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 August 17,

“Conflict Minerals

Speaker: Ms. Michele Harms
Michele HarmsMichele is a Quality System professional and ASQ certified Quality manager and Auditor.  Over the past 14 years,  she has built scalable, proactive quality systems for a variety of Silicon Valley telecom companies.  In 2011, she established Finisar’s Conflict Minerals program, which leverages best practices gathered from her experience as a Quality Auditor and state-level Baldrige Performance Excellence examiner.  At Finisar, she currently provides leadership and policy direction to the worldwide Quality System team – 15 direct and indirect team members across 6 sites, who supported the organization’s 14 sites in 8 countries and is responsible for the global quality management system including:  multi-site document control team; ISO-9001 certification; component engineering; and Green Compliance (ROHS / REACH / Conflict Minerals).

 mattMatt Berry is a Data Analyst for Finisar and ASQ Certified Quality Engineer.  While at Finisar, he has built and scrubbed small databases pertaining to Green Compliance (ROHS / REACH / Conflict Minerals), Product BOMs and detailed part information.  His information breakdown allows for day-to-day tracking, gap analysis, and risk-based decisions across multiple divisions of Finisar.  Matt is also an active member in the ASQ SV Section—he has served as Education Coordinator and Marketer for the section.  During his leadership role, he helped identify and assign course instructors and vendors; ensured appropriate course venues, and marketed courses through appropriate channels and social media.
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Section leaders at the January 20 Dinner Forum

ASQ Silicon Valley Education Program – Call for Candidates for Education Chair 

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.

Education Chair Responsibility Summary

The Education Chair is a volunteer and a member of the ASQ SV Leadership Committee (LC) and leads the Education Committee, which has executive authority over the training program within the guidelines set by Education Program Guide.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Chairing the monthly Education Committee meetings
  • Providing the Annual report on the Education Program and on the Instructor ratings
  • Managing the Course Coordinator and Education Program
  • Participation on the ASQ SV LC

Interested candidates may apply with a resume detailing their qualifications to the ASQ SV Chair at

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