Welcome to the Washington, DC and Maryland Metro Section's website

Recent Events:
Michael Smith, Membership Chair, presents a Certificate of Appreciation and a gift to Karen Fisher, outgoing Financial Audit Chair, for her years of excellent support and service to ASQ Section509!

2015 Call for Nominations!!

Thank you to those that submitted nominations for our elected positions! 

Other opportunities to serve the section

The Section Leadership Committee asks that all members give serious consideration to volunteering to serve their section. Volunteering is a great way to become familiar with section operations and get to know your fellow quality professionals.  


The following positions are available for members to serve their section:

  • Arrangements Chair
  • Section Treasurer
  • Vice-Chair of a special interest or user's group (Continuous Process Improvement SIG, ISO 9000 UG, Lean Six Sigma SIG, Software SIG, and Membership)
  • Lean Six Sigma Special Interest Group (SIG) Vice-Chair and/or Member Outreach positions.
  • Financial Audit Chair
  • Analyst
  • Exam Proctor
  • Meeting Speaker
  • Course Instructor
  • Position that is short term/infrequent (special mailings) or one-time event (for example, work at a conference booth) 

If you are interested in serving on the section leadership team, and want to increase your involvement in the quality community, please contact Kerry Higgins at Nominations@asq509.org.  These positions earn Recertification Units towards your next recertification.


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General Membership Meetings! 


We are looking for future speakers to present at our General Membership Meetings.  We are also looking for new locations to hold the event.  If you are interested in presenting at a future meeting or know of a place to hold our dinner meetings, please contact Heather Reis, Programs Chair at Programs@asq509.org.

Remember to check our weekly email announcements and event calendar for our next meeting.

See you there!

- Heather Reis, ASQ509 Programs Chair

Certification Refresher Courses

The Washington DC and Maryland Metro Section offers refresher courses for some of the ASQ certification examinations.  See the Certification and Training Page for the offered courses as well as other training resources. 

Certification Examinations

ASQ certification exams are given four (4) times per year by ASQ Section 509. Exam site is located in Columbia, MD at the JHU/Applied Physics Laboratory.  For information on exam dates and application deadlines for specific certifications, go to: http://asq.org/certification/dates.html

Web site log-in instructions

The log-in instructions are as follows: Click "Login" link on left side. For username, use your First Initial + Last Name For password, use your ASQ membership number. DO NOT ADD LEADING ZEROS.  Note: ASQ Section 509 gets new member data once a month.  Please wait at least 30 days from joining ASQ before attempting to log into our web site.  If login is not successful 30 days from joining ASQ, contact the webmaster (webmaster@asq509.org).

If login is successful, you will see your "My Profile" page with five or six tabs. You may also see the ASQ Newsfeed and links. You will see the newsfeed/links on the "My Profile" page each time you log in. Select the Login/Contact Information Tab to change your Username or password. Password must be at least 7 characters. 

Upcoming Events

7th Annual NASA Supply Chain Quality Assurance Conference
A free 3-day conference fills up fast. At Greenbelt, on Goddard base, at Bldg #3 (Goett Auditorium).
Event Details  ·  Oct 21, 2014

An Evening with Aviation, Space, and Defense Division
Topic: Customer Centric Focus for Quality and Mission Assurance Speaker: Ms. Lee Tait
Event Details  ·  Oct 21, 2014

Biomed/Biotech Special Interest Group
Topic: Transforming Organizations: Changing the Work Culture Speaker: Stephen Sundlof, DVM, PhD, DABVT Senior Vice President, Kindred Biosciences, Inc.
Event Details  ·  Oct 23, 2014

Southern Maryland Special Interest Group
Speaker: Joe Ludford Topic: Section 509 Future Plans
Event Details  ·  Oct 23, 2014

Certified Quality Auditor Refresher Course
Location: Montgomery College, Rockville, MD Campus, Instructor: Sandra L. Menzies
Event Details  ·  Oct 25, 2014

Software Special Interest Group
SPEAKER: Mr. Mike Helton TOPIC: Risk Management 103, measurements (Part 2)
Event Details  ·  Oct 28, 2014

Lean Six Sigma Special Interest Group
Speaker: William Patsis Topic: LSS? Is this another upper management boondoggle?
Event Details  ·  Oct 29, 2014

Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Refresher Course
Location: Montgomery College, Rockville, MD Campus, Instructor: Ronald J. Kelley
Event Details  ·  Nov 1, 2014


News Feeds

Report: Wearable Devices Held Back by Privacy, Cost Concerns
Copyright 2014 Questex Media Group LLC All Rights Reserved Privacy concerns and cost are two of the leading barriers to adoption of wearable medical devices, PwC said in two reports released today on the future of wearable technology. Still, "68% of consumers would wear employer-provided...
News Item  ·  National Feed  ·  Oct 24, 2014_  right

Tata Adapts Own Business Excellence Model
Copyright 2014 Singapore Press Holdings Limited All Rights Reserved A non-prescriptive business excellence model that is equally applicable to both the manufacturing and service sectors. That, in essence, was what the Tata Group wanted when it set out in search of a model that would help it...
News Item  ·  National Feed  ·  Oct 24, 2014_  right

Takata’s Air Bag Troubles Mount
Recall puts behind- the-scenes supplier front and center Copyright 2014 Gannett Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved For an automotive supplier accustomed to staying in the background, Japan's Takata couldn't be more uncomfortably front and center as its air bag recall woes mount. The...
News Item  ·  National Feed  ·  Oct 24, 2014_  right

Students Team Up for ‘Real-Life’ Challenge
Copyright 2014 South China Morning Post Ltd. All Rights Reserved Once the practitioner and company categories of the SCMP/ IFPHK Awards had become firmly established as benchmarks for excellence in financial planning, it made obvious sense to build on that success with a separate competition...
News Item  ·  National Feed  ·  Oct 24, 2014_  right


It is a terrible thing to look over your shoulder when you are trying to lead - and find no one there. - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

ASQ Washington, DC & Maryland Metro Section 509
P.O. Box 7263   ·  Gaithersburg, MD  20898
800-248-1946 (voice)   ·  Webmaster@asq509.org
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