Member Spotlight – Jim McLinn

Jim McLinn

James A. McLinn - CRE, CQE, CQM/OE, Fellow ASQ

You can tell from my background in quality and teaching that I would naturally gain a lot of personal satisfaction from my volunteerism in ASQ. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 1974 with a MS in Solid State Physics, I worked for Control Data Corporation. During that time I was asked to head a supplier quality group and so, not knowing much about quality I joined ASQC in 1978 to learn something. I ended up taking a class from Len Rado on Basic Quality Control that started me on my journey.

Later, I joined the executive committee in 1981 and served as Minnesota Section Chair in 1984/85. After that I helped launch National Quality Month and served on several ASQ committees. In 1987, I worked on arrangements on our host committee for the American Quality Congress. My biggest thrill was heading the Certified Reliability Engineer exam committee when it was redone in the mid 1990s. Since then I have served on the education committee teaching classes and now as Vice Chair of Conferences.

Being active in ASQ has allowed me to meet all kinds of people in many industries, and so has helped my professional career as well as getting to know many interesting people. Obtaining certifications has also played an important part in my career. Activity in ASQ has really defined and changed my life. After all these years, volunteering remains in my blood and continues to provide opportunities that aren’t otherwise available.