People in the Spotlight
Joseph J. Rencis, mechanical engineering professor and director of engineering mechanics, was recently elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) International. The highest grade of membership within ASME, fellow recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. A member of the faculty since 1985, Rencis is also a fellow of the Wessex Institute of Great Britain, which recognizes leaders in the field of computation engineering and boundary element research.
WPI student musicians have something new to sing about. John Francis Delorey was named WPI's first director of choral music last fall. He succeeds Associate Professor Louis Curran as director of the WPI Men's Glee Club and assumes conducting responsibilities for Alden Voices (the women's chorus) and the Concert Chorus. Curran, who has directed the Glee Club since 1966, will continue to teach at WPI. Delorey, a graduate of Vassar College, is a multifaceted musician with an impressive resume. He was most recently director of choral activities and concert band director at Clark University and was a music teacher and program coordinator at Doherty Memorial High School.
WPI senior Yakov Kronrod is preparing for a career in research and teaching with a double major in mathematics and computer science. Three prestigious awards attest to his academic excellence. In 2000 he received WPI's Richard V. Olson Award for outstanding performance in basic mathematics courses. Last April, he was named a Goldwater Scholar for the 2001-02 academic year. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding sophomores or juniors who demonstrate a high potential for and commitment to a career in mathematics, the natural sciences or academic research. Last summer, he was one of two WPI students (the other was senior Megan Lally) chosen to receive a Waldemar J. Trjitzinsky Memorial Fund Award from the American Mathematical Society. After graduation Kronrod plans to pursue a master's in computer science and a doctorate in mathematics.
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