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:  http://asq.org/statistics/about/ftc-student

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:  http://asq.org/statistics/about/ftc-early-career-grant

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 www.falltechnicalconference.org
  • Alternatively access registration directly from the ASQ website at https://prdweb.asq.org/ecommerce/FallTechnical/.
  • 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

Free Statistics Division Webinar: Statistical Process Control (SPC) Overview and Basic Concepts – What You Need to Know for the CQE Exam – May 24, 2017 at 12:00PM EST

Join the Statistics Division on Wednesday, May 24th at 12:00PM Eastern for a webinar to be given by Joseph Conklin and Michael Mazu.

This webinar goes over basic principles of Statistical Process Control (SPC) commonly covered on the ASQ Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) exam.  It begins with a general definition of SPC as a prevention oriented approach to managing processes.  It discusses the benefits of SPC, the difference between inherent and assignable variation, the role of variables and attribute control charts in implementing SPC, and some general steps for designing and constructing control charts.  It also explains the difference between control limits and specification limits and closes with a brief overview of pre-control and short run control charts.  A more detailed set of slides to assist in studying for the CQE exam is included.

Reserve your webinar seat now.

26th Annual ASQ Audit Conference: “Blueprint for a Successful Audit Program”. Call for Papers

The Statistics Division is looking for two speakers to represent the division at the ASQ Audit Division Conference held in Dallas, Texas on October 12-13, 2017.  We are looking for presentations that provide interaction and active learning. Attendees should leave each session with tools they can use immediately and for future audit planning. The presentation will be 45 minutes in length and can focus on sampling methodology and introductory statistical applications. A complimentary conference registration will be awarded. Each session presenter will be responsible for their own hotel, transportation arrangements and expenses. If you are interested in speaking at this conference, contact Steven Schuelka at sjschuelka@yahoo.com to obtain the speakers form.  Submissions are due May 15, 2017.

Apply for the Ellis R. Ott Scholarship For Applied Statistics and Quality Management

The Statistics Division of the American Society for Quality is pleased to announce the availability of $7500 scholarships to support students who are enrolled in, or are accepted into enrollment in, a master’s degree or higher program with a concentration in applied statistics and/or quality management.  This includes the theory and application of statistical inference, statistical decision-making, experimental design, analysis and interpretation of data, statistical process control, quality control, quality assurance, quality improvement, quality management and related fields.  The emphasis is on applications as opposed to theory.  Studies must take place at North American institutions.

Year 2016-17 scholarship winners are:

Mr. Andrew Walter, University of Kansas in the M.S. category, and
Mr. Matthew Keefe, Virginia Tech., in the Ph.D. category.

During the last 19 years, scholarships totaling over $280,000 have been awarded to 52 deserving students.

Qualified applicants must have graduated in good academic standing in any field of undergraduate study.  Scholarship awards are based on demonstrated ability, academic achievement, industrial and teaching experience, involvement in student or professional organizations, faculty recommendations, and career objectives.

Application instructions and forms should be downloaded from:


Forms for the 2017-18 academic year will be accepted only between January 1 and April 1, 2017.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Lynne B. Hare
55 Buckskin Path
Plymouth, MA 02360
Email: lynne.hare@comcast.net

Governing Board:  Lynne Hare, J. Stuart Hunter, Tom Murphy, Dean V. Neubauer, Robert Perry, Susan Schall, Ronald Snee, J. Richard Trout and Neil Ullman.

Free Statistics Division Webinar: Acceptance Sampling Using Z1.4 – April 25, 2017 at 12:00PM EST

Join the Statistics Division on Tuesday, April 25th at 12:00PM Eastern for a webinar to be given by Dan O’Leary.

Acceptance sampling is a common method to determine if the output of a process, the product, should move to the next process or ship to the customer. One common sampling technique is attribute sampling using ANSI/ASQ Z1.4:2003. This presentation explains how to use the standard to determine sampling plans (single, double, and multiple) using an incoming inspection example. The quality engineer needs to understand the binomial distribution, the basis for these sampling plans. This leads to characterizing the risk, described by the operating characteristic (OC) curve. Understanding the OC curve helps determine some distinguished points related to the acceptable and rejectable quality levels (AQL & RQL) and the associated producer’s and consumer’s risk. The standard can help screen rejected lots; the average outgoing quality (AOQ) and average outgoing quality limit (AOQL) describe the plan’s performance.

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Free Statistics Division Webinar: Empirical Root Cause Analysis – March 29, 2017 at 2:00PM Eastern Time

Join the Statistics Division on Wednesday, March 29rd at 2:00PM Eastern for a webinar to be given by Matthew Barsalou

This webinar will describe how to conduct an empirical root cause analysis. A brief mention of reasons for performing a root cause analysis will be given followed by typical tools. A case will be made for using empirical root cause analysis. The correct application of the scientific method will also be explained. This includes concepts such as Exploratory Data Analysis for hypothesis generation as well as the attributes of a good hypothesis. John Platt’s version of the scientific method will be explained using examples and these concepts will be combined into a Plan-Do-Check-Act process.

The concept of empirical root cause analysis will be depict in the form of a graphic which will show the various steps to combine Exploratory Data Analysis, the scientific method, and Box’s iterative inductive deductive process into a Plan-Do-Check-Act like method. Examples will be presented to illustrate these concepts. Real world examples will include the analysis of a cracked cable coating, vibration sensor failures and a bushing and bracket failure. This final section of the presentation will provide advice on how both the customer and supplier can better prepare for a complaint. The view of both customers and suppliers will be represented including information the customer must provide with a claim as well as how a supplier can better prepare for a customer issue.

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Call for Webinars

The Statistics Division is seeking volunteers to present one hour webinars on any of the topics listed below as they relate to the Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) Exam. For instance, a presentation on Design and Analysis of Experiments might discuss Factorial Designs and Analysis of Variance. Please click here for more information about the CQE Exam. We plan that these webinars will become part of the Statistics Division body of knowledge to which we may refer any society member. To that end, the webinar will be recorded and afterward posted on the division Youtube channel. Anyone interested in presenting such a webinar between April and December of 2017, inclusive, should contact Adam Pintar by email at adam.pintar@nist.gov.


  • Acceptance Sampling
  • Probability Distributions
  • Statistical Decision-Making (e.g., hypothesis testing)
  • Relationships Between Variables (e.g., linear regression)
  • Statistical Process Control
  • Process and Performance Capability
  • Design and Analysis of Experiments