Elections will soon be taking place for officers for all divisions of the American Society for Quality. The Energy and Environmental Division is one of several ASQ divisions that opt for two-year terms for officers. It takes almost a year to really learn what a division chair is supposed to do, and many divisions feel that a year goes by so fast that their chair is just getting up to speed when it is time to step down. So, EED provides a two-year term that gives greater stability to the division.Officers nominated for the 2003–2005 term are
- Chair: Jeffrey WorthingtonChair-Elect: Milton (J.R.) KowalewskiVice-Chair for Business Sectors: B.W. (Ben) MarguglioVice-Chair for Integrated Services: Tom KoeppVice-Chair for Administration: Saied GoudaSecretary: Greg MerkelTreasurer: Tom Kartachak
- Mike Gilman will serve as the Immediate Past-Chair.
Jeff Worthington has served the division for many years as a Technical Committee Chair and as Chair-Elect. Jeff organized the highly successful Green Track at the 2002 Annual Quality Congress and has organized the full lineup for another Green Track at the 2003 AQC. Jeff works with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C.J.R. Kowalewski has served the division for many years in several capacities. J.R. has extensive experience working on quality programs for major projects that have sensitive environmental impacts. J.R. has organized the division’s applications for the ASQ McDermond Award process for many years and was a presenter at the 2002 Annual Quality Congress. J.R. resides in Biloxi, Miss.
Ben Marguglio has served the division as a Vice-Chair for several years. Ben is organizing the 2003 Energy & Environmental Conference, which will be held in September 2003 in Las Vegas, Nev. Ben was one of the first quality professionals in the country to publish a book on the application of quality principles to environmental management. Ben works for Entergy in New York.
Tom Koepp has been a Technical Committee Chair for the division for many years and has organized the exhibitors at the division’s national conference. Tom has been a conference presenter at EED conferences on many occasions. Tom works with Bechtel-Jacobs in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Saied Gouda is Director of Energy Partnerships for Detroit Edison. Saied, along with other Detroit Edison staff, has been a presenter at several EED conferences and began serving as the division’s Vice-Chair for Administration in 2002.Greg Merkel chaired the division’s 2000 National Conference in Tucson, Ariz. and has served one term as the division’s Secretary. Greg works on the Salt River Project in Arizona.Tom Kartachak is organizing the technical program for the 2003 Energy and Environmental Program and has been a presenter at past division conferences. Tom works on environmental management for major projects with the Army’s Chemical De-Militarization Program.This slate of officers says a great deal about the diverse work in which division members are engaged. Division members often share a common interest in working on quality management systems in large, complex settings, including power generation, environmental remediation, and chemical management sites.The 2003–2005 officers will cover the country from Arizona in the west, Mississippi in the south, Detroit in the midwest, and over east to New York.How does one become a division officer? If you would like to take a leadership role in the division, it is important to do several things.First, you need to contribute to the division’s technical mission. Present papers at conferences, write articles that are posted on the Web site.Second, volunteer to take on a role. Help with a conference or chair a technical committee.Division officers need to be people who are recognized by their peers as solid contributors to the technical field and as reliable volunteers in leadership positions.