Undergraduate Programs

Providing Flexibility and Broader Scope for Today’s Leaders

The LAE program is designed to be flexible while supporting its core in engineering and the liberal arts. It upholds the two cornerstones of engineering - science and design - in a meaningful way and provides substantive treatment of humanistic, social, and business factors related to engineering and technology.

Our students are building resumes with relevant experiences to support their future pursuits. They will graduate from the LAE program not only possessing a solid knowledge of engineering, but also a broader business perspective, the tools to communicate effectively, and the ability to solve problems.

Discover what our alumni have accomplished. Their Major Qualifying Projects (MQPs) reveal the impact an LAE degree can have.

 
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    Faculty Profile

    Name: John Orr
    Department: Liberal Arts & Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Professor Orr's research interests span aspects of digital signal processing. Recent work is in positioning systems, particularly precision personnel location in the indoor environment.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Frederick W. Bianchi
    Department: Liberal Arts & Engineering
    Title: Professor

    As director of computer music research, Professor Bianchi works with students from all disciplines. His particular focus is Virtual Orchestra technology and multichannel sound design.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: David DiBiasio
    Department: Liberal Arts & Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor and Department Head

    DiBiasio has been head of the Chemical Engineering Department since 2006. He was elected a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education in 2009.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: James Kevin Doyle
    Department: Liberal Arts & Engineering
    Title: Department Head and Associate Professor

    Professor Doyle's research and teaching interests include applied social and cognitive psychology; system dynamics; and judgment and decision making.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Peter H. Hansen
    Department: Liberal Arts & Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Hansen enjoys teaching history and international studies at WPI. He has also collaborated with students on solving real-world problems in WPI’s Project Centers.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Scott Jiusto
    Department: Liberal Arts & Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Jiusto's research and teaching lives have been closely intertwined in Cape Town, South Africa, where he and his students work on sustainable community development projects.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Robert Krueger
    Department: Liberal Arts & Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Krueger is founding director of WPI's ESS Program. He has been a co-principal investigator on two U.S. EPA grants focused on environmental justice issues in Worcester.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Taskin Padir
    Department: Liberal Arts & Engineering
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Professor Padir is the Recipient of the Inaugural Rho Beta Epsilon Award for Excellence in Robotics Education

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Kent J. Rissmiller
    Department: Liberal Arts & Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    One of Professor Rissmiller’s greatest joys is watching his students go on to graduate and law schools and become accomplished public policy and legal professionals.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: M. David Samson
    Department: Liberal Arts & Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Samson teaches art history, with scholarship in the history of architecture, especially the modern period. He studies and explains the moments of transition when styles change.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Lance Schachterle
    Department: Liberal Arts & Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Professor Schachterle enjoys the excitement of the classroom--meeting new students, sharing ideas about works of literature that matter, and learning to communicate more effectively.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Kenneth Stafford
    Department: Liberal Arts & Engineering
    Title: Adjunct Associate Professor

    Professor Stafford’s research interests include low-speed aerodynamics, mechanical systems for autonomy and robotic dexterity, and continuously variable transmission design.

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    Faculty Profile

    Name: Richard F. Vaz
    Department: Liberal Arts & Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    Professor Vaz has advised hundreds of undergraduate research projects in Australia, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Namibia, the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United States.

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