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Martha Gardner

Contributed by Ana Del Amo, Gerald J. Hahn Q&P Achievement Award Chair

This year’s winner of the Gerald J. Hahn Q&P Achievement Award is Martha Gardner, a leading expert in quality methods and tools. Gardner is a knowledgeable coach and teacher who has used her domain expertise in mathematics and statistics to take key leadership positions within GE Global Research. She has worked directly with GE businesses to leverage her deep expertise in applied statistics to solve supply chain and manufacturing quality issues. As a chief scientist at GE Global Research, she led initiatives for Six Sigma, Lean Six Sigma, statistical process control, big data analytics, and the theory of inventive problem-solving.

In her role as executive quality leader of process improvement at GE Aviation, Gardner and her team have had a significant impact on product quality and delivery, focusing on reduction in losses. Her positive and enthusiastic leadership style engages the teams on the manufacturing floor, leading to stronger teams and more effective and creative solutions to critical business problems.

Gardner is driving renewed focus on producibility and process capability and recently established a technical career path and community for technical leaders who are driving quality advancement under her mentorship.

In previous years, the Gerald Hahn Award winner gave the Q&P plenary address at the Fall Technical Conference. However, due to the health and financial effects of COVID-19, the Fall Technical Conference will not be held this year.

For details about the Gerald J. Hahn Q&P Achievement Award, visit the Quality and Productivity Section website.

W. G. Samanthi Konarasinghe

Samanthi Konarasinghe in Melbourne, Australia, March 6–7 with Waheed Ahmad Baig at the International Conference on Research in Life-Sciences and Healthcare

W. G. Samanthi Konarasinghe, from the Institute of Mathematics and Management in Sri Lanka, introduced three new forecasting techniques: circular model (CM), circular indicator (CI), and Sama circular model (SCM).

The circular model is based on Newton’s Law of Circular Motion, Fourier Transformation, and least square regression. The most important property of the CM is it can be applied for either stationary or nonstationary series. Further, the model is capable of capturing both seasonal and cyclical patterns of a time series. Yet the CM was applicable only for trend-free series, so it was improved and named the Sama circular model. The SCM is superior to decomposition techniques and auto regressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) / seasonal auto regressive integrated moving average (SARIMA) in modeling wave-like patterns.

The circular indicator was developed to measure the risk of returns of share market investments. Development of the CI was based on the motion of a particle in a horizontal circle (Newton’s Law) and Dharma wheel philosophy. The Dharma chakra or “Wheel of Dharma” is a widespread symbol used in Indian religions such as Jainism, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

Konarasinghe won the best paper award from the International Conference on Advances in Mathematics, Computers, and Physical Sciences and International Conference on Business, Economics, Social Sciences, and Humanities for her research findings. She was awarded the IMRF Best Scientist Award, India and invited to speak on her findings at several conferences. She was the keynote speaker at the International Conference on Science and Technology Research, International Conference on Research in Life-Sciences and Healthcare, and International Conference on Modern Trends in Mathematics.

For more information about Konarasinghe’s research, see the International Journal of Research & Review article, the International Journal of Novel Research in Physics Chemistry & Mathematics, and Konarasinghe’s Google Scholar profile.

Phil Nyakauru Gona

ASA member Phil Nyakauru Gona wrote an opinion-editorial titled “Global Message from Scientists on COVID-19,” which was published in The Sunday Mail of Zimbabwe. The article was prepared on behalf of members and alumni of Global Young Academy and delivered specific recommendations for sharing accurate information about the epidemic and opening two-way communication between scientists and the public. You can read the published piece in The Sunday Mail.

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