Wednesday October 16, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM PDT
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Biltmore Hotel 
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: Data-Analytics-Propelled Reliability Assurance          

Data Analytics and Machine Learning are promising tools to significantly improve reliability assurance and decision making. This talk will provide an overview of application opportunities throughout the product life cycle.  Two application examples will be discussed, one each in manufacturing and in the field. Some key principles will be summarized.

About Bernhard Hiller

Bernhard Hiller leads the Advanced Reliability Engineering team at Western Digital Corporation. The team’s main objective is to continuously advance reliability assurance methods and models in an ever-changing usage environments for hard drives and flash products. Bernhard Hiller’s previous career stops were IBM, Siemens Medical, and Maxtor. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford. He holds seventeen U.S. patents and published twenty journal papers. A Senior Member of IEEE, he currently chairs the local IEEE Reliability Chapter.

Bernhard Hiller, Ph.D.
Western Digital Corp.


                                                       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 

           Advance Reg Date - through Oct 14; Regular Reg through Oct 16, Late Reg after Oct 16

Please note:

1. Presentation Only means you are not requesting a meal and assigned a non-dining seat.

2. On the next Constant Contact page, please select just one meal for each person you are registering.

3. Your registration is not complete and the total cost will not match an entry in the chart above until you actually select a meal for each person you are registering.  Else we will not know how many meals for the hotel kitchen to prepare.

4. In registering as a member or non-member, if you are a non-member, please enter "n/a" for your membership number.             

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be available unless
you notify us by midnight Monday before the meeting.

The ASQ Silicon Valley Leadership Team welcomes 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.