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
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- A Reflection from Dean Oates What would happen if we truly created our colleges and universities as ecosystems to liberate talent, not just for our students but for every member of the community, from the IT staff and gardeners to Advisory Board members? A question worth some pondering is what must happen to create an educational and academic ecosystem that […] >
- Dean’s Message: STEM Initiatives I recently met a colleague who surprised me with the question: “What are you doing in STEM?” I have to admit that I was a bit taken aback by the statement because, after all, WPI is well known as a science- and technology-focused school. The vast majority of our majors are STEM in nature. So […] >
- From a Dean’s Perspective: if…the Campaign to Advance WPI If…is about the potential of this remarkable university—about what WPI and our students and faculty can achieve if we, as a community, imagine a brighter future and commit to making it happen. Those of us at WPI have been privileged with a keen intellect that has afforded us the experience of a world class education […] >