You'll find some of the world's most respected educators at WPI. They are committed teachers and scholars with exceptional credentials. They continually earn awards and grants for their research and are often on the cutting edge of solving real-world problems through their work.

They are also passionate about teaching. The proof is in their responsiveness to students, day and night, outside of class as well as in class. In fact, the National Survey of Student Engagement has ranked WPI 1st out of 33 doctoral-intensive universities for "student-faculty interactions," a measure of the quality and quantity of time faculty spent with undergraduate students.

At WPI, you will be taught by faculty (not graduate students or teaching assistants) in all of your courses. They’ll encourage you and respond to your questions—not by giving you the answers, but by helping you find them on your own.


At WPI you’ll find many opportunities to work with our world-class faculty in a number of cutting-edge research areas, such as biotechnology, fuel cells, information security, materials processing, and nanotechnology. You'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities, as well as the support you need to succeed in college, in your research, and in your career.  Learn more about Research at WPI…

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  • dixon

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Anthony Dixon
    Department: Chemical Engineering
    Title: Professor

    Dixon was recently elected a “Fellow of the Institute” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He also received the 2009 WPI Board of Trustees' Award for Outstanding Research.

  • hoy

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Frank Hoy
    Department: Management
    Title: Beswick Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

    Hoy, an internationally known authority on entrepreneurship has received more than $15 million in federal and foundation research awards and contracts for his work.

  • apelian-profile

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Diran Apelian
    Department: Mechanical Engineering
    Title: Howmet Professor

    Apelian, Howmet Professor of Engineering at WPI and director of the WPI Metal Processing Institute, was recently inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

  • Rick Brown

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Rick Brown
    Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    Brown was recently elevated to Senior Member of the IEEE. Senior Member is the highest professional grade of the IEEE for which an application may be made.

  • ReetaPrustyRao

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Reeta Prusty Rao
    Department: Biology & Biotechnology
    Title: Assistant Professor/Graduate Student Coordinator

    Prusty Rao's lab explores the basic biology of yeast to better understand the processes of fungal infections. The ultimate goal is to identify potential targets for new drug development.

  • KarenOates

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Karen Kashmanian Oates
    Department: Arts & Sciences
    Title: Dean of Arts and Sciences

    In 2010 Oates, a nationally recognized scientist, science educator, and higher education leader, was named the inaugural Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Sciences at WPI.

  • CarolinaRuiz2

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Carolina Ruiz
    Department: Computer Science
    Title: Associate Professor

    Ruiz is part of a team that received a $1.5 million award from the National Science Foundation for the development of an intelligent tutoring system aimed at improving science education.

  • RajibMallick

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Rajib Mallick
    Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Title: Associate Professor

    Mallick is on the cutting-edge of alternative energy research. He’s exploring turning asphalt - highways, streets, and parking lots- into solar collectors which produce heat and electricity.

  • MarshaRolle

    Faculty Profile

    Name: Marsha Rolle, PhD
    Department: Biomedical Engineering
    Title: Assistant Professor

    Rolle received a 2-year NIH award to research the development of engineered replacement blood vessels which could lead to an effective way to generate blood vessels for transplantation purpo


WPI Faculty by the Numbers

  • 458 full- and part-time faculty
  • 91 percent of full-time faculty hold a PhD
  • 15 National Science Foundation CAREER Award winners (the most prestigious honor for young faculty members)
  • 14:1 student-faculty ratio
  • 12 Fulbright Scholars
  • 1 National Academy of Engineering member