The Six Sigma Forum Award for the Advancement of Six Sigma recognizes outstanding achievements, efforts and contributions from quality professionals that further the Body of Knowledge and practice of the Six Sigma methodology. Given annually at the Lean and Six Sigma Conference, this award is presented to individuals who have expanded the use of Six Sigma to drive breakthrough improvements.
This year’s winner is a familiar face to many of us. Joel Smith is an experienced practitioner, a helpful instructor, an accomplished speaker, and a renowned author. As a Past Chair of ASQ’s Statistics Division, many of us have interacted with Joel on a personal level and have experienced first-hand his depth of knowledge and desire to help solve mathematical and process-related problems.
While at Minitab, Joel built his skillset in both Six Sigma and applied statistics in a way most of us can only dream of—including publication of his frequently used reference book entitled “Applied Statistics Manual.” And if you’ve seen Joel present at any one of numerous ASQ conferences, or read his Random Thoughts column in the Six Sigma Forum Magazine, his blend of practical application, common sense, engineering, physics and sarcasm provides his audience with very memorable lessons.
With an easily recognized warm smile that is always part of his demeanor, Joel is currently a Master Black Belt at Keurig Doctor Pepper. The project work and mentoring he has been involved in there is nothing short of spectacular.
Let's again congratulate this year’s Six Sigma Forum Award recipient—Joel Smith!