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

We invite you to look around and bookmark our Web site. We also invite you to join us on LinkedIn for good quality discussion among our local professionals at our LinkedIn Group here. We look forward to hearing what's on your mind.


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.  


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.


IMPORTANT: If you are a member of ASQ Section 509 and have NOT been receiving our weekly Section 509 emails, please email our Webmaster at Webmaster@ASQ509.org. Or click below...
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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 - IMPORTANT CHANGES

Beginning with the upcoming September 1, 2016 exams, ASQ will transition to computer-based testing, or CBT, for its exam delivery. Although the application/approval process will not change, candidates will be required to take an additional step after being approved to schedule their testing appointment with Prometric.

With this transition comes significant changes that will improve the exam certification experience. The changes include increase in annual exam administrations, increase in testing locations and quicker test results.

Learn more about these important changes at asq.org/cbt.

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

Biomed/Biotech Special Interest Group
Topic: An Examination of Physical-Mental Association - Results from A Representative Sample in the US General Population Speaker: Dr. Patricia Chou
Event Details  ·  Jul 21, 2016

Software Special Interest Group
Topic: Cybersecurity Discoveries from Machine Learning Speaker: Mr. Curtis Bragdon
Event Details  ·  Jul 26, 2016

Lean Six Sigma Special Interest Group
On Summer Hiatus
Event Details  ·  Jul 27, 2016

Biomed/Biotech SIG: HHS EIR Program
The HHS Entrepreneurs-in-Residence Program - Where Superheros Gather in Government Julie A. Schneider, PhD Director, HHS EIR Program, US HHS
Event Details  ·  Jul 28, 2016


News Feeds

Is ‘Made in Japan’ No Longer What It Used to Be?
Japanese automakers have been making international headlines in recent months, but this time, for the wrong reasons. As a string of data manipulation scandals and apparent quality control problems have been exposed in Japan's automotive industry, "Made in Japan," a label that once signified...
News Item  ·  National Feed  ·  Jul 29, 2016_  right

Maker of Tainted Medical Scopes Withheld Warning
Japanese device maker Olympus Corp. made a strategic decision not to warn American hospital systems, including UPMC, about tainted medical scopes in the midst of superbug outbreaks in two European countries, according to emails uncovered in a news report Monday. The emails, first reported by...
News Item  ·  National Feed  ·  Jul 29, 2016_  right

In Tech-Saturated Business World, Basics Still Count
I was talking to a company president recently about improving customer service and profitability. In the course of the discussion I said the things we were talking about weren't complicated; they were just "blocking and tackling." He said that I had used that term a number of times before and he...
News Item  ·  National Feed  ·  Jul 29, 2016_  right

IBM Steps Up Efforts in Fight Against Zika
International Business Machines (IBM) Corp. said on Wednesday it would provide its technology and resources to help track the spread of the Zika virus. Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), a leading research institution affiliated with the Brazilian Ministry of Health, plans to use IBM's...
News Item  ·  National Feed  ·  Jul 29, 2016_  right


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