Message from the Dean
Whatever you choose to do, whatever path you choose to follow in the world – you’ll find that the WPI Arts and Sciences has prepared you to live your dreams.
As the inaugural arts and sciences dean at WPI, I oversee seven academic departments—Biology and Biotechnology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Humanities and Arts, Mathematical Sciences,Physics, and Social Science and Policy Studies—as well as interdisciplinary programs in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Robotics, and Interactive Media and Game Development.
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Karen Kashmanian Oates, PhD
Peterson Family Dean of Arts & Sciences
Dean Oates Featured in The Huffington Post
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- The Importance of Basic Research (Previously published in the Huffington Post) This is science’s newest Golden Age. Young people today are inspired by generational heroes like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg that were filled in the relative recent past by the likes of Michael Jordan and Mick Jagger. The fact that today’s students can dream of emulating role models who achieved their status using their minds [...] >
- What Really Drives Innovation? Great Science requires curiosity—but that’s not enough. Great scientists are skilled at asking questions and also passionate about finding the answers to make a difference. Great scientists and great artists are thinkers and doers. At WPI, our reputation for producing graduates who get things done is well-earned. We are indeed a world-class STEM institution and are [...] >
- Our WPI Diaspora I would like to welcome you to celebrate with us the start of a new and exciting year at WPI. In thinking about the New Year and reflecting on times past, I was struck by how connected the world has become and how WPI, and science broadly, has been impacted by these rapid changes. In [...] >