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!!

It is time once again to hold our section's nominations for our elected positions! Please submit names of nominated individuals to Kerry Higgins, via email at nominations@ASQ509.org by 13 of October, 2014. Nominations require the submission of a nomination petition signed by at least ten (10) section members. Individuals nominated must be members of ASQ Section 0509.

Here is a brief description of each position open for nominations (these positions are to be held for one calendar year: 1 January through 31 December):
  1. Chair Elect: Performs duties as directed by the Chair in support of the organization's mission and goals. This position succeeds to the position of Chair following the completion of the first term.
  2. Secretary: Documents business and maintains records. Serves as official correspondent. 
  3. Treasurer: Oversees funds. Maintains accurate financial records. Reports on the organization's financial condition at times directed by the bylaws and policies and procedures. 

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

Software Special Interest Group
SPEAKER: Mike Helton TOPIC: Risk Management 103, measurements (Part 1)
Event Details  ·  Sep 23, 2014

Lean Six Sigma Special Interest Group
Speaker: Mr. Michael Smith Topic: Using Six Sigma and Reliability Engineering to Improve Automatic Train Control System Performance at WMATA
Event Details  ·  Sep 24, 2014

Biomed/Biotech Special Interest Group
Speaker: Wendy Shiau, PhD, CCC-A, WS Audiology Services, Inc. Topic: Hearing Loss Prevention and Modern Hearing Aids Technology
Event Details  ·  Sep 25, 2014

Biomed/Biotech SIG: FSMA - Vision and Challenges
FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) - The Vision and Challenges of Improving Food Safety Joseph A. Levitt, Esq Partner, Hogan and Lovells US LLP Former Director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, US FDA
Event Details  ·  Oct 9, 2014

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

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


News Feeds

Target Shows Big Improvement in Shipping Times, Researchers Find
Copyright 2014 Woodward Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved Target might be known for many things, but getting items to customers' doorsteps quickly hasn't been one of them. So researchers at StellaService did a double take when the Minneapolis-based retailer, which rarely makes its...
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NASA to Test Crash Helicopter to Evaluate Safety Improvements
Copyright 2014 Progressive Media Group Limited All Rights Reserved Researchers from NASA are set to a conduct full-scale transport rotorcraft airframe crash test, to evaluate improvements on rotorcraft performance and efficiency. Planned to be carried out at the agency's Landing and Impact...
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How iPhone Apps Could Impact Insurance
Copyright 2014 Cable News Network All Rights Reserved The life insurance industry may have a new tool to help determine rates for customers: the iPhone. As part of Apple's new mobile operating system, developers can build apps that measure things like heart rate, sleep, weight and blood...
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Ford Recalls 850K Cars for Air Bag Flow
Copyright 2014 Cable News Network All Rights Reserved Ford Motor says it is recalling 850,000 cars because of the risk of a short circuit that could prevent its air bag from deploying in a crash. The automaker said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem. Ford...
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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
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