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Collaboration on Quality in the Space and Defense Industries

March 9 - 10, 2021  

New Paradigms in Quality:
Our World Has Changed 


This event will feature high level industry and government keynote and featured speakers along with new panel topics on Digital Transformation, Commercial Space regulations, advancements in Additive Manufacturing from a customer’s perspective, and mentoring strategies for our emerging Millennial workforce. We have also included workshops on Cyber Security, Small Supplier perspectives, Supply Chain Risk, and Quality for the new quality professional.

With the continued support of the ASQ Aviation, Space & Defense Division and the industry volunteers on the committee, we look forward to seeing you at the 2020 CQSDI.

Session 1
Join us to learn about innovative solutions for remote presence, manufacturing, field service, warehouse solutions, mentoring, training, auditing and inspections across multiple industries using various IT platforms and technologies. You will hear about success stories across a variety of platforms and industries, lessons learned and deployment recommendations.

March 9, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST

10:00 a.m. - Opening Speaker, Jennifer Kunz, NASA SES

10:15 a.m. - Panel Discussion: New technologies related to/required to perform things virtually

Panel Moderator:  Amber Rowson, Show Me Quality

Panelists: Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA): Workforce digitalization & strategic partnerships

  • Craig Bennett, DCMA Headquarters NASA Subject Matter Expert
  • Joe Tessier, DCMA Headquarters Senior Quality Specialist
  • Raytheon Supplier Technologies: Covering the basics & key things to be aware of when implementing virtual inspection technologies
  • Marc Short, Supplier Quality Business Operations Manager
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Developer/Customer duo to showcase JPL’s use of Microsoft Hololens
  • Sasha Samochina, Deputy Manager of Ops Lab, ProtoSpace Project Lead, Technical Group Supervisor
  • Heather Stefanini, Electronic Fabrication (E-Fab) Manufacturing Engineering Lead
    Honeywell Process Solutions: Connected worker concept & use of RealWear smart glasses
  • Veronica Turner, Plant and Personnel Safety Business Leader
Session 2

Systems engineering has traditionally defined system requirements and verification methods/events to ensure system compliance upon delivery.  Verification methods have typically included Inspection, analysis, demonstration, and test.  Inspection in particular has involved inspection of physical hardware and components, source code inspection, and review of data sheet specifications or drawings.  Many of these methods are proving to be obsolete due to the remote capability, complexity, and security of new cyber systems. This panel will address these challenges and explore options for product compliance verification using new virtual inspection techniques and practices.  Specific examples to be cited are the Inspection of Physical Hardware, Technical Data Packages, and Supplier Source Inspections.

March 10, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EST

10:00 a.m. - Opening Speaker: Amy Coffman: Director for Cyberspace Mission Support (ICM), Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

10:15 a.m. - Panel Discussion: Information Cyber Security challenges moving towards virtual inspection

Panel Moderator: Lisa Fenton, Director, Quality and Mission Excellence, Navigation, Targeting & Survivability (NT&S), Northrop Grumman Mission Systems

Panelists: Northrop Grumman:

  • Chris Fallon, Manager Mission Systems Sector, Manager of Supplier Performance Manager
  • Rodney Warner, Lead Systems Engineer, Enterprise Services
  • Raytheon Technologies:
    Greg Piper, Director, Digital Solutions Architecture
    Marc Short, Business Operations Manager, Supplier Quality
  • Ball Aerospace & Technology Corp:
    Keith Kernes, Sr. Project Engineer, Security & Mission Assurance
    Robert Pollard, Director, Execution Assurance, Security & Mission Assurance


2021 CQSDI Conference


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