The Deans & Staff
In the Office of Undergraduate Studies, we are advocates for our students and for those who teach and advise them. We are committed to providing programs and experiences that educate young women and men in the theory and practice of how basic knowledge, technological advances, and human need are intertwined—and how each of our students can make a difference.
Boynton Hall, 108A
- Dean of Undergraduate Studies
- Professor, Mathematical Sciences
Arthur Heinricher is the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and a Professor of Mathematical Sciences. As dean, he is responsible for ensuring the quality and effectiveness of all aspects of the undergraduate experience at WPI, providing leadership and working with the faculty to implement new undergraduate curricular and structural changes. Together with the Dean of Students, he works to ensure an appropriate balance and synergy between academics and student life. In 2012, Heinricher led the university’s self-study working with faculty and administration to facilitate the external review for institutional accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Learn more...
- Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs
The Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Academic Affairs manages multiple ongoing and periodic administrative initiatives in support of the functions of the Office of the Provost. The AVP supports the Provost in the preparation, development and implementation of administrative policies and processes of the division, the evaluation of academic programs and their outcomes, and the management of fiscal and human resources within the division of Academic Affairs.
Boynton Hall, 108
- Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
- Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry
I love working with our first-year students in the Great Problems Seminars. Helping students with their first big WPI project is enormously fun, and I learn something new all the time. These courses not only give our students a head start on their major projects, they also can provide a passion and a career path. Watching that develop is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had as a teacher. Learn more...
Project Center, 2nd Floor
- Dean, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division
- Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
I received my PhD in electrical engineering from WPI, focusing on signal analysis and machine vision. I held systems and design engineering positions with the Raytheon Company, GenRad Inc., and the MITRE Corporation before joining the WPI Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty in 1987. While I enormously enjoyed teaching courses on signals, communication, controls, and design at the undergraduate and graduate levels, over time my interests in interdisciplinary teaching and learning and international education resulted in increasing involvement in WPI’s Student Project programs, both on campus and elsewhere. I’ve advised hundreds of undergraduate research projects in Australia, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Namibia, the Netherlands, Thailand, and the United States. Learn more...
Salisbury Laboratories, 121
Karen Kashmanian Oates
- Dean, Arts & Sciences
Before joining WPI as the Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Sciences, I was the deputy director for undergraduate education at the National Science Foundation. I was also the founding provost at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, associate dean and director at George Mason University, and the co-P.I. on a large, national dissemination grant entitled Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER). I received my BS in biology from Rochester Institute of Technology and my PhD in biochemistry from George Washington University. Learn more...
50 Prescott Street, 1332
Mark P. Rice
- Dean, School of Business
Teaching is really about engaging with others (students, other faculty, guest experts and staff) in creating a learning experience. Though “knowledge transfer” is important, the rate of expansion of the body of knowledge and the ease of accessing it makes skill in learning even more important. Helping students learn about and improve their own thinking/learning process; helping them recognize their own mental patterns; to reinforce or break out of their patterns; and to develop new patterns is the best part of teaching. I particularly like helping students develop skill in questioning – a key part of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Learn more...
Atwater Kent Laboratories, 217
- Dean of Engineering, Ad Interim
- Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering
Since 2000, my work, research, and passion has centered on the Precision Personnel Locator (PPL) for First Responders. I have come to love the community of first responders, including fire fighters and law enforcement, and want to help them by providing a tool that will enhance their ability to effectively and efficiently deal with crisis situations. Beyond locating personnel, the PPL can relay physiological information back to the commanders, providing information that can potentially indicate when a firefighter has reached his or her stress limit. Learn more...