WPI Appoints New Nuclear Engineering Director

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- E. Thomas Boulette of Kingston, Mass., has been appointed Director of Nuclear Engineering and Professor of Practice. Boulette, whose appointment was effective Jan. 1, replaces John A. Mayer Jr., who retired in December. In addition to his directoral appointment, Boulette was named a WPI Professor of Practice. This professorship was created in the spring of 1997 as a talent bridge to connect proven leaders in industry and government with academia and to attract distinguished professionals to WPI to teach and share their expertise.

Boulette holds a B.A. in physics from Colby College and an M.S. and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from Iowa State University. He comes to WPI after five years with Boston Edison Co., where he was in charge of the nuclear program, including the company's Pilgrim Station. He spent the previous nine years as vice president for operations for the Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company.

An independent technological university founded in 1865, WPI was ranked among the top 50 national universities in the 1997 edition of U.S. News and World Report's Best Colleges Guide and was ranked 35th among the top national institutions in the magazine's Best College Values report.