ASQ Silicon Valley Section 0613

ASQ Silicon Valley Section connects quality professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area, since 1965!

Volunteer member leaders create value for our membership by arranging monthly dinner meetings with feature presentations, cutting-edge discussion panels, local conferences, educational resources, member feedback, volunteer opportunities, and more!  Please contact our Section Chair Michele Harms if you are interested in volunteering.

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ASQ Silicon Valley Section

February 2020 Monthly Dinner Forum

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Presentation Topic: Practical Problem Solving: Management, Processes, and Tools for Complex Devices

Barbara Armstrong and Ben Tarloff will present industry standards and some innovative ideas in problem solving and problem management.  The discussion will be geared towards problems in product development, manufacturing, and product life. They will review some typical methods including those used by Toyota, Ford, and GM.  They will also give an overview of tools for troubleshooting and problem-solving including DOE and expert-level statistical tools.  Several examples will be given, including strategic clues.

Barbara Armstrong PE CSQE  CSSMBB has had a career from optimizing rocket engines to continuous improvement in mining a mile below the earth’s surface.  She has worked in automotive quality, engineering, product development, failure analysis and process improvement for 18 years. She works for BYTON, an EV start-up here in Silicon Valley, and has previously worked for Faraday Future, GM, Toyota, Delphi Chassis plus several mining companies.  Barbara is a master problem solver and has been a principal troubleshooter on over $700M worth of production and warranty problems.  She has also been an expert technical witness in several court cases. She is a Queen’s U Mech Engineer and has a MSc from the OSU in Materials Engineering.  She has published several technical papers and been a speaker for ASNT, AWS and ASQ.

Ben Tarloff CQE is a graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering. As a die-hard automotive enthusiast, he has worked in various quality assurance and design roles for companies like Honda, Tesla, Faraday Future, and BYTON. Starting out as a chassis engineer, Ben operated in high pressure automotive design environments and developed a deep respect for quality assurance in design and manufacturing. In his most recent role, Ben Tarloff leads Engineering Quality with Barbara Armstrong at BYTON, where they have instituted numerous Engineering Quality processes for areas like Problem Solving, Problem Management, Software Quality Assurance, DFMEA, and Engineering Release Authorization.

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Message From the Section Chair    

Welcome to ASQ Silicon Valley Section 0613.
Michele Harms
Director of Quality, SA Photonics
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