Following are a few articles from the Fall 1998 edition of the ELECTRONICS DIVISION Newsletter, "CONTINUITY", edited by David Rivera.
If you are an ED member and did not receive this newsletter please let David know by email. If you are not an ED member, but would like to join, just call ASQ at (800) 248-1946 and tell them that you want to join the Electronics Division.
From the Chair
Neil PedersenIn my first newsletter message I would first like to welcome all those reading this message on the Electronics Division web page (www.asqed.org). If everything occurs per plan visitors to the ED web site were able to read this message and some of the information in this issue of Continuity before the hardcopy was distributed. The communications of the Electronics Division are finally moving into the electronic age! I encourage you all to check out our web site. We're still under construction but this site has the most current news, conference information, calls for papers, leadership roster, etc. I want to thank Woody Rabon our Internet Chair for all his efforts to enhance our web presence and David Rivera providing a high quality printed newsletter for those of us not comfortable with surfing of any kind.
I would also like to thank the past ED chairs for their mentoring and encouragement. Al Stoltz recruited me as Region 12 Councilor when I attended the AQC in Nashville early this decade. Later, Bill Trappen, Woody Rabon and Lowell Tomlinson pulled me further into the leadership of the Electronics Division. Additional thanks go to the ED members who volunteered to fill recently opened leadership positions within the ED. Ray A. Klotz is our new Vice-Chair of Technical Activities (And 1998 Grant Award winner). Anisia Kowalchuk is our new McDermond Award Chair. Bill Gomorra takes over as Region 12 Councilor allowing me to pass on one of my ED hats. I'd also like to thank George Koons who has been McDermond Award Chair for as long as I can recall. He played an instrumental part in the ED achieving two consecutive McDermond Top Achiever Level Awards and completed the 1997-1998 award submission that may bring the Electronics Division Lowell Tomlinson's hard fraught McDermond Award hat trick.
Special thanks to Lowell for his leadership of the Division from July 1996 though July 1998. In addition to bringing the Division a second Top Achiever Award his tenure included the further development of an Electronics Division Strategic Plan. I have taken that plan and mapped it to the ASQ five-year strategic plan communicated at the 52nd AQC held in Philadelphia. The Division has a strong plan to lead us to increased service to you our customers. See my summary in the Continuity or on our web site. One area that requires a lot of help from our membership is the development of Section Champions who will assist our Regional Councilors to identify how we can increase our level of service at the Section level. Please use the volunteer form in the Continuity or contact your Regional Councilor. The volunteer form can also be used for other leadership positions.
Please consider attending RAMS (January 18 - 21 in Washington, D.C.) co-sponsored by the Electronics Division. All members should have received a conference brochure thanks to the efforts of out East Coast RAMS liaison, Joe Hancox who was also honored as an ASQ fellow this year. If you did not receive the brochure, visit the conference web site at http://www.rams.org or contact Raymond W. Sears, FAX/Phone 1-603-863-2832 (8 AM - 10PM EST) or via email to obtain a registration form. The Division will hold a Council Meeting with a teleconference for those who can't attend in person and also a Strategic Planning Meeting. Details will be on line and in the Winter Continuity later this year.
Elsewhere on our web site and in the Continuity please review the Call for Papers to be presented at the Rochester Section's 55th Annual Quality Conference, March 1999 and the Electronics Division track at the 53rd AQC, May 24-26 in Anaheim, CA. Bill Trappen our AQC Chair is looking for a few more papers before finalizing the program. That's all for now.
Best regards until we connect again.
1998-99 Electronics Division Strategic PlanLast January at the RAMS conference in Anaheim, CA the Strategic Planning Committee of the Electronics Division revised our Division's strategic plan. In May at the Annual Quality Congress in Philadelphia, the American Society for Quality communicated its five-year strategic plan. Just after the conference, Ron Kingen, ASQ's President-Elect communicated the ASQ's targeted strategies for 1998-99 and asked all Sections and Divisions to devote their resources to these strategies and only address other Division strategies as resources allowed.
A review of the strategic plan developed at RAMS shows that all but two of the ED plans map to the ASQ targeted strategies for 1998-99. The other two map to ASQ strategies with focus deferred until later in the five year plan.
ASQ MissionASQ advances individual and organizational performance excellence worldwide by providing opportunities for learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange.
To be the world's leading authority on and recognized champion on issues related to quality in electronics.
A. By 2004, ASQ will be our member's best resource
for achieving professional and organizational
Prioritized ASQ Strategies for 1998-99 ED Plan
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