Wednesday April 18, 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: Quality Elements in Electric Vehicle Development

Barbara Armstrong will present quality elements in Electric Vehicle Development. She will provide an orientation of the automotive industry & regulation, especially as the industry shifts to electric products, and eventually position itself for self- autonomous driving cars.

Barbara will talk about the quality methodologies for various development steps, with a focus on Product Development Quality including DRBFM (Design Review Based Failure Mode) Methodology by Prof. Tatsuhiko Yoshimura.

Barbara will share her experience in using APQP (Advance Product Quality Planning), PPAP (Production Part Approval Process), manufacturing quality concepts, root cause, warranty, and service.

Barbara Armstrong
Senior Manager QMS, Byton

Barbara Armstrong has had a career from optimizing rocket parts to Continuous Improvement 6,000 feet below the earth’s surface.  She has worked in automotive quality, engineering and process improvement. BYTON is an electric vehicle (EV) start-up in Silicon Valley.  She was previously with Faraday Future, an EV start-up in LA, and spent 15 years with GM & Toyota in a variety of roles including new product development, supplier quality, program management.  


 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 April 18, 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, April 16.

Member discounts end at midnight Wednesday, April 11.

Cancellation Policy: no refunds will be available unless you notify us before Friday night(4/13) 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.