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.

YearNameTitleDepartment
2012 Christine Drew 

Associate Director of Research & Instruction Services

Gordon Library

2011Robert KruegerAssistant Professor Interdisciplinary & Global Studies 
2010

Kenneth Stafford

Director

Robotics Resource Center

2009

Hossein Hakim

Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

2008

Christopher Bartley

Head Coach, Men's Basketball

Physical Education

2007

Elizabeth Tomaszewski

Information Systems Supervisor

Plant Services

2006

Allen H. Hoffman

Professor

Mechanical Engineering

2005

Holly K. Ault

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

2004

William A. Baller

Adjunct Asst. Professor

Humanities & Arts

2003

James P. O’Rourke

Shop Supervisor

Electrical & Computer Engineering

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