American Society for Quality
Merrimack Valley Sec. 0102
PO Box 275
North Andover,  MA 01845-0275

ASQMV Dinner Meeting

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Human Connection to the Future of Quality

NOTE: Location is the Radisson Chelmsford

Event Schedule:
Registration: 5:30 - 6:00
Buffet Dinner: 6:00 -6:45
Presentation: 6:45-7:45

The Human Connection to the Future of Quality

The transformation of industry and quality to what is called 4.0 is just not about technology and machines.  Humans are an integral part of this transformation and are a valuable asset that organizations need to manage complex technologies.  The future of quality will depend on a combination of technical and human factors but the new emphasis will be on our human abilities, creativity, and problem-solving skills to meet the changing demands of the 4th Industrial Revolution.  Human factors engineering is the science of understanding human capabilities and provides solutions to measure and improve the human element in today’s transformative technologies. Cher Nicholas will discuss how incorporating human factors knowledge and applications can support business and quality goals for the future.


Cher A. Nicholas, Ph.D. -            ASQ CSSBB, CMQ/OE, CQE, CQA

Cher A. Nicholas is an engineer and a researcher.  She has a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering concentrating in human factors, human performance, and psychology.  She has extensive experience working as an engineer in multiple technical industries both in R & D and manufacturing.  She worked for a federal agency for six years where she implemented a lean program.  Cher is a senior member of ASQ and hold four certifications.  Her bachelor’s degree is in electrical engineering and holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research.  Cher is certified as a Master Lean Practitioner from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers.

Call for Speakers

ASQMV is looking for subject matter experts!

Have you ever thought about giving a presentation on something you do well?  Do you have a case study that would be of interest to our colleagues?  Do you know someone who would be a great speaker? Think about joining me to be part of our innovative programs planning for the upcoming year.  Any ideas or interests please contact ASQMV Programs Chair at, or just discuss your thoughts at one of our upcoming meetings.

Section Meeting

Wednesday February 21, 2018


Managing the Complexity of Global Supply Chain Partnerships
Have you ever heard someone say that their company offshored to country X and the quality was terrible, or that when the product was moved to country Y and the costs went up, or that country Z rips off our IP.  Is this done to us or do we allow it to be done unto us?

Supply Chain Management has become a global playing field in recent years.  The common view point is that there has been a race to the lowest common denominator, offshoring technology and intellectual property to Asia and moving us the consumers farther and farther away from the centre of the supply chain.  The concept of supply and demand are universal, the definition of quality and service are universal – providing the correct products at the correct price at the correct quality on time every time.  Our local needs and expectations may change however and we need to be able to reflect this cultural shift in our supply chains.  Add in to this ethical supply chains and our task of managing a complex supply chain becomes even more complex.

In this webinar we will address the central questions of (a) is globalisation a necessary constituent of modern supply chains and (b) what alternatives are necessary. We will look at the premise of ‘glocalisation’ in the supply chain environment – how can we apply the concepts of global supply chain management in a local environment.  Finally we will review tools and techniques for building complex supply partnerships and why partnerships whereby all elements of the supply chain are working in unison for the customers customer and everyone is s
haring the good fortune along the way

John Perigaut

John is an ASQ Fellow and CQE, CQA, CMQ/OE, and CBA.  His other certifications include:  Massachusetts Quality Award Examiner, Lean Certificate Degree, and Certified Train-the-Trainer from Motorola University.  He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Finance.  Currently, John is the QMS Manager at Philips Health Systems in Andover, MA.  John is also an Adjunct Professor at Merrimack College.

In the course of his career, John has implemented ISO 9001 and Lean Manufacturing at various companies in various industries Worldwide.  He speaks on Quality and Change Management at World and Local ASQ Conferences.  John has also cerved as Chair for ASQMV.

Location (see map)
Holiday Inn Tewksbury –Andover
4 Highwood Dr
Tewksbury, MA 01876


5:30 - 6:00 Registration

6:00 - 7:00 Presentation

7:00 - 7:30 Dinner