Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education

Romeo Moruzzi grew up in the north end of Boston and served with the U.S. Air Force in Europe during World War II. After the war, he graduated from Northeastern, received his Master's Degree from Harvard and his Doctor of Engineering degree from Yale.

In 1954, after several years on the faculty of the University of Connecticut, he joined the Electrical Engineering Department of WPI. He set exceptionally high standards for his students while always concerned with their personal welfare. As the years went on, he served not only as a role model for his undergraduates, but a valued mentor to the younger faculty.

In the late 1960s, Romeo became a campus leader in two historic developments. Through his efforts, and at some risk to his own position he was the person primarily responsible for bringing tenure to the faculty of WPI. In 1969, he was one of the six faculty elected to the WPI Planning Committee which developed and promoted the famous "Two Towers" series. These documents revolutionized education at WPI, and in May 1970, they were accepted by the the faculty for implementation as the WPI Plan.

Romeo retired from WPI in the late 1980s and passed away in 1993. The Romeo L. Moruzzi Award was established by his wife and supplemented by one of Romeo's former students, Fred Snively '60, to recognize innovation in undergraduate education by a young faculty member.

YearNameTitleDepartment
2014

Craig Shue

Assistant Professor

Computer Science

2013

Aarti Madan

Assistant Professor

Humanities and Arts

2012 Jeanine Skorinko

Assistant Professor

Social Science and Policy Studies

2011

Taskin Padir

Assistant Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering, Robotics Engineering

2010

Constance Clark

Assistant Professor

Humanities and Arts

2009

Scott Jiusto

Assistant Professor

Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

2008

Robert Lindeman

Joshua Rosenstock

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Computer Science

Humanities & Arts

2007

J. Robert Krueger

Assistant Professor

Interdisciplinary and Global Studies

2006

H. J. Manzari

Assistant Professor

Humanities & Arts Department

2005

Kristen L. Billiar

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Engineering

2004

Kathryn Fisler

Assistant Professor

Computer Science

2003

Eleanor Loiacono

Assistant Professor

Management

2002

Ross D. Shonat

Assistant Professor

Biomedical Engineering

2001

Kristin N. Wobbe

Assistant Professor

Chemistry & Biochemistry

2000

Karen M. McNamara

Assistant Professor

Chemical Engineering

1999

Stephen W. Pierson

Assistant Professor

Physics