Tshibangu Certified ASQ Quality Engineer

Anselm Tshibangu, assistant professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Alfred State College has completed requirements to be named an ASQ-certified quality engineer (ASQ-CQE) by the Certification Board of the American Society for Quality. As such, Tshibangu has reached a significant level of professional recognition, indicating a proficiency in and a comprehension of quality engineering principles and practices. Individuals who earn this certification are allowed to use "ASC CQE" on their business cards and professional correspondence.

"ASQ provides certification as a way to provide formal recognition to professionals who have demonstrated an understanding of, and a commitment to, quality techniques and practices in their job and career," explains Mike Nichols, president, American Society for Quality. "This is a great accomplishment and although not a formal registration or licensure, it represents a high level of peer recognition."

A certified quality engineer is a professional who understands the principles of product and service quality evaluation and control. In order to sit for the CAE examination, a candidate must have at least eight year of training and on-the-job experience in one or more areas of quality, with a minimum of three years in a decision-making position. Some of these areas include the developing and implementing quality systems, knowledge and application of methods for planning, controlling, and assuring product and process quality, reliability and risk management, and the ability to use a wide spectrum of quantitative analysis and evaluative tools and techniques.

Since 1968, when the first ASQ certification examination was given, more than 100,000 individuals have taken the path to reaching their goal of becoming ASQ-certified in their field or profession, including many who have attained more than one designation.

The American Society for Quality has been the world's leading authority on quality for more than 60 years. With more than 93,000 individual and organizational members, the professional association advances learning, quality improvement, and knowledge exchange to improve business results, and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide. ASQ is a champion of the quality movement, offering technologies, concepts, tools, and training to quality professionals, quality practitioners, and everyday consumers.

Tshibangu, who joined the faculty at Alfred State College in September 2004, holds a PhD in industrial engineering from Morgan State University, Baltimore; an MSc in engineering management from Rand Afrikaans University, South Africa; and a BSc in mechanical engineering from the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

Prior to coming to Alfred, Tshibangu served as an associate professor at Baltimore City Community College and as a teaching and research assistant at Morgan State University, Baltimore. He also has experience in manufacturing, mining, chemical, and metallurgical plants.

Tshibangu is the co-author of several papers, including "A Compromise Programming Approach to FMS Optimization Model," proceedings of the 7th annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering, Busan, Korea; "Analysis of an FMS with Consideration of Machine Reliability," proceedings of the 8th annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering Theory, Las Vegas; and "Multiple Optimization of a Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) Using a Multivariate Quadratic Loss Function," published and presented, in absentia, at the 9th annual International Conference on Industrial Engineering Theory at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Tshibangu, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and his wife, Joelle, are the parents of Kenny, Dan, Sarah, and Ketsia, all at home.

Alfred State College, a member of the technology college sector within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, offers outstanding educational opportunities for students in its nearly 60 associate degree programs, 15 baccalaureate degree programs, and several certificate programs. ASC continues to expand its online education offerings to include more than 56 online courses as well as two complete curriculum options (health information technology and court and realtime reporting). Numerous vocational-technical offerings stressing hands-on learning are available at the School of Applied Technology Campus located in nearby Wellsville, NY. The College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and several programs are also accredited or approved by program-specific professional organizations.