WPI’s Summer Programs are overseen by the Summer Programs Office, but there are many other groups on campus that are involved in directing and running programs.
Summer Programs Office Staff
- Associate Director
I have been developing, assessing and managing WPI’s K-12 Summer Programs since March 2012. My journey started at Cornell University where I received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1997. I loved working as a project engineer in the consulting and biotech industries, and I’m proud that my colleagues and I received several patents for our work. After my children were born, I got involved with youth science and engineering outreach, visiting kindergarten classrooms and participating in my local Women in Science & Engineering conference for middle school girls. I really liked sharing stories about what scientists and engineers actually do, and helping kids to understand how much we as professionals help to shape and improve the world we live in. My position in the Summer Programs Office, along with my role as Program Director for our Women in Science program, allows me to continue this outreach alongside many others who feel the same way. In my free time, I love to ski with my family, hike with our dog, and run obstacle races (preferably with mud!).
- Associate Operations Manager
I joined WPI Summer Programs in 2013, having worked in the Corporate and Professional Education office since 2009. I coordinate the data details between our programs and the behind-the-scenes technology that propels WPI campus life. My favorite part of being on this team has been getting out and interacting with such talented and interesting young people while assisting with check-ins, lunches, and the occasional murder mystery role. Having earned my MA in Linguistics from the University of British Columbia in 2005, my background in languages has led me to live in three countries. At times outside of work, I can be found tutoring English as a Second Language, volunteering at my local cat shelter, growing endangered veggies or renovating my 200-year-young house.
- Administrative Assistant
I joined WPI Summer Programs in 2013. My responsibilities are to ensure the Summer Office runs smoothly, providing a wide range of administrative, financial and clerical support. In my free time, I’m busy being a mother and wife.
Admissions Office Staff
Several of our Summer Programs are run by the WPI Admissions Office. The Program Directors for Camp Reach, Frontiers and Launch are:
Sue Sontgerath '88
- Associate Director of Admissions
- Class of 1988
I am originally from Western Massachusetts but now live in the Worcester area. I am a WPI alumna with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. I am currently working on a Master of Education degree at Worcester State University. While working as an engineer, I had some incredible opportunities which included working for companies that manufactured everything from space shuttle parts for NASA to carbineers for mountain climbing. After taking some time off to raise my children, I returned to WPI in 2008, which was bit like coming home for me. I am very proud of the commitment WPI has made not only to a superb education for our current students, but also to educating younger K-12 students about the exciting opportunities in available in science and engineering. In my spare time, when I am not taxiing children to a sporting or school event, I love reading, hiking (especially in the awesome New England fall) or spending time on the Cape with my family.
Regional responsibilities: Maryland, Massachusetts
- Coordinator of Admissions Outreach
My background is in secondary education where I always loved the interaction with students in the middle and high school grades. I have been in the Admissions field for over 5 years. I am passionate about my work in higher education because we are able to teach and mentor students who are looking to continue their education after high school. Here at WPI, I am constantly amazed by what the students do academically as well as socially. I have a great view of campus where I can see all the activity happening on the quad from my office. Whether students are out playing frisbee, walking a tight rope, bouncing in a jumping house for charity, or just taking a few minutes out of the day to relax, it’s always great to see such vibrant life on campus.
Regional responsibilities: Connecticut
All sports camps are directed by the WPI Head Coach and coaching staff of each particular sport. Click here to read more about our Athletics staff.
Office of Multicultural Affairs Staff
WPI has been honored to host the Exxon-Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp for the last several years. This program is run by WPI’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. Click here to read more about the staff.
Our K-12 academic program participants are supervised by Program Assistants (PAs) during the day and by Residential Program Assistants (RPAs) during the evening hours of overnight programs. All PAs and RPAs are WPI undergraduates, who know the campus, and are specifically trained in Summer Programs policies and protocols. We are extremely proud of our students, and appreciate the opportunity to provide additional role models to our Summer Programs participants!
Most of our academic programs are taught by WPI faculty, staff and graduate students.