ETM announces new GSC chair

By Krista McKibbin

Kay Bachman.

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University’s Engineering and Technology Management department is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kay ‘DocBach’ Bachman as the new Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) Chair for its online master’s degree and certificate program. 

The GSC Chair provides overall academic leadership and facilitates the academic governance process for the Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) Graduate Program. Under the new role, Dr. Kay Bachman will oversee the graduate admissions process, faculty academic advising, and the program and course assessments. She will also manage the ETM Scholarship Program, designed to help current METM students complete their studies in the face of financial hardships. 

Dr. Bachman, a seasoned project manager with more than 30 years of experience, has a diverse background managing projects in the architectural and construction industry, facilities management, electrical engineering, city government, and technology information services. In 2016, she earned her doctorate in Leadership Philosophy, focusing on the Leadership Practices of Successful Project Leaders. As a certified Barrett Values Consultant, she has led culture change initiatives, contributing to organizational transformation in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.  

Remaining an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), Dr. Bachman attributes her project successes to the advocacy and professional development opportunities provided by the institution. Dr. Bachman will continue to teach the E M 522 Leading People and Organization and E M 564 Project Management courses. 

“We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Kay Bachman on her well-deserved appointment as the GSC Chair for the Engineering and Technology Management Graduate Program,” said Dr. Luna Magpili, program director and associate professor. “[Dr. Bachman] absolutely loves teaching and connecting with her students. She sets them up for success and goes above and beyond to be there for students through their ups and downs. A true mentor!” 

The appointment of Dr. Bachman was confirmed through a vote on May 8, 2023. Learn more about Dr. Bachman on the ETM staff page: