By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture
PULLMAN, Wash. – Kim Zentz, former chief executive officer of the Innovate Washington Foundation, has been named director of Washington State University’s engineering and technology management (ETM) program.
A WSU alumna, she has held a number of leadership positions in the utilities, alternative energy technology, economic development and transportation sectors. She was chief executive officer of two public agencies and co-founder, president and chief operating office of a technology startup enterprise. » More …
Fifteen years ago, when the Boeing Company was developing their new 777 airplane, they needed to increase production from three to seven planes per month.
Executives wanted to develop a moving production line as a whole new way of building wide-body airplanes. The plane, with four to five million parts, would be assembled while in motion, similar to automobile assembly lines.
“Everything had to change,” remembers Tad Skrobecki, a manager in the airframe engineering department at Boeing.
Skrobecki, who was then a recent graduate of WSU’s Engineering and Technology Management Program, recalls that he and his team used much of the training they had received in the program to come up with a plan for their part of the new line. » More …