David A. Treffs, Master Black Belt

David Treffs has nearly 30 years of technical, quality assurance, consulting, training and management experience in design, manufacturing and distribution processes within the photographic-system industry and consultative training.

Treffs served as Polaroid’s Manager of Quality Assurance for nine years. In that capacity, he managed and leveraged corporate resources and provided direction to help solve a variety of quality problems in many areas of Polaroid. He also established and managed the Corporate Quality Audit, which helped to assure that quality standards of domestic and overseas cameras, film and flash sources were consistently met. While at Polaroid, Treffs extensively used Taguchi methods to ensure robust performance of processes and products. As a charter faculty member at Polaroid’s training facility, he designed and taught a 208-hour Statistical Engineering and a 104-hour Design of Experiments course for more than 1,000 students.

As a senior consultant and master trainer for Rath and Strong, Treffs has prepared and taught Six Sigma courses to many Rath and Strong clients, including GE Capital, and involving hundreds of students. Some of the curriculum he has developed includes understanding Six Sigma metrics, statistical process control and capability, design of experiments, business simulations to illustrate and apply the concepts of Six Sigma and executive-level introductions to six sigma. Treffs has also been a lead facilitator in Six Sigma Champion training, where participants were senior managers at both division and department levels. He has also coached and facilitated re-engineering projects for client organizations in banking, health care, insurance, computers and service.

Treffs is a senior member of the American Society for Quality. He is an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer. He has a master's degree in engineering management from Northeastern University, and has also earned post-graduate certification in advanced educational study in educational research, measurement, and evaluation from Boston College.

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