For Immediate Release
Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 4, 2012 — ASQ has awarded its Richard A. Freund International Scholarship to Salah Ahmad, a University of Houston student earning a master’s degree in mechanical engineering technology and technology project management.
Ahmad, of Pakistan, was awarded the $5,000 scholarship, which is named after a past ASQ president and supports a quality professional’s graduate studies.
"The committee was impressed with his undergraduate and graduate study and work combining mechanical technology and continuous improvement," said Chuck Aubrey, Freund Scholarship chair and ASQ past chair. "In addition, Ahmad exemplified a commitment and action toward social responsibility and volunteer work."
Aside from his studies, Ahmad is working to implement total quality management and Lean Six Sigma methodologies at a Houston-area oil and gas equipment manufacturer. He also helped establish the University of Houston ASQ student chapter.
"From an early age, I have been fascinated with engineering and its relationship to quality," Ahmad said. "I was very fortunate to have met Dr. (Farouk) Attia early in my undergraduate studies at the University of Houston, and to have taken a course in quality control from him that sparked my interest in the field. This scholarship will help me focus on my studies, ensuring that quality is always a part of my life, both personal and professional."
About the Freund Scholarship
The Richard A. Freund International Scholarship honors the memory of Richard A. Freund, a past president of ASQ (1972–73). Freund was recognized internationally for his contributions to quality, international goodwill and tireless scholarship. Awarded since 1994, the scholarship supports a candidate’s graduate study of the theory and application of quality control, quality assurance, quality improvement and total quality management. It covers the engineering, statistical, managerial and behavioral foundations of those fields. The scholarship is offered to ASQ members and nonmembers worldwide.
ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with national service centers in China, India and Mexico. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies and training at www.asq.org.