Coming on April 13th, 2017

ASQ North Jersey's 39th Annual Spring Quality Conference.
Theme - "Quality Takes More Than Luck"

There is limited space so please submit papers ASAP.

Pictures from the 2016 Spring Quality Conference:

Keynote Speaker: Kirsten Smith

The Human Side of Auditing

Kirsten Smith, founder of Made to Thrive Consulting has over 20 years Business Development and Management experience with small and large organizations alike including those listed among the Fortune 500. Since 1990 Kirsten has given dozens of presentations to groups of all sizes, including in her recent role as Director of Business Development for a large certification body. She is considered both a business professional and motivational speaker covering a range of topics including attitude change, effective sales techniques, customer service excellence, and personality profiling. Her desire to serve the community and inspire people in the workplace (and in life) drive her to share with her audience stories, examples and encouragement to empower the listener to step out of a comfort zone and embrace life with passion, driving peak performance and enabling them to thrive in challenging environments.


Paul Ranky Ph.D

Quality Design Review Methods, Tools, and Case Studies

Paul G. Ranky, BS / MS (Hons) Mech. and Ind. Eng., MS (Eng. Edu.), PhD (Automation Eng. with IT He is a Full Tenured Professor of Engineering Design, Manufacturing, Industrial and Management Systems at the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) at NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology), with an additional faculty appointment with NJIT's IT (Information Technology Program), as Professor of IS & IT. His core research and teaching interests are quality systems, sustainable design and automation engineering, quality design reviews, and others. He is also an internationally known rescue diver.

Rod Colon

When friends learn

Rod is a published author. His first book, Win the Race for 21st Century Jobs, discusses the need for networking and human relationships as a major part of any job search and career management strategy.  You can find his career tips and techniques on his website – Rod also hosts a new and interactive weekly call-in radio show entitled Own Your Career: The Weekly Summit for the CEO of Me,  Mondays at 9pm (ET) at



Tri Nguyen

Why organizations fail to produce sustained results through Lean Six Sigma?

Tri Nguyen has 20 years of experience in deploying Lean Six Sigma in various industries: electronics, chemicals, heavy metal, retail, pharmaceuticals and textiles. He is a senior member of ASQ and an ASQ Certified LSSBB. His focus has always been towards stretching the organization's core capabilities, aligning executives and functions across the enterprise, creating value (along all elements of product, process and capability), and developing high-performing teams.


Jeff Lee

Process Improvement: The Greatest Thing That Nobody Wants

With a desire to explore new grounds and serve his country, Jeff volunteered to deploy to Kuwait in 2010 and became the Systems and Process Improvement Special Staff to the Commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom. During the height of the US troop drawdown, Kuwait served as the hub for all equipment exiting Iraq and equipment going to Afghanistan. Jeff successfully initiated, created, and implemented multiple process improvement initiatives which enabled the processing of 3,500 armored vehicles per month through the Kuwait hub. Operation Iraqi Freedom was formally recognized to be the largest logistical operation in the history of mankind. As a result, Jeff received a commendation letter from the office of 3-star Lieutenant General Pillsbury, the prestigious Superior Civilian Service Medal from 2-star Major General Fontaine, 8 performance excellence coins, and multiple recognitions from the unit he served in.


Jeff Boatman


Jeff Boatman is a Quality Systems Subject Matter Expert at QPharma, a regulatory and compliance consulting firm in Morristown, N.J.  With 25 years in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries, Mr. Boatman has worked in virtually every aspect of life science engineering, from laboratory supervisor, manufacturing engineer, R&D, and quality and compliance management. He is an ASQ Certified Quality Auditor and frequent speaker at industry conferences and contributor to industry publications. Selected by PharmaVoice Magazine as one of 2010's "100 most influential people" in the drug industry, Mr. Boatman graduated from Air University in 1981 with a degree in Nuclear Physics.



Richard Eng

Applying Machine Learning Techniques to Improve Quality

Richard F. Eng is the Associate Department Head of Applied Software Engineering at the MITRE Corporation. He has over 20 years of industry experience in telecommunications and software systems. His areas of interest are quantitative methods to improve business, IT processes, and software quality. Richard is an ASQ Certified Software Quality Engineer, Reliability Engineer, and Quality Engineer. He is a certified Projects in Controlled Environments (PRINCE2) Practitioner and a PMP. Richard graduated from Georgetown University with an MBA. He graduated from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute with a M.S. in Bioengineering and B.S. in Chemistry.


Nicholas Ruffini and Thorsten Roberts

Reliability Modeling and Design for Reliability  best practices

Nicholas Ruffini is a Reliability Engineer with the Armaments Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal. He currently works in the Reliability Management Branch of the Science and Technology Division, Quality Engineering and System Assurance Directorate. Since coming to Picatinny Arsenal in 2010, he has been focusing on exploitation of test, analysis, modeling and simulation, and other statistically defensible or data-driven means to design in reliability to various armament systems.
Thorsten Roberts is a statistician in the Statistical Methods and Analysis Group within the Armaments Research Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal. He is an ASQ CRE , received his B.E. from Stevens institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering (’99) an M.S from the Naval Post-Graduate School in Systems Engineering with a Reliability Concentration (’07) , and is currently pursuing an M.S. from New Jersey Institute of Technology in Applied Statistics (’17). Since starting at Picatinny Arsenal in 2003, his work and studies have led him in a natural progression from quality engineering, to reliability engineering, and finally to applied statistics.


17 Subject Matter Experts in all!!!

Risk Based Thinking and Risk Management in ISO 9001:2015; Design and Analysis of Experiments Planning and Execution; Cost of Quality- Obtaining Resources in the Resolution of Quality Issues; Global 8D, the master Corrective Action process; Readying for the CPGP Exam w/ the Right References;