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2019 ASQ Fellows to be Recognized before World Conference on Quality and Improvement

Milwaukee, Wis., March 25, 2019 — ASQ has named eight members as Fellows for their achievements and contributions to the advancement of quality. The new Fellows will be recognized in a ceremony prior to ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement held May 20-22 in Fort Worth.

ASQ currently has nearly 650 active Fellows who represent diverse industries on a global scale. Fellow membership status is awarded to individuals who are ASQ members in good standing and meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least 15 years of quality-related experience. 
  • Achieve requirements across six professional categories.
  • Are sponsored by peers and endorsed by their ASQ section or division. 
  • Have been an ASQ Senior member for five years or longer.

“ASQ Fellows are viewed as leaders in their industries and in the quality community,” said ASQ Chair Benito Flores. “These individuals are truly champions of quality, working to make our world a better place.”

The 2019 ASQ Fellows, in alphabetical order, are:

Joseph Robert DeSimone, DeSimone Quality International, San Pedro, CA – For his significant contributions to the advancement of quality through education and advising future quality professionals by instructing classes at universities, reviewing classes for ASQ exams internationally, and participating as a volunteer on many quality-focused organizations’ leadership teams.

Sheronda E. Jeffries, Cisco Systems, Research Triangle Park, NC – For her outstanding contribution to the improvement of ICT quality, establishing an educational forum for the ICT industry, demonstrating leadership in making TIA (formerly QuEST Forum) the first industry association to release a revised industry standard based on ISO 9001:2015, and providing training and consulting to educate others.

Jamison V. Kovach, University of Houston, Houston, TX – For her contributions in quality engineering management that have advanced the implementation of existing and development of new quality improvement methods through research from which students and practitioners have learned to solve problems on a project-by-project basis to enhance their organization’s performance and competitive advantage.

Willis A. Jensen, W.L. Gore, Flagstaff, AZ – For training students in quality-related courses, for statistical leadership in industry, significant research contributions, and presentations in statistical process control and experiment design, for his outstanding service to multiple ASQ journals, and for helping bridge the gap between the theory and practice of industrial statistics.

Alfred E. Miller, Consultant, Wichita, KS – For his outstanding commitment to ASQ and the advancement and promotion of statistical methods, for meeting quality, cost, and service productivity objectives in multiple industries, and for training more than 6,000 individuals in the concepts of statistical thinking using Six Sigma methodologies.

Michael S. Saccucci, Consumer Reports, Yonkers, NY – For his passion for educating students in the utility and power of statistical methods, and for excellence in the theory and application of statistics to develop and improve business systems.

Steven Sibrel, Harman International, Novi, MI – For his service to ASQ through local sections and outreach to the Michigan and Texas communities in state-level Baldrige efforts, for teaching and promoting quality techniques and methodologies, and for spreading the word of quality through presentations at various organizations.

Ben Tomic, Bombardier Aerospace, Toronto, ON, Canada – For promoting quality improvements in the manufacturing sector in Canada, for dedicated academic research in applications of the theory and practice of quality management, and for professional competence and quality leadership in the aerospace industry. 

For more information about the ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement, visit asq.org/conferences/wcqi.

About ASQ

ASQ, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA, is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With individual and organizational members in more than 140 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges.

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