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Akao Prize®

In 1996, Dr. Yoji Akao, co-founder of QFD, convinced that the substantial evolution and contribution of QFD world wide merited recognition of those who had made it possible, agreed to the creation of a Prize in his honor.

image of Akao PrizeToday the Akao Prize® is awarded to individuals around the world who have demonstrated excellence in their practice and made substantial contributions to the evolution and advancement of QFD on a global level.

Taken into consideration are advanced research, innovation, excellence in practical applications, leadership in international collaborations pertaining to QFD and ISO 16355, and continual skills upgrading through QFD Certificates training, as well as notable personal commitment and service to the international QFD community.

Selection follows the model of the Deming Prize, whereby candidates are proposed by a committee of Dr. Akao, the Executive Director of the QFD Institute, and past Prize recipients. The Akao Prize® is presented by Dr. Akao and the Executive Director of the QFD Institute at the International Symposium on QFD.

2017 (click to open/close the panel)
Wei Xiong (China)
2016
Kim Stansifield, Ph.D., QFD Black Belt® (United Kingdom)
2015
Dennis J. Frankos, QFD Black Belt® (USA)
2014
Jaroslav Machan, Ph.D. (Czech Republic)
2013
Sixten Schochert, Dipl. Wirt.-Inf. (Germany)
Yoshimichi Watanabe, Ph.D. (Japan)
2011
Jutta Saatweber, Dipl.-Ing. (Germany)
2010
Carey W. Hepler, QFD Black Belt® (USA)
2009
Wolfram Pietsch, Ph.D. (Germany)
2008
Akira Takayanagi (Japan)
2007
Thomas Saaty, Ph.D. (USA)
2006
Veronica Gonzalez Bosch, QFD Black Belt® (Mexico)
Toshiyuki Mochimoto, Ph.D. (Japan)
2004
Kouji Tanaka (Japan)
2003
Harold Ross, QFD Green Belt® (USA)
Tomoyoshi Naoi, Ph.D. (Japan)
2002
Atsushi Ootaki, Ph.D. (Japan)
Robert A. Hunt, Ph.D. (Australia)
Ian A. Ferguson (UK)
2001
Noriharu Kaneko (Japan)
Akashi Fukuhara (Japan)
Satoshi "Cha" Nakui (Japan)
Thomas Fehlmann, Ph.D. (Sweitzerland)
2000
Kozo Koura, Ph.D. (Japan)
Georg Herzwurm, Ph.D. (Germany)
Dilworth Lyman (USA)
1999
Michiteru Ono (Japan)
Anders Gustafsson, Ph.D. (Sweden)
John Terninko, Ph.D. (USA)
Jack ReVelle, Ph.D. (USA)
1998
Bo Bergman, Ph.D. (Sweden)
Glenn H. Mazur, QFD Red Belt® (USA)
Tadashi Ohfuji (Japan)
Richard Zultner, QFD Red Belt® (USA)
1997
Robert M. Adams (USA)
Don Clausing, Ph.D. (USA)
Alberto Galgano (Italy)
Hisakazu Shindo, Ph.D. (Japan)
1996
Bob King (USA)
Larry Sullivan (USA)
Tadashi Yoshizawa, Ph.D. (Japan)

Seach published papers by the Akao Prize® recipients (use Control Key + F).

The Akao Prize® is administered by the QFD Institute, in accordance with the wishes of late Dr. Akao.

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