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 & 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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- A Reflection from Dean Oates Each year around this time, hundreds of students descend upon college campuses, visiting faculty laboratories and presenting their credentials with earnest requests for opportunities to gain research experience. From high school students to graduating college seniors, students at all levels gain immeasurable benefits from getting meaningful, relevant exposure to research in their discipline. The opportunity […] >
- Dean’s Message: Global Connections In our global economy, knowledge and innovative ideas can emerge from any region of the world and travel in a flash across the planet to the most distal sites, where interpretation, application, and contextualization occur. The world is flat, but this doesn’t mean we look at information in the same way when it comes to […] >
- 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 […] >