For Immediate Release
Milwaukee, Wis., April 19, 2017 — ASQ will present its Distinguished Service Medals and 13 other Society Medals April 30 in Charlotte, N.C., prior to its annual World Conference on Quality and Improvement.
ASQ is the leading authority on quality and recognizes recipients for their innovative contributions and achievements in quality. Winners’ exemplary achievements are representative of the ideas and tools that make our world work better.
Each individual will be recognized during ASQ’s annual business meeting, Sunday, April 30.
Distinguished Service Medal winners
ASQ’s Distinguished Service Medal represents the highest distinction for service from ASQ and honors the lifetime contribution of any person who has been recognized as a long-term enabler, catalyst or prime mover in the quality movement. The Distinguished Service Medals for 2016 have been awarded to:
Robert E. King, GOAL/QPC (retired), IAQ Publications, Salem, N.H. — For a distinguished career of leadership in adapting, improving, clarifying and communicating a vast array of leading edge quality, innovation and design principles and methods worldwide, enabling practitioners at all levels to contribute to performance excellence in industries, schools and communities, and for facilitating and conducting research and application activities that have enhanced the quality of life for the benefit of humankind.
2017 Society Medals
Crosby Medal presented to Roderick Munro, RAM Q Universe Inc., Lewes, Del. — For distinguished commitment, dedication and leadership to the foundations of the Six Sigma community and the Quality Profession through guiding parishioners and beginners in the philosophy and application of the principles, methods and techniques of Six Sigma Green Belts
Crosby Medal presented to Daniel J. Zrymiak, Accenture, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada — For distinguished commitment, dedication and leadership to the foundations of the Six Sigma community and the Quality Profession through guiding parishioners and beginners in the philosophy and application of the principles, methods and techniques of Six Sigma Green Belts
Crosby Medal presented to Govindarajan Ramu, SunPower Corp., San Jose, Calif. — For distinguished commitment, dedication and leadership to the foundations of the Six Sigma community and the Quality Profession through guiding parishioners and beginners in the philosophy and application of the principles, methods and techniques of Six Sigma Green Belts.
Deming Medal presented to David Langford, Langford International Inc., Molt, Mont. — In appreciation of your long-lasting efforts to transform education with Dr. Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge in order to restore joy to learning
Feigenbaum Medal presented to Dr. Alessio Griffoni, OSRAM SpA, Treviso, Italy — For contributions to the understanding, improvement and promotion of the reliability of innovative electronic and optoelectronic technologies
Grant Medal presented to John Vandenbemden, Q-Met-Tech LLC, Union, Ky. — For outstanding contribution as a leader in the development of Lean Six Sigma educational programs; for significant impact as an education provider to quality practitioners; and for exceptional leadership in the development of a CQT exam preparatory course.
Freund-Marquardt Medal presented to Dr. Nigel Howard Croft, Campinas, SP, Brazil — For his passion, dedication and leadership in the application of quality management principles to the development, promotion and implementation of quality management system standards on a global scale, for over twenty years.
Hromi Medal presented to C. Robert Pennella, U.S. Department of Defense (Retired), Springfield, N.J. — For significant and dedicated contributions as an author, inspector, quality engineer, educator and member leader. Specifically for authoring Managing the Metrology System and Managing Contract Quality Requirements, for creating the ASQ North Jersey Section’s Inspector/Quality Technician of the year award, and for devoted service to the DoD Defense Logistics Agency.
Hutchens Medal presented to Marty T. Neese, SunPower Corp., San Jose, Calif. — As an advocate for environmental and social responsibility, Marty Neese has been instrumental in establishing a sustainability ethos within SunPower. His vision and voice have inspired employees globally to create and implement innovative and award-winning programs related to social entrepreneurship, access to energy, education and sustainable manufacturing and products.
Juran Medal presented to Jack Welch, Jack Welch Management Institute, Herndon, Va. — After adopting Motorola’s Six Sigma model in 1995, Mr. Welch served as Chairman & CEO of GE until he reached retirement in 2001. In 1999, Fortune named him the "Manager of the Century," and the Financial Times recently named him one of the three most admired business leaders in the world today. By the end of 2000, two-thirds of the largest companies in the U.S. followed Jack's lead. His vision to make GE a Six Sigma quality company is still emulated by many business leaders today. He has delivered on that aspiration for GE to produce virtually defect-free products, services and transactions. Mr. Welch has always been thought of as a leader in quality.
Lancaster Medal presented to Elizabeth M. Keim, Integrated Quality Resources LLC, Niwot, Colo. — For the outstanding role model she has presented to the global fraternity of quality serving both as an exceptional professional coach, teacher, and goodwill ambassador for quality by promoting quality across five continents over the past ten years
Shainin Medal presented to Craig Hysong, Shainin, Detroit, Mich. — For the development of a patented method of design conflict detection based upon a functional description of a new product or process
Shewhart Medal presented to Dr. David M. Steinberg, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel — For the fundamental research in the design of industrial experiments, especially robust design experiments, and for outstanding technical service as Editor of Technometrics.
Brumbaugh Award presented to R. Jock Mackay, Stefan Steiner, of the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada; and Yi Lu, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada — For co-authoring the paper, “Assessing Binary Measurement Systems and Inspection Protocols Utilizing Follow-up Data,” published in 2016 in Quality Engineering, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp. 329-336.
Gryna Award presented to Brandon Phillips, Texas A&M University- Central Texas, Killeen, Texas; Daniel Peak, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas; Victor R. Prybutok, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas — For co-authoring the paper, ‘SNSQUAL: A Social Networking Site Quality Model,’ published in 2016 in Quality Management Journal.
ASQ World Conference Keynotes
The ASQ 2017 World Conference on Quality and Improvement, May 1–3, will feature five keynotes speakers, including Jeremy Gutsche, entrepreneur, CEO, innovation expert and best-selling author; Celeste Headlee, award-winning journalist and author of “Heard Mentality: An A to Z Guide to Taking Your Radio Show or Podcast from Idea to Hit”;Kelly McGonigal, psychologist and lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business; Geoff Colvin, senior editor-at-large, Fortune Magazine, and best-selling author/commentator on business and economic issues; and Dr. Sebastian Wernicke, chief data scientist at One Logic.
ASQ’s conference will feature sessions that will cover topics including quality fundamentals, leadership and innovation that are critical to a variety of industries.
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, with its world headquarters in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, operates regional centers in the U.S. and Canada, North Asia, South Asia, Latin America and Middle East and Africa. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies and training at asq.org.