Other Organizations

Industry Partners

General Motors

For more information, please visit:  http://www.gm.com

Quality Resources

ASQ – National

ASQ (American Society for Quality) is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better.

For more information, please visit: www.asq.org

ASQ – Software Division

The mission of the ASQ Software Division is to provide members the benefit of collective learning, enabling them to be more effective practitioners of software quality and greater contributors to their employers, customers, and the profession. As stewards of the software quality profession, we are the global nexus for knowledge and recognized champion for excellence in software.

Please visit us at: http://asq.org/software/

ASQ – Automotive Division

ASQ Automotive Division is committed to becoming the worldwide leader on quality issues related to the automotive industry. Members include professionals from almost every discipline in the vehicle manufacturing and supplier business in the automotive, heavy-truck, off-highway, agricultural, industrial and construction equipment industries.

Please visit us at: http://www.asq-auto.org/.

ASQ – Healthcare Division

ASQ Healthcare Division is a leader in providing resources, training, certification and networking opportunities to professionals in healthcare.

Quality professionals across all segments of healthcare use ASQ’s resources to improve:

  • Quality of care

  • Patient safety and satisfaction

  • Organizational efficiencies, and

  • The bottom line.

Please visit us at:http://asq.org/healthcare-use/why-quality/overview.html

Michigan Quality Council (MQC)

The MQC provides information, feedback, training, and referrals to assist Michigan organizations in improving quality, customer satisfaction, and other results. All stakeholders stand to benefit, including stockholders, employees, suppliers, customers, and the general public.  In addition to the Michigan Quality Leadership Award, Michigan’s version of the Baldrige Award, the MQC is also a source for other quality resources.

For more information, visit: http://www.michiganquality.org/

Baldrige Quality Award

The Baldrige Program educates organizations in performance excellence management and administers the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

We are the nation’s public-private partnership dedicated to improving the performance of U.S. organizations. Our main focus areas are to:

  • Help organizations achieve best-in-class levels of performance

  • Identify and recognize role-model organizations

  • Identify and share best management practices, principles, and strategies

For more information, visit: http://www.nist.gov/baldrige/


Macomb Community College

As a publicly funded and community-based institution of higher education, Macomb Community College provides a comprehensive program of high-quality educational, enrichment, and economic development experiences designed to promote individual growth and social improvement.  As part of its mission, Macomb focuses resources on economic development for critical occupations and growth sectors in the southeast Michigan region to promote workforce and economic development.  As part of this effort, Macomb Community College partners with ASQ to create curriculum that prepares students for ASQ certification exams.

For more information, visit http://www.macomb.edu/

Lawrence Technological University

Lawrence Technological University was born 80 years ago in the middle of an innovation explosion that would change the world. None other than Henry and Edsel Ford helped launch the revolutionary experiment that would become LTU, providing guidance and space in their sprawling former Model T assembly plant for the fledgling school.

If you’re a thinker, a visionary, a builder…if you’re curious…then you’re Lawrence Tech. Come roll up your sleeves and dive in at one of the nation’s best schools for engineering, architecture, science, and applied technology.

For more information, visit http://www.ltu.edu/

Wayne State University

Wayne State is dedicated to preparing students to excel by combining the academic excellence of a major research university with the practical experience of an institution that by its history, location and diversity represents a microcosm of the world we live in.  As a nationally recognized urban public research university, Wayne State’s mission is to create knowledge and prepare a diverse body of students to excel in an increasingly complex and global society.

For more information, visit https://wayne.edu/

Professional Associations, Affiliates and Resources

AIAG (Automotive Industry Action Group)

Established in 1982, AIAG is a not-for-profit association where professionals from a diverse group of stakeholders – including retailers, suppliers of all sizes, automakers, manufacturers, service providers, academia, and government – work collaboratively to streamline industry processes via global standards development & harmonized business practices.

For more information, visit https://www.aiag.org

ESD (Engineering Society of Detroit)

ESD promotes and celebrates excellence, innovation, cooperation, professional growth and fellowship in the engineering, scientific and allied profession through the following values:

  • Inspire leadership and achievement by connecting great ideas and great people.

  • Foster excitement in math and science among young people to create the next generation of leaders and professionals.

  • Provide value and support to our members and the related engineering, scientific and allied community.

  • Operate with honesty and transparency to support the professional ethics of our members.

For more information, visit http://ww2.esd.org/home.htm

IIE (Institute of Industrial Engineers)

Systems world view. Productivity. Efficiency. These are words that describe the distinctive attributes of industrial engineering, and IIE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research, and development of industrial engineering. IEs figure out a better way to do things and work in a wide array of professional areas, including management, manufacturing, logistics, health systems, retail, service and ergonomics. They influence policy and implementation issues regarding topics such as sustainability, innovation and Six Sigma. And like the profession, IEs are rooted in the sciences of engineering, the analysis of systems, and the management of people.

For more information, visit http://www.iienet2.org

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

For more information, visit http://www.ieee.org

SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers)

SME has been leading the charge for over 80 years, solving the need for knowledge, training, and education to propel our industry forward. Now, in the spirit of continuous improvement and in recognition of the transformative changes sweeping manufacturing, we are evolving as an organization. With a renewed purpose, a revitalized brand, and the strategic and operational enhancements to back them up, we look forward to advancing the cause of manufacturing more effectively than ever.

For more information, visit http://www.sme.org/

SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)

SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International’s core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International’s charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.

For more information, visit https://www.sae.org/


The Michigan Lean Consortium is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to spreading lean principles throughout every public and private sector industry in Michigan. We firmly believe that by educating others about lean principles and tools, we can help make Michigan the best place in the country to live, learn, and earn.

For more information, visit http://michiganlean.org/

Automation Alley

Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes — from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper.

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley’s membership has grown to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions, government entities and nonprofit organizations from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. Automation Alley provides a variety of exclusive benefits to its members to help them succeed, including networking opportunities, meeting space and public relations tools. Automation Alley also serves the general business community in four key areas: entrepreneurial services, talent development, international business services, and defense and manufacturing.

Automation Alley collaborates with regional partners to provide its members and clients with the best business resources available, to drive local economic growth, and to positively influence the stories being told around the globe about the people and businesses of Greater Detroit.

For more information, visit http://www.automationalley.com/