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

2015 ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference @ Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
Mar 2 – Mar 3 all-day

2015 ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference

Leading the Quality Journey Through Lean and Six Sigma

The quality journey is something that exists upon a continuum of excellence, and all organizations contend with it. Every organization remains in a state of constant motion—moving closer to or further away from the excellence they seek. The quality journey provides an opportunity for organizations to achieve the goals and level of excellence toward which they strive. This journey is one of many stages, and each presents challenges and circumstances that lean and Six Sigma methodologies can address.

The efforts made to embrace and implement lean and Six Sigma tools and methodologies can produce results along this journey, but those results need to be sustained. Solidifying those results is often a challenge that requires commitment and the development of a culture that supports continuous improvement, matches accountability with empowerment, and inspires innovation.

Mar 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

At Tucson hotel off of St. Mary’s & I 10 – In the restaurant area — outside area weather permitting.

We will discuss planning for remainder of 2015 and other open items.

International Conference on Software Quality
Mar 10 – Mar 11 all-day


International Conference on Software Quality

Mar 10-11

Long Beach, CA

View the full conference program at

More information: International Conference on Software Quality


SARSEF Judging Day
Mar 10 all-day


ASQ Membership Meeting
Mar 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Joint Meeting with ASQ, APICS & PMI

Speakers:  R.D. Castillo, Assistant Director Corporate Relations &

                    Molly Gilbert, Director of Community Engagement,

                        Tech Launch Arizona – The University of Arizona

Topic: Up and coming Tech Launch Arizona, brings UA researchers and the business community together to enhance the impact of UA’s research, innovation, and technology park assets.

Location: UA Tech Park – follow links for directions

B9070 Map

Updated directions to 9070 EBC

6:00pm – 6:30pm:  Dinner (Cost – TBD)

6:30pm – 7:00pm: Networking and Social Time

7:00pm – 8:30pm: Presentation

 Subscribe to Tech Launch AZ Newsletter:

Joint ASQ-APICS Meeting
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Role of Reliability Engineering in Improving Service Logistics

Haitao Liao, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Systems and Industrial Engineering

University of Arizona

Liao_Talk on 04_08_2015

More information coming soon.


MESA DAY @ University of Arizona
Apr 18 all-day


Saturday, April 18, 2015

The University of Arizona


Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is a university-based outreach program operating in 8 states.  In Arizona, MESA strives to provide an opportunity for ethnic minority, low income, and first generation college-bound students to explore college majors and career interests with a group of peers interested in attending college.  The University of Arizona supports MESA schools in Southern Arizona and works in affiliation with Arizona State University’s Fulton Schools of Engineering to support MESA in central Arizona.  The southern and central regions form Arizona MESA.

Judges are needed for this event.

There are also opportunities to have volunteers serve as on-site mentors for schools, visiting at least once-a-month, to provide more direct assistance over an extended period of time to students.
If you would like to discuss either of these further please contact us at (520) 626-2300 or [email protected]

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
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Details coming soon!

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


Section News

We give away 3 Prizes to the students.

Dates, Times and Directions
Sign up Between Jan. 1, 2015 and March 5, 2015:

Judging Day is Tuesday, March 10, 2015

7:30 a.m.: Meet your team! Judges, please arrive before this time to ensure you have adequate time to meet your judging team — and to enjoy the delicious, hearty breakfast that we serve in thanks for your time.

8 a.m.: Judging instructions: There is a new chief judge (Liz Baker) who will have specific directions that include some new categories and procedures. Upon completion of instructions, teams will break into sub-teams to begin initial judging of projects.

10:30 a.m.: Begin the final stages caucusing for Grades K-8. Visit projects in question, or contenders.

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Interviews: ALL “grand award” and “sponsored” judges will need to stop what they are doing and interview a minimum of three middle school students during this time period. These interviews are for practice only, and will not affect results but they are very important for teaching students how to speak to professionals and answer spontaneously. Since we only keep the middle school students available for one hour, we need all of your help to make them feel special and support them. Do be kind!

12:15 p.m.: Lunch is served.

1-4:30 p.m.: Interviews with high school students (for high school level judges only.) All others may leave once their team has completed judging — and turned in results before leaving!

IMPORTANT: All judging results (for sponsored and grand awards) must be turned into the HUB before 4:30 p.m.!

Please come downtown to the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. You can access the area easily via Interstate 10, Broadway, or Stone Avenue.


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 5:30pm – 7:00pm.
Next Board Meeting:  February 2, 2015

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

Thanks 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!