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

TOPS ASQ Board Meeting April 27 @ Hotel Tucson Inn Suites
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
2015 World Conference on Quality and Improvement @ Gaylord Opryland Resort
May 4 – May 6 all-day


Transforming the World Through Innovation, Inspiration, and Leadership

The quality journey is one that all organizations travel. Whether consciously or unconsciously, under the title of quality or something else, all organizations use and need quality. As competition and the complexity of the global market grow, more and more organizations are embracing the need to think differently and inspire their employees. Some look to grow the number of tools and techniques at their disposal so that they may find the solutions they seek. Others may search for implementation strategies that produce the best results, and still others may look for methods to sustain the results they’ve already achieved. Those organizations that are most established in their journey understand that the key to their success lies within the culture of their organization. They have found ways to establish, transform, and sustain work environments in which innovation is fostered, leadership is shared, and all are aligned to a common vision. They have seen the results that these cultures produce and the creativity they inspire. They have discovered the key to establishing a culture of quality.

The influence quality has today is broader than in any other time in history. The ability it has to transform organizations and communities continues to be demonstrated in a growing number of ways. It is within this setting that the 2015 World Conference on Quality and Improvement offers a forum of ideas and an international network of thought leaders, experts, and peers who are eager to share their best practices, tested solutions, and proven results.

ASQ Membership Meeting: Presenations SARSEF Winners @ Modular Mining Systems
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


5:45-6pm –  Arrival

6-7pm –    Pizza dinner

7-8pm –  Sarsef Presentations

8pm – ASQ Business

Cost: Pizza & Soda: $10.00


Modular Mining Systems

3289 E Hemisphere Loop

Note: There is also a building at 3285 E Hemisphere Loop. The meeting is NOT at 3285.

TOPS ASQ Board Meeting June 1 @ Hotel Tucson Inn Suites
Jun 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jun 2 – Jun 4 all-day

The Applied Reliability Symposium (ARS) that will be held in Tucson this June. During this event, attendees can schedule to take the CRE exam and there are also two ASQ courses that will be offered.

For more information and registration:

David J. Groebel, C.R.P.

Director QA & Support
Direct Dial +1.520.901.9036

ASQ Reliability Division upcoming courses June 5
Jun 5 all-day

HALT/HASS, 5 June, Tucson AZ (please copy-paste link in your browser to view details)

New Product Development steps for Mission Effectiveness and Failure Prevention, 5 June, Tucson AZ (Please copy-paste link in your browser to view details)

ASQ Membership Meeting
Jun 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Walter Tighe: presentation details coming soon

Location: TBD


Dinner on your own before the meeting

6:30 – 7:00pm   Social/ networking

7:00pm – 8:15pm  Presentation

Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR), September 9-11, Boston, MA
Sep 9 – Sep 11 all-day

Please copy and paste link in your browser for more details.

RAMS 2016: 62nd Annual Reliability & Maintainability Symposium
Jan 25 – Jan 28 all-day
RAMS® 2016 will be held at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ , January 25-28, 2016.

More information at:


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 2015 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 6:00pm – 7:00pm

  Hotel Tucson Inn Suites
  475 N Granada Avenue
Tucson, AZ

Upcoming Board Meetings:  

       April 27, 2015
June 1, 2015

If you have any suggestions for speakers and topics, please let us know. We are currently planning the Spring and Fall membership meetings.

Thank you all for your time and talents.

Patricia Gorman

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:

  • December 6, 2014
  • March 7, 2015 (in the Roosevelt Building)
  • June 6, 2015
  • October 3, 2015
  • December 5, 2015

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!