Wednesday November 20, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 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: Aircraft System Reliability & the challenge(s) of having flying cars

In 2019, so far, 4.5 billion people have flown around the world with only 222 fatality (4.9 e -9) in total. We will review some aviation history, talk about what reliability in aviation means to engineers & how the system is designed to prevent failures. In addition, a Reliability Block Diagram (RBD) & breakdown failures for a Twin Engine Commercial Aircraft will be discussed when component in series & in parallel start to fail. Finally, we will discuss the aviation challenges that the flying cars need to deal with in future at all levels with respect to the lessons learned in aviation.


About Mez Toofan

Mez Toofan holds a Bachelor’s & Master’s degrees in Mechanical engineering emphasized in component & subsystem quality & reliability.  Mez has been working as a Senior Reliability & Maintainability Engineer at BAE Systems for the past 12 years, where the next future combat vehicles are designed and manufactured. Prior to BAE, for 14 years, he worked as a Propulsion & Component Engineer at United Airlines Maintenance division @ SFO. He was responsible for the Pratt & Whitney PW2000 & PW4000 Engines’ performance, which powered Boeing 757-200s, B747-400s & B767-ERs. Mez was, also, a pilot for the Aux. US Air Force Search & Rescue, California Air Patrol in mid 1990s.



Mez Toofan, Senior Reliability Enhineer

BAE Systems, Inc.


                                                       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 Nov. 13; Regular Reg through Nov. 18, Late Reg after Nov. 18

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.