Steering Committee

Faculty Steering Committee

A steering committee made up of faculty members from diverse departments oversees and makes recommendations for the Communications Across the Curriculum initiative:

Kristen Billiar

Kristen Billiar

Contact Information

Life Science and Bioengineering Center, 4007
Phone: +1-508-831-5384
Fax: +1-508-831-4121
kbilliar@wpi.edu

Kristen Billiar

In our lab we use precisely engineered, two-dimensional and three-dimensional constructs as model systems to study the effects of external internal (cell-generated) forces on cell behavior, matrix biochemistry, and the biomechanics of soft tissues and biomaterials. We have developed many innovative systems to modulate the cells’ mechanical environment by applying external multiaxial strain fields, creating compliant tissue boundary conditions, and controlling the surrounding matrix stiffness. Read more...

Jennifer deWinter

Jennifer deWinter

Contact Information

Salisbury Laboratories, 15
Phone: +1-508-831-6679
jdewinter@wpi.edu

Jennifer deWinter

Professor deWinter particularly respects WPI’s motto, "Theory and Practice." She believes projects provide a concrete application to abstract knowledge, but strong leaders ponder projects abstractly and connect ideas between disciplines and settings. Read more...

Daniel Dougherty

Daniel Dougherty

Contact Information

Fuller Laboratories, 136
Phone: +1-508-831-5621
dd@wpi.edu

Daniel Dougherty

The common thread running through my teaching and research is the use of mathematical methods in building systems. Interesting systems are complex, and it is powerful to use formal tools to understand whether the system we are building fulfills our ideas. Read more...

Tahar El-Korchi

Tahar El-Korchi

Contact Information

Kaven Hall, 101
Phone: +1-508-831-5518
Fax: +1-508-831-5808
tek@wpi.edu

Tahar El-Korchi

I enjoy my interactions with students at all levels of education, research, and mentoring, whether it be in the classroom, the lab, or in project work. I especially enjoy taking them to the Morocco Project Center and sharing with them the places I grew up. Read more...

Mike Elmes

Mike Elmes

Contact Information

Washburn Shops, 203
Phone: +1-508-831-5182
Fax: +1-508-831-5720
mbelmes@wpi.edu

Mike Elmes

I design systems and processes that invite students to experience the complex dynamics of organizations, the role of power and influence in how they evolve, and the challenge of communication across political and cultural barriers. Because students are primarily responsible for their own learning, I see my role as a designer of the classroom-as-organization, mentor, and facilitator. Read more...

Brenton Faber

Brenton Faber

Contact Information

Salisbury Laboratories, 19
Phone: +1-508-831-4930
bdfaber@wpi.edu

Brenton Faber

Professor Faber believes the human dynamics of organizations are perplexing and shifting aggregations of history, experience, and intention. His work attempts to approach, describe, and offer interventions for contemporary problems within human systems. Read more...

Scott Jiusto

Scott Jiusto

Contact Information

Project Center, 205
Phone: +1-508-831-5393
Fax: +1-508-831-5485
sjiusto@wpi.edu

Scott Jiusto

My teaching, research, and community engagement is integrated through my participation in WPI’s Global Perspective Program, where I help students prepare for and conduct projects in places such as London, Venice, Puerto Rico, Denmark, Washington and Worcester. Through the WPI Cape Town Project Centre, especially, I see my work as an exercise in “Shared Action Learning.” Read more...

Elizabeth Ryder

Elizabeth Ryder

Contact Information

Life Science and Bioengineering Center, 4024
Phone: +1-508-831-6011
Fax: +1-508-831-5936
ryder@wpi.edu

Elizabeth Ryder

Neurobiology and genetics are my two favorite scientific subjects, and my goal at WPI is to help students discover for themselves how exciting it is to work in these areas. In both the classroom and the research lab, I really enjoy helping students to learn how to ask important questions, design experiments, and interpret data to increase our understanding of the nervous system. Read more...

Ruth Smith

Ruth Smith

Contact Information

Salisbury Laboratories, 108
Phone: +1-508-831-5214
Fax: +1-508-831-5932
rsmith@wpi.edu

Ruth Smith

Professor Ruth Smith works in the Philosophy and Religion group in the Humanities and Arts Department at WPI and is also affiliated with Rhetoric and Writing programs. Interests in linguistics have shaped her attention to moral theories and practices as questions of grammar. Read more...

 
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