Monthly Technical Speaker: Barbara Armstrong and Greg Zinkel

Topic: Risk Management for Batteries: Development and Manufacturing

Battery reliability issues affect our modern world.  The following industry examples of expensive battery problems will be given:

  • Electric Vehicles
  • Data Center UPS
  • Aerospace batteries

Current quality systems will be discussed but, as applied, they are often not adequate to protect OEMs and customers from risk

Solutions to the reliability problems will be discussed

  • Improvements in manufacturing are often after the fact and $$$
  • Improvements to design and development processes can yield the most benefit prior to product launch

Presenter Biography: Barbara Armstrong PE LSSMBB CSQE CRE

Has been a former speaker and past member of ASQ Silicon Valley.  Office in Washington near Vancouver, BC.  Barbara worked at GM and Toyota for 15 years in a variety of roles, spent 10 years in mining doing process and safety improvement projects, and has been in EV and battery Quality improvement for 8 years
  • Principal Electra Energy Group, Quality Management
  • Quality Director for EV and battery development companies
  • Program management, product engineering and manufacturing
  • FMEA and improvement expert

Presenter Biography: Greg Zinkel MSME MBA

ASQ Member, office in Los Angeles, CA

  • Principal Electra Energy Group, Engineering Management
  • Manager and Engineering Fellow for EV, battery development and aerospace
  • Product development, engineering analysis and manufacturing liaison, 30 years of experience
  • DFM and engineering best practices expert

Date: June 19, 2024

Time: 6:00-7:30 pm


Message From the Section Chair

Dear ASQ Silicon Valley Quality Professionals,

Welcome to ASQ Silicon Valley Chapter, we are pleased to revitalize the section post COVID-19 recovery activities ramp-up, establishing leadership committee team, ensuring the section rebounded forward and enabling the best possible member engagement. We are proud to be one of the most vibrant ASQ Sections providing a powerful platform to network with >2000 ASQ members 5000+ quality professionals in Bay Area. The SV Section operates in the emerging technologies space, where new companies are formed, and new skills for quality professionals are desired. Our chapter strives for professional development through shared knowledge, lessons learned, and best practices in the field of Quality.

We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events. I am personality committed to give-back to the section members due to my interest and >15 years of hands-on experience in hardware development & manufacturing for Semiconductor & Automotive including previous work experience Intel PTD after PhD from University of Florida. My PhD dissertation investigated Hydrogen Fuel Cell & Li Battery with >20 peer-reviewed publications. I have been actively contributing to the scientific community by serving as a peer reviewer for several journals including Journal of Electrochemical Society, Journal of Power Sources. Currently, I am working as Director of Quality & Reliability Engineering in Silicon Product Group (SPG) at Applied Materials leading design for Quality & Reliability into new product development for Emerging markets ICAPS  & Advanced Packaging (wafer & panel-level).

Please let us know for questions, help needed, and we welcome anyone interested in the section operations. You can directly send reach-out to me at Thank you.


Dr. Sunil Roy, ASQ-SV Chair.

Director, Product Quality & Reliability Eng, Applied Materials