WPI Welcomes New Employees

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Stacy Riseman of North Attleboro, Mass., has been appointed assistant director for research administration. Her responsibilities include helping faculty members develop and submit proposals for research funding and providing award administration services in coordination with the Research Accounting section of the Business Affairs Office. She works with Douglas Johnston, director of research administration.

Riseman earned a B.S. in business administration at Roger Williams University and is completing her M.B.A. at Salve Regina University. Before coming to WPI she was a grants management specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine in Rockville, Md., and prior to that appointment was a supervisor of award activity in Research Administration at Brown University.

Martha M. Scheffer of Shrewsbury, Mass., has joined the Office of Continuing Education as program manager for corporate training and development. She is responsible for promoting and supporting public seminars, certificate programs and in-house training to organizations throughout New England.

Scheffer earned a bachelor's degree at Emerson College and an M.S. in training and development at Lesley College. She is a former president of the Central Massachusetts Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, a leading organization in workplace learning and performance. Before assuming her current post in January, she was assistant director of the M.B.A. program at Assumption College; director of business development for Organizational Effectiveness Consultants, a Chicago-based management consulting firm with offices in Boston and San Francisco; and director of the Center for Education and Training at Quinsigamond Community College.

Billy D. McGowan of Milford, N.H., was recently hired to plan and implement the first ESL Summer Institute at WPI. McGowan earned a master's degree in international relations at Troy State University and a graduate certificate in teaching ESL at Clark University. He comes to WPI from the New England School of English in Cambridge, Mass., where he taught English as a Second Language and served as assistant academic director. He previously taught ESL in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Germany. McGowan will serve as an ESL resource to WPI's international students and will test and teach ESL to international teaching assistants.