ASQ will present its Distinguished Service Medals and 13 other Society Medals on April 30—prior to its annual World Conference on Quality and Improvement to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The awards recognize innovative contributions and achievements in quality, with the winners’ achievements representative of the ideas and tools that make our world work better.
Distinguished Service Medal
The Distinguished Service Medal represents the highest distinction for service from ASQ and honors the lifetime contribution of an individual who has been recognized as a long-term enabler, catalyst, or prime mover in the quality movement. The Distinguished Service Medals for 2016 have been awarded to:
Robert E. King, GOAL/QPC (retired), IAQ Publications—For a distinguished career of leadership in adapting, improving, clarifying, and communicating leading edge quality, innovation, and design principles and methods worldwide. Also for enabling practitioners at all levels to contribute to performance excellence in industries, schools and communities, and facilitating and conducting research and application activities that have enhanced the quality of life for the benefit of humankind.
2017 Society Medals
Crosby Medal awarded to Roderick Munro, RAM Q Universe Inc.; Daniel J. Zrymiak, Accenture; and Govindarajan Ramu, SunPower Corp.—For distinguished commitment, dedication, and leadership to the foundations of the Six Sigma community and the quality profession through guiding parishioners and beginners in the philosophy and application of the principles, methods, and techniques of Six Sigma Green Belts.
Deming Medal presented to David Langford, Langford International Inc.—In appreciation of long-lasting efforts to transform education with Dr. Deming’s System of Profound Knowledge in order to restore joy to learning.
Feigenbaum Medal presented to Dr. Alessio Griffoni, OSRAM SpA—For contributions to the understanding, improvement, and promotion of the reliability of innovative electronic and optoelectronic technologies.
Grant Medal presented to John Vandenbemden, Q-Met-Tech LLC—For outstanding contribution as a leader in the development of Lean Six Sigma educational programs, significant impact as an education provider to quality practitioners, and exceptional leadership in the development of a CQT exam preparatory course.
Freund-Marquardt Medal presented to Dr. Nigel Howard Croft—For passion, dedication, and leadership in the application of quality management principles, and the development, promotion, and implementation of quality management system standards on a global scale, for more than 20 years.
Hromi Medal presented to C. Robert Pennella, U.S. Department of Defense (Retired)—For significant and dedicated contributions as an author, inspector, quality engineer, educator, and member leader. Specifically for authoring “Managing the Metrology System” and “Managing Contract Quality Requirements”, for creating the ASQ North Jersey Section’s Inspector/Quality Technician of the year award, and devoted service to the DoD Defense Logistics Agency.
Hutchens Medal presented to Marty T. Neese, SunPower Corp.—As an advocate for environmental and social responsibility, Neese has been instrumental in establishing a sustainability ethos within SunPower. His vision and voice has inspired employees globally to create and implement innovative and award-winning programs related to social entrepreneurship, access to energy, education, and sustainable manufacturing and products.
Juran Medal presented to Jack Welch, Jack Welch Management Institute—After adopting Motorola’s Six Sigma model in 1995, Welch served as Chairman and CEO of GE until he reached retirement in 2001. In 1999, Fortune named him the “Manager of the Century,” and the Financial Times recently named him one of the three most admired business leaders in the world today. By the end of 2000, two-thirds of the largest companies in the U.S. followed Welch’s lead. His vision to make GE a Six Sigma quality company is still emulated by many business leaders. He has delivered on that aspiration for GE to produce virtually defect-free products, services and transactions. Welch has always been thought of as a leader in quality.
Lancaster Medal presented to Elizabeth M. Keim, Integrated Quality Resources LLC—For being an outstanding role model to the global fraternity of quality serving as an exceptional professional coach, teacher, and goodwill ambassador for quality by promoting quality across five continents over the past 10 years.
Shainin Medal presented to Craig Hysong, Shainin—For the development of a patented method of design conflict detection based on a functional description of a new product or process.
Shewhart Medal presented to Dr. David M. Steinberg, Tel Aviv University—For fundamental research in the design of industrial experiments—especially robust design experiments—and outstanding technical service as editor of Technometrics.
Brumbaugh Award presented to R. Jock Mackay and Stefan Steiner of the University of Waterloo; and Yi Lu, University of Toronto—For co-authoring the paper, “Assessing Binary Measurement Systems and Inspection Protocols Utilizing Follow-up Data,” published in 2016 in Quality Engineering.
Gryna Award presented to Brandon Phillips, Texas A&M University; Daniel Peak, University of North Texas; Victor R. Prybutok, University of North Texas—For co-authoring the paper, “SNSQUAL: A Social Networking Site Quality Model,” published in 2016 in the Quality Management Journal.
Each individual will be recognized during ASQ’s annual business meeting on April 30.