OK, I'll take a few minutes to say "hello" to anyone who may happen by and be viewing this thread....
1. Name - My "real" name is Steve McQuay. I just couldn't resist making my "screen name" Steve McQua'lit'y - seems a little hokey, but it seemed like a good idea at the time!
2. Job Title or explanation of what you do - I'm currently a Quality Engineer for a Medical Device Manufacturer. My first project is revamping our vendor quality/evaluation program and developing a product reliability matrix...which is what brought me here to "the Cove"...
3. Industry you're in or have been in - Gee, I started as a Quality Engineer for an independent window/curtain wall test facility, moved to Quality Engineer for a Cable Company (both in York, PA) then moved into Ultrasound where I've been a Quality Engineer, Manufacturing Engineer, Design Engineer and now I've come back to the "Quality Fold". I think wearing all these hats gives me a unique appreciation of where Quality fits in to the whole scheme of things!
4. Company you work for and location - I'm current working for Sound Technology, a Medical Device Manufacturer in Pennsylvania - State College, PA to be exact.
5. Length of time in quality function - as mentioned above, I've had a "varied" engineering career to say the least. Total years in Quality has been about 5 + 1 month!
6. Something personal that sets you apart - I guess the professional thing that sets me apart is the various hats I've worn. The personal thing that sets me apart, to any PSU alumni that may happen by and read this, is the fact that I am in the Phyrst Phamly - a 38yr. old "sing-along" band in an Irish Pub, called "The Phyrst" of course, here at Penn State!
7. Your pet peeve in quality - The quality professionals that "police" quality
as opposed to "championing" quality to get other people to buy in to the whole phylosophy!
8. If you could change the world of quality, what would you do? -
I'd change the way people view the "QA Guys" and change the way Quality is implemented. I mean really, we're just here as the coaches on the Quality Team which ideally involves the entire company. It's up to everyone to participate and pull the whole system together. I've always viewed my role in Quality Engineering as the "Service Industry" part of the Manufacturing Industry.
I guess that's me in a "nut" shell - no pun intended, really!
...Sorry about all the "emoticons", but I've never used them before and it looked like fun!!
I try not to be the stereotypical "engineer"...