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.
Corporate Finance for Technical Managers (E M 596)
It is critical for engineering and technology managers to understand the “big picture”, and this requires understanding corporate finance. Technical managers must grasp the linkage between engineering, finance, and strategy, in order to lead organizations to achieve goals. A solid understanding of finance, beyond the department/project level, enables technical managers to contribute to strategic resource allocation and high-level corporate decision-making. Corporate Finance for Technical Managers covers essential corporate finance topics, including raising capital, investing in new ventures, and managing financial risks. Ultimately, the course will equip current and future technical managers with the skills required to communicate and collaborate with the C-suite (CFO, COO, CEO) regarding strategic financial planning and decision-making that creates corporate value.
Washington State University’s ETM program prepares engineering and business professionals to make strategic and operational decisions and become leaders in the management of technology. Courses provide practicing engineers with the knowledge, tools, and skills to manage projects, operations, organizations, and people.The ETM program is specifically tailored for professionals who want to advance their careers while still working full time. Learn about the ETM master’s degree and graduate certificate programs, opportunities and careers in ETM, admission requirements, and the application process. Come talk to us and see if this is the right fit for you!
Bringing VR Experiences to the World: A Journey from WSU to Silicon Valley
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 3:10 p.m.
Jay and Uma Jayaram, former WSU professors, will return to campus to present the Lanning Lecture for the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture (VCEA) at 3:10 p.m. on April 5. The Jayarams will discuss the extension of their research into virtual reality (VR) technologies to form their company VOKE VR, which they sold to Intel in November 2016. This company, now known as True VR, immerses viewers at live events such as football games, fashion shows, and concerts, and was the first of its kind to deploy panoramic cameras to allow people to view live panoramic video without distortion. VOKE VR first debuted in 2012 at a WSU football game in Martin Stadium, and you likely experienced their technology at the Winter Olympics broadcast from South Korea. During this livestreamed event, the Jayarams will discuss the development of this technology as well as new developments in the business of VR.
Succeeding in today’s competitive career environment demands experience and know-how that eludes even the most sophisticated students. A career mentor can help give critical insight and guidance to students looking to build a professional network and learn from a professional in the field. Join Leanne Ralstin, Career Consultant for the Carson College of Business Center for Student Success, for a livestreamed event on how to find a mentor, how to develop that relationship, and what to expect from the experience. Register here.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 is the last day that a student may drop a course without penalty. Drops will result in the course being removed from the student’s transcript.
To drop a course, students will go to myWSU, select Student Center, click on Enroll, then choose the Drop tab.
Then they will take the following steps:
Select the class by clicking on the box to the left of the course and click “Drop Selected Classes.”
Click “Finish Dropping” to process request.
View the results of request. A green check mark under the status indicates success.
The drop will show throughout myWSU immediately, in real time.
Deadline applies only to regular term (1/8/2018 – 4/27/2018) classes.
Some holds will prevent a student from dropping a class, but not all do. Select the details link to see what impact the hold has, and what action is needed. Students must contact the appropriate office to release the hold.
After Tuesday, February 6, 2018 course withdrawals cost $5.00 each and are recorded on the student’s transcript as W’s.
After Tuesday, February 6, 2018 course withdrawals do not reduce tuition charges
The Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture’s online Master of Engineering and Technology Management (METM) program is again ranked among the best online graduate engineering programs in the nation by USNews and World Report. Established in 1982, WSU’s METM program serves engineers and technical professionals from around the globe who aspire to gain the skills and knowledge to more effectively manage projects, people, organizations, and technology. The program is tailored for the working professional with live, interactive online courses. WSU’s online graduate engineering offerings also include a Professional Science Master’s degree in electrical power engineering and Master of Science in software engineering. These programs aim to address high industry demand for engineers with advanced education and skills.