SPECIAL SESSION

Special Session: Non-Statistical Reflections on 50 Years Chairing the Deming Conference, Walter R. Young
Moderator: Alfred H. Balch

Abstract: I first attended the Princeton Conference (as it was then known) in December 1964 and have attended every conference since, which must be somewhat of a record for a single symposium. I serendipitously assumed its chair several weeks after the 1969 meeting. There have been ups and downs but on the whole I’ve really enjoyed this experience, especially working with a top-notch organizing committee and consider it to be one of the major achievements in my life. This talk will describe the conference’s history as well as some amusing anecdotes and is an update of the similarly titled paper in the text.

 

Speaker Bio

BChE from CUNY. MChE and MSOR from NYU. NY Professional Engineering license. ASQ Quality and Engineering Certification. Elected ASQ Fellow in 1980. Founder and chair for 3 years of the Tappan Zee section. Awarded the Deming Silver Medal and the Ellis R. Ott award. Chaired the ASTM E-11 nonparametric methods subcommittee and the working group that rewrote its outlier standard. Worked for 31 years for Lederle Labs until Wyeth acquired it. Retired as a Principal Clinical Programmer in 2005. A Pfizer retiree of 41 years as Pfizer later acquired Wyeth. Published more than 2-dozen professional papers and gave numerous talks. Expertise in a number of programming languages and graphics.

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