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Inspection Division Conference

September 30, 2021 | Virtual


Inspection Division Conference


The ASQ Inspection Division Conference in 2021 will be held on September 30th
from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. US Mountain Time  

Online Platform

$50 Regular Admission Registration Fee
$25 Students 
Sponsors are welcomed as well. Click here to learn more.

This intimate conference will be virtual (online) with breakout room sessions and provide attendees the opportunity to learn new techniques from, and network with, leading industry experts which in turn will enable them to effectively address their biggest challenges and opportunities. Numerous exhibitors will be available in exhibitor rooms to demonstrate virtually the latest inspection equipment the market has to offer. In addition, for attendees to encounter how organizations successfully deploy operational excellence, the conference is offering 2 virtual track options focused on:

(1) Inspection

(2) Leadership

Please join the Inspection Division and Salt Lake City Section as they share knowledge and provide explanation to how Operational Excellence in this time will enable attendees to get positive results both in business and personally. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn one recertification unit (RU). 

Pre-Conference Course Opportunity 

Date: Monday, September 27th - Tuesday, September 28th 
Time: 6:00 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mountain Time (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time)
Location: Online Platform - WebEx
1.6 RU will be awarded to participants

The Inspection Division presents Certified Quality Inspector certification preparation in conjunction with the Inspection Division Virtual Conference. Please visit the Inspection Division myASQ Community to learn more about this CQI Prep Course

Course fees: $624 (members); $724 (non-members)

Conference Schedule

The conference will run 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a variety of sessions throughout the day and breaks built into the schedule to visit the sponsors' break out rooms. 

Keynote 1: 7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 
David Ryeson & Pratik Agrawal, Leading Change with Quality 4.0 

Keynote 2: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Dr. Nicole Radziwill, Overview of Digital Transformation and Quality 4.0


Theme for the Conference:  

Operational excellence requires strong leadership and is demonstrated through outstanding results. It is an integrated approach to organizational performance management that results in delivery of ever-improving value to customers and stakeholders, contributing to ongoing organizational success; improvement of an organization’s overall effectiveness and capabilities; and learning for the organization and for people in the workforce. The pandemic has caused organizations to change and adapt.

This conference will engage quality practitioners in a dialogue that will inspire, motivate, educate, prepare and support members of the global quality community so that they will leave with the necessary skills and knowledge to lead their organization towards excellence in the face of challenges and crisis. This event focuses on identifying ways of putting ideas and learnings into action at all levels in an organization. The knowledge gained will assist individuals and organizations in lowering operational risk and operating costs, thus increases revenues and helping them achieve their business objectives.

Message from Conference Chair

Message from ASQ Inspection Division Conference Chair – Tash R. Baksh

This conference is for everyone, just as Quality 4.0 is for all industries. Attendees will  learn about how Industry 4.0 and Quality 4.0 can help improve quality and performance in their teams or organizations.  As well as gain valuable into Industry 4.0 technologies. Persons seeking to make sense of performance metrics will gain valuable insight into Industry 4.0 and the world of Quality 4.0. 

You will discover how to navigate the connected, intelligent, and automated ecosystems of infrastructure, people, objects, machines, and data.  Speakers will provide methodologies for sifting through the noise around Artificial intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR), big data, blockchain, cybersecurity, and other rising technologies and emerging issues to find the meaningful signals for your organization. 

Risks and changes ahead are undeniable. This conference promises to deliver practical tools that attendees can implement in the world of exciting and overwhelming-technology.  Attendees will encounter solutions using lessons from past work to mitigate the risks faced today. This conference will introduce you to the knowledge and skills you need to understand Quality 4.0, and to leverage practically, those tools you may use for the future success of your team or organization.


Tash R. Baksh

Manager Quality, Health, Safety, Security, Environment, & Operational Excellence
Tash R. Baksh
Email: tash.baksh@ppiquality.com

API Q1 Lead Technical Auditor; API Q2 Lead Technical Auditor; IACET Train the Trainer;
MSc Project Management; BSc BioChemistry; BSc Civil Engineering.
Certified Responsible Care Management System Auditor (RC14001)
Certified Environmental Management System Master Auditor
Certified ISO 45001 Occupational, Health & Safety Master Auditor 
Certified Occupational, Health & Safety Master Auditor
Certified Quality Management System Master Auditor
Certified Skill Examiner Exemplar Global
Chair, ASSP Gulf Coast Chapter Energy Corridor Section


Keynote 1: Leading Change with Quality 4.0

7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. 


Boston Consulting Group Logo

Industry 4.0 is changing the way the world works. And with the pairing of these advanced digital technologies and proven best quality practices.  Quality 4.0 has emerged to drive quality performance and effectiveness in order to establish faster, more flexible, and more efficient processes.

Join Boston Consulting Group and the ASQ Inspection Division as they share findings from their manufacturing Quality 4.0 research study, conducted in partnership with the German Association for Quality (DGQ).

David Ryeson

  David Ryeson

   Partner and Associate Director
   Boston Consulting Group
   Detroit, MI

Dave Ryeson is a core member of their Operation Practice and leads the Quality Topic for the Americas.  He focuses on large-scale Lean and Quality transformations.  He co-leads BCG’s North American Innovation Center for Operations (ICO) where industry 4.0 concepts are demonstrated in a working/hands-on environment to shape the “art of the possible”.  Through his work, he has developed a great appreciation for what it takes to drive both the “technical” solutions and “cultural” transformation requirements to achieve breakthrough results.

Dave holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and BA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University.

Pratik Agrawal

  Pratik Agrawal

   Associate Director GAMMA
   Boston Consulting Group
   Chicago, IL

Pratik is a core member of BCG's GAMMA group that specializes in developing AI/ML based solutions in various industries across multiple functional areas. Prior to BCG, Pratik has worked in IoT analytics for Uptake; in Consumer Research R&D at IRI; machine learning engineering at Orbitz (Expedia), high frequency trading at Trading Technologies.  He is also lecturer at University of Chicago.

Pratik holds an MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business, an MS in Analytics from University of Chicago, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Chicago, and a BS in Electronics Engineering from Pune University.

Keynote 2: Overview of Digital Transformation and Quality 4.0

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

Ultranauts, Inc. Logo

Quality 4.0 is for all industries, learn about how Industry 4.0 and Quality 4.0 can help improve quality and performance in your team or company. Gain insights from 25 years of research and practice-exploring, implementing, and critically examining the quality and performance improvement aspects of what we now call Industry 4.0 technologies. Discover how to navigate the connected, intelligent, and automated ecosystems of infrastructure, people, objects, machines, and data. Sifting through the noise around AI, AR, big data, blockchain, cybersecurity, and other rising technologies and emerging issues to find the signals for your organization.  The changes ahead are fast, powerful, exciting, and overwhelming-and we can draw on the lessons from past work to mitigate the risks we face today. This talk will introduce you to the broad overall knowledge you need to understand Quality 4.0, and to leverage those things for the future success of your organization.

Dr. Nicole Radziwill


  Dr. Nicole Radziwill

   Senior VP of Quality and Strategy
   Ultranauts, Inc.

Dr. Nicole Radziwill is Senior VP of Quality and Strategy at Ultranauts, Inc., a majority-neurodivergent professional services firm based in New York City specializing in software test automation, data quality engineering, and quality-driven digital transformation. She uses data science and applied machine learning to explore quality and innovation in industrial systems with the R Statistical Software. She was formerly a tenured Associate Professor in the Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) program at JMU in Virginia.

Nicole is a Fellow of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), and Editor-in-Chief of Software Quality Professional. She is one of ASQ's Influential Voices and blogs at http://qualityandinnovation.com.

$50 Registration Fee ($25 Students)

Past Conference Materials