Collaborative Robotics, Lean six-sigma Methods, Tools and Case Studies in academia, as well as in industry. The core focus is Zero Defect Devices, Production, Service and Systems, including Root Cause Analysis (RCA). Root Cause Analysis is an essential first step when starting a six-sigma study for process improvement by controlling variations. RCA is generally applicable in situations where a defect occurs and there is a possibility that it might be beneficial to identify and address the real cause so that the situation does not occur again.

Every session will follow an interactive workshop style.

Event Date & Time: October 9, 2017, 6 to 9 pm

Location: NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Newark, NJ 07102, GITC building, room 2305

www.njit.edu (Parking is available, please email Dr Ranky: ranky@njit.edu well in advance; thanks!)
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