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VOLUME 13, NO. 1     DEC 1999

WPI appoints its first global deans

Two longtime WPI faculty members recently assumed leadership of the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division (IGSD). Mathematical Sciences Professor Paul W. Davis was appointed dean of interdisciplinary and global studies and Richard F. Vaz, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was named associate dean. Hossein Hakim, who served as IGSD co-chair and global studies program director for 12 years returned to the faculty as associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Davis, left, earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A faculty member since 1970, he received the Board of Trustees' Award for Outstanding Creative Scholarship in 1990, served as interim chair of the Mathematical Sciences Department from 1978 to 1983, has directed WPI's London Project Center since 1996, and is a former secretary of the faculty. He was the John E. Sinclair Professor of Mathematics from 1991 to 1994.

"Thanks to the efforts of its faculty, WPI is the leader in outcomes-oriented, global education in science, engineering, management and computer science," says Davis. "I look forward to working with my faculty and staff colleagues to build the global program and to expand WPI's interdisciplinary offerings."

Vaz earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering at WPI. He held the Joseph Samuel Satin Distinguished Fellowship for 1991, was honored with the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Teaching in 1993, has been the Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Electrical Engineering Professor four times and received the Outstanding Advisor Award from the WPI Chapter of Tau Beta Pi in 1999.

Director of WPI's Venice Project Center since 1994, Vaz helped initiate the Ireland project program and has advised projects there and in Washington, D.C., the Netherlands and Thailand.


With locations arrayed around the globe and students at work on six continents, WPI's Global Perspective Program continues to expand the University's recognized leadership in global technological education.

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