Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz

Kenneth G. Merriam Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Ryszard Pryputniewicz founded the Center for Holographic Studies and Laser micro-mechaTronics (CHSLT) shortly after joining the WPI faculty in 1978. He had previously spent six years at the University of Connecticut, where he had a joint faculty appointment in the School of Engineering and the Health Center. His research interests include theoretical and applied aspects of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), smart sensors and structures, and holographic interferometry. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 publications and has received numerous awards and honors for his professional achievements, including fellowship in SPIE—the International Society for Optical Engineering. He is also a fellow of SEM, the Society for Experimental Mechanics, and of the International Brotherhood of Holographers. He was the first recipient of WPI’s Russell Searle Distinguished Instructorship in Mechanical Engineering and has also held the John Woodman Higgins Professorship of Mechanical Engineering. In 1991, he received the WPI Board of Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Hartford and an MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut.

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