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New director for engineering and technology management

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Kim Zentz, new director of Washington State University's Engineering and Technology Management program.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 …

Little-known program has a big impact

Professor Hal Rumsey with student Linda Josephson
Professor Hal Rumsey with student Linda Josephson

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 …