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About Us : Grand Rapids Section 1001

Knowledge – Networking - Opportunities

ASQ1001 in Grand Rapids, Michigan was founded in 1953. It is affiliated with the American Society for Quality (ASQ), an international organization that is helping to create better workplaces and communities, worldwide.

Our local section provides opportunities to increase Knowledge through education and training, workshops and certification. Networking takes place among more than 400 active members through monthly meetings, LinkedIn, and other professional activities. Members benefit from finding employment postings, volunteering for the section and community events, publishing appropriate professional papers and seeking advancement to Senior and Fellow status in ASQ.

ASQ1001 has proudly lead West Michigan companies into the 21st Century and continues to be the “global voice of quality” in West Michigan and beyond.

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Section News Flash

November Member Meeting

Wow!  We hope you were able to attend our October meeting featuring Dr. Michael Hagen from Gift of Life Michigan.  Our group has never had such an emotional and heartfelt presentation.  After the presentation several of our members joined the donor registry.  Gift of Life maintains and grows the Michigan Organ Donor Registry in partnership with the Michigan Secretary of State. The registry is a confidential database of state residents who have expressed their desire to someday help others by becoming an organ, eye and tissue donor.  It is never too late to register. Dr. Hagan continues to serve as quality professional and is active in ASQ.

Our November meeting topic “Fracture Analysis and Fun with the Scanning Electron Microscopepromises to also be of interest.   Debbie Aliya of Aliya Analytical, Inc. will introduce us to the scanning electron microscope (SEM) in a fun and informative way.

Fracture analysis is a useful activity for many engineering situations. With this tool you don't have to wait for products to break at the customer.  Fracture analysis is useful to understand how much of a safety factor is present in new durability tested designs (until they break or wear out).  Wear, in many cases, is a "repetitive micro fracture event".

Debbie has taught fracture analysis using fractures of carrots, chocolate, apples, and lollipops. Rather than just using our eyes, we can expand the range of sizes of details that can be viewed using a scanning electron microscope (SEM).  In metals and plastics there are types of features visible only with SEM enhanced magnification.  These scans provide information on how materials were processed during manufacturing. This presentation will look at the same type of "macro-scale" features that we can see with carrots and chocolate, but on very small things, that we could not otherwise see.

With the holiday’s fast approaching November is our local section’s “community give-back” month.  Although we still have to charge our usual meeting fees to cover expenses at the Bluff (note - meeting fees only allow us to breakeven, not generate revenue), we are accepting cash or food items for a local food pantry (usually God’s Kitchen).  Please donate what you can.

Our November tutorial presentation will be on “the Fellow” nomination process.  We will have several of our own local “Good Fellows” assist with this tutorial.

We have 3 refresher courses scheduled to begin in January (CQT, CSSBB, CQM-OE).  Winter can be an excellent time to take courses when you don’t have all the good weather distractions.  Please look at our events calendar and the Refresher course matrix.  Go to the Papers/Archives tab at the top of the web page, and then scroll down to the Miscellaneous Section for further details.

 Thanks for your interest in ASQ (the global voice of quality).  I hope to see you November 12th at the Bluff.


Jim Anderson

ASQ Section 1001 Chair

Member Meetings

ASQ Presents!

  • Special speakers, tutorials, networking, dinner buffet
  • Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month September through May (except December)
  • Venue: The Bluff Banquet and Conference Center, located at 2035 28th Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
  • Register online at asq1001.org “Events” page

AGENDA (except December)

  • 5:15 - Doors Open / Registration
  • 5:30 - Networking
  • 5:45 - Tutorial
  • 6:00 - Buffet Begins
  • 7:15 - Speaker Main Topic Presentation
  • 8:15 - Closing remarks, Adjourn (approx.)