Internationally Recognized for Excellence
Created in 1983, the John D. Hromi Center for Quality and
Applied Statistics (CQAS) has achieved international recognition
for excellence in the fields of quality management and applied
statistics. The graduate statistics program began in the 1950s
with a series of summer workshops and continued to expand
until 1966, when the graduate degree program was established.
Today the center is known for its MS degree in Applied Statistics,
advanced certificates in Statistical Methods for Product and
Process Improvement and in Statistical Quality, as well as
training and consulting in Lean Six Sigma, applied statistics,
quality management, quality standards and process improvement.
The center, part of the Kate
Gleason College of Engineering, has a three-fold purpose:
- to expand and strengthen the graduate program
- to present quality management and technology seminars,
training, auditing, and consulting programs
- to provide statistical computer access analysis and support
for the center's programs and the community through the
Mason E. Wescott Statistics Laboratory.
Since 1966, the graduate studies program has flourished under
the direction of Dr. Mason E. Wescott (1966-1973), Dr. Austin
J. Bonis (1973-1981), Dr. John D. Hromi (Chairman 1981-1983,
Executive Director 1983-1992), Dr. Edward G. Shilling (1992-1996),
and current Director, Dr. Donald Baker (1996-present).
Dr. Mason E. Wescott was the founder of the RIT graduate
degree program in Applied and Mathematical Statistics in 1966.
The Mason E. Wescott Lab is named in recognition of his contributions
to the program.
Dr. John D. Hromi came to RIT in 1981 as the Frederick H.
Minnett Distinguished Professor and established the Center
for Quality and Applied Statistics. The Center is named in
recognition of Dr. Hromi's accomplishments and a new building
was dedicated in 1992 with the presence of Dr. Joseph M. Juran,
celebrated international authority in industrial statistics
and quality control. Dr. Hromi has a well-established reputation
as an international authority in industrial statistics and
quality control and has addressed conferences around the world.
The center is home to the Mason E. Wescott Statistics
Laboratory, which offers access to the Internet and statistical
applications and to RIT’s other computer systems. The
Wallace Memorial Library and the Media Resource Center provide
access to a wealth of other references vital to professional