American Society for Quality

Southern Connecticut Section 0301

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About Section 0301


As my tenure as the Section 0301 Chair comes to the end, I just want to say that it's been an honor and a pleasure to serve the Section that I've been a part of for two decades. The programs we've put together and the visits to local companies have been most enjoyable as well as educational. I think we've met the changes and challenges of the ever changing ASQ landscape well, and that's in no small way because of the great leadership team we have in our Section. I want to thank Mike D'Onofrio especially who became our Regional Director during my tenure, for his guidance and leadership through all of this. Longtime section member and colleague David Steeves graciously accepted my nomination for Section Chair at our last meeting, and not surprisingly was unanimously voted in. Congratulations to Dave, and I know he'll do a fabulous job as our Chair for the next two years. I want to thank all the members of our section, especially those who joined us for the programs, for being part of this great organization, and I encourage all of you to take part in one or more of the programs in the coming year. I wish all of you and your families a happy, safe, and blessed Holiday season.

Ron DeRosa


Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2010

Estimation of Performance Quality for Highly Engineered Products

Place: Blue Goose Restaurant, 326 Ferry Blvd (CT 130), Stratford, CT, 203-375-9130

Directions: From Stamford: Take I-95 to Exit 32 (W Broad St/Stratford.) Exit 32 turns slightly right and becomes W Broad St. After 0.2 miles turn left onto Main St. After 0.2 miles, turn right onto E Broadway. After 0.5 miles slight left onto Ferry Blvd. Restaurant will be on the right.

From New Haven: Take I-95 to Exit 34 (US-1/Milford.) Turn right onto US-1/Bridgeport Ave. Follow US-1 for 1.4 miles. Slight left onto Barnum Ave Cutoff. After 0.2 miles, slight left onto Barnum Ave (signs for CT-130 W.) Merge onto Ferry Blvd. Restaurant will be on the left.


  • 5:30pm Informal Networking
  • 6:30pm Dinner
  • 7:30pm Speaker

Cost: $25.00 (NOTE: Anyone can attend the presentation only at no charge)


Reservations are requested via e-mail to Tony Pedro at Please make your reservations by Tuesday December 11, 2018. Include your name, phone number and number of people attending.

Speaker: Christopher Kaswer

Summary: Many engineers don't realize the power they possess to influence the performance quality of the products they design. This presentation will explore methods and tools available to engineers that help estimate the quality of the performance characteristic(s) they design their products to achieve. We'll consider situations that span from "hand calculation" approaches to more complicated processes that predict quality levels through the use of DOEs conducted within advanced engineering analysis codes like ANSYS. The end-goal of all these methods is to estimate the Defects per Million (DPM) of the performance measure of interest and understand the factors that most influence the output performance. When these efforts are conducted properly, they support robust design activity as a fringe benefit.

About the Speaker: Christopher Kaswer received his BSME from the University of Connecticut and his MSME from the University of Rochester. His 34 years of industrial experience includes quality, manufacturing, testing, metrology, applications engineering, design and analytical engineering. He has worked for Kodak, General Motors, The Torrington Company, Otis Elevator, Jacobs Vehicle Systems and has been with Medtronic the past 7+ years. Chris manages a small advanced engineering group that provides support with CAD modeling, engineering analysis, general mentoring and establishes engineering best practices for the Medtronic R&D organization located in North Haven.


The ASQ Southern Connecticut Section 301 usually meets the second Wednesday of the month between September and June unless otherwise indicated below. Please note that meeting dates, speakers, topics and venues are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control. Please check the Meeting Notice on this web page or the appropriate newsletter for the latest meeting details.

Date: September 12, 2018
Joint Meeting with Danbury Section (306)
Place: Roberto's Restaurant(Monroe)
Topic: A Brief Introduction to the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence
Speaker: Jordan Munn

Date: October 10, 2018
Place: Blue Goose (Stratford)
Topic: How to Plan for Reliability Growth throughout NPD
Speaker: Michelle Grasso

Date: November 15, 2018
Joint Meeting with APICS and ASQ New Haven Chapters
Place: University of New Haven (West Haven)
Topic: 3D Printing
Speaker Dr. Maria-Isabel Carnasciali

Date: December 12, 2018
Place: Blue Goose (Stratford)
Topic: Estimation of Performance Quality for Highly Engineered Products
Speaker Christopher Kaswer

Date: January 16, 2019
Joint Meeting with APICS, ASQ New Haven & ISM-CT
Place: Honeywell Fire Safety (Northford)
Topic: Supplier Quality Management
Speaker Joseph A. DeFeo

Date: February 13, 2019
Place: TBD
Topic: TBD
Speaker TBD

Date: March 13, 2019
Place: TBD
Topic: TBD
Speaker TBD

Date: April 10 or 17, 2019
Joint Meeting with New Haven Section (305)
Place: TBD
Topic: TBD
Speaker TBD

Date: May 8, 2019
Place: TBD
Topic: TBD
Speaker TBD

Date: June 12, 2019
Place: TBD
Topic: Scholarship Presentation, Volunteer Appreciation


ASQ recently launched myASQ, an online community of practice. Per a recent ASQ press release, my ASQ is "a centralized online community providing timely, relevant and customizable engagement for ASQ members and quality professionals around the globe.

myASQ will allow quality professionals to interact with like-minded individuals with whom they can network and discuss popular topics facing the greater quality community. Key features of the new platform include discussion boards, blogs, news and events listings.

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myASQ replaces ASQ's previous community platform, building on existing strengths such as communication, collaboration and social sharing while enhancing the ability to serve audience segments through personalization and the development of communities."

With the launch of myASQ, the Southern Connecticut Section 301 mini website will be retired in the near future.

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