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ASQ Announces 2020 Fellow Citations

Milwaukee, Wis., April 29, 2020 — ASQ has named eight members as Fellows for their achievements and contributions to the advancement of quality.

ASQ 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 role models in the quality community,” said ASQ Chair Austin S. Lin. “These individuals bring so much passion, not just to the profession, but to the Society and we are proud to have them join our Fellows community.”

Due to the cancellation of ASQ’s 2020 annual conference, the new Fellows will be recognized in a ceremony prior to ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement held May 20201 in Anaheim, Calif.

The 2020 ASQ Fellows, in alphabetical order, are:

Lawrence Bartkus, Retired, Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA – “For outstanding contributions in advancing quality through original theory and techniques in experimental design, analysis, robust parameter design, process optimization, and quality assessment; for collaborations that bridge industry and academy; for advancing statistical thinking in companies through an internal statistics curriculum; for service to the profession, promoting use of quality engineering principles for strategic advantage in industry; and for significant contribution at both section and division levels and continued dedication to ASQ and quality profession.”

Sachin Garg, Adani Group, Mumbai, India – “For his outstanding leadership in implementing quality and business excellence practices in multiple organizations leading to sustainable business results; for building technical competence required to teach quality concepts within his organization and external assignments; and for spreading the global voice of quality through local member communities in India.”

Karen J. Hulting, Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN – “For outstanding contributions and leadership in statistical methods and quality technologies in the medical device industry; for excellence in mentoring and education in process and measurement system qualification, control, and monitoring; and for serving ASQ through certification, conference, and technical community activities.”

Kandy Samy, Microsoft Corp., Redmond, WA – “For exceptional contributions developing, promoting, and inspiring the advancement of quality practices across global technology corporations; driving business process transformation and enterprise data management to grow more revenue, exceed customer satisfaction, and improve operational efficiency; for the development of innovative application of quality methods; and for prompting the advancement of others through mentoring, training, and continual support to the Society as a speaker, author, contributor, and leader.”

Leonard D. Shifflett, LDS Quality Solutions, LLC. Cedar Park, TX – “For exceptional leadership in the implementation and execution of effective quality management systems and supply chain quality systems; for inspiring quality professionals to pursue quality knowledge, skills, and ASQ certifications; and for volunteering to support ASQ as a contributing book author, participation in steering committees, and instructing ASQ certification classes.”

Theresa L. Utlaut, Intel Corporation, Hillsboro, OR – “For outstanding leadership and accomplishments in implementing quality and process improvement projects; for extraordinary commitment to the development and teaching of courses; for exceptional dedication while mentoring others; and for the passionate promotion of quality and statistics.”

Nikhil (Nick) Vyas, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA – “For outstanding leadership in implementing supply chain quality systems, breakthrough process improvements, and tools for clients in healthcare, service, military, retail, and government; for leading LED in implementing its global strategy to deliver more value to its overseas members and the organizations they serve; and for creating Lean Enterprise Solutions for continuous improvement initiatives and learning.”

Kevin White, Eastman, Kingsport, TN – “For outstanding service to the ASQ Chemical and Process Industries Division and the Fall Technical Conference; for statistical leadership in industry; and for promoting the concepts and applications of statistical thinking, understanding variation, process capability, and measurement systems analysis through employer training courses, conference presentations, and publications.”

About ASQ
ASQ is the leading membership association to help quality professionals achieve their career goals and drive excellence through quality in their organizations and industries.

ASQ provides expertise, knowledge, networks, and solutions to a global membership of individuals and organizations spanning more than 140 countries. ASQ was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., USA.

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