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Candidates in the ASU’s Master Black Belt program recently completed the one-week campus intensive that is the beginning of their certification process. This year’s diverse group represents aerospace and health care industries, in addition to technology solution providers for transportation, energy and genetics research. Students from health care companies account for 33 percent of the spring 2014 cohort; up from 23 percent in last year’s cohort.

Douglas Montgomery, Regents’ Professor in the School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, and the Master Black Belt program director, approves candidate admission to the program based on a rigorous criteria of background, certifications and experience. “ASU’s Master Black Belt Program reputation is unsurpassed. The program has a unique combination of faculty with rigorous academic credentials but also internationally-recognized practical experience. This combination sets the program apart from other organizations,” he said.

Montgomery was recently elected as an Honorary Member of ASQ — formerly the American Society for Quality. He is the 25th Honorary Member since the organization was founded in 1946. The ASQ Board of Directors unanimously approved his nomination. (Read Montgomery honored for achieving elite stature in his field of engineering on Full Circle)

According to Layla Reitmeier, programs manager for Global Outreach and Extended Education, 70 percent of this year’s candidates identified the quality of instructors as their top reason in selecting ASU’s Master Black Belt Program.

Over the next three months, candidates will strengthen their areas of technical expertise and prepare a white paper demonstrating their understanding and ability to assume the role of the Master Black Belt. Upon approvel of the white paper by the program’s instructors, candidates will be able to use the designation “Certified Master Black Belt” as a professional credential.

To learn more about ASU’s Master Black Belt program, contact Layla Reitmeier at or 480-965-8515.

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