January Member Spotlight: Abdul Kaissi
Highest academic degree?
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (ABD), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, and
Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
What is your current occupation?
Quality / Validation Engineer (Consultant) at Phillips-Medisize, LLC (Innovation Sustainability into Medical Devices), a great company with a wonderful diverse culture.
Is there a teacher or mentor who influenced you more than others?
Dr. Keith B. Grant was my committee leader and mentor during my Doctoral thesis in Management Organizational Leadership Titled: Leadership Influence Styles: Investigating Their Effect on Six Sigma Change Program Implementation in High-Tech Industry. His continued motivation and support molded the character needed to pursue and complete the doctoral journey while I was working full time as a Quality Engineer in Seagate Technology.
How were you introduced to the quality field?
I was working as an Advance Manufacturing Engineer at Seagate Technology when I was selected by management to attend the new Six Sigma program in order to solve challenging engineering problems and harvest cost savings at the same time. This is what introduced me to the importance of the quality field in the engineering and production world.
What is the best career advice you have received?
Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people. Being positive in a negative situation is not naïve. It is Leadership. A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.
Have you had any previous jobs you consider noteworthy?
Very early in my career I worked with my uncle to rebuild old cars and restore them. I enjoyed this very much because it allowed me to work with my own hands to solve mechanical problems and understand what it takes to produce a quality product.
What ASQ activities are you involved in?
I have been a member of MN ASQ for around 5 years, and I have enjoyed every moment of it. The ASQ activities that I was involved in are Track Chair for MN ASQ Quality Conference 2109 and Program Chair for 2020 and 2021 conferences.
How has being a MNASQ member been valuable in your career?
Being a member is very valuable in meeting, networking, and mentoring other professionals in the quality field. Membership has provided me with access to a wealth of resources, references, and training in various topics in Quality Engineering, System development, and management.
What brought you to or keeps you in the Minnesota region?
I transferred with Seagate Technology to the Shakopee Disc Drive Design Center after the Oklahoma Design Center was closed in 1996. Since then, I have enjoyed the great culture and wonderful people of Minnesota.
What activities or achievements outside of ASQ do you think are noteworthy?
I recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Medical Device Development-Regulatory Science from University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, MN.
Do you have any recent publications or awards you would like to highlight?
Letter of Commendation from President/CEO for Six Sigma Black Belt Successes
Customer Satisfaction Awards – Teamwork & SMT Business Team
Technical Excellence Award for Patent issued.
What are your favorite ways to relax?
I very much enjoy reading, watching sports, coaching Soccer, and love hiking/walking and traveling when possible.