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Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group
March 26, 2019 (Tuesday), 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
PPAP Workshop Site

Ahad Ali
Associate Professor and Director, Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group, LTU
Steven Sibrel
Senior Supplier Quality Manager, Harman International and Past Chair, ASQ Greater Detroit

SPONSORS: ASME Metro Detroit, ASQ Greater Detroit, Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD), IEOM Detroit Chapter and SAE Detroit Section.

A training certificate will be provided. Professional Development Equivalent to .8 CEU

This one day workshop provides participants with an understanding Production Part Approval Process (PPAP) and related topics including quality planning, evaluation, requirements, product and process changes in automotive and other manufacturing applications.

 Who Should Attend

  • Manufacturing Engineers
  • Quality Engineers
  • Process Engineers
  • Design Engineers
  • Product Engineers
  • Technicians
  • Supply Chain Engineers in OEM and Suppliers
  • ISO support members
  • Auditors and Inspectors
  • Quality Managers


  • Purpose of PPAP
  • PPAP Processes
  • PPAP Requirements and AIAG Standards
  • Six Elements of PPAP
  • PPAP Progress Check List
  • Process Capabilities
  • Supplier quality and OEM quality
  • Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
  • Voice of the Customer
  • Product Reliability Studies
  • Design/Manufacturing Verification & Validation
  • Product/Process Quality System
  • Pre-Launch Control Plan
  • Reduce Variation
  • MSA

07:00 08:00 AM Networking Continental Breakfast

08:00   Opening Keynote: Brian Martensen, Sr. Program Manager - Quality Products & Services, The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), Southfield, MI
08:30   Tony Brenders, VP Global Quality at Magneti Marelli, Greater Detroit Area
09:00   Mohammad Maqsoud Haq,
Manager, Variation Reduction, Stamping Quality, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Jefferson North Assembly Plant, Detroit
09:45   Break
10:00   Dr. Daw Alwerfalli, Professor and Director of Master of Engineering Management at LTU - Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)
10:30   Javed M Cheema, Global Director of Lean Enterprise at NEAPCO, Farmington
11:00   Steven Sibrel, Senior Supplier Quality Manager, Harman International and Professional Development Chair & Past Chair, ASQ Greater Detroit
11:30   Kevin McKenna, Global PS&L Quality Process and Metrics Manager, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI

12:00   Networking BUFFET LUNCH at RFOC (Real Food on Campus): All You Can Eat Meal


13:00   M Ali Rizwan, Director of Quality, Global Key Account Management, Continental
13:30   Dr. Ahad Ali, Associate Professor, Director of Industrial Engineering Program and Director of Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group, LTU
14:00   Speaker 10 - from OEM or supplier
14:30   Break
14:45   Dr. Saso Krstovski, MBB, Lean Manufacturing Coach / Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Van Dyke Transmission Plant, Ford Motor Company, Michigan
15:15   Speaker 11 - from OEM or supplier
15:45   Speaker 12 - from OEM or supplier


Brian Martensen
Sr. Program Manager - Quality Products & Services
The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
Southfield, MI


Tony BrendersTony Brenders
VP Global Quality
Magneti Marelli
Greater Detroit Area

Tony Brenders works as a VP Global Quality at Magneti Marelli, Auburn Hills, Michigan. He has over thirty years of progressive hands-on experience as an engineering leader in automotive quality improvement and product development. Mr. Brenders had various positions at FCA, DaimlerChrysler and Chrysler since 1986 including V.P. Technical Service Operations, Head of Engineering Quality, Senior Manager Program Management for Wrangler, Liberty, Nitro, Senior Manager of Vehicle Development and Program Management for Wrangler, Senior Manager, Vehicle Development for Liberty, Senior Manager Engineering Quality, Senior Manager - Small Car Chassis Engineering, Manager - Vehicle Safety and Manager Supplier Quality (Canada). He has bachelor in engineering from University of Windsor and MBA from Wayne State University.


Mohammad Maqsoud HaqMohammad Maqsoud Haq
Manager, Variation Reduction, Stamping Quality
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)
Jefferson North Assembly Plant, Detroit, Michigan

Mohammad Maqsoud Haq is a manager on variation reduction, stamping quality at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). He has various positions at FCA including Center Manager, Manufacturing Engineering Metrology (Detroit Processing Center- Jeep Wrangler), Metrology Supervisor and Sr. Dimensional Engineer at Jefferson North Assembly Plant (Grand Cherokee & Durango) for last 10 years. Mr. Haq worked as Lead Manufacturing Engineer at Ford Motor Company during 2000 to 2009 including launched all new 2010 model Lincoln closure installation to BIW, 2009 model Ford Flex Door Manufacturing and assembly, 2007 model Ford Edge/Lincoln MKX Hood and Liftgate Manufacturing and assembly and 2005 model Ford Focus Doors, Hood & Decklid Manufacturing and assembly. He was a manager of engineering metrology at Delphi Automotive System for 3 years. Mr. Haq worked as a Lean Manufacturing Engineer at General Motors during 1994 – 1997. He has Master of Science in Manufacturing & Industrial Engineering from University of Toledo and BSME degree from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He has expertise in Shainin Red X ~ Black Belt, Leica Laser Tracker Programmer, CMM programmer, Auto, Aero, Nanotechnology, Hybrid Tech, Solar cell, FMS, ProEngineer and AutoCAD, Assembly and Fixture Design, Advanced GD&T, FEA, CP-CPk, Process, CI, ANOVA, Allen Bradley PLC, Kaizen, Ishikawa, Hoshin and Taguchi Methods, Robotic Systems, NPI, Process Optimization. DFA/DFM, Lean Principle with Six Sigma, Kaizan, System Integration, Analytical Modeling, CAD & CAE Software, Benchmarking, Budgeting, Statistical Analysis, Process Capability, DVP, PPAP, DOE, APQP.


Dr. Daw AlwerfalliDr. Daw Alwerfalli
Professor and Director of Master of Engineering Management Program
A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering

Lawrence Technological University
Southfield, Michigan, USA

Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP)

Prominent professor, senior technical industry consultant and manufacturing engineering educator with a tremendous expertise in program and curriculum development in higher technical education. Highly experienced and dedicated community leader with great ability to work with an array of constituencies and coalitions in developing shared organizational vision to create and implement strategies aimed at advancing common causes to accomplish goals in fulfilment of the organization’s mission. Highly perceived expert and industrial advisor. He is the founder of Manufacturing Engineering Solutions (MES) a consulting firm founded in 2000. He is senior technical consultant and strategist to the US manufacturing industry. MES developed executive training programs to numerous organizations such as Chrysler, Ford, GM, Exxon Mobil, Conco Philips, Marathon and Tier I and II suppliers to the US auto industry and other international companies. Published numerous research papers in many national and international conferences.

Dr. Alwerfalli is a recipient of many prestigious awards including, the 2009 Arab American of the year in education, 1997 Lawrence Tech. Excellence in Teaching Award, 2004 Outstanding Engineering Faculty. He serves on many boards of directors, he also served on the Advisor Council of the Governor of Michigan for the Arab American and Chaldean Affairs Committee. He is currently serving on the steering committee of MAT 2 for dual education where he is a lead assessor to evaluate colleges for readiness in joining MAT 2 coalition of several German US based companies. Dr. Alwerfalli is also serving on the steering committee of “LIFT” Lightweight Innovation for Tomorrow, The committee is to develop innovative educational curriculum and skills for the next generation workforce for the Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee under $148 Million, a federal grant for the year 2015-2016. For several years, Dr. Alwerfalli served as the academic advisor of many doctoral students who obtained their doctorate degrees and are currently leaders in the US auto industry.


Javed M CheemaJaved M Cheema
Global Director of Lean Enterprise
Farmington, Michigan

Javed Cheema currently works as Global Director of Lean Enterprise at NEAPCO, Farmington, Michigan. He was a Chief Engineer Performance Enhancement at Altarum during 2013 to 2016. Mr. Cheema was a Senior Manager of Quality at Eaton Eaton Aerospace during 2012 to 2013. Prior to joining Eaton, Mr. Cheema worked as Director of Quality at Alcoa Howmet Air Power & Propulsion Division; VP of Quality Assurance & LSS at Molex Interconnect and Director of Quality & Lean Enterprise at Benteler Automotive GmbH. Currently, he is also working on his doctoral research, he holds an MS in Industrial & Systems Engineering from University of Michigan, an MBA from University of Central Oklahoma and a Graduate Diploma in Manufacturing Management (Seisan Hoshiki) from Tokyo Poly-Technique University, Japan and declared best International Trainee (Kokusai Kenshuin) in 1994. Mr. Cheema is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt; Master Black Belt DFSS; Certification Chair of Lean Enterprise Division of American Society for Quality, Certified Manager of Quality / Operational Excellence (CMQ/OP), Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) and Certified Engineering Manager (CEM). Mr. Cheema is a Fellow of ASQ, was also awarded joint Fellowship by Japan Productivity Council (JPC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).


Kevin McKenna
Global PS&L Quality Process and Metrics Manager
Ford Customer Service Division
Dearborn, MI


M Ali Rizwan
Director of Quality, Global Key Account Management


Ahad Ali, Ph.D.Ahad Ali, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Industrial Program
Director, Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group
Leon Linton Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI

Ahad Ali is an Assistant Professor, and Director of Master of Science in Industrial Engineering in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Lawrence Technological University, Michigan, USA. He is the Director of Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group. Dr Ali has done research projects with Chrysler, Ford, DTE Energy, Delphi Automotive System, GE Medical Systems, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, International Truck and Engine Corporation (ITEC), National/Panasonic Electronics, New Center Stamping, Rockwell Automation, and Whelan Co. His research interests include manufacturing, simulation, optimization, reliability, scheduling, manufacturing, and lean. He has published journal and conference papers. Dr. Ali is the founder and conference chair of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management (IEOM). He is member of IIE, INFORMS, SME, IEOM Society and IEEE. He earned B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh, Masters in Systems and Engineering Management from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and PhD in Industrial Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Steven SibrelSteven Sibrel
Senior Supplier Quality Manager

Harman International, Novi, MI
Past Chair – ASQ Greater Detroit

Steve Sibrel is a business process improvement trainer, coach and auditor with over 35 years of experience in the business and manufacturing world. He is currently working as Senior Supplier Quality Manager at Harman International, a manufacturer of audio and infotainment systems for consumer, professional, and automotive industries, with well-known brands such as JBL, Lexicon, Crown, Infinity, Mark Levinson, Becker and Harman-Kardon. Previously he held a number of engineering and management positions in diverse industries at Applied Materials (Semiconductor), NEC (Telecommunications) and Texas Instruments (Military). He has conducted over 200 supplier audits in North America, Europe, and Asia and is a Lead Auditor for ISO/TS16949, ISO9001, ISO13485, ISO17025, and 21CFR820. He has been the Chair for Professional Development for the ASQ Detroit section since 2008. He received the Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and the Leadership Award in 2013 from ASQ.  Current ASQ Certifications held are Six Sigma Black Belt, Quality Engineer, Quality Inspector, Quality Auditor, and Manager of Quality/ Organizational Excellence. He is an adjunct facility member at Macomb Community College. Steve has a BSEE degree from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and an MSEE degree from Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Saso Krstovski, MBBDr. Saso Krstovski, MBB
Lean Manufacturing Coach /Six Sigma Master Black Belt
Van Dyke Transmission Plant
Ford Motor Company

Dr. Saso Krstovski is currently working for Ford Motor Company as Lean Manufacturing Coach/Six Sigma Master Black Belt at the Van Dyke Transmission Plant. He has worked as a Test Engineer, Launch Test Engineer, and Electrical/Control Engineer since 2004. Dr. Krstovski has also, worked at the Dearborn Tool and Die Plant and held various roles in Information Technology as a Systems Analyst, Manufacturing Planning Specialist and Process Engineer from 1996 to 2004. He is detail oriented and data-driven engineer with over 20 years of manufacturing experience. He is diversely skilled and proficient with problem identification and resolution to avoid time/cost expenditures. His expert level skills are in information technology, engineering, testing and manufacturing systems. His background ranges from supervision to engineering. Dr. Krstovski held several different engineering discipline roles within Ford. He has extensive six sigma knowledge inside and outside of the Ford organization. Dr. Krstovski collaborated with the education sector on manufacturing systems projects and provided ideas on several occasions. He has received the Doctor of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems (DEMS) from Lawrence Technological University. Dr. Krstovski has Masters in Electrical Computer Controlled Systems from Wayne State University. He has several paper publications and scientific articles.


Dr. Ahad Ali
Associate Professor
Director of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE)

Director of Master of Science in Industrial Engineering (MSIE)
Director, Smart Manufacturing and Lean Systems Research Group
A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lawrence Technological University
Email:; Phone: 248-204-2531 (office)