LuAnn Piccard

LuAnn Piccard
Chair, Project Management Department and Associate Professor
Project Management
EIB 301X



BS Engineering

Stanford University
Mechanical Engineering Department
Palo Alto, CA
Product Design


MS Engineering

Stanford University
Mechanical Engineering Department
Palo Alto, CA
Product Design

Hewlett Packard Honors COOP Program
(Teaching Assistant for ME101, two quarters)


Executive leader with extensive international business experience in the high-technology industry including general management, operations, professional services, acquisitions and R&D. Academic contribution focused on development of future leaders in Engineering, Science and Project Management through practical and professional course material, instruction and application of knowledge.

Professional & Department Service

Board Memberships

  • President, Habitat for Humanity Anchorage, Alaska (current)
  • UAA Bachelor of Science Technology Advisory Board (current)
  • UAA Architectural and Engineering Club (current)
  • President, Tanaina Child Development Center (past)
  • Volunteers of America, Anchorage, Alaska (past)
  • INROADS of Colorado (past)
  • President, Kappa Kappa Gamma House Corporation, Boulder, Colorado (past)


  • State of Alaska Election Security Project: Phase 1 and Phase 2 project summary reports (Dec 2007, May 2008)
  • ProMAC 2008: Alaska’s Election Security: A Systems Approach (Piccard, Ayers, Hoanca, Hoffman, Martin and Mock)
  • ProMAC 2008: A Simulation for Learning Project Management as a System (Hoffman, Piccard)
  • H. M. S. Wang, L. Piccard, C. Pedersen, L. Yao, “Schedule Slip Forecasting for Oil and Gas Engineering Projects,” ASEM, Oct. 15, 2009
  • K. M. Spohn, H. M. S. Wang, L. Piccard, L. Yao, “Wind Power Generation System Design for Arctic Valley in Anchorage, Alaska,” ASEM, Oct. 15, 2009
  • L. Piccard, H. M. S. Wang, L. Yao, “Patent Mapping for Forecasting the Technology change of Light Emitted Diode (LED) Street lights,” INFORMS, Oct. 12, 2009
  • O. Buktihyarov, L. Piccard, H. M. S. Wang, “Optimization Analysis of Warranty for the Technology Change of LED streetlights,” INFORMS, Oct. 12, 2009
  • L. Yao, L. Piccard, H. M. S. Wang, “Replacement Analysis of Small off-grid Nuclear Reactors, ,” INFORMS, Oct. 12, 2009
  • H. M. S. Wang, He Liu, LuAnn Piccard, “Optimal Analysis of a Hybrid Solar-Wind Power Generation System with LPSP Technology for LED Lighting System,” INFORMS, Oct. 12, 2009

Career History/Work Experience

Sep 06-Present

University of Alaska Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska

Aug 2007 - Present

School of Engineering
Engineering Science and Project Management Department
Master of Science Degree Program

Department Head
School of Engineering
Project Management Department
Master of Science Degree Program

Dec 2007-Present

Assistant Professor
School of Engineering
Engineering Science and Project Management Department
Master of Science Degree Program

  • Principal Investigator: State of Alaska Election Security Project (2007-2008)
  • Managing Technical People (ESM 613
  • Project Management Fundamentals (PM 601)
  • Project Communications Management (PM 622)
  • Project Scope Management (PM 610)
  • Project Management Professional Preparation course instruction
  • Project Controls Seminar creation and instruction
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification (Oct 2007)
Sept 2006 -Dec 2007

Faculty Member, Program Development Director
School of Engineering
Engineering Science and Project Management Department
Master of Science Degree Program

Adjunct Faculty 

  • Managing Technical People (ESM 613
  • Project Communications Management (PM 622)

Program Development Director

  • Expand and grow entrepreneurial MS Project Management program
  • Implement infrastructure processes to streamline department operations
July 2003 - Jan 2005

Advanced Energy Industries, Inc.
Fort Collins, Colorado

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Co-COO
Global Operations and Process Excellence

  • World-wide operations, manufacturing and facilities responsibility (China, US, Europe)
  • Implementation of process excellence strategy to systematically improve company’s financial, operational and quality performance
  • Leadership of 900 person organization, $500M annual corporate revenue. 

Senior Vice President and General Manager
Power Business Unit

  • Led 300 person organization comprised of R&D, Marketing, Quality and Finance professionals
  • Profitable $300M annual revenue
  • Responsible for power systems supplied for plasma management and thin film applications in Semiconductor, Flat Panel, Data Storage and Industrial Glass industries to build competitive advantage for customers with improved quality and lower cost for new and advanced technologies. 
1982 - 2000

Helwett Packard
Palo Alto, California

1997-1999 Vice President and General Manager

  • Hewlett Packard spun-off Agilent Technologies in 2000

1995-1997 Strategic Marketing Manager: Telecommunications Solution Business Unit (Grenoble, France)

  • Responsible for Hewlett Packard’s $2B worldwide telecommunications business strategy
  • Definition and leadership of business strategy execution across product divisions and with sales organization

1993-1995 Strategic Alliance Manager : Telecommunications Systems Business Unit, Grenoble, France

  • Responsible for successful joint venture between Hewlett Packard and LM Ericsson AB (Sweden) “EHPT” to create and market telecommunications network management solutions
  • Alliance Manager for Ericsson. Built VAR $25M VAR business for HP telecom platform

1989-1993 Marketing Manager: Systems Technology Division, Cupertino, CA

  • Led twenty person organization responsible for defining next generation RISC computer platform and technology strategy
  • OEM business manager responsible for OEM agreements and tools licensing for PA-RISC alliances.
    • Established and successfully managed profitable, new $30M business providing computer processors on OEM basis to HP Strategic Alliance partners in Japan, Korea, France and US
    • Established, negotiated and executed commercial and Intellectual Property licensing agreements and concurrent engineering programs. Managed R&D, marketing, manufacturing and channel functions.

1986-1989 R&D Project Manager: Systems Technology DivisionL

  • Led team of fourteen R&D engineers responsible for design of next generation computing high-end computer hardware platforms

1984-1986 Development Engineer, Technical Lead: Systems Technology Division

  • Led development of HP’s first RISC computer and I/O expansion system. Mechanical design, power system, cooling, physical enclosure

1982-1984 Development Engineer: Optical Communications Division

  • Development of fiber optic components and networking products. Co-wrote business plan for program divestiture which was Venture Capital funded to create spin-off company

1981-1982 Biomedical Engineer: Palo Alto Veteran’s Hospital Rehab Engineering R&D Center, Palo Alto, California

  • Developed shoulder operated video game controller for rehabilitation of spinal cord injury patients
  • Won National American Society of Mechanical Engineers (AMSE) award for project excellence.

1976-1982 Part-time sales and administrative positions