Call for Papers: 62nd Annual Fall Technical Conference, October 3-5, 2018, West Palm Beach, FL

We invite you to submit abstracts for presentation at the 62nd Annual Fall Technical Conference to be held on October 4-5, 2018 (short courses to be held Oct 3rd), in West Palm Beach, FL. The theme is, “Statistics & Quality: Riding the Big Data Wave.” The Fall Technical Conference has long been a forum for both statistics and quality and is co-sponsored by the American Society for Quality (Chemical and Process Industries Division and Statistics Division) and the American Statistical Association (Section on Physical and Engineering Sciences and Section on Quality and Productivity).

The goal of this conference is to engage researchers and practitioners in a dialogue that leads to more effective use of statistics to improve quality and foster innovation.

Abstract Submission Deadline is February 28, 2018

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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 Fall Technical Conference Early Career and Student Travel Grants

The 61st annual Fall Technical Conference (FTC) was held in Philadelphia, PA, October 4-6, 2017. The theme of this year’s conference was “Statistics: Powering a Revolution in Quality Improvement,” and each year, the ASQ Statistics Division awards grants to cover the cost of the conference to students and early-career industrial statisticians.

We had a stupendous collection of Student Travel Grant Recipients at the 2017 FTC.

  • Carly Metcalfe
  • Mona Khoddam
  • Katherine Allen
  • Habe Melnkov
  • David Cole

A great group of Early Career Travel Grant Recipients joined us as well:

  • Santhosh Subramanian
  • Hongyue Sun
  • Arlyn Nieto

Congratulations to the winners!


Introductory Statistics Training on the ASQ Statistics Division YouTube Channel

A playlist of introductory videos on hypothesis testing and sample size calculations has been created for the division YouTube channel. Click here to view!

The collection is based on previously developed narrated slide shows that were converted to video format.  Topics include one and two-sample t-tests as well as tests for proportions.  The playlist could be very helpful to those preparing for the CQE exam.

Free Statistics Division Webinar: Exploring Relationships Between Variables – September 20, 2017 at 12:00PM EST

Join the Statistics Division on Wednesday, September 20th at 12:00PM Eastern for a webinar to be given by Michelle Paret.

You have an X and a Y, and you need to determine if these variables are related or not. In this webinar, we will walk through how to identify and describe important relationships between variables, including how to choose the right type of ANOVA or regression analysis based on the type of data that you have.

Reserve your webinar seat now.

Announcing the 1st Canadian ASQ Conference in Ottawa on September 25th & 26th, 2017

The ASQ Statistics Division is proud to support the first Canadian ASQ Conference in Ottawa September 25 and 26.  Canadian ASQ members have brought together an outstanding program with internationally-recognized speakers that have a wealth of experience in organizational excellence. Check out our website at

5 reasons why you should attend:

Learn about sustainability.  A sustainable organization is one that develops and respects its employees. Lean, a methodology based on the Toyota Production Systemis all about sustainability. Today, profitable companies around the world use Lean to create products with better quality, reduced costs and higher employee engagement. With 5 presentations on Lean, and a 3-hour workshop on Toyota Kata, Lean is a major part of this conference.

Get a new perspective on collaboration.  Top companies grow their people and work hard to create a positive culture. There will be presentations on positive leadership, engaging employees, and health and wellness in the workplace. If you are a leader, these topics will give you the right perspective to take the right actions.

Get certified. The Statistics Division is offering ASQ certification exam sittings so you can write your exam for eight different ASQ certifications at the conference! Get started with ASQ web based training or through the Indiana Council for study material for your exam.    Working towards a certification advances your knowledge and career, and improves your organization.  

It’s a special year! This year Canada is celebrating 150 years of confederation! As we celebrate, this conference aims to promote the principles and methods that will be essential for continued success and sustainability for Canadian businesses in the years to come.


Value add. Come for the networking. Exchange ideas and experiences with quality professionals from across Canada and beyond.  Meet the authors! Win a draw!

See you at the conference!

Fall Technical Conference Grants for Students and Early Career Statisticians

Student Grants
The Statistics Division of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) offers grants for students who wish to attend the Fall Technical Conference (FTC) October 5-6, 2017 at Philadelphia, PA.  Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in programs related to Statistics or Quality Management are eligible to apply for the grant.

For application information:

Early Career Grants
The Statistics Division of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) offers grants for early career industrial statisticians who wish to attend the Fall Technical Conference (FTC) October 5-6, 2017 at Philadelphia, PA.  Individuals who have graduated with a degree in statistics within the last 3 years and meet the additional eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for the grant.

For application information:

Free Statistics Division Webinar: Survey Design and Analysis – August 7, 2017 at 11:00AM EST

Join the Statistics Division on Monday, August 7th at 11:00AM Eastern for a webinar to be given by Victor Prybutok.

The focus of this Webinar is to provide an overview of how to develop and contextualize surveys for use in obtaining quality customer feedback.  Covered topics include how surveys are used to develop insight from customers, consumers, business partners, etc.  The presentation will provide an overview of survey design and analysis including how item writing or modification of validated items in a construct are verified via exploratory factor analysis & reliability measures.  We will also discuss how the model for which the survey is designed is tested via regression, logistic regression, or structural equation modeling.  By the end of this webinar, participants should have a basic understanding of survey design and analytical techniques that result in obtaining better customer feedback even when one purchases an existing survey instrument. Suggestions on how to learn more will also be provided.

Reserve your webinar seat now.

Free Statistics Division Webinar: Process and Performance Capability – June 21, 2017 at 12:00PM EST

Join the Statistics Division on Wednesday, June 21th at 12:00PM Eastern for a webinar to be given by Scott Bensen.

This presentation will focus on the indices used to look at process and performance capability.  It will look at how the indices relate within the CQE examination by providing a general understanding and the usefulness of them, what the differences are between the types of indices that one can conclude about the process being measured, and what the practical implications of the indices are.

Reserve your webinar seat now.

FTC 2017 Registration is now open (and has a new website)!

The 61st annual Fall Technical Conference (FTC) will be held in Philadelphia, PA, October 4-6, 2017. FTC has long been a forum for both statistics and quality and is co-sponsored by the ASQ Chemical and Process Industries Division (CPID) and the Statistics Division, as well as two sections of the American Statistical Association, the Section on Physical and Engineering Sciences (SPES) and Quality and Productivity (Q&P). The theme of this year’s conference is “Statistics: Powering a Revolution in Quality Improvement.” Hope to see you there!

Online registration is now open and the preliminary program is available. Check back for updates – see below for schedule information.

  • FTC has a brand new website!  Visit the new website at
  • Alternatively access registration directly from the ASQ website at
  • Early bird registration & hotel block availability ends Wednesday, September 13th. Rates increase after that date.
  • Students are eligible for a 50% discount on registration – special registration code needed

o   Note: A few FTC Student and Early Career Grants are also available from the Statistics Division – application required! More info TBA.

Schedule Highlights:

  • Wednesday, October 4th Full-day Short Courses Available ($300 if before Sept 13th;$350 after) & Opening Reception

o   Modern Nonparametrics & Data Discovery Science – Subhadeep Mukhopadhyay

o   Modern Response Surface Methods & Computer Experiments – Robert Gramacy

o   Quality by Design: Concept, Tools, & Applications – Ron Kenett & David Steinberg

o   Statistical Design of Clinical Trials – Li Tang & Hui Zang

  • Thursday, October 5th Day 1 Conference Sessions

o   Hahn Award Plenary Speaker – Ron Snee, Snee Associates

o   Statistics Division Invited Session on Big Data & Analytics, featuring Dick de Veaux, Williams College, & Andrew Fast, Chief Scientist at Elder Research

o   Youden Address – Steven Bailey, Dupont

  • Friday, October 5th Day 2 Conference Sessions + SPES Special Session

o   Luncheon Speaker – ASA President Barry Nussbaum

o   Wine & Cheese Reception followed by SPES Special Session

  • Topic is Statistics Training for Industry: Creating a Competitive Advantage
  • Panelists include William Myers, P&G; Willis Jensen, WLGore; Ron Snee, Snee Assoc; & Jennifer van Mullekom, VaTech


Conference Location & Travel Info:

  • Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill, 1 Dock St Philadelphia, PA 19106 (half a mile from Independence Hall & the Liberty Bell!)
  • Hotel Block rate $209, available until 5pm Wednesday, September 13th
  • Full info available on the website