Current and Past Volunteers

ASQ (American Society for Quality), originally founded in at the end of World War II is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With individual and organizational members around the world, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges.

The ASQ Reliability Division (ASQ RD) is a community of practice focused on reliability and maintainability education and providing a forum for networking among members on reliability engineering, management and related topics. We facilitate reliability and maintainability engineering growth, promote reliability engineering principles and serve as a focal resource on reliability engineering for ASQ, Standards agencies, industry, commerce, government and academia.

risk and complex systems

The field of reliability and maintainability engineering encompasses a broad body of knowledge to include risk analysis, failure mode identification and quantification, test planning to name a few! Our division is completely managed and operated by volunteer professionals such as yourself. Join us and get involved while building valuable resume skills and expanding your professional skill set.  Interested in a detailed history of reliability?  Check out the article by our past chair Jim McLinn …

Our officers are elected by our membership and serve two year terms.  In order for the division to function our officers are supported by a large volunteer operations team.

Interested in volunteering but not sure what activities are in your local area?  Our volunteers are all across the United States and the globe.  You can volunteer from any geographic location!  Just send us an email at and we can get the process started.  Alternatively, check out if a regional counselor is active in your area!

Elected Officers (2016 – 2017)

Chair Marc Banghart
Chair-elect Dan Burrows
Secretary Tim Gaens
Treasurer Jim Breneman
Immediate Past Chair Trevor Craney

The Reliability Division was formed several decades ago and we have served the engineering community ever since.  Although some of our early officer rosters were unfortunately not preserved we are proud to have had a diverse group of professionals engaged within the society.

Previous Chairs of the Reliability Division
John J. Wargo 1985 – 1988
James A. McLinn 1991 – 1993
John A. Miller 1993 – 1995
Harrison M. Wadsworth Jr 1995 – 1997
Ronald L. Akers 1997 – 1999
Thimmiah Gurunatha 1999 – 2001
Dawn E. Onalfo 2001 – 2003
Gary S. Wasserman 2003 – 2005
Lynwood M. Rabon Jr 2005 – 2007
James A. McLinn 2007 – 2009
Fred Schenkelberg 2009 – 2011
David J. Auda 2012 – 2013
Trevor A. Craney 2014 – 2015
Marc Banghart 2016 – Present

The ASQ Reliability Division present a volunteer each year with the “Volunteer of the Year” award.  This award is designed to recognize outstanding service to the division. Nomination is open to all active volunteers within the Division, and selection is made by the Chair, Chair-Elect and Immediate Past Chair based on the following criteria:

  • Quality of Work (50 %)
  • Results of Work (20 %)
  • Initiative (20 %)
  • Timeliness and Sense of Urgency (10 %)

Volunteer of the Year Award Winners

2014 (first year of award) Mark Durivage
2015 Jim Breneman
2016 Tim Gaens