ETM welcomes new director

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Luna Magpili as the new director of the Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) department.

Headshot of Luna Magpili.

Dr. Magpili brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role, having previously served as a faculty member in the ETM department for over a decade. Under her leadership, the department will focus on expanding its graduate programs to address new and emerging technologies, while fostering collaborations with industry partners and enhancing the educational experience for its graduate students.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Magpili take the helm of the ETM department,” said VCEA Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Haluk Beyenal. “Her dedication to the department and her leadership qualities position her as a strong candidate to lead the department into the future.”

Dr. Magpili has extensive experience as an industrial engineer and consultant, tasked to improve the quality and productivity of various Philippine manufacturing and export enterprises. She also served as program officer for International Relief and Development and managed the supply chain and knowledge management involved in relief work across the globe. She is currently collaborating with startups in the application of AI and analytics.

Dr. Magpili currently serves as panel reviewer to NSF program, program track chair for the American Society of Engineering Management, and referee to various journals such as Engineering Management Review, Public Library of Science PLOS One, and American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) publications. She is a co-author of the book, “Operational Risk Analysis,” and a chapter co-author to a new book, “Cybersecurity for Entrepreneurs.” She has recently been awarded a Spencer Education Grant for 2023. Previously Dr. Magpili served at the University of Virginia, where her research focused on service systems planning and developed methods and tools to aid decision-makers plan for infrastructure and capital investments.

As director of the ETM department, Dr. Magpili aims to continue the department’s tradition of excellence in distance-delivery graduate education, and industry engagement. “I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for the ETM department,” said Dr. Magpili. “Our goal is to prepare our students for the new challenges of the 21st century by providing them with a strong foundation in engineering and technology management to tackle the new normal of highly evolved technologies in the business environment.”

Established in 1982, the Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) master’s degree and certificate program from Washington State University is one of the first in distance engineering management education. The program prepares engineering and industry professionals to make strategic and operational decisions and become leaders in the management of technology.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Luna Magpili as the new director of the Engineering and Technology Management department at Washington State University’s Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture.


For more information, please contact:

Krista McKibbin

(509) 335-5595