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Webinar on TOC Insights in Distribution and Supply Chain Management

Date and Time

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
5:15 – 7:15 p.m. PST

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Members of supply chains face many conflicts between the efficient operation of the individual unit and the demands of membership in the supply chain. What is good for the Link isn’t always good for the Chain. This talk addresses the conflicts and suggests sharing both risks and profits as a breakthrough solution that integrates tactics (the method of operations of the link) with strategy (the method of operations of the chain). Please join us in a live webinar session with Dr. James Holt as he talks about the keys to success.

Dr. James R. Holt is a Clinical Professor Emeritus of Engineering Management at Washington State University focusing on practical application of Organizational Behavior, Operations Research, Statistics, Engineering Economics, Simulation, Information Systems, Constraints Management to better organizations and complex systems. He was a Principal Consultant with Management Advisory Group, Inc. and a Certified Associate of the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute. Prior to his consulting work, he was Department Head, Engineering and Environmental Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. Dr. Holt retired from the Air Force with 20 years experience in engineering, computer and technology management. He has published many articles on supply chain management, project management, maintenance and artificial intelligence. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Utah State University, an MS in Facilities Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. specializing in Industrial Engineering / Business Administration from Texas A&M University. Dr. Holt has taught at the graduate level 30 years and has advised over 100 engineering student theses and dissertations on a wide variety of topics. He retired in 2015 and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia where he is still active with professional and community organizations. Dr. Holt is certified in the TOC Thinking Process, TOC Operations Management, TOC Project Management and TOC Holistic Strategy by the Theory of Constraints International Certification Organization (TOCICO). He chaired the Board of Directors for TOCICO, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Eliyahu M. Goldratt Foundation, a philanthropic group for the development of new TOC knowledge. He is happily married to Suzanne for 44+ years; they have five children and twelve grandchildren.

ETM faculty recognized as one of the “20 Professors in Engineering Technology to Know”

Luna Magpili, clinical associate professor in the Engineering and Technology Management program, has been recognized as one of the “20 Professors in Engineering Technology to Know” on The list is comprised of some of the outstanding professors and Universities in the field.

Dr. Magpili received her PhD in systems engineering from the University of Virginia, where her research focused on service systems planning and methods to aid infrastructure and capital investments. She has extensive experience as an industrial engineer and consultant tasked to improve the quality and productivity of various Philippine manufacturing and export enterprises. She also served as program officer for International Relief and Development and managed the supply chain and knowledge management involved in relief work across the globe. Dr. Magpili currently serves as panel reviewer to various programs at NSF, NASA, and DoD. She also serves as referee to various journals, such as Risk Analysis, Environmental Science and Technology, and Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. She is currently a member of ASEE, ASEM, and INCOSE.

September 19th is Deadline to Drop a Course

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 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, you will have to go to myWSU, select Student Center, click on Enroll, then choose the Drop tab.

  • 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 (8/21/2017 – 12/8/2017) 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, September 19, 2017 course withdrawals cost $5.00 each and are recorded on the student’s transcript as W’s.
  • After Tuesday, September 19, 2017 course withdrawals do not reduce tuition charges.

Register for the Graduate School Prestigious Fellowships Workshops

Applying for external fellowships and grants is an excellent way to fund your graduate education. The process is also a professional development experience for many students who will be seeking academic career placement where grant funding is a necessity. The Graduate School offers training to help students apply for a number of these prestigious fellowships. Read more about the fellowships and register for the workshops here.

Important Information about E M 702

As of Fall 2017 E M 702 will be replaced by E M 701 for all students entering the master’s degree program, and additionally for those students who do not have an approved Program of Study on file with the ETM program. For more information, please click here, or contact the academic coordinator at

2017 Graduate School Student Survey

The Graduate School will soon be conducting the 2017 Graduate Student Survey to gain insight into graduate student experiences into their programs and the climate within their programs. The survey will be made available to all graduate students enrolled at WSU and only takes 20 minutes to complete. Participation is completely voluntary and all information will remain confidential. Your feedback is important to us, so please be on the lookout for an email from the Graduate School.