Firstly, I would like to thank the Minnesota section ASQ Board for allowing me to share some of my perspectives about Quality and the association it creates among the seekers. I would like to provide a quick overview of my background and why I chose Quality as my profession.
My passion towards engineering began with my Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Madras, India. This gave me a great leverage to take up responsibility as a manufacturing engineer in one of the major Automotive companies in India. I learned that principles of lean and process optimization are key factors for a successful business. The need for further honing of my skills in those areas got me the Masters Degree in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana Tech University, USA. I started my profession again as a Manufacturing Engineer with a medium-sized company that manufactured sheet metal products for electronics industries. The experience gained during that time was very valuable in making my career change to Quality Engineering. The company was focused clearly on meeting customer’s supply demands; however, it missed the opportunity in maintaining the quality principle of “Right the First Time”. Asking questions and constantly challenging the process to eliminate waste and minimizing variations could have saved a lot of time and money for the company. I felt that my thoughts were aligning with these key attributes, leading me to seek out a Quality profession. Since then I have worked in industries such as automotive, financial and medical devices as a Quality Engineer. In all these years I can hardly fail to notice that one thing remains unchanged is the constant quest to challenge the status quo.
I have been a member with ASQ for the last 4 years and I think this is one of the best investments I have ever made. I felt that the value ASQ brings to its membership through various activities is phenomenal if tapped appropriately. I became aware of the volunteering option within the Minnesota Section 2 years ago and signed up for the program committee. I was inspired and thrilled to see that many volunteers that supported the various committees held leadership positions in multi-million dollar companies. I was amazed at their dedication to commit their time out of their busy schedules which they had an option to spend with their families. I think that this selfless nature clearly identifies them as leaders both in their companies and professional societies such as ASQ. I had no hesitation and all the excitement when I was requested to volunteer as the Vice-Chair for programs for the current year. I would like to extend my appreciation to Gary Jing who was instrumental in guiding and supporting my transition into this role. The uniqueness of being a member and especially a volunteer is the opportunity that allows for all of us to share our best practices. I would like to take a moment to recognize the program team comprising of Darrel Untereker, Terr Havener, Mary Scharber, Gary Jing, Mike Cleland, Karlene Silvera, BK Shah, Robbie Milesboysen and Marilyn Pehl that help the Section bring out new ideas and themes for the members.
I would also like to thank our Section members for their continued contribution to quality through participation, feedback and willingness to volunteer. Finally, there is nothing more gratifying that sharing the knowledge we gain with others as it is the only path towards continuous growth, both as an individual and as a society.
Love All, Serve All. Help Ever, Hurt Never – Sathya Saibaba