Our Staff

Luca Capogna

Luca Capogna

Contact Information

Stratton Hall, 108

lcapogna@wpi.edu

Luca Capogna

  • Department Head
  • Professor
Ellen M. Mackin

Ellen M. Mackin

Contact Information

Stratton Hall, 108
Phone: +1-508-831-5241
emackin@wpi.edu

Ellen M. Mackin

  • Administrative Assistant V

I provide administrative support to the Department’s Graduate program.  A few of my primary responsibilities include answering all prospective students’ inquiries, the admissions process, supporting the Graduate Admissions and Graduate Program Committees, and preparing EPAFs for TAs and RAs.  I also provide administrative support to faculty members by typing technical documents using the LATEX typesetting program. In my leisure I enjoy walking and reading. My favorite times are those spent with my wonderful family (especially the grandchildren) and friends.

Mike Malone

Mike Malone

Contact Information

Stratton Hall, 207
Phone: +1-508-831-5403
mmalone@wpi.edu

Mike Malone

  • Computer Operations Manager

Mike Malone works with Math Department Faculty, Staff, and Graduate students to assure that their computational needs are met.  Whether it’s the purchase and setup of a new desktop, laptop, mobile device, or printer, or the troubleshooting of an existing device, Mike works with each person to make sure that they are able to use their devices to complete their mission, whether it’s learning, teaching, or research.

Rhonda Podell

Rhonda Podell

Contact Information

Stratton Hall, 108
Phone: +1-508-831-5241
rpodell@wpi.edu

Rhonda Podell

  • Administrative Assistant VI

Rhonda Podell joined WPI and the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 2008. She provides administrative and operational support to the faculty and students in the department and enjoys interfacing with other offices on campus to help the math department fulfill its mission.

Rhonda assists with the department’s undergraduate activities, lecture series, and peer learning assistants (PLAs) and tutoring center programs. She helps to organize K-12 outreach activities such as the Annual WPI Mathematics Meet for high school students and various mathematics summer camps. She has developed the department’s new Facebook page and manages the content for the digital signs in the department. She is also the Administrative Assistant for the Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics (CIMS). Rhonda provides crucial support for the center’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program and for workshops such as the Mathematical Problems in Industry, and she maintains the center’s financial accounts. One of the true highlights of her position, she says, is to see our students begin as freshmen and flourish into innovative individuals as graduating seniors. Rhonda loves the sense of community that is within the department and is felt across the WPI campus.

On the personal side, Rhonda is married with two children. Her son is a student at Saint Anselm’s College and her daughter is a senior in high school and will be heading off to college in the fall of 2014. She is an avid reader and loves her annual summer trips to Maine with her family.

Deborah M. K. Riel

Deborah M. K. Riel

Contact Information

Stratton Hall, 108
Phone: +1-508-831-5316
Fax: +1-508-831-5824
driel@wpi.edu

Deborah M. K. Riel

  • Administrative Assistant VI

Deb supports the department head, and her primary responsibility is the maintenance of the department’s finances.  She is also an editor for the department’s website, and the administrator for a large number of student employees each year.  As part of the office team, she and all the staff work hard to ensure smooth functioning of the department and a pleasant atmosphere.  Deb holds a BFA in Printmaking from Rochester Institute of Technology, and in her time away from the office, enjoys year-round canoeing in the whitewater rapids of New England rivers.

 
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