ASQ Tucson Old Pueblo Section (TOPS)

The American Society for Quality (ASQ) has been the leading quality improvement organization in the United States for more than 50 years. Its members have initiated most of the quality methods used throughout the world, including statistical process control, quality cost measurement and control, total quality management, failure analysis, and zero defects.

Upcoming Events

MESA Southern Region Design Days – Volunteers needed @ University of Arizona
Feb 20 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Dear Friends of MESA,

We will host our MESA Southern Region Design Days on February 20 at the University of Arizona, and our Central Region Design Day on March 5 at Grand Canyon University.  At these events, approximately 300 youth from over thirty middle and high schools will attend to present their best designs for this year’s MESA Day competitions.  As with every year, we depend on professional volunteer support so that this can be a transformative, positive experience for our students. The time commitment for this event would be from about 7:00 am – 1:00 pm.

For this year’s competition, we are seeking judges to support the following design challenges:

  1. The Prosthetic Arm (MESA USA’s National Engineering Design Competition) 8-10 judges needed
    – This year’s challenge asks students to integrate Arduino components and programming.
  2. QESST Solar Car Challenge -2-3 judges needed
  3. Hydro Power Challenge (Water Wheel) – 6-8 judges needed
  4. Change Maker Challenge – 4-6 judges needed
  5. Duct Tape Survival Challenge  – 10-12 judges needed
  6. Egg Delivery Challenge – 6-8 judges needed
    – new event that asks students to create an egg launch and catch system
  7. Communication Revolution  – 4-6 judges needed
  8. Designer of the Day – 4-6 judges needed
  9. On-Site Design – 10-12 judges needed.

For information about each challenge please visit our website at

Please know that we do not expect all judges to be experts in these particular areas.  Rather, that we are looking for supportive adults that can ensure designs meet specifications, provide a safe testing atmosphere, and give constructive feedback to youth around their designs.  Your feedback will enable them to revisit their designs in preparation for the state competition in April, and possibly the national competition in Utah this summer.

Judges will be provided with a continental breakfast and lunch on the day of the event.

We will have a judge’s orientation on the Friday evening before the event from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. This orientation is not required. At the orientation judging teams will be able to discuss the judging logistics for their assigned challenge. Details about the orientation will follow.

Your support makes all the difference in making this event memorable for all involved.  If you are available to volunteer please complete the Judge Registration Form at

If you have any questions I can be reached at [email protected] or 520-626-2300.  Thank you for considering this request.

Manny León | Senior Coordinator, Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)

The University of Arizona Office of Early Academic Outreach

PO Box 210158

Tucson, AZ 85721

📞 520.626.2300 | FAX: 520.626.2307

[email protected]

APICS Tucson – Xerocraft Hackerspace February Tour @ Xerocraft Hackerspace
Feb 20 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

APICS Tucson – Xerocraft Hackerspace February Tour

Did you know that Tucson has it’s own laboratory where people collaborate on fabrication techniques and other skills?  Its Xerocraft Hackespace located at 101 W 6th St. (Suite 101)  Currently the hack lab holds classes on woodturning, sewing, and using a CNC router or Bridgeport Mill. Their members have access to a large array of equipment to complete personal projects.
A local youth program, called Bit Buckets Robotics, uses the facility to prepare their robotics team for competition.  The maker/crafter community is also building funds to initiate its own downtown radio station called KMKR.  We will check out what the space offers, with the help of a small group of hackerspace volunteers, on Saturday, February 20th starting at 11am.  We will also lasercut a Xerocraft sign to display in the Tucson APICS classroom.
CLICK for MAP                    CLICK for FREE REGISTRATION

Park on 9th Ave or in the lot SE of the building;  do not park directly south of the building in the fenced lot.

Lean & Six Sigma Conference: Feb 29, 2016 – Mar 1, 2016 in Phoenix
Feb 29 – Mar 1 all-day

Lean & Six Sigma Conference: Feb 29, 2016 – Mar 1, 2016 

Location: Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

More Information: 2016 Lean and Six Sigma Conference

SARSEF Judging Day
Mar 3 all-day

Please visit for complete information.

ASQ Tucson Board Meeting @ Hotel Tucson Inn Suites
Mar 7 @ 5:45 pm – 8:45 pm
Mar 10 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm



Communicate the science; the facts not the fiction,

Formulate with awareness and efficiency, deliver savings

     Thursday March 10, 2016, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim  CA

                  Continuing Education Credits Applied for: IFT/CFS, AND, ASQ

                                                           Speakers and Topics

DOMINIQUE BROSSARD, Ph.D., Life Sciences Communication UW, Wisconsin Madison.

Author “The Media, The Public, and Agricultural Biotechnology”


Get the facts back into your conversation; you are the voice of the technical community.

JIM PAINTER, PhD. RD, U of T-Houston, School of Public Health

Current Issues: FATS IN VOGUE, WHEAT WOES, u-oh GMOs

Misconceptions and Truth: Nutrition, Diets, Trends, Beliefs.  How did we get here?

FDA Presentation


Are you there yet? Focus on manufacturing, consumers and labeling

  1. TRUDI HUGHES, California League of Food Processors


Consideration for product design, execution, and manufacturing, COST EFFECTIVENESS = COMPLIANCE

  1. MICHELLE MADDAUS, P.E. and M.B.A., Principle Maddaus Water Management


How to re-use and conserve water in your operation, cost effective food processing

  1. DAVE CONLEY, MSc, Director, Corporate Communications, AquaBounty Technologies, Inc.


Student Competition: Best “Natural” Product, Sponsor: Cedarlane Foods.

Say yes to this opportunity: fill up on the experts’ inside scoop, FULL (includes lunch) AND ½ DAY,

RSVP now at 


ASQ Tucson Board Meeting @ Hotel Tucson Inn Suites
Apr 4 @ 5:45 pm – 8:45 pm
ASQ Tucson Board Meeting @ Hotel Tucson Inn Suites
May 2 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
world Conference on Quality and Improvement: May 16 – 18, 2016
May 16 – May 18 all-day

World Conference on Quality and Improvement: 

May 16 – 18, 2016 in Milwaukee, WI

More information: 2016 World Conference on Quality and Improvement

2016 ASQ Joint TCC Conference will be in So Cal
Sep 12 – Sep 16 all-day

2016 ASQ Joint TCC Conference will be in So Cal:

This is a conference run by multiple ASQ Divisions. The last few years it has benn held in Orlando Florida.

In 2016 it will be held in Southern California (exact location TBD).

This will an excellent opportunity to attend a conference closer to home.

The dates are:

September 12th to 14th – Conference workshops

September 15th & 16th – Conference Sessions


Section News


Performance Award and Recognition Awards Announced

On behalf of the Performance Awards & Recognition (PAR) committee, we want to thank you for all of the hard work your leadership team provided to members of the Tucson-Old Pueblo Section, 0707 this past year, as well as ASQ as a whole.

While no group met all of the criteria for PAR Performance, we felt it was important to recognize the efforts of the sections & divisions that made obvious strides in the measured areas.  We are pleased to announce that the Tucson-Old Pueblo Section, 0707 has received a Silver award recognition for 2014. This level was achieved by meeting the good standing requirements as well as meeting or exceeding the Member Value and Member Leader Engagement metrics. Soon you will also receive artwork that can be used within your Section to honor and promote your member unit’s PAR success in 2014.

As recognition of your team’s achievement, we are extending an invitation to your leadership team to attend the Member Leader Events prior to the 2015 World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Nashville, TN. The Member Leader Events will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 8AM – 8PM and consist of the Ideas to Action Gathering (ITAG), Community Leadership Institute (CLI) and the Member Leader Dinner, where we will highlight 2014 awardees.  We also ask that you provide a picture of your leadership team to be included in the award highlights by April 20.

You can register for the day’s events using the following link(Please note that neither ASQ nor the PAR Committee offer funding for attendance or arrangements at the event).

Again, congratulations to everyone in the Tucson-Old Pueblo Section, 0707 for your achievements. We are proud of your service to ASQ, and continue to look forward to what is ahead from your members.

With great thanks,

The PAR Committee


Beginning in 2014, PAR has become the new model member units follow when planning, funding, and executing actions designed to drive higher levels of member engagement. This evolves from a renewed focus on member retention and growth, member value creation, and member leader engagement. The program is intended to be simple, achievable, and inspiring while also providing opportunities to capture, share, and be recognized for innovative best practices. Please join us in congratulating the awardees for 2014. Click here to view the awardees >

Those who may have questions regarding this, do not hesitate to send them to [email protected] for prompt response.

We are planning activities for the 2016 year, and as always,  we need more volunteers to help the organization  run smoothly. If you would like to help, please reply to [email protected]

All Board Meetings are open to all members. Board Meetings are generally held the first Monday of each Month from 5:30pm – 7:30pm, but please see Upcoming Events for exact time and location.

Location: Please view Upcoming Events for Location
 If you have any suggestions for speakers and topics, please let us know. We are currently planning the Spring and Fall of 2016

Thank you all for your time and talents.

Ramesh Nepal

Hello Fellow ASQ Certified Professionals,

In case we have not yet met at a recent ASQ function, please let me introduce myself. My name is Ron Gryniewicz, and I am the new Education Chair for ASQ-Tucson Chapter. ASQ-Tucson has not had an Education Chair or a schedule of educational courses for some time; the ASQ-Tucson Board and I would like to change that fact. However, before we can offer classes, we need to fill our “bullpen” with capable instructors.

If you are interested in joining ASQ Tucson’s team of instructors, please complete the Instructor Application and submit it to me. In addition, please provide a summary of your credentials or experience in teaching, presenting seminars/workshops, and other similar information.

Do feel free to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns that you may have.

Ron Gryniewicz
ASQ-Tucson Education Chair


Pima Community College Downtown Campus has been reserved for our  Certification Testing. Testing will be held in the Amethyst Room of the Pima Downtown Campus, unless otherwise stated.

Testing will be held on the following Saturdays:

  • March 5, 2016
  • June 4, 2016
  • October 1, 2016
  • December 3, 2016

You can view the PCC Campus Map and select Downtown Campus for information regarding parking and location.

Please visit to apply for a certification testing exam. The central ASQ site has all the information about each exam, including application deadlines, exam dates, and test sites.

Good Luck!