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March Section Meeting – Joint meeting with NJIT Student Section

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NJIT Campus Building
The section’s March meeting will be a joint meeting with the NJIT Student Section on March 4, 2013. The program will consist of diner followed by the following short presentations:

  • Welcome by Austin Lin, ASQ Section 300 Chair and 2013 Feigenbaum Medal recepient along with Dr Paul G Ranky, NJIT Professor, ASQ Member (15 mins plus Q/A)
  • Andrew Campbell and Heiko Sieling, Eastern Millwork, Inc., NJ: High Quality, Complex Woodworking Project Challenges and Solutions (30 mins plus Q/A)
  • Yijun Zheng and Paul G Ranky: Towards an Integrated Lean Six-sigma Statistical Methodology and Toolset For Digital Enterprise Improvement (30 mins plus Q/A)
  • Gregory N. Ranky: Sustainability and Energy Independence for the Future: Alternative Nuclear Fusion Approaches (30 mins plus Q/A)
  • Paul G Ranky: Continuous Quality Improvement Opportunities and Challenges for Small, Large and Megacities: a Multimedia Journey Around the World (30 mins plus Q/A)

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General Section Meeting and Spouse Night – A Ten Course Chinese Banquet in Chinatown – NYC

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Chinese Palace

The event will include:

  • Being a part of The Chinese New Year Celebration going on in Chinatown
  • A Ten Course Chinese Banquet
  • BYOB – Each person may bring their own beverage of choice

Seating is limited, so get your reservation in EARLY!
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Economic and Quality Trends in China: Challenges and Opportunities

Section Meeting – January 8th, 2013

I. Presentation overview—Lynn Tang, PhD, Associate Professor, College of New Jersey

China’s 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015) offers an important framework for China’s economic and social development. It is also a significant document for China’s partners in the world economy because it presents both opportunities to do business with China and challenges to compete with Chinese companies in the global marketplace. Policy makers should also heed to China’s call for accomplishing the Plan’s goals.

The presentation briefly describes the nature of the Plan and explains the implications of the Plan to US businesses. Emphasis is placed on opportunities in China for companies in the health, technology and environmental sectors over the next 5-10 years.

The presenter will encourage wide audience participation. Several simple questions will be posed to the audience at the beginning of the presentation to engage them in discussion. Participants will benefit from the presentation by learning about the planned direction of the Chinese economy over the next few years, the implications of China’s policies for domestic and international business, and the role that U.S. businesses can play in this new economic environment.

II. Presentation Overview—Irene Wei, PhD, CQA, CEO, CSR Pharma Services, Inc

Since 2001, when China entered the World Trade Organization, to today when China has hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008 and the World Expo in 2010, the country has evolved into the global low-cost Manufacturing powerhouse with a sizeable sovereign wealth of about USD $3 trillion. Beginning a new decade, we see a changing Healthcare and Life Sciences landscape in the 21st Century with China developing and becoming a new Global Epicenter for Life Sciences Research and Innovation. The U.S. may still be the world’s superpower, but China and India are rapidly vying for world dominance in Biopharma by adding more research and innovation to their life sciences industry. There is a growing competition among these three nations for biopharma enterprises and their jobs, as they all look to this industry (pharmaceutical and biotech) for future growth.

The presentation will briefly describe the current market landscape in China and summarize the implications of Quality to US health, technology and environment businesses. Emphasis will be placed on new regulations that may have relevance to other industries. The presenter will discuss challenges and opportunities in China for U.S. companies in this decade.
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November Section Meeting – Understanding Graduate Programs in Quality Management

If your interests are to advance your education, this presentation offers insight into the available Graduate Programs in Quality Management/Quality Assurance. Discussed will be the differences between the programs. This presentation is limited to only MS programs in the US, and also will not include certification programs, or those programs with an emphasis on Quality.
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Auditing Management Systems Workshop

Event CancelledThis workshop is designed for auditors-in-training, auditors, audit supervisors and audit managers who have responsibility for auditing processes within management systems (e.g., quality, environmental, health and safety, and security management systems) in accordance with the requirements of ISO 19011, ISO 9001, AS9100, ISO/TS16949 and similar standards.

The workshop covers in detail (a) the considerations for establishing the overall auditing system (b) the differences in the processes for internal audit, supplier audit and third party audit, and (c) the process for performing an individual audit of any management system, in addition to quality, environmental, health and safety management systems – other than a financial management system.

Upon completion of this workshop, one will be able to:

  • Use audit terminology;
  • Understand the differences among internal, supplier and third party auditing;
  • Understand the factors to be considered in establishing an integrated auditing system;
  • Design, and, implement an integrated auditing system;
  • Plan the auditing activities for a given time period;
  • Establish the audit objective – "compliance-based" or "effectiveness-based";
  • Establish the audit scope – "risk-based" or "non-risk based";
  • Determine data collections techniques – "system-based" / "program-based", "performance-based" and/or "results-based";
  • Lead the performance of any individual audit, step-by-step, in detail;
  • Manage and assess the effectiveness of the integrated auditing system.

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The 2013 Ott Conference is in the planning stage…

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NY/NJ Metropolitan Section
Ellis R. Ott Conference

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The 2013 Ott Conference is in the planning stage. Please check back soon for details.

The 2012 Coference
"Learn it Today, Use it Monday"
was a great success

About the 2012 Workshop

The Ellis R. Ott Workshops in 2012 feature hands-on seminars, this year focusing. data mining, modeling leadership organizational structures, and applying lean methods to institutional quality systems.

The workshop-based model emphasizes skills under the theme of "Learn it Today, Use it Monday" – tools that attendees will receive personalized, capped-class size instructor led tools that can be immediately re-applied upon returning to the office following the conference. As such, the conference provides attendees the opportunity to obtain an immediate return on the time invested. This year’s workshop outputs feature take-home, out of the box quality control methods using Excel macros, creating a "two page quality manual", or a tailored leadership model depending on the attendee’s area of interest.

To preserve the quality of the face to face instruction, class sizes are kept small and seats will be limited.

The 2012 conference featured three all-day workshops:

  • QI Macros and Data Mining — Jay Arthur
  • Leading Organizations to Excellence — Thomas Pyzdek
  • Creating a Leaner Quality Management System — Mike Micklewright

About the Ellis R. Ott Conference

The Ott conference, now in its sixth decade was founded by Ellis R. Ott, Rutgers professor and early proponent of statistical quality control methodologies in American industry. Originally initiated in the late 1940S as the All Day Quality Conference on Statistical Control and Statistics in Industry at Rutgers University, the NY/NJ Metropolitan Section is proud to continue the tradition of fostering practical quality skills in the ever evolving contemporary quality profession.

Registration fees are

On or before 20 May 2012

ASQ Member………………………$149.95
General/Non-ASQ Member……$174.95

After 20 May 2012

ASQ Member………………………$174.95
General/Non-ASQ Member……$199.95
Student Rate………………………..$ 34.95

To Register

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