Ann Arbor ASQ Section 1010 Announcements

March Members' Meeting - Karen Meldrum Beaver

posted Feb 15, 2019, 6:14 AM by webmaster ASQ 1010   [ updated Feb 16, 2019, 1:42 PM ]

Beyond DoE 101:  Optimizing Your Experimental Design Efforts, presented by Karen Meldrum Beaver, Founder and Sr. Statistician of DATA.

Socializing starts at 5:30 pm with lite refreshments and the presentation starts at 6:00 pm to 7:00 PM.

To be held at the Gift of Life Michigan campus.


After 25 years of experimental design (DoE) coaching & consulting efforts (and just when I think I’ve seen and heard it all in the world of poorly designed experiments) another bad DoE comes my way, adding to my growing catalogue of “don’t do this” examples!  As such, I have a passion for spreading the word on experimental strategies that will optimize the value of your DoE efforts and minimize the DoE budget while maximizing the information that the DoE provides.

In this talk we will review the concepts of Power & Sample Size, then apply the method to experimental design, revealing a little-known fact about the REAL power and efficiency of DoE, dispelling the myth that experiments with many factors are cost-prohibitive.  We will also discuss some experimental design strategies, including sequential testing and screening designs, that limit the time and budget needed for informative experimental efforts

Karen brings a career in statistical services and guidance to her role as trainer and consultant for Data Analysis & Training Authority—DATA. She started as a graduate coop statistician at Ford Motor Company in 1993, working in Powertrain Quality & Reliability.  She continued sharing her statistical expertise through training, mentoring, and consulting through her consulting firm, KM Optimal, Inc and followed by a decade with Minitab, Inc. Today she works with engineers, scientists, and quality control professionals in a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, oil, medical device and pharmaceutical.  Karen holds a Master of Science in Applied Statistics, a Master of Arts in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics.

A Message From The Chair

posted Sep 1, 2017, 12:42 AM by webmaster ASQ 1010   [ updated Aug 30, 2018, 5:47 PM ]

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

As I near the end of my term as chair of the ASQ Ann Arbor Section 1010 at the end of 2018, I would like to thank all the members who have participated in our monthly section meetings.  We are an active section in Region 10 and have had a good year.  We have had a wide variety of presentations ranging from The Psychology of Continuous Improvement, Reliability Physics, ISO and Risk, Success Every Time, to the Gordie Howe Bridge, and a presentation on Statistical Errors.

We will finish the year with presentations on Complex Root Cause Analysis using the NASA Columbia Shuttle Disaster as an example, Quality Workforce and Retention, and finishing the year with Moral Issues of Autonomous Vehicles.  We will open 2019 with a presentation on Linear Regression.

We initiated a new program of a raffle of all the attendees for the whole year with the prize being a one year paid membership to ASQ.  The first winner of the annual raffle was Donald Jordan.  We also increased our social responsibility activities when several members joined the team at Gift of Life Michigan for the 5K LifeWalk on Belle Isle to support organ donation and to thank Gift of Life for the free use of their conference center for our monthly meetings.

We look forward to an exciting year next year with the addition of some education courses or prep courses for ASQ certification exams along with some plant tours for a change of pace.  Thank you for your continued support. 

Thank you,
Dr. Michael Hagan, MHSA, CMQ, CQA
Chair, ASQ Section , Ann Arbor

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