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Karen Kashmanian Oates, PhD

Karen Kashmanian Oates, PhD

Contact Information

Salisbury Laboratories, 121
Phone: +1-508-831-4678
koates@wpi.edu

Karen Kashmanian Oates, PhD

  • Peterson Family Dean of Arts & Sciences

Karen Kashmanian Oates, PhD, has been named WPI’s first Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Sciences. As the inaugural arts and sciences dean at WPI, Oates oversees 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 Science and Interactive Media and Game Development.

She is responsible for helping to promote WPI's growing investment in the life sciences, which includes the Gateway Park development, the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center, and the George I. Alden Life Sciences and Bioengineering Educational Center.

The former deputy director of undergraduate education at the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Studies, Oates earned her PhD in biochemistry at George Washington University. She began her academic and research career at George Mason University, before being called to a number of increasingly prominent leadership positions. As an associate dean at George Mason, she was centrally involved in creating its New American College environment.

She is also an award-winning teacher. More recent interests and publications have centered on women's health generally, faculty development, service learning, business-higher education partnerships, and K-12 science and mathematics education.

Robert Krueger, PhD

Robert Krueger, PhD

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Salisbury Laboratories, 223c
Phone: +1-508-831-5110
Fax: +1-508-831-5485
krueger@wpi.edu

Robert Krueger, PhD

  • Assistant Dean for Arts & Sciences

Rob is responsible for developing international collaborations and partnerships around sustainability, environmental, and water related issues, especially where WPI’s technically oriented faculty and students can contribute. Rob brings over a decade of program development, research, fund raising, and administrative expertise to the position. He is the founding director of WPI’s Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program. He also served as the director of WPI’s community-based research program for over 10 years. He is an internationally recognized expert on urban sustainability and economic development issues. Rob earned his PhD in Human Geography from Clark University’s Graduate School of Geography.

Monica Ellis

Monica Ellis

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85 Prescott Street
Phone: +1-508-831-4836
mellis@wpi.edu

Monica Ellis

  • Director of Academic Advancement for Arts & Sciences

Monica is responsible for establishing relationships and securing major gifts that support WPI’s programs in the Arts & Sciences. Monica brings more than 20 years of alumni relations and fundraising experience to the university. Prior to joining WPI, Monica was Director of Annual Giving at Boston Children’s Hospital. Her previous experience includes several roles with the MIT Alumni Association; managing their reunion campaigns and programs, launching a Young Alumni Campaign, and culminating as Director of the MIT Alumni Fund. Monica received her B.S. in Biology from MIT and her MBA from Bentley University.

Tara Mann

Tara Mann

Contact Information

Salisbury Laboratories, 121
Phone: +1-508-831-4964
tmann@wpi.edu

Tara Mann

  • Director of Operations

Tara Mann is responsible for coordinating a range of projects in the Office of the Dean including the work of the Provost's Global Task Force and programs to support students interested in applying to medical, dental and veterinary schools.  Prior to joining WPI, Tara was faculty in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University where she served as a preceptor responsible for course design and laboratory curriculum in undergraduate courses including cell biology.  Tara is also an instructor at the Harvard Extension School teaching courses such as medical microbiology and biochemistry.  Tara received her PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she studied cytoskeletal elements of the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii.  

Debra Ofcarcik

Debra Ofcarcik

Contact Information

Salisbury Laboratories, 121
Phone: +1-508-831-4678
dofcarcik@wpi.edu

Debra Ofcarcik

  • Administrative Assistant

Debbie has more than 19 years’ experience and achievement in corporate and academia reporting to top level executives. At WPI she supports the Dean of Arts & Sciences’ office including organizing the Dean’s calendar and managing projects and communications. Outside of WPI, Debbie enjoys running and competing in races, kayaking, biking, skiing, and playing tennis.

 
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