Ronald Does, professor of industrial statistics at the Amsterdam Business School (ABS) has been awarded the Shewhart Medal 2019 of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Does will receive the award at the ASQ annual business meeting on 19 May 2019, prior to the ASQ World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Fort Worth Texas from 20 to 22 May.
The award recognizes the contributions Does has made in industrial statistics for the past 30 years. “I am honored to receive this award,” said Does. “The list of past winners is extremely distinguished, filled with colleagues who truly made significant contributions to the improvement of industrial quality, productivity, and reliability.” Past winners are W. Edwards Deming, George E.P. Box, John W. Tukey, Kaoru Ishikawa, Genichi Taguchi, and John F. MacGregor.
Does’ research areas include statistical process monitoring, lean six sigma, operational excellence and healthcare engineering. He has already won several professional awards, authored and co-authored many peer reviewed articles and books. He received his PhD in 1982, worked as an senior consultant at Philips Electronics and returned to the university in 1994 as director of the Institute for Business and Industrial Statistics (IBIS). “One foot in practice, the other in academics: that's how I practice our profession,” says Does.
The Shewhart Medal is named in honor of Walter A. Shewhart, who was often referred to as the "father of statistical quality control." The medal is the highest award for technical leadership in the field of quality control. It is presented annually to an individual who has made the most outstanding contributions to the science and techniques of quality control or who has demonstrated leadership in the field of modern quality control.