Geoff Vining, Professor of Statistics at Virginia Tech TITLE: Shewhart and Quality 4.0

Title: Shewhart and Quality 4.0



Industry 4.0 and the Quality community’s response, Quality 4.0, is an exciting opportunity for both engineers and quality specialists.  The era of massive data is driving these developments.  It is easy to believe that modern analytics is the key to Quality 4.0, but reality is much more complex.  Quality 4.0 must build upon basic science, engineering, and business principles, using proper data analytics to enhance the resulting insights.


This talk begins with a review of Shewhart’s classic 1931 book Economic Control of Quality of Manufactured Product.  It is easy to dismiss Shewhart’s work as simply a historic relic.  In actuality, Shewhart’s perspectives on the basic questions on the active control of any process are extremely relevant for Industry 4.0.  The thought underlying Shewhart’s basic procedures is quite profound, especially how he viewed the system of chance causes.  Paramount to Shewhart was the economic impact of his methodology.


The talk then builds upon Shewhart’s basic ideas to develop a new general framework for statistical process control/monitoring from a non-linear profile modeling perspective.   The proposed framework represents a very different perspective to approach the basic control/monitoring field.  Ideally, such a different perspective should generate an interesting conversation with the community as it begins to adapt itself to the realities posed by Industry 4.0.



Geoff Vining is a Professor of Statistics at Virginia Tech, where from 1999 – 2006, he also was the department head.  He holds an Honorary Doctor of Technology from Luleå University of Technology.  He is an Honorary Member of the ASQ (the highest lifetime achievement award in the field of Quality), an Honorary Member of the European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics (ENBIS), an Academician of the International Academy for Quality, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.  He is the Founding Chair of the International Statistical Engineering Association (ISEA).  He is a founding member of the US DoD Science of Test Research Consortium.


Dr. Vining won the 2010 Shewhart Medal, the ASQ career award given to the person who has demonstrated the most outstanding technical leadership in the field of modern quality control.  He also received the 2015 Box Medal from ENBIS. This medal recognizes a statistician who has remarkably contributed to the development and the application of statistical methods in European business and industry. In 2013, he received an Engineering Excellence Award from the NASA Engineering and Safety Center.  He received the 2011 William G. Hunter Award from the ASQ Statistics Division for excellence in statistics as a communicator, consultant, educator, innovator, and integrator of statistics with other disciplines and an implementer who obtains meaningful results.  He was the 2021 ASA Quality & Productivity Research Conference Honoree.  In 2020 he was named a Fulbright Scholar to Brazil for the period 2020-2021 (postponed to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic).


Dr. Vining is the author of three textbooks.  He is an internationally recognized expert in the use of experimental design for quality, productivity, and reliability improvement and in the application of statistical process control.  He has extensive consulting experience, most recently with the U.S. Department of Defense through the Science of Test Research Consortium and with NASA.