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ASQ Cincinnati, 60 years of progress The Cincinnati section began in November 1948 as a group called the "Ohio Valley

Society for Quality Control under leadership of Maurice Rosenblatt, Chair with a membership of 13. In December 1948 the group officially was renamed "Cincinnati Section--American Society for Quality Control." In 1960-61, section number was changed to 800 but changed back to 900 in 1962. During late 50’s and early 60’s the section met in Walnut Hills. During the mid to late sixties and into the seventies, most of our section members came from manufacturing companies. There were occasional discussions amongst the membership on how the technology might be applied to the service industry. The Ohio College of Applied Science, now part of the University of Cincinnati, offered the first degreed quality assurance program in the Cincinnati area. Bill Barker, ASQ Fellow, developed the curriculum. Cincinnati, Section 900, ASQ hosted the national conference in 1995. As we approach our 60 year celebration of the Cincinnati ASQ Section and reflect back on the accomplishments of our members, we take great pride in the fact that we are now 635 strong. These professional men and women include 353 regular members, 274 senior members and 8 fellows. Our members come with a broad range of experience and interests as represented by the forums and divisions they subscribe to. The manufacturing sector accounts for our largest forum at just under 61% of our membership, followed by services at around 34%. Other special interest groups supported by our members include healthcare, education and government. These forums and divisions provide opportunities for our members to take advantage of publications, training, conferences and networking opportunities. Some of the benefits of membership that our local members have taken advantage of include training seminars, educational books and networking opportunities. These educational benefits have helped our members achieve a wide variety of certifications, providing significant advantage when applying for jobs and promotions. Our section boasts over 160 members with at least one certification, 50 with two, 24 with three, 10 with four and 6 with 6 or more certifications. One member (Joseph C. Straub) has achieved a total of 8! The Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) is the most popular certification with 112 members, followed by the Quality Auditor Certification -CQA (109), Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence Certification - CMQ/OE (50), Quality Technician Certification - CQT (47), Software Quality Engineer Certification CSQE (31) and Quality Inspector Certification - CQI (30). Current section membership is comprised of a diverse group of professionals, including managers (38%), engineers (31%), directors (11%), technicians (8%), and consultants (8%), as well as company presidents (3%) and owners (1%). Our current active membership represents more than 300 companies (very small to multi-national companies in the Southwestern Ohio, Southeastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky region. The time and talent contributions made by ASQ Cincinnati Section members over the past 60 years has had, and will continue to have, a significant impact in the Greater Cincinnati area.

The American Society for Quality,, has been the world’s leading authority on quality for 60 years. With more than 93,000 individual and organizational members, the professional association advances learning, quality improvement and knowledge exchange to improve business results, and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide. As champion of the quality movement, ASQ offers technologies, concepts, tools and training to quality professionals, quality practitioners and everyday consumers, encouraging all to Make Good Great®. ASQ has been the sole administrator of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award since 1991. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., ASQ is a founding partner of the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), a prominent quarterly economic indicator, and also produces the Quarterly Quality Report.

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