WPI Wire, Vol. 10, No. 1 - Spring 1996

Spotlight on Student Life

Award-winning problem-solvers

From left, Henry Fink '96, Jeffrey Spaleta '97 and Aron Atkins '96 won the Outstanding Paper Award in the 12th Annual Mathematical Contest in Modeling for their work on the problem "Imaging Underwater Objects With Ambient Noise."

More than 390 teams from throughout the world took part in the international contest, which was sponsored by the National Security Agency; nine papers were judged outstanding.

Globe-trotting FPEs

Fire Protection Engineering graduate students Chris McKeever and Mark Anderson presented their paper "Upward Flamespread" at the 45th Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference in Quebec City in October, and at INTERFLAM '96 at St. John's College in Cambrid ge, England, on March 5.

"WPI should be proud of the students' accomplishment," says Jonathan Barnett, associate professor of fire protection engineering. "They were the only M.Sc. students that presented at the INTERFLAM conference. More important, their work was done as part o f their Major Qualifying Project at the Fire Research Station in Borehamwood, England, through the London Project Center." Barnett was the MQP advisor. McKeever and Anderson earned their bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering at WPI in 1995.

Minority student services consolidated

WPI's Multicultural Affairs and Minority Student Affairs offices have been consolidated into the Minority Affairs Office. Blanche Pringle, former director of minority student affairs, has assumed responsibility for the MAO. She coordinates the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students of color, including the Thurgood Marshall/Cesar Chavez/Russell Means Scholarship Program, the Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Engineering Program (EMSEP), which she established in 1993, and the WPI Fronti ers and Strive summer programs.

Since her appointment as director of minority student affairs at WPI in 1993, Pringle has been instrumental in increasing the numbers of underrepresented students of color at WPI. In 1995, the National Association of Academic Advisors selected EMSEP as on e of nine outstanding academic advising programs in the nation. The program recently received a $104,000 grant from the General Electric Fund to expand services to include supplemental video instruction and academic excellence workshops.

"Through the consolidation of these offices," says Bernard H. Brown, vice president for student affairs. "WPI will be able to expand current services and to dramatically change the efficiency and the quality of our services and programs for students."

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