Ethan Lipton currently serves as a Professor in the Department of Technology at California State University, Los Angeles. In addition to teaching courses related to technology, technology education, and graphic communications, he continues his related research and professional activities. They include active service as the K-12 STEM Education Coordinator of IMPACTLA, an NSF GK-12 program to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) curriculum, inform and inspire students about careers in science and engineering, and improve the graduate fellows' ability to communicate their research to a broad audience. He previously served as Principal Investigator for the CSULA site of the National Center for Engineering and Technology Education, a collaborative network of scholars with backgrounds in technology education, engineering, and related fields. Its mission is to build capacity in technology education and to improve the understanding of the learning and teaching of high school students and teachers as they apply engineering design processes to technological problems. Dr. Lipton also continues as a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Printing Museum, currently serving as Vice President of the Board and Chair of the Education Committee. In addition to his work on behalf of the museum, its programs and the preservation of printing history, he continues his related research, presentations and publications with a focus on technology education, typogrphy and Columbian presses. He is also the current President of the Southern California Chapter of the American Printing History Association.
Previous Cal State L.A. leadership positions have included service as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs–Planning and Resources; Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs–Planning and Resources; Dean of Educational Support Services; Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology; and Chair of the Department of Technology.
After obtaining his B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Los Angeles, Dr. Lipton received his Ph.D. degree in Education (Instructional Technology) from the University of Southern California. Before joining the faculty of Cal State L. A., he worked as a high school teacher, department chair and in positions in the graphic communications industry. His technical areas of specialty include graphic communications, typography, publication design, production, fine printing and industrial and technology education. He is also a former principal advisor of the Department of Technology.