Wednesday March 21, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM PDT
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2151 Laurelwood Road
Santa Clara, CA 95054

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Dennis Mellon
Arrangements Chair
American Society of Quality 

  George Marcel

George Marcel
Program Chair
ASQ Silicon Valley - Section 0613


American Society of Quality Dinner Forum 

Speaker Topic: Risk Management in a World of Interoperable Technologies

As more of our technologies connect and communicate with each other, managing risk requires accountability at the technology, operations, and business levels. The healthcare industry represents nearly a fifth of US GDP and leverages both traditional medical devices and increasingly consumer and enterprise technologies that all need to work together. Managing user and patient risk across corporate boundaries is still an unresolved challenge and remains one if the barriers to adoption of technologies that have long been common in other industries. This talk will cover recent thinking and the outlook on potential solutions.

Geetha Rao
CEO, Springborne
  Life Sciences

Entrepreneur, executive, and strategic advisor to medical device, healthcare, and philanthropic organizations, addressing issues for high-risk technologies, including medical devices, health IT, and connected health systems. Particular focus on agile quality management and compliance strategy for rapid commercialization.

Internationally recognized expert in risk management and serve on international standards and policy making bodies. Addressed numerous industry forums and the press on issues of emerging health technologies and innovation trends, especially for connected medical technologies.

Extensive industry experience:  Most recently CEO, Springborne Life Sciences, CEO, Technology Frontier Collaborative, and VP, Triple Ring Technologies.
Educational summary : MS - Business, Stanford,  PhD- Engineering, MIT,  MS - Engineering, U. of Florida



 Meeting agenda:

  • 5:00 - 5:30 - Check In & Registration
  • 5:30 - 6:10 - Networking
  • 6:15 - 6:55 - Dinner
  • 6:55 - 7:10 - Section Business: Section Chair
  • 7:10 - 8:25 - Presentation  
  • 8:25 - 8:30 - Door Prize drawing

Registration Scheme has changed:

we are pleased to offer a discounted registration fee to registrants and guests if they 1) are members and 2) if they register at least one week before the event.  It is $5 for full, senior, or fellow members and $15 for associate or student members.  They will receive their (PayPal) rebate as soon as membership classification is verified - it will amount to dinner free. 

For all other situations (register till March 19, non member) the usual registration fees apply.  Registration is a three part process:1) having a meal? and 2) select meal if you are having one  3) pay for the meal via PayPal.  Be sure to click the counter to the number of meals of each type (generally, 1)

  • Advance $35
  • Late/Walk-in $40
  • Unemployed $20
  • Presentation only and special guests(who receive a discount code) $0

Note: Advance registration ends at midnight Monday, March 19.

Member discounts end at midnight Monday, March 14.

Cancellation Policy: no refunds will be available unless you notify us before Monday night(3/19) at midnight.

The ASQ Silicon Valley Leadership Team hopes to see you all at our dinner meeting!

Douglas has many years of experience as a consultant, manager, and engineer in the computer and software industries . In addition to teaching, he provides organizational assessments, strategic quality planning, and test planning services. His recent technical work has focused on equivalence class analysis, test oracles, and advanced test automation architectures. He is a regular speaker at conferences worldwide, holds credentials for teaching Computer Science at the college level, and has taught management, technical, and quality assurance related university classes for several Universities on both coasts. He has been very active in the Section's activities; teaching classes, leading the Software TAG (SSQA), and he holds the distinction of being ASQ's SV Section Chair twice. He is also a founder, Lead instructor, and Past President of the Association for Software Testing (AST), an international professional society.