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1996-1997

Newly Tenured/Promoted WPI Faculty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/Oct. 10, 1996
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. - The following members of the WPI faculty have been promoted and/or tenured effective July 1: Judith Miller of Acton, Mass., was promoted to professor of biology and biotechnology. A member of the faculty since 1978, Miller earned a bachelor's degree at Cornell University and a doctorate at Case Western Reserve University. Her research and teaching interests are in educational innovation and fermentation microbiology.

Promoted to associate professor were Joseph Fehribach and Arthur Heinricher of the Mathematical Sciences Department and James Hermanson of Mechanical Engineering.

Fehribach of Shrewsbury, Mass., joined the faculty in 1992. He received a bachelor's degree from Centre College in Danville, Ky., and a master's and doctorate from Duke University. His research and teaching interests are in applied mathematics and scientific computing and differential equations. Specific areas of interest include free and moving boundary problems and nonequilibrium thermodynamics.

Heinricher a Rutland, Mass., resident who has been a faculty member since 1992, earned a B.S. at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon. His interests are in stochastic differential equations; optimal control theory; applied probability theory and stochastic processes; and operations research.

Hermanson, of Paxton, Mass., also joined the faculty in 1995. He earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Washington and a master's and doctorate at the California Institute of Technology. His research and teaching interests focus on fluid mechanics, including aerodynamics, turbulent mixing, compressible and multiphase flow; combustion, including flame structure and stability; exhaust emissions; and soot formation..

The following individuals were promoted to associate professor and granted tenure:

Zhikun Hou, of the Mechanical Engineering Department, resides in Shrewsbury, Mass. He earned a B.S. at Fudan University and an M.S. at Tongji University, both in China, and an M.S. and Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology. A faculty member since 1991, his research and teaching interests are in vibration and control; structural dynamics; stochastic mechanics; finite elements; and earthquake engineering.

Denise Nicoletti of Petersham, Mass., has been a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department faculty since 1991, earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at Drexel University. Her research and teaching interests are in ultrasonics; nondestructive testing; scaling; and fractal properties.

M. David Samson of North Quincy, Mass., was granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of art history/architecture. He earned his B.A. at the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. at Harvard University. He joined the faculty in 1991. Samson's research and teaching interests are in 19th and 20th century art and architecture; European and American architectural history, particularly 1870-1940; art patronage; intellectual history; American cultural history; and historical preservation.

Bogdan Vernescu of Worcester, Mass., has been a member of the Mathematical Sciences Department since 1991. He holds an M.S. from the University of Bucharest and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Mathematics, Romanian Academy. His research and teaching interests are in mathematical physics; free boundary flows; flow through porous media; variational calculus; and homogenization.

Jin-Fa Lee of Shrewsbury, Mass., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was granted tenure. Lee, who has taught at WPI since 1991, received his B.S. from the National Taiwan University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon. His research and teaching interests focus on numerical simulation and experimental design of microwave devices; theoretical study of electromagnetic bistatic scattering; and modeling of fiber optics and semiconductor devices.