ASQ - Aviation/Space and Defense Division

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A History of the Aviation/Space and Defense Division of ASQ

Since 1954, the Aviation/Space and Defense Division has been devoted to quality related activities as they involve the aviation, space and defense industries.

Among the areas of involvement, the most significant contributions have occurred at the Secretary of Defense level regarding government standards, specifically MIL-Q-9858 and MIL-I-45208. Accordingly, the Division has influenced the interpretation and implementation of basic specifications. Beginning in the 1960s, the Division originated and sponsored DCAS forums that served to educate and update industry on quality policies and new developments within the DoD.

In the 1980s, the Division began to organize major conferences addressing commercial aviation, space, defense and international maintenance issues: the Conference on Quality in Commercial Aviation (CQCA), the Conference on Quality in the Space and Defense Industries (CQSDI), and the International Maintenance Symposium (IMS). The IMS was merged with the CQCA in 1999. All of these meetings bring together an international audience and involve key leaders from such organizations as the FAA, other civil air authorities, the armed forces, NASA and several international space agencies.

As a part of ASQ, the Division takes great pride in noting that four past chairpersons have ascended to the presidency of ASQ. Among those to earn this distinction are J.Y. McClure, Jay Leek, Spencer Hutchens, Jr., and Peter Andres.  A complete list of A/S&D Division chairpersons follows:

  • * J.Y. McClure 1954-1956
  • Herbert B. Epstine 1956-1957
  • Ralph D. Humphries 1957-1958
  • P. E. Allen 1958-1959
  • William A. MacCrehan, Jr. 1959-1960
  • David R. Archibald 1960-1961
  • Erwin F. Taylor 1961-1962
  • Kenneth L. Jones 1962-1963
  • Harry D. Greiner 1963-1964
  • Steve S. Kozich 1964-1965
  • Gilbert L. Maton 1965-1966
  • Sterling S. Smith 1966-1967
  • Jack M. Wilkerson 1967-1968
  • Raymond A. Dotey 1968-1969
  • Donald N. Erkvall 1969-1970
  • Daniel J. Ryan 1970-1971
  • John S. McDermond 1971-1972
  • John W. Comish 1972-1973
  • George J. Branin 1973-1974
  • T. J. Winning 1974-1975
  • * Jay W. Leek 1975-1976
  • Merlin V. Seel 1976-1977
  • Henry DeZwart 1977-1978
  • Norman G. Head 1978-1979
  • Robert E. Guptill 1979-1980
  • Frank R. Silwak 1980-1981
  • Eugene H. McAdams 1981-1982
  • Eugene M. Barker 1982-1983
  • Ian B. Alexandre 1983-1984
  • * Spencer Hutchens, Jr. 1984-1985
  • William Goeller 1985-1986
  • Lester G. Lemay 1986-1987
  • Frank C. Collins, Jr. 1987-1988
  • N. James Wilson 1988-1989
  • William J. Ortwein 1989-1990
  • James D. Mull 1990-1991
  • Raimonda Scime 1991-1992
  • Pat M. Vaughan 1992-1993
  • Davina A. Henderson 1993-1994
  • Albert L. Parker 1994-1995
  • I. Michael Thomas 1995-1996
  • Kenneth Hylander 1996-1998
  • Wayne Haesel 1998-1999
  • * Peter L. Andres 1999-2001
  • Rudy Kays 2001-2003
  • Michael Dreikorn 2003 - 2006
  • Debra Harrison 2006-2009
  • Steven Meyer 2009-2011
  • Ryan Nowosielski 2012 - 2013
  • Michael Swenson 2014 - 2015
  • Lee Tait 2016 - present

 

* Denotes Past Division Chair who become President of ASQ.

 

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