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New Faculty Appointed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/Sept. 11, 1996
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. Sixteen new tenure-track faculty members have been hired at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

John F. Carney III of Worcester, Mass., has been appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of civil engineering. Carney, whose appointment was effective July 1, came to WPI from Vanderbilt University, where he was professor of civil engineering and associate dean of research and graduate studies. Originally from Lowell, Mass., Carney holds a bachelor's degree from Merrimack College and a master's and doctorate from Northwestern University. His research interests include impact loading of structures, highway safety, elasticity, plates and shells, and structural vibrations and stability.

Jose M. Arguello Westboro, Mass., formerly of Cincinnati, Ohio, has joined the faculty as assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Arguello received a degree in biological chemistry from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina, and completed his Ph.D. in biological sciences with an emphasis on toxicology at the National University of Rio Cuarto, Argentina. He did postdoctoral work in the Department of Physiology at the University of Pennsylvania and in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Cincinnati and received a Research Development Award for Minority Faculty from the National Institutes of Health. Arguello's research interests are in the structure and function of ion transport membrane proteins.

Ted A. Haggblom of Worcester, Mass., formerly of East Lansing, Mich., has been appointed an instructor in the Management Department. Haggblom earned a B.B.A. with a major in marketing and an M.S. in decision science at Georgia State University and is completing a Ph.D. in marketing at Michigan State University. His research interests are in new product development, marketing strategy and international marketing.

George T. Heineman of Westboro, Mass., formerly of New York, N.Y., has been appointed assistant professor of computer science. Heineman received his bachelor's degree in computer science from Dartmouth College and his master's and doctorate in computer science from Columbia University. His research and teaching interests are in software engineering and transaction management.

Cindy Kao of Worcester, Mass., formerly of Berkeley, Calif., was named assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. Kao earned her B.S. in civil engineering, her M.S. in geotechnical engineering, and her Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests are in subsurface contaminant transport and hydrologic processes in the unsaturated zone.

Wenhong Luo of Shrewsbury, Mass., formerly of Athens, Ohio, was appointed assistant professor of management. Luo earned a B.S. in mathematics at East China Normal University in Shanghai, an M.B.A. at Nijenrode University in Breukelen, The Netherlands, and a Ph.D. in business administration at the University of Kentucky. His research interests are in business expert systems, client server computing, coordination theory, distributed decision making, global information systems, groupware applications and organizational computing.

Makhlouf M. Makhlouf of Shrewsbury, Mass., formerly adjunct associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been appointed assistant professor of mechanical engineering, a tenure-track position. Makhlouf, who directs WPI's Aluminum Casting Research Laboratory, earned a B.S. at the American University in Cairo, an M.S. in mechanical engineering at New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. at WPI. He has taught at WPI since 1989. Makhlouf's research interests center around the solidification of metals and the application of the concepts of heat, mass and momentum transfer to modeling and solving problems in engineering materials.

David M. Reeb of Paxton, Mass., formerly of Columbia, S.C., was appointed instructor in the Management Department. Reeb holds a bachelor of arts in history from Louisiana State University and a master of science in finance from Georgia State University. He is completing a Ph.D. in international finance from the University of South Carolina.

Fabio H. Ribeiro of Worcester, Mass., formerly of Berkeley, Calif., has been appointed assistant professor of chemical engineering. Ribeiro earned a B.S. in chemical engineering and an M.S. in chemistry at the Instituto Militar de Engenharia in Rio de Janeiro, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Stanford University. He was previously a staff scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, where he worked since 1992.

Philip A. Robakiewicz of Worcester, Mass., has been appointed assistant professor of biology and biotechnology. Robakiewicz, who has been a visiting assistant professor of biology and biotechnology at WPI since 1994, received a bachelor's degree in biology and medicine from Brown University and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. His research interests are in the areas of behavioral and physiological ecology and conservation biology.

John Michael Rulnick, a native of West Springfield, Mass., who now lives in Charlton, Mass., has been appointed assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. Rulnick received his S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his M.S. and Ph.D., from the University of California, Los Angeles all in electrical engineering. His research and teaching interests are in design and optimization of networks, wireless communications, parallel and distributed processing systems, probability theory and game theory.

Elke A. Rundensteiner of Acton, Mass., formerly of Ann Arbor, Mich., has joined the WPI faculty as assistant professor of computer science. Rundensteiner received a bachelor of science in computer science and a master of science in business administration from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, a master of science in computer science from Florida State University, Tallahassee, and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests are in object-oriented database management systems, information technologies, digital libraries, multimedia databases and advance information and software systems.

Karen McNamara Rutledge of Lexington, Mass., was named assistant professor of chemical engineering. Rutledge earned a B.S. in chemical engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and an M.S. in chemical engineering practice and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in chemical vapor deposition, inorganic materials, solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance, vibrational spectroscopy, materials deposition and characterization, process/property relationships and surface/interface studies.

Elizabeth F. Ryder of Brookline, Mass., has been appointed assistant professor of biology. Ryder earned an A.B. in statistics at Princeton University, an M.S. in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in genetics at Harvard Medical School. She recently completed an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, where her research focused on how the brain makes a map of the outside world, using the nematode C. elegans as a model system.

Gabor N. Sarkozy of Worcester, Mass., formerly of New York, N.Y., was appointed assistant professor of computer science. Sarkozy holds a diploma in mathematics from Budapest Eotvos Lorand University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Rutgers University. His areas of research interest are in combinatorics, graph theory, probabilistic methods, number theory, parallel algorithms and data structures.

Diane M. Strong of Malden, Mass., has been appointed assistant professor of management. Strong holds a B.S. in computer science and mathematics from the University of South Dakota, an M.S. in computer and information science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and an M.S. in systems sciences and Ph.D. in information systems from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests center on MIS quality issues, with primary focus on data quality, information quality, database design quality and software quality.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is an independent technological university founded in 1865.