Meet Heather Wade
Heather A. Wade, ASQ-CCT, ASQ-CQA, and President of Heather Wade Group, LLC, is a proud metrology nerd & internationally sought expert whose passion is applying her knowledge, industry experience, listening skills, and relentless energy to effectively solving your company’s measurement and laboratory management issues. A graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biology, Heather has worked as a microbiologist, filter test specialist, laboratory compliance officer, extraction chemist, an analytical chemist before moving full-time into metrology. She has held several leadership roles in global quality organizations including her current term as Chair of ASQ Measurement Quality Division.
Heather really found her calling when she had the opportunity to develop and standardize a one-person calibration lab into a high performing, multi-functional metrology and asset management team. She helped instill quality metrology practices across NSF International’s multiple chemistry, microbiology, and physical engineering test labs, which in turn, improved their measurements and upheld the integrity of NSF’s testing by reducing out-of-conformance tests and the resulting retesting and possible recalls for NSF’s customers. Among Heather’s proudest accomplishments are:
Developing, evaluating, and updating measurement uncertainty budgets for dimensional, electrical, volumetric, mass, temperature, humidity, time, pressure, flow rate, light meters, speed and velocity.
Authoring and validating calibration procedures and policies
Transforming the calibration lab from a paper-based to all-electronic based record system (saved money & space by not having to buy more file cabinets & paper) and saved time from streamlining record handling
Standardizing calibration procedures & training records
Investing in calibration standards (6 months to 2 years ROI by moving outsourced calibrations in-house)
Transforming audits from receiving findings to receiving written commendations
Realizing an annual savings of >$1,000,000 USD for her employer (on a budget of only $100,000)
Instituting Lean and 6S
Heather credits her on-going participation and leadership in the world quality & metrology communities for continually learning, networking, and presenting ideas as an internationally sought subject matter expert and speaker.
Heather Wade holding kilogram silicon sphere
When not being nerdy, Heather enjoys officiating volleyball; especially as a collegiate line judge where she enjoys the best seat in the house. She also spends time reciting Monty Python with her friends and trying to tire out her rescue mutt by taking him hiking, walking and swimming.
Let Heather Wade Group, LLC be your consulting partner. Heather’s proven expertise, abilities, connections, and passion can be an incredible asset to your company and its goals. Isn’t that what you want? Contact her at H.Wade@HeatherWadeGroup.com or at 734-275-4400 and let’s talk about what you need to make your company grow.
VISION AND MISSION
To be the premier choice for quality/affordable/impactful/ solutions to measurement, quality, and equipment headaches.
Focus on continuous improvements that make the most beneficial financial impact for our clients.