Welcome to the Washington, DC and Maryland Metro Section's website

We invite you to look around and bookmark our Web site. We also invite you to join us on LinkedIn for good quality discussion among our local professionals at our LinkedIn Group here. We look forward to hearing what's on your mind.


Opportunities to serve the section 

The Section Leadership Committee asks that all members give serious consideration to volunteering to serve their section. Volunteering is a great way to become familiar with section operations and get to know your fellow quality professionals.  


If you are interested in serving on the section leadership team, and want to increase your involvement in the quality community, please contact Kerry Higgins at .  These positions earn Recertification Units towards your next recertification.


IMPORTANT: If you are a member of ASQ Section 509 and have NOT been receiving our weekly Section 509 emails, please email our Webmaster at [email protected] Or click below...
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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 Heather Reis, Programs Chair at .

Remember to check our weekly email announcements and event calendar for our next meeting.

See you there!

- Heather Reis, ASQ509 Programs Chair

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

ASQ certification exams are given four (4) times per year by ASQ Section 509. Exam site is located in Columbia, MD at the JHU/Applied Physics Laboratory.  For information on exam dates and application deadlines for specific certifications, go to: http://asq.org/certification/dates.html

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 ().

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. 

Upcoming Events

Biomed/Biotech SIG; Palliative Care/Family Practice
Care for the Seriously Ill: Role of Palliative Medicine & Partnership with Primary Care Mo-Ping Chow, MD, MRCP, FACP Private Practice Internist and M. Jennifer Cheng, MD Associate Program Director, NIH Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program
Event Details  ·  Mar 10, 2016

Software Special Interest Group
Topic: Information System Contingency Plan (ISCP) - A Success Story Speaker: Rob White
Event Details  ·  Mar 22, 2016

ASQ 509 General Membership Meeting
Topic: Risk-Based Thinking Speaker: Mr. Robert Whitcher
Event Details  ·  Mar 24, 2016

Lean Six Sigma Special Interest Group
Topic: Is people productivity your team's weakest link? Make maximizing individuals’ strengths a team issue! Speaker: Ms. DeeDee Smartt Lynch
Event Details  ·  Mar 30, 2016


News Feeds

Suzuki Recalls 1.6 Million Cars Due to Air Conditioning Fault
Suzuki Motor Corp. said Thursday it will recall 1,616,125 mini-vehicles due to an air conditioning fault that could lead to engines stalling. The automaker, headquartered in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, said that a lack of oil necessary for lubrication in some of its cars' air conditioner...
News Item  ·  National Feed  ·  Mar 4, 2016_  right

Technique Could Convert Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Into Batteries
An interdisciplinary team of scientists has worked out a way to make electric vehicles that are not only carbon neutral, but carbon negative, capable of actually reducing the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide as they operate. They have done so by demonstrating how the graphite electrodes...
News Item  ·  National Feed  ·  Mar 4, 2016_  right

VW Knew of Defeat Device in May 2014
A Volkswagen (VW) statement confirms that former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn was first informed of the U.S. cheat software in May 2014, although the seriousness of it was not established for at least another year VW has admitted that then CEO Martin Winterkorn was first aware of the NOx emissions...
News Item  ·  National Feed  ·  Mar 4, 2016_  right

Study: Smartphone Blood-Pressure App Often Wrong
A popular app that uses your smartphone to check your blood pressure is inaccurate, missing high blood pressure readings in four out of every five patients tested, researchers report. Instant Blood Pressure promises to provide an estimated blood pressure reading if users place their smartphone...
News Item  ·  National Feed  ·  Mar 4, 2016_  right


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ASQ Washington, DC & Maryland Metro Section 509
P.O. Box 303   ·  Fulton, MD  20759-0303
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