Our Staff

Administrative Staff


Patricia Howe

Patricia Howe

Contact Information

Higgins Laboratories, 130
Phone: +1-508-831-4875
phowe@wpi.edu

Patricia Howe

  • Operations Manager

Pat oversees all aspects of the daily operations of the Mechanical Engineering Department. She holds a BS in Business Administration from Becker College and is currently enrolled in the Master of Organizational Leadership program at Nichols College. She worked as an administrative assistant in the School of Business for two years before transferring into the ME Department. Pat is certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA) as a kayak instructor and in her free time she enjoys kayaking, hiking and biking.

Statia Canning

Statia Canning

Contact Information

Higgins Laboratories, 130
Phone: +1-508-831-5236
scanning@wpi.edu

Statia Canning

  • Administrative Assistant

Statia provides administrative support to the students, faculty and staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She is responsible for the student payroll, and works closely with the Admissions Office in coordinating Open House presentations and arranging visits for potential ME students. Statia worked in the Department of Management at WPI for three years prior to joining the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2010.

Barbara Edilberti

Barbara Edilberti

Contact Information

Higgins Laboratories, Room 130
Phone: +1-508-831-5026
edilbert@wpi.edu

Barbara Edilberti

  • Administrative Assistant V

Assistance in coordination of Mechanical Engineering Graduate Committee Activities, also includes record keeping for all enrolled ME graduate students. My achievements have been working with students from the start of their program until they receive their degree. Outside of work, I enjoy my family and friends.

Barbara Furhman

Barbara Furhman

Contact Information

Higgins Laboratories, Room 130
Phone: +1-508-831-6046
bfurhman@wpi.edu

Barbara Furhman

  • Administrative Assistant VI

Purchases supplies for faculty & students. Processes payments & expense reports. Works on pcard purchases and reconcile statements. Administers ME faculty accounts, grants, and one operation account. Works on student payroll. Created and adopted new forms.

Rita Shilansky

Rita Shilansky

Contact Information

Washburn Shops, Room 244
Phone: +1-508-831-5633
rita@wpi.edu

Rita Shilansky

  • Administrative Assistant

Rita Shilansky has held two positions at WPI from 1990 to present: administrative secretary in Student Activities, and now administrative assistant in Materials Science and Engineering and the center iMdc. She holds a BS in Urban Studies from Worcester State University and worked for the City of Worcester for 10 years before coming to WPI. She is responsible for financial accounting, maintaining websites, and administrative work for both the faculty and graduate students.

Peter Hefti

Peter Hefti

Contact Information

Higgins Laboratories, 033
Phone: +1-508-831-5597
phefti@wpi.edu

Peter Hefti

  • Lab Manager

Peter Hefti is the lab manager at the Engineering Experimentation Laboratory for the Department of Mechanical Engineering at WPI. Before he joined WPI in 1982 he worked in the optic laboratory of the Research Center at  Brown Boveri Company, now ABB, in Switzerland for 10 Years. He joined the Center of Holographic Studies and Laser micro-mechaTronics (CHSLT) laboratory to assist Professor Pryputniewicz in the field of nondestructive testing using optical metrology.  He helped there in research as well as assisting graduate and undergraduate students on their projects. Since 2012 he enjoys working with students helping them to apply what they learned in the classrooms.  In his free time his interests are traveling, hiking, gardening and photography.      

Research Staff


Carol Garofoli

Carol Garofoli

Contact Information

Washburn Shops, 330
Phone: +1-508-831-5592
garofoli@wpi.edu

Carol Garofoli

  • Director of Operations, Metal Processing Institute

Carol Garofoli has held various positions in academic administration at WPI and, from 1990 to 1996, was director of academic operations in the provost's office. She holds a BS in business management and an MBA. As MPI's director of operations, she is the primary liaison with WPI's accounting, purchasing, and human resources offices, and is responsible for interacting with MPI's consortium companies. Garofoli facilitates MPI activities for programs and oversees its website and communications.

Renee Brodeur

Renee Brodeur

Contact Information

Washburn Shops, Room 331
Phone: +1-508-831-5003
rbrodeur@wpi.edu

Renee Brodeur

  • Assistant Manager of Operations, MPI

B.S. Electrical Engineering, WPI, 1983

Renee Brodeur has worked in the high-tech computer and network industries for corporations such as Hughes Aircraft, MITRE, Prime Computer, Sequoia Systems, Sonus Networks, and most recently Motorola. She has experience in many areas of the product development life cycle including firmware/software development, systems engineer, quality assurance, and technical writing. Renee returns to WPI as part of the MPI administrative team. In her role as Assistant Manager of Operations, she is responsible for maintaining MPI's financial accounts and web presence, and helping with general activities of the MPI office.

Maureen Plunkett

Maureen Plunkett

Contact Information

Washburn Shops, Room 329
Phone: +1-508-831-5992
mrp@wpi.edu

Maureen Plunkett

  • Administrative Assistant, MPI

B.S. Assumption College, 2008

Maureen Plunkett supports the administrative and liaison activities of the Metal Processing Institute.

Machine Shop Staff


Torbjorn S. Bergstrom

Torbjorn S. Bergstrom

Contact Information

Washburn Shops, 107
Phone: +1-508-831-5122
torbjorn@wpi.edu

Torbjorn S. Bergstrom

  • Operations Manager, Manufacturing Laboratories

Torbjorn is a third generation WPI alum with a BS in Mechanical Engineering (95) and an MS in Manufacturing Engineering (01). He is currently working towards a PhD in Manufacturing Engineering with an expected graduation date of May 2014. Torbjorn Joined WPI’s Surface Metrology Lab in 1998 he has been the Lab Manager and is now the Lab’s Associate Director. He has 16 publications in this area with over 200 citations. Since 2006 Torbjorn has been the Operations Manager for WPIs Manufacturing Laboratories and Assistant Director of WPI’s HAAS Technical Education Center. In 2007 he joined the HAAS Technical Education Center Council as 4 Year Institution Representative; he has also served as Vice President, and President. He is currently serving as Past President. In addition to his work in Surface Metrology, Torbjorn has given five invited presentations in the areas of laboratory safety and laboratory management and engineering education. Torbjorn is the current chair of the WPI Safety Committee. He is the faculty adviser to the SME Student chapter at WPI and is active in the SME Chapter 25 Executive Board Currently serving as it's chair. He is an active member of the ASME B46.1 Committee and has participated in ISO WG16.

 

Find out more at http://professorbergstrom.com

 

Also see http://wp.wpi.edu/dailyherd/2013/08/06/a-day-in-the-life-toby-bergstrom/

 

Kevin Arruda

Kevin Arruda

Contact Information

Higgins Laboratories, Room 004
Phone: +1-508-831-5319
karruda@wpi.edu

Kevin Arruda

  • Lab Machinist

Kevin Arruda’s Job responsibilities include managing the Higgins Machine Lab. Helping students conceive and alter mechanical designs so that they can be manufactured in the facilities at WPI. Other responsibilities include instructing students how to use CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacturing) software. As well as instructing students how to safely and effectively use hand operated, and CNC (computer numeric controlled) machine tools. I am also an instructor at the HAAS Technical Education Center in Washburn Machine Lab.

 
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