Denise Nicoletti Trustees' Award for Service to Community

Prof. Denise Anne Wawrzynski Nicoletti was born in Yakima, Washington. As a DJ for a college radio station, she developed an interest in sound that led her into an electrical engineering program at George Washington University. She received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia.

Denise Nicoletti joined WPI in 1991 as the first tenure-track female faculty member in the history of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and a recognized authority on ultrasonics, nondestructive testing, scaling and fractal properties, the assessment of student learning, and the promotion of science and engineering to under-represented groups. In 1997, Denise, together with Prof. Chrysanthe Demetry of the ME Department, created Camp Reach at WPI, a widely-acclaimed summer program which introduces seventh grade girls to the excitement of engineering and science. In 1998, she created WECE (Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering) organization to support and inspire WPI's female ECE students.

This award honors the memory of Denise Nicoletti, whose passion for life and humanity touched many lives, and is intended to keep her spirit of service alive in the WPI community.


Chrysanthe Demetry

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering


Janet Begin Richardson

Vice President, Student Affairs

Student Affairs

2012 Christine Drew 

Associate Director of Research & Instruction Services

Gordon Library

2011Robert KruegerAssistant Professor Interdisciplinary & Global Studies 

Kenneth Stafford


Robotics Resource Center


Hossein Hakim


Electrical & Computer Engineering


Christopher Bartley

Head Coach, Men's Basketball

Physical Education


Elizabeth Tomaszewski

Information Systems Supervisor

Plant Services


Allen H. Hoffman


Mechanical Engineering


Holly K. Ault

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering


William A. Baller

Adjunct Asst. Professor

Humanities & Arts


James P. O’Rourke

Shop Supervisor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

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