Faculty

Roberto Pietroforte

Roberto Pietroforte

Contact Information

Kaven Hall, 209B
Phone: +1-508-831-5295
Fax: +1-508-831-5808
roberto@wpi.edu

Roberto Pietroforte

  • Director & Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

"Per aspera ad aspra" (from the mud to the stars) is my motto. I have a reputation as a demanding teacher because I expect students to give their best; I am most gratified learning I have helped former students navigate the challenges of their careers. Read more...

Leonard Albano

Leonard Albano

Contact Information

Kaven Hall, 201
Phone: +1-508-831-5492
Fax: +1-508-831-5808
ldalbano@wpi.edu

Leonard Albano

  • Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

I enjoy teaching civil engineering fundamentals in 1000 and 2000-level courses, and then revisiting those fundamentals in upper level and graduate courses as a base for presenting advanced topics and fostering deeper learning. Consequently, I integrate design projects into my undergraduate coursework to provide a context for learning and to emphasize my expectations for learning and actively applying the course material. Read more...

Nicholas A. Dembsey

Nicholas A. Dembsey

Contact Information

Higgins Laboratories, 106
Phone: +1-508-831-5971
Fax: +1-508-831-5862
ndembsey@wpi.edu

Nicholas A. Dembsey

  • Full Professor, Fire Protection Engineering

Ensuring greater life safety and property protection has never been more challenging. My research focuses on the building performance applications of fire dynamics, fire characteristics of materials, and fire models. I am working with several other graduate students. Our goal is to provide knowledge which enables fire protection engineers to develop more effective and efficient designs in the built environment and serve as a basis for improvement of regulatory policy. Read more...

Leffi Cewe-Malloy

Leffi Cewe-Malloy

Contact Information

Kaven Hall, 117B
Phone: +1-508-831-5915
Fax: +1-508-831-5855
lemalloy@wpi.edu

Leffi Cewe-Malloy

  • Instructor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

I have been practicing for about 15 years in commercial and residential architecture. In 2001 I joined WPI as an adjunct instructor, teaching design software, such as AutoCAD and BIM/Revit, as well as Architectural Engineering Systems. I am involved in the Architectural Engineering program where I will be teaching the architectural studios as well as advising in projects in those areas. Read more...

Kenneth M. Elovitz

Kenneth M. Elovitz

Contact Information

Kaven Hall, 207A
Phone: +1-508-831-5530
Fax: +1-508-831-5808
kmelovitz@wpi.edu

Kenneth M. Elovitz

  • Adjunct Instructor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

My courses are application courses presented by a practitioner to train future practitioners.  My teaching style challenges students not only to understand the HVAC design concepts presented but to understand how HVAC design relates to and applies fundamentals learned in other courses.  Read more...

Brian J. Meacham

Brian J. Meacham

Contact Information

Higgins Laboratories, 110
Phone: +1-508-831-6778
Fax: +1-508-831-5862
eacham@wpi.edu

Brian J. Meacham

  • Associate Professor, Fire Protection Engineering

My research addresses risk-informed, performance-based analysis, design, and regulation as a fundamental element of public safety. In addition to creating new and beneficial knowledge, these efforts influence regulatory decision makers in the United States and abroad, increasing safety and lowering risks to the public. This requires close collaboration with government agencies responsible for developing regulatory policy, particularly for performance-based building regulations. Read more...

Kathy A. Notarianni

Kathy A. Notarianni

Contact Information

Higgins Laboratories, 111
Phone: +1-508-831-6786
Fax: +1-508-831-5862
kanfpe@wpi.edu

Kathy A. Notarianni

  • Associate Professor, Fire Protection Engineering

 am directing a multi-year study to determine the best procedural standards and resource allocation to significantly reduce loss of life and property for both firefighters and civilians. We are working with more than 400 fire departments, compiling detailed demographics of each, along with a database of hundreds of thousands of fire department deployments and outcomes that will be analyzed statistically. The results of this study will save countless firefighter and civilian lives. Read more...

Steven Van Dessel

Steven Van Dessel

Contact Information

Kaven Hall, 117A
Phone: +1-508-831-4895
svandessel@wpi.edu

Steven Van Dessel

  • Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

My research addresses sustainable building design and the development of new building technologies, with a special focus on the study of adaptive building envelop systems. One of the goals of this research is to develop new design strategies whereby building envelopes can be thermally optimized in response to climatic conditions and user preferences, in order to conserve energy and optimize comfort. Read more...

 
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