UTPA student branch of American Society for Quality hosts conference
Posted: 08/17/2005
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The University of Texas-Pan American student branch of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) will host its first conference Saturday, August 27, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Engineering Building Auditorium.

Highlighting the importance of improving the quality of products or services, the "Make Good Great" conference objectives include explaining the role of standards in quality management and discussing process and product quality, quality assurance and standards and quality control.

"Our objective is to raise quality awareness in the region. The conference that we are hosting should appeal to anyone who wants to explore options for improving the quality of their products and services. Anyone from production, service, health care and education can all benefit from improving their quality," said Juan Casso, May 2005 graduate in Business Administration - Management and ASQ Student Branch president at UTPA.

"Some of the things that people will hopefully learn are the basics of quality -- how things such as logistics, lean sigma and statistical process control are useful to companies and individuals to increase quality. We would like to help people by showing them the tools and techniques that are useful in 'making good great,'" Casso said.

Speakers and their topics include Roz Moore, Six Sigma Black Belt for TRW Automotive, "Impact of Lean Sigma on Quality;" Dante Lopez, Jefe del Laboratorio de Computacion en CBTIS, "Chess & Development of Formal Thought;" Dean Kleven, principal consultant for C.K. & Associates, "Logistics Future, or Why Am I Always Short Parts;" and Fernando Gutierrez Jr. and Keith Selman, manufacturing and administration support, Six Sigma Black Belt for Trico Technologies Corporation, "Lean Sigma."

According to its Web site, ASQ is the world's leading authority on quality. With more than 100,000 individual and organizational members, this professional association advances learning, quality improvement and knowledge exchange to improve business results and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide. ASQs student branches, sponsored by local sections of the organization, allow student involvement and professional development in quality issues. Serving as the faculty counselor for the UTPA Student Branch of ASQ is Dr. Hale Kaynak, associate professor of operations management, Department of Management, Marketing and International Business in the UTPA College of Business Administration.

The conference, which costs $25 per person if pre-registered and $30 at the door, is open to the public. Group rates are available for parties of five or more and a reduced rate of $10 per person if pre-registered or $15 at the door is available to students with a valid ID.

Conference fees include admission to conference sessions, breakfast and lunch, proceedings, registration materials and entrance to exhibits. For more information or to register, contact Michelle Garza at 956/778-1204 or via e-mail at or register online at