Welcome to the Washington, DC and Maryland Metro Section's website
There are numerous committees members may serve on. Feel free to contact us about these as well.
If you are interested in serving on the section leadership team, and want to increase your involvement in the quality community, please contact Ronald Kelley at Nominations@asq509.org. These positions earn Recertification Units towards your next recertification.
for emailing the Webmaster at Webmaster@asq509.org.
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 George Chang, Programs Chair at Programs@asq509.org.
Remember to check our bi-weekly email announcements and event calendar for our next meeting.See you there!
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 (email@example.com).
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.
Biomed/Biotech SIG: Functional Imaging with PET
Functional Imaging with Positron Emission Tomography presented by Jeih-San Jason Liow, MS, PhD Physicist/Staff Scientist, Molecular Imaging Branch National Institute of Mental Health, NIH
Software Special Interest Group
Topic: "We are paying for What?! IT Asset Management: security, sanity and saving money."; Speaker: Mr. David Morse, Senior Cyber Security Engineer, MITRE Corporation
Certified Quality Auditor Refresher Course
Location: Online, Web-based Instructor: Sandra L. Menzies Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, and April 1, 2017
ASQ 509 General Membership Meeting
Topic: Harnessing Experience and Embracing Opportunity - Making your Organization Resilient Speaker: Tim Wren
Sticker Shock for Olive Oil Buyers After Bad Italian Harvest
From specialty shops in Rome to supermarkets around the world, lovers of Italian olive oil are in for some sticker shock this year, with prices due to jump by as much as 20 percent. The combination of bad weather and pests hit the harvest in Southern Europe, most of all in Italy, where...
You Can Now Transfer Money Internationally Through Facebook
Forget about likes and shares. You can now transfer money internationally through Facebook. The money transfer startup TransferWise has launched a new chatbot that enables Facebook users to move funds abroad using the social platform's Messenger service. The bot can be used to move money...
Environmental Groups Challenge New Permits for Industrial Dairies
A coalition of environmental groups filed an appeal last week with the Washington state Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB) challenging the Department of Ecology's waste discharge permits for concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs). The appeal alleges the permits fail to include...
Toyota, Shell Partner to Build Fuel Stations for Hydrogen Cars
Royal Dutch Shell PLC will build seven fueling stations for hydrogen cars in California through a partnership with Toyota Motor Corp., laying down their latest bet on the demise of the internal-combustion engine. The stations will nudge the state closer to its goal of having 100 retail...