Alice Squires

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Washington State University

Alice Squires is an Associate Professor in the Engineering and Technology Management (ETM) department of Washington State University and teaches financial, performance, and strategic management, decision analysis, systems engineering and systems architecture and design.

She started her career as a Professional Analyst working part time while completing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at University of Maryland. Next she moved to IBM as an electrical engineer designing Very High Speed Integrated Circuits (VHSIC) until the VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL) turned detailed hardware design into programming. After nearly ten years at IBM, she returned to academia to earn a Master’s of Business Administration from George Mason University so that she could balance technical skills with business acumen. Armed with an MBA, she ventured to Lockheed Martin as a Senior Engineering Manager for the hardware design of the payload for the Asian Cellular Satellite (ACeS) system that is in geosynchronous orbit today. From there she moved to the Semiconductor Technology Center of Lockheed’s radiation hardened manufacturing line where she finally got to see what happened when hardware designs were “thrown over the wall” to manufacturing. She started as the Manager of Customer Engineering and moved to Manager of Production Control leading the group through Y2K. She next served as Technical Manager of the Requirements, Integration, and Test department for an advanced amphibious vehicle for the Marines at General Dynamics before moving to systems engineering consulting for IBM and Lockheed Martin, among others. Next, she returned to academia as a systems engineering faculty with industry experience, while she completed a doctorate in systems engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology. From there she joined Aurora Flight Sciences as manager of the systems engineering team that supports the design and development of several unmanned aerial system (UAS) products.

She has now returned with over 30 years of experience to her passion as a full-time faculty at Washington State University in the ETM department where courses are delivered online in real-time for the convenience of the working professional who has an interest in improving their knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities in engineering management.

She is certified by PMI as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and by INCOSE as a Certified Systems Engineering Practitioner, including in Acquisition (CSEP-Acq). Alice is a lifetime member of the Beta Gamma Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu Honor Societies.  She is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of ASEE and Systems Engineering Division Director, a member of ASEM and a co-chair on the Technical Planning Committee, a member of NDIA and INCOSE and their competency working groups, and a member of PMI.

She has transitioned from a lifetime of playing coed soccer to cycling, having completed her first century (over 100 miles in one day) in June of 2014, and she has completed many centuries since – both on a single bike and on a tandem with her spouse.  She also enjoys time with her spouse and three adult sons when the family can get together, and spends any time left writing, pretending to garden, and attempting to keep the house clean.