President, Quality Institute of America, Inc, Houston, TX, USA
WALl U. ALAM, CFPIM (past), CQE, CQA, Regd. Lead AuditorWali Alam has a BS and a MS in Engineering, and has been working continuously for more than four decades. He has run Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and Quality Systems. For the last 28 years, Wali has been running the Quality Institute of America (QIA). QIA is headquartered in Houston and has a presence in three other locations on two continents.
QIA offers consulting, Training, Auditing, and Management System Software, and has helped more than 500 clients.
Wali takes a lot of interest in the ISO 9000 family of standards, and other related ones. He has been conducting certification audits, training, and consulting on different industry standards as well as the base ISO 9001. He was one of the first registered lead auditors in the USA.
Wali has been very active in professional societies, starting with AIIE, and the APICS where he had leadership roles from 1983 till 1989. He has had leadership roles in ASQ since 1992, and has been section Chair of Houston, as well as the Conference Chair.
He was the Conference Chair of the Quality Management Division. Some of his notable achievements at the Houston section was to start having large regional conferences and the Sponsorship function.
Wali has received several recognitions from ASQ, has written numerous articles, co-authored a book, and spoken at numerous events including international conferences. Wali has traveled extensively both in North America and overseas, with several international assignments.
He started the movement on Quality Management Systems in South Asia in 1994, and left a rich legacy of clients and systems. He worked for a large international Registrar that started the first civilian QMS standard: BS 5750 in 1983, which was upgraded to ISO 9001, 9002, 9003 in 1987.