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Collaboration on Quality in the Space and Defense Industries Forum

March 14 - 16, 2023

Cape Canaveral, Florida  

2023 CQSDI
Quality's New Norm: Agility, Adaptability, and Transformation… Quality Professionals’ Keys to success


The 30th CQSDI delivers content that is of interest to a broad range of quality and engineering professionals and is ASQ’s longest running Division event.

The program includes a variety of industry key note and featured speakers, panels, as well as interactive workshops. 

We have an option to once again do a half-day on Thursday, March 16. Please check back on this site or follow us on LinkedIn for updated information.



Senior level key note and featured speakers from NASA, MDA, DCMA, JPL, Commercial Space companies, Space Force, and Aerospace industry partners:

  • Mike Shields, Executive Director of Quality Assurance, DCMA   
  • Gina Woullard, VP, Mission Assurance, Aeronautics Systems, Northrop Grumman
  • Timothy McRae, Program Director, Ground-based Midcourse Defense, MDA
  • Wayne Monteith, Retired Brigadier General
  • Brian Kubik, VP of Quality for Missiles and Fire Control, Lockheed Martin
  • Willie Lyles, Director, Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate, NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Christopher Deluca, Director Specialty Engineering, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Research & Engineering
  • Michelle Miller, Senior VP of Security and Mission Assurance, Ball Aerospace
  • Steve Shih, Associate Administrator, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, NASA
  • Mark Bontrager, Technical Director, Launch and Range Operations, United States Space Force


Panel Topics:

Making the Case for Early Engagement of Quality in Program Lifecycle

  • Jeannette Plante, NASA Technical Fellow for Quality Engineering at NASA HQ
  • Derek Garcia, Procurement Quality Assurance Group Supervisor at Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Pamela Carvell, Quality Assurance Sr. Manager at Pfizer

  • Keeping Up with Supplier Risk Management 
    • Greg Schlegel, founder of the Supply Chain Consortium
    • Mike Kahler, Engineer, Ball Aerospace
    • Kanitra Tyler, Supply Chain Risk Management Service Element Lead, NASA

    Industry Associations and Their Role in the QA Universe

    • Craig Bennett, Chair, Joint Strategic Quality Council (DCMA HQ NASA SME)
    • Ann Jordan, ASQ CEO
    • Susie Neal, IAQG Sponsor and DCMA Industry Focal
    • Rick Roelecke, Chair, AIA Quality Assurance Council (Senior Engineering Manager, Supplier Assurance, Ball Aerospace)
    • Gery Mras, Director Lifecycle Management/ Aerospace Industries Association

    • Mentor/Mentee Panel: Challenges with Retention and Recruitment of the QA Workforce

      • John O’Donnell, Quality Assurance Section Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
      • Mike Kelly, Chief, Technical Excellence Office, NASA Safety Center
      • Bill Harris, Chief, Safety, Quality and Mission Assurance, MDA, GMD

      • New/Young Quality Professionals

        • Ashley Chonko, GBI QE Lead, Boeing GMD
        • Jason DeNovellis, MDCDP Participant, MDA/BCQ
        • Victoria Poitier, S&MA Aerospace Engineer, NASA KSC

        A Quality Mindset for Cybersecurity Challenges
        • Ron A. DavisChief Information Security Officer, Huntington Ingalls Industries
        • Jacob Horne, Chief Security Evangelist, Summit 7
        • Noble Dean, Director of Governance, Risk and Compliance, L3Harris Technologies

Interactive Workshops:

Supplier Evaluation – Basics to Hidden Secrets

  • Ed Mitchell, Space Mission Assurance, John Hopkins, Applied Physics Laboratory, Assistant Group Supervisor
  • Bruce Netherton, Lockheed Martin Supply Chain Manager
  • Richard Bandy, Ball Aerospace Principal Supplier Quality Engineer
  • Will Conn, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Supply Chain Manager

Successful Strategies to Enable a Quality Culture

  • Kim Withers, The Aerospace Corp. Principal Director, People and Organization Development
  • James Wade, Raytheon Technologies Engineering and Mission Assurance Leader

Audit Best Practices, Defect Trends and Corrective Action Tips

  • Fred Martin, Lockheed Martin Supplier Quality Manager
  • Maytelin Herrera-Batista, Lockheed Martin Staff Quality Auditor



Event Location

Radisson Hotel Conference Center
8701 Astronaut Boulevard
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920


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