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Dr. Bill Gray Retires: A Quarter Century of Service to WSU

Headshot of William Gray.

After more than 25 years of teaching in the Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) program at Washington State University, Dr. Bill Gray has retired with a plan to spend more time with his wife, Manji, on his ranch in Eatonville, WA. Bill joined the ETM program in 1996 as a Lecturer while working full time at the Boeing Company. He transitioned to a full-time faculty member in 2009 following his retirement from Boeing after 40 years. Dr. Gray supported hundreds of students pursuing their master’s degree in Engineering and Technology Management (METM). “Dr. Gray has positively impacted ETM students through his teaching, advising, and mentoring,” said Todd Vanek, director of the ETM Program. “He helped working engineers and technical professionals build confidence in their management skills.” In addition to supporting students in and out of the online course space, Bill was a sage and mentor to many ETM faculty. “We’re grateful for his long service and dedication. He will be sorely missed.”

ETM Alum Authors Children’s Book

Chadd Kahlsdorf earned his Master’s in Engineering and Technology Management (METM) in 2014.  He is a Principal Project Manager at Bolton & Menk, a Midwest-based infrastructure Engineering firm. Chadd has accomplished many things in his work as a Civil Engineer but he ranks his most recent accomplishment as one of life’s greatest.

Chadd authored Will the Civil Engineer, a children’s book about Chadd’s world of work. Will is the second book in a project at Bolton & Menk to create a children’s book series designed to help young readers learn about the vast world of engineer work. The story is Will’s learning journey about how everything that is built has an engineer and how he can be one. In the book, Will’s dad is a civil engineer and uses math and science to make the world a better place.

Writing a children’s book is near the top of Chadd’s life accomplishments list. He has had many people come up and tell him how much the book means to them, which adds to the feeling of a successful accomplishment. When asked what he might do to top it, he replied “I really think the only thing that would top it would be a trip to space.”

Chadd’s story has been featured in Spring 2021 Washington State Magazine.

Check out Chadd’s LinkedIn article about his book and learn more about the book on Esri Press.


Dr. Alice Squires named Wendell J. Satre Distinguished Professor

Alice Squires has been named the Wendell J. Satre Distinguished Professor in WSU’s Engineering Technology Management (ETM) program.

Supported by the professorship, she will serve as the program’s graduate studies committee chair, leading efforts to refresh its core competencies.

“Alice has a long history of industry engagement and leadership,” said Todd Vanek, the program’s director. “With her drive and strong attention to detail, she will be a key partner in growing the program and helping it to better meet industry needs.”

Squires has taught in the ETM program since 2014 and has more than 30 years of technical and leadership experience in engineering. Her areas of expertise include systems engineering, technical management, project management, systems thinking, online education, and engineering education. Among some of the positions she’s held,  she served as manager of systems engineering at Aurora Flight Sciences; senior researcher for the University Affiliated Research Center in Systems Engineering; online technical director for the School of Systems and Enterprises at Steven Institute of Technology; senior engineering manager at both General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin, and as an advisory engineer and scientist at IBM. She also founded the Empowering Women Leaders in Systems Engineering group within the International Council on Systems Engineering professional society.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from University of Maryland, an MBA from George Mason University and a PhD in systems engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology.

Wendell Satre. Courtesy of the University of Idaho

Wendell Satre received an electrical engineering degree from the University of Idaho and went on to work for Washington Water Power Company, which later became Avista Corporation. Except for time spent in the military during World War II, he spent the next 46 years with the company, becoming Chief Executive Office and Chairman of the Board before retiring in 1985. Satre supported engineering education, but he also wished he had had more education in management, so he was happy to provide support for the establishment of the Satre Professorship in the ETM program in 1997. He died in 2010.

“Wendell Satre wished that he would have had more management education to better prepare him for the climb up the corporate ladder,” Vanek said. “The professorship supports that vision by maintaining an industry-relevant program that can help as many people, including those who aren’t necessarily engineers, get the education Wendell wished he had had, so that they can ascend to management positions with confidence.”

Squires added, “I am honored to have this opportunity to pursue Satre’s vision of broadening the reach of engineering management education to support those whose leadership and decision-making skills are pivotal not only to the future of their organizations but also to making the world a better place.”

Playing by the Numbers: An Introduction to Throughput Accounting by Lisa Scheinkopf

October 3, 2019

5:30 PM


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Good managers use “the numbers” to quantify decisions and proposals. But what if there is a fundamental flaw in the way managers traditionally look at the numbers? A flaw that conditioning blinds us to, but that ultimately leads to decisions and recommendations that degrade the bottom line rather than strengthen it?

If you are measuring product cost, patient cost, project cost, or service cost, it is nearly certain that this flaw is built into the numbers you use.

In this eye-opening class, Lisa Scheinkopf will guide you to see the numbers without the blinders, recognize the flaw that leads organizations toward bad decisions, and open the way for powerful throughput and financial performance.


Headshot of Lisa Scheinkopf.Lisa Scheinkopf is a Partner with Goldratt and serves as the Global Director of The Goldratt School.  Lisa has been at the forefront of TOC for more than 25 years, using her passion for breaking down barriers between people to transform the powerful breakthrough thinking of TOC into actions and results that benefit all stakeholders. Lisa has consulted to companies large and small around the world, teaching and coaching from the top floor to the shop floor, and developed new TOC based solutions that apply across a broad spectrum of industries.

After working with Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt to develop the TOC Thinking Processes, Lisa wrote the definitive TOC reference, Thinking for a Change: Putting the TOC Thinking Processes to Use (St. Lucie Press, 1999). She is a contributing author to the TOC Handbook (McGraw-Hill, 2010) and her articles have been published in a variety of professional publications. Lisa’s passion and knowledge, combined with her unique ability to connect with people from the podium, have made her a popular public speaker on a wide range of TOC subjects. Lisa is a past Chairperson of TOCICO (Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization), and earned her MBA at the Thunderbird School of International Management. Lisa is a 2018 recipient of the TOCICO Lifetime Achievement Award.

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ASWSU Global Technology Reimbursement Program

Global Campus students need adequate technology to successfully reach their academic goals. The Technology Reimbursement program will reimburse qualifying students to help with the cost of upgrading or purchasing necessary tools for improved participation in the Global Campus.

Students do not need to be full time to apply for this reimbursement. Most part time and full time students are eligible. This reimbursement is made possible through S&A fees. Below are is the criteria outlined:

  • The student must be currently enrolled
  • CGPA of 2.5 (required to submit proof alongside the receipt)
  • Must be an S&A fee paying student


ETM faculty, Alice Squires, speaks at Cornell University’s Fall 2018 Ezra Roundtable Seminar Series

In Pursuit of Peace: Systems Science, Systems Engineering, and World Peace

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Friday, August 31, 2018

12:15 PM

The value of a systems-based approach for solving the global problems of today is sometimes lost in translation beyond the boundary of the systems engineering community. However, tomorrow’s systems are increasingly more adaptable, robust, dynamic, interdependent, capable of self-organization, and resilient – demanding a broader systems engineering practice driven less by the effectiveness of the process to realize successful systems and more by the foundations of systems science and theory. As an example, the path to world peace requires a systems thinking mindset that sees the world through multiple conflicting perspectives, anticipates the impact of deployed systems (policies, infrastructures, technologies) over time and space, and reliably adjusts those systems in response to the dynamic influences of an uncertain future to achieve lasting peace.  This talk will discuss the roles and interrelationships of systems engineering, systems thinking, and systems science in the context of peace engineering – where the goal is to conceive, design, and build a better world for all.
Dr. Alice Squires has served in technical and leadership roles for about 35 years. After nearly 25 years in industry, Alice is serving engineering education as an Associate Professor in the Engineering and Technology Management department of Washington State University. In industry, Alice recently served Aurora Flight Sciences as their Systems Engineering Manager, and was part of the UAV development team that led to a 2014 world record for an 80-hour+ gasoline-powered engine autonomous vehicle flight time. She previously served Lockheed Martin and General Dynamics as a Senior Engineering/Scientist Manager and IBM as an Advisory Engineer/Scientist. She has also served as a consultant Senior Systems Engineer to small and large commercial and defense organizations. Alice is Founder and Chair of the INCOSE Empowering Women as Leaders in Systems Engineering (EWLSE) committee and serves as INCOSE Academic Matters Assistant Director for Sector I, the Americas. She also serves the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) as Director on both the Systems Engineering Division (SED) and Corporate Member Council (CMC) boards and is serving a three-year appointed term on the ASEE Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. She is an INCOSE Expert Systems Engineering Practitioner (ESEP) with Acquisition (-ACQ), a PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP), an ASEM certified Professional Engineering Manager (PEM), and a Senior IEEE Member. Alice is currently writing an autobiographical book to be published by IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) for the 2019 series on women overcoming various challenges to succeed as engineering professionals.