ASQ Silicon Valley Section 0613

ASQ Silicon Valley Section is celebrating over 50 years of partnering in quality!  – since 1965

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ASQ Silicon Valley Section

Monthly Dinner Forum February 15,

“The Utility Industry Embracing Quality with Major Gain

Speaker: Mr. Jim Adamson
jim adamsonMr. Adamson is the Director and head of Pacific Gas & Electric’s Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) Department reporting to the Vice President of Supply Chain Management. PG&E’s SQA organization addresses supplier continuous improvement, qualification of new products and manufacturing sites through their certified Quality Engineers, QMS Auditors, and Inspection groups. SQA covers material for Gas and Electric T&D, Solar, Hydro, and Fossil Fuel. During his time in this role, his organization became the industry leader for supplier quality assurance and the first quality organization in the industry to become ISO9001 certified. The quality programs implemented gained PG&E the position of top decile performance for highest material quality with these programs being proactively shared within the utility industry. Prior to this role, Mr. Adamson developed supplier quality programs for future nuclear fuel designs. Preceding this, he spent twenty years developing supplier quality for future vehicle platforms supplied by Mazda and Ford. Mr. Adamson brings business management, leadership, quality programs, and problem solving skills developed over twenty nine years in multiple industries.

                                          Letter from the Chair              JLatimer

Welcome to ASQ Silicon Valley! Over the last 50 years, our Silicon Valley Section has delivered immense contributions to quality & industry innovation.  Members from this section have helped contribute to major innovations in semiconductors, manufacturing, medical device, software development, and automotive quality.  This sometimes has taken the form of helping to found standards like ISO & TL-9000 or contributing in their daily work at over 200 other companies like Abbott, Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Genentec, Genomic, Google, Intel, Tesla, and Xilinx.

I encourage you to get involved & discover what quality is all about in Silicon Valley.

John Latimer


ASQ Silicon Valley Education Program 

Welcome to our new Education Program Chair – Suzanne Geiss!


Susie Geiss studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. After receiving her Master’s, Susie moved to the US and worked for over 10 years at Jennings Technology in South San Jose. There she started as a Manufacturing Engineering and moved into Quality after about 5 years. As the QA Manager she led a team of Product Line Engineers. She currently works as a Quality Engineer for Fox Racing Shox in Scotts Valley, CA. She also holds a ASQ CSSBB certification. In her spare time Susie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, preferably outdoors. Welcome Susie!

Education Program Description

The ASQ Silicon Valley (ASQ SV) Education Program, was initiated in 1997 to support the education and training needs of those interested in quality.  The curriculum provides training in areas covering ASQ certification preparation, ISO Standards, Regulatory requirements, statistical topics and many related areas of quality. The Program is managed and administrated by the Education Committee under the direction of the Education Chair. It includes several methods of classes: classical face to face, web-based/online, and courses customized for specific organizations.


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