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1998-1999

Students Win 1999 Awards at Worcester Polytechnic Institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/June 16, 1999
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. - A local student has won a 1999 Provost's Major Qualifying Project (MQP) Award at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Every year WPI conducts a project competition among student teams and individuals in each discipline. The following, all seniors unless otherwise noted, earned 1999 MQP awards:

  • Jennifer L. Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Brown of Taunton, Mass., and Cynthia Drainville, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Drainville of Caroline, R.I., for "Identification of Two Novel Genes Upregulated in K562 Cells During Dengue Virus Infection," Department of Biology and Biotechnology.

  • Matthew E. Brevard, son of Mary E. Brevard of Chicago, Ill., and Pewaukee, Wis., for "Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Hemorrhagic Stroke," Department of Biology and Biotechnology.

  • Laura J. Cooper, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Cooper of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; Julie B. Roberts, daughter of Linda Roberts of Falmouth, Maine; and Rebecca A. Thibeault, daughter of Beatrice Thibeault of Ashland, N.H.; for "Biotransport in Cancellous Bone," Department of Biomedical Engineering. Roberts has also been selected to receive the 1999 Alfred R. and Janet H. Potvin Award, given to the outstanding undergraduate student in biomedical engineering.

  • Marissa Beres, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. Gerald Beres of Queensbury, N.Y.; Lauren M. Goodfellow, daughter of Donna R. Goodfellow-Starkey of Foxboro, Mass.; and Debra S. Kassabian, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Krikor Kassabian of Malden, Mass.; for "Computer-aided Unit Operations Laboratory," Department of Chemical Engineering.

  • Christopher R. Milici, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Milici of Woodbridge, Conn.; Laura A. Pare, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Pare of Norfolk, Mass.; and Jennifer D. Reese, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Reese Jr. of Schenectady, N.Y.; for "Nanostructured Methane Reforming Catalysts," Department of Chemical Engineering.

  • Craig P. Blanchette, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Blanchette of Merrimack, N.H., for "Optimization of a PECVD Borophosphosilicate Glass Process," Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. He has also received the 1999 American Institute of Chemists Award, given by the New England chapter of the AIC to recognize one or more outstanding seniors in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

  • Man Ching Cheung, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Cheung of Chelmsford, Mass., for "Changes in Structural-Functional Relationships Induced by Substitution Tyr771 in the Na,K-ATPase," Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He has also received the 1999 American Institute of Chemists Award, given by the New England chapter of the AIC to recognize one or more outstanding seniors in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

  • Brendan T. FitzPatrick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul FitzPatrick of Newport, Maine; and Michael J. Pockoski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pockoski of Dayville, Conn.; for "WPI Parking Structure Design," Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. FitzPatrick has also received the 1999 Andrew Holt Memorial Award, presented a civil engineering senior who has consistently earned academic honors and who shows excellent promise for success.

  • Justin L. Downing, son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Downing of Leominster, Mass.; Jessica L. Hamel, daughter of Paula Hamel of Montgomery, Mass.; Carl L. Hultgren, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Hultgren of Charlton, Mass.; Laurie A. Vinagro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Vinagro of Millbury, Mass.; Amy E. Wenziak, daughter of Debby Wenziak of Wallingford, Conn.; and Eric D. Whitfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Whitfield of Goffstown, N.H.; for "Franklin Street Industrial Park," Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Vinagro has also received the 1999 Carl F. Meyer Improvement Award in Civil Engineering, given to a civil engineering senior who has demonstrated the most improvement academically and professionally since entering the department.

  • Thomas P. Birmingham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Birmingham of Concord, N.H.; Terry L. Desmarais, son of Mr. and Mrs. Terry Desmarais of Manchester, N.H.; and Scott A. Hammond, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hammond of Little Compton, R.I.; for "Waste Metals Management and Recovery," Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

  • Timothy J. Miranda, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jaime Miranda of Belmont, Mass.; Pavel V. Murnikov, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vladislav Murnikov of Fall River, Mass.; Matthew M. Sartin, son of Larry Sartin of Merrimack, N.H.; and Dmitry Netes, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Netes of Providence, R.I., for "Collaborative Filtering of an Online Newspaper," Department of Computer Science.

  • Sean E. Dunn, son of Janice Dunn of East Longmeadow, Mass., for "Photorealistic Computer Animation of Combustion," Department of Computer Science.

  • Matthew L. Berube, son of Carol Berube of Cheshire, Conn., for "TinFOIL: A System for Efficiently Learning Rules From Examples," Department of Computer Science.

  • Thomas J. Connor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Connor of Winchendon, Mass.; Sheng Y. Deng, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hong Deng of Fall River, Mass.; and Stephen J. Marchant, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Birch of Townsend, Mass.; for "Cryptographic Coprocessor With Algorithm Agility," Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The project team also received the 1999 Electrical and Computer Engineering Alumni MQP Award.

  • Michael A. Garrett, son of Marie E. Stevens of East Longmeadow, Mass.; John M. Markow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Markow of Stoughton, Mass.; and Daniel R. Nashold, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Nashold of Rocky Hill, Conn.; for "The AD73422 dspConverter Evaluation Kit," Department Electrical and Computer Engineering.

  • Jeffrey A. Bartlett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bartlett of Leominster, Mass.; Harish Chawla, son of Mr. and Mrs. Om P. Chawla of Jakarta, Indonesia; and Jeffrey C. Hanscom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hanscom of Orrington, Maine; for "Hydranet, the DQDB-based Local Area Network," Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Chawla has received the 1999 Eta Kappa Nu Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student Award.

  • Erica Lynn Tworog, a junior and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Tworog of Steep Falls, Maine, for "Wealth and the American Dream," Department of Humanities and Arts.

  • Allyson J. Bird, daughter of Marianne and Stephen Bird of Groveland, Mass.; Alessandro F. Chicarelli, son of Mr. and Mrs. Valdemir Chicarelli of Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Kyle C. Donovan, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Donovan of East Longmeadow, Mass.; for "Swifter Simulation," Department of Management.

  • Charles G. Swanberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Swanberg of Lamoine, Maine; and Paul R. Wellspeak, class of 1998 and son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Wellspeak of West Springfield, Mass.; for "Virtual Sales Office," Department of Management.

  • Barry J. Posterro, son of Mr. and Mrs. Barry Posterro of North Grafton, Mass., for "Notions of Size for Infinite Sets and Applications: Cardinality, Lebesgue Measure, Baire Category and Hausdorff Dimension," Department of Mathematical Sciences. Posterro also has received the 1999 Senior Mathematical Sciences Major Award, presented for outstanding performance and valuable contributions to the WPI mathematical community.

  • Xiao-Long Yu, class of 1998 and son of Mr. and Mrs. Dingan Yu, Worcester, Mass., for "Finite Element Simulations in Plasticity," Department of Mathematical Sciences.

  • Emily J. Pryputniewicz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ryszard Pryputniewicz of Manchester, Conn., for "Development of a Projection Moiré Interferometry System," Department of Mechanical Engineering.

  • Massimo Giorelli, a junior and son of Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Giorelli of Rome, Italy; and Michael P. Martinez, class of 1998 and son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Martinez of Holliston, Mass.; for "Modal Analysis and Redesign of an IC-Engine Rocker Arm," Department of Mechanical Engineering.

  • Jeremy P. Gogos, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sherman of Eveleth, Minn., for "Numerical Simulation of the Confined Nematic to Isotropic Phase Transition," Department of Physics. Gogos has also received the 1999 Robert H. Goddard Award in Physics, given in recognition of outstanding achievement, scholarship, consistent effort and dedication of purpose in both theoretical and experimental areas of physics. The award honors the memory of WPI alumnus Robert H. Goddard, pioneer of American rocketry.

  • Matteo W. Rinaldo, son of Gladys Hathaway of Petersburgh, N.Y., for "A Novel Fractional-Dimensional Model of Impurity Levels in Semiconductors," Department of Physics.

Founded in 1865, WPI is renowned for its project-based curriculum.