Editor's note: Lehigh Valley Engineers Week 2013 has begun with activities planned throughout the week. The week celebrates the positive contributions that engineers make to society. This story focuses on the Lehigh Valley American Society for Quality, a professional organization affiliated with the Lehigh Valley Engineering Council.
The American Society for Quality is a global community of professionals passionate about quality that has a strong presence in the region.
Worldwide, there are more than 80,000 members from 80 nations advancing quality methodologies, tools and techniques to help organizations face and meet the challenges in today's demanding and rapidly changing business environment.
Specifically, ASQ offers training, solutions, concepts and opportunities for networking through live and virtual communities to enhance the skills of practitioners, leaders and innovators.
The Lehigh Valley American Society for Quality, which has 420 members, offers numerous training events as well as monthly meetings in which a guest speaker focuses on a specific topic. The meetings, which include food and beverage, also are for networking. (Non-members also are welcome to attend.)
Long gone are the days when quality was simply an inspector -- at the end of a manufacturing line -- with a gauge performing a test and giving items a "pass" or "fail" grade. Today, quality ranges from design engineering to ensure product and processes are robust, to developing systems to manage quality, to facilitating organizations in their quest to be environmentally and social responsible.
Becoming a member of ASQ, which is not only for professionals, provides an experience of community and learning that focuses on quality tools and innovation to improve the products and services of the companies where they work.
ASQ also offers certification of an individual's proficiency and quality in 18 areas, including internal auditing, for example.
Every May, ASQ holds its World Conference on Quality and Improvement with a vast array of presentations, workshops and small networking events in which thousands of attendees learn the latest approach, tools and techniques. And throughout the year, there are numerous smaller conferences, seminars and workshops around the globe.
For more on Engineers Week, see the Feb. 18 issue of Lehigh Valley Business in print or the digital edition at www.LVB.com.