//Recognizing Quality Innovation

Recognizing Quality Innovation

2018-05-25T17:20:08+00:00

Honoring those in the mobility industry who demonstrate ability and talent to further innovation and broaden the impact of

Quality & Me

Subir shares his own personal efforts to work toward continuous improvement within his own community, among his friends and family.

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Books by Subir

The Power of LEO
The Ice Cream Maker
The Power of Design for Six
The Power of Six Sigma
Organization 21c

The Subir Chowdhury Medal of Quality Leadership was established by the Society of Automotive Engineers along with the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Foundation. Established in 2010, the award is honors individuals and organizations who demonstrate ability and talent to further innovation and broaden the impact of “quality” in mobility engineering, design and manufacture.

This award is offered in the spirit of my lifetime of work toward quality in the engineering professions. It’s purpose is to recognize the benefit to our global society when engineers practice the utmost quality in their work. The SAE website says that the award recognizes, “the power of quality in engineering.” I may add that we use excellence of this type to broaden our vision of what is achievable.

Certainly, I hope that this award enhances the public perception of SAE International as an organization that celebrates contributions of all individuals and their work in this area. My aim comports with theirs: to demonstrate “the deeper scope and reach of SAE International” and engineering professions to the public.

I honor medal recipients – past and present:

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Recipient Award Employer
Gerald Johnson 2017 General Motors
Shahjada Ahmed Pahlovy, PhD 2016 Dynax Corporation
Glen A. Barton 2011 Caterpillar Inc
James D. Power 2010 JD Power And Associates

What is your difference?

In the past two decades, I have helped countless organizations improve their processes to find greater success. But over the years, something began to haunt me. I noticed that some organizations using the exact same process or methodology realized enormous savings, while others stumbled. I kept wondering, what is the difference?

How to make everyone a S.T.A.R.

One company had a return that equaled 5 times the cost of their investment in the program. Another company had a return that equaled 100 times the cost of their investment! It’s a true story. I know, because both companies were clients of my firm. Both companies got a return on their investment, but I still felt both frustrated and perplexed that one had done so much better. The reason for the difference kept puzzling me—why would one company do so much better using the same processes?

A musician that made a difference

One of the most memorable days of my life was meeting my favorite musician, Pandit Ravi Shankar, the legendary Sitar Maestro. Nearly half a century earlier, George Harrison of The Beatles traveled to India to learn sitar from him. A friendship formed, and it reshaped aspects of The Beatles music. Likewise, Ravi’s music had a huge impact on my own life.

Impact of Quality of Learning

Is it culture, the weather, geography? Perhaps ignorance of what the right policies are? Simply, no. None of these factors is either definitive or destiny. Otherwise, how to explain why Botswana has become one of the fastest growing countries in the world, while other African nations, such as Zimbabwe, the Congo, and Sierra Leone, are mired in poverty and violence?