Quality expert featured speaker at TTU summer commencement ceremony

Curt Reimann, an internationally recognized expert in quality initiatives and former director of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, is the featured speaker at Tennessee Technological University's summer commencement ceremony this Saturday.

Approximately 373 students are expected to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees at the ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. in the university's Hooper-Eblen Center.

Reimann, who was selected last fall to fill the university's W. Eugene Mayberry Chair of Excellence in Business Administration for Quality and Technology Management, directed the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from its inception in 1987 until his retirement in 1995. He is senior scientist emeritus at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he served as director of Quality Programs and deputy director of the National Measurement Laboratory for 33 years.

Among his honors are the U.S. Department of Commerce's Gold Medal for NIST leadership in chemical measurements, the Distinguished Rank Award from President George Bush, the 1995 Tennessee Governor's Quality Award and the 1994 Quality and Productivity Management Association Leadership Award.

As Mayberry chairholder, Reimann develops international/export readiness criteria for the Baldrige framework used for the Tennessee Quality Award, teaches classes and works directly with graduate students and faculty to further the College's quality initiatives. The Baldrige Award recognizes U.S. companies for excellence in increasing quality and performance and improving competitiveness. The annual award is administered by the NIST, an agency of the Department of Commerce.

Students graduating this summer hail from seven states including Tennessee, 47 Tennessee counties and two foreign countries. They represent 27 undergraduate fields of study and 14 graduate fields. Following summer commencement, Tennessee Tech will have granted well over 43,000 degrees.

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