Representatives from companies receiving the top productivity awards in the nation will discuss their successful ways at the annual Quality and Productivity Seminar at Utah State University.

The seminar is scheduled May 8 and 9 in the Chase Fine Arts Center. It is sponsored by the College of Business' Partners in Business program.Concurrent panels featuring recipients of the Baldrige National Quality Award and the NASA Excellence Award will take place from 9:45 a.m. until noon, Wednesday, May 8.

One panel will include Rosetta Riley, Cadillac Motor Division of General Motors, and Don Horning, Federal Express Corp. Both companies are recipients of the Baldrige Prize. Panel moderator will be Kathryn Leedy, program manager of the Baldrige National Quality Award.

A panel moderated by George Rodney, associate administrator for safety and mission quality at NASA, will include Lori Kirkland, quality consultant for IBM Rochester, a Baldrige recipient, and Robert Minor, president of Rockwell International Corporation's Space Systems Division. This division won the NASA Excellence Award.

The third panel will feature Carla Cooper, Houston district manager for Wallace Company Inc., and Thomas Marotta, chairman and president of Marotta Scientific Controls. Marotta received the NASA Award and Wallace Company received the Baldrige.

Panel moderator will be Joyce Jarrett, director of the NASA Quality and Productivity Improvements Program.

These three panel sessions will be repeated at 1 p.m.

Opening the seminar at 8:30 a.m., May 8 will be David Duke, vice chairman of technology for Corning Inc. He will discuss the need for quality and innovation in becoming a global competitor.

Speaking at 3 p.m. will be Joji Arai, secretary general of the International Productivity Service. His talk will be "Productivity and Quality: A Worldwide Perspective."

Two speakers will discuss achievement through education at 4 p.m. They are Bruce Hamilton, vice president of manufacturing for United Electric Controls, last year's winner of the Shingo Prize, and Shahab Saeed, director of industrial engineering for Mountain Fuel Supply, winner of the 1990 Institute of Industrial Engineers Award for Excellence in Productivity Improvement.

Wednesday evening following a 6 p.m. social hour and 7 p.m. dinner, the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing will be presented by Carl Thor, president of the American Productivity and Quality Center. The prize is administered by the Office of Business Relations at USU. Shingo Prize recipients will discuss their achievements in manufacturing on Thursday at 9 a.m.

The seminar opens Thursday, May 9 at 8 a.m. with a talk by Carla O'Dell, co-author of "American Business: A Two Minute Warning."

Concurrent panel sessions at 11:30 a.m. will highlight Bill Brant, general manager of Thiokol-Strategic Division; Bill Kleinhofer, director of quality and productivity assurance for IBM storage systems products division; Kevin Avery, employee involvement coordinator for Motor Cargo; and Carl Thor, president of the American Productivity and Quality Center.

These panel sessions will be repeated at 3 p.m.

Willis Willoughby Jr., director of product integrity for the Department of the Navy, will talk about product survival at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.