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1999-2000

WPI Students Win Free Round-Trip Airfare to International Destinations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/
Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Through the generosity of several benefactors, Worcester Polytechnic Institute recently granted free round-trip airfare to 45 undergraduates. The grant, made through the Sponsor Future Leaders Program, allows students to travel at no charge to one of WPI's 17 project sites in the United States and around the globe.

WPI's Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division selected the lucky travelers by lottery from a pool of all students accepted for academic work at an off-campus residential site.

The Sponsor Future Leaders Program is administered by Natalie Mello, director of Global Operations in WPI's Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division. Mello works closely with Roz Eaton and Tom Balistrieri of the Student Development Center.

"The purpose of this program is to give students the necessary tools to become active leaders," Mello said. "Students will have one full day of leadership development and training before they leave for their site. In addition, they will be offered a vehicle for publishing any of their creative work, and an opportunity to participate in an awards competition. Journals to be kept by these students will serve as a personal record of what may prove to be the most rewarding experience of their tenure at WPI."

The following students won airfare to pursue projects over the next year:

Massachusetts:
Julie Bolduc of Westport, Mass., will study at the London (England) Project Center. A sophomore electrical and computer engineering major, she is the daughter of Joseph and Nancy Bolduc and attended Westport High School. She has been a member of the WPI varsity soccer and women's lacrosse teams.

Jennifer Dorrian of Webster, Mass., will study at the London Project Center. A sophomore and the daughter of Philip and Lori Dorrian, she is majoring in biotechnology. She attended Bartlett High School. At WPI, she has been a member of the women's varsity soccer team.

William Espinola of Windsor, Mass., will study at the London Project Center. The son of Mr. and Mrs. William Espinola, he is a sophomore electrical engineering major.

Jahdiel Fyfield of Cambridge, Mass., will study at the London Project Center. A sophomore mechanical engineering major, he is the son of Jerome and Angelita Fyfield. He attended Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School. He has been a member of WPI's Black Student Union.

Kevin Gallerie of Middletown, Mass., will study in Darmstadt, Germany. A sophomore civil engineering major, he is the son of Judy and Ronald Gallerie and attended Masconomet Regional High School in Boxford, Mass. At WPI, he has been a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and has participated in club Volleyball and club Frisbee.

Rohit Goyal of Dartmouth, Mass., will study at the London Project Center. A junior management information major, he is the son of Mahesh and Kanta Goyal and attended Dartmouth High School. He will complete his WPI-required Interactive Qualifying Project, titled "Willow Lane Industrial Estate-Green Transport Plans," in London.

Jennifer Hardy of North Chelmsford, Mass., will study in Limerick, Ireland. The daughter of Arlene Hardy, she is a junior electrical engineering major. She has been a member of the WPI Habitat for Humanity Executive Board and spent spring break this year building houses for low-income families in Miami, Fla. For her Interactive Qualifying Project, completed at the WPI Project Center in Costa Rica, she and her team tied for second place in the 1999 President's IQP awards. She is a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity, and Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.

Amy Holton of Worcester, Mass., will study at the Venice (Italy) Project Center. A junior civil engineering major, she is the daughter of David and Christine Holton and attended Doherty Memorial High School. She has been a member of the Alden Voices singing group and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Andrew Keefe of Warren, Mass., will study at the Bangkok (Thailand) Project Center. A sophomore electrical and computer engineering and humanities and arts major, he is the son of John and Mary Lee Keefe and attended Quaboag Regional High School. He has served as vice president of Dance Club; as a member of Masque, WPI's drama club; as a residential advisor; and as a quality systems analyst/junior network administrator at Warren Pumps Inc.

Joseph McGrail of Spencer, Mass., will study at the Costa Rica Project Program in San Jose. A junior and the son of James and Barbara McGrail, he is majoring in mechanical engineering. He attended David Prouty High School.

Kimberly Morin of East Longmeadow, Mass., will study at the Costa Rica Project Program in San Jose. A sophomore biotechnology major, she is the daughter of Cathy Borah of Enfield, Conn., and William Morin of Ludlow, Mass. She attended East Longmeadow High School. She will complete her WPI-required Interactive Qualifying Project, titled "Interactive Exhibits in a Children's Museum in Costa Rica." At WPI, she has been a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, women's lacrosse, Crimson Key admission tour guides and the Society of Women Engineers.

Joshua Obal of Milford, Mass., will study at the Puerto Rico Project Center in San Juan. A sophomore computer science major, he is the son of Keith and Zinta Obal and attended Milford High School. At WPI, he has been a member of the varsity track-and-field team.

Andrew Roberts of Concord, Mass., will study at the Goddard Space Flight Center in College Park, Md. A junior chemical engineering major, he is the son of Douglas and Elizabeth Roberts and attended Concord-Carlisle High School. At WPI, he has been a member of the Fencing Club, publicity officer for the campus chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.

Elionex Rodriguez of Holyoke, Mass., will study at the Costa Rica Project Program in San Jose. The daughter of Rosa Burgos, she is a junior mechanical engineering major. She received the 1999 United Technologies Corp. Award.

Elaine Warner of Leominster, Mass., and New York City, will study at the London Project Center. A sophomore and the daughter of Jane and Marty Warner, she is majoring in biomedical engineering with a concentration in mechanical engineering. She attended Leominster High School. At WPI, she has been an Orientation Leader, has served on the executive board of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and has been an Admissions Pen Pal and host.

Gloria Winquist of Boston, Mass., will study at the Costa Rica Project Program in San Jose. A junior and the daughter of Floyd and Shigeko Winquist, she is majoring in mechanical engineering. She attended Choate Rosemary Hall.

Timothy Zenchenko of Springfield, Mass., will study in Darmstadt, Germany. A sophomore and the son of Josef and Nadia Zenchenko, he is majoring in computer science. He attended Pioneer Valley Christian School. At WPI, he has participated in intramural soccer and ultimate Frisbee.


Connecticut:
Amy Bliven of Pawcatuck, Conn., who will study at the Puerto Rico Project Center in San Juan. A sophomore chemistry major, she is the daughter of Vernon and Joan Bliven and attended Stonington High School. At WPI, she has served as philanthropy coordinator for Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, as secretary for the Newman Club, as a mentor for Women on Women's Issues and has been a member of Crimson Key admission tour guides.

Adrien Robenhymer of Manchester, Conn., will study at the Washington, D.C., Project Center. A junior electrical engineering major, he is the son of Phil and Maureen Robenhymer and attended Manchester High School. At WPI, he has participated in hockey and Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.


Maine:
Joshua Blaisdell of Tenants Harbor, Maine, will study in Madrid, Spain. The son of Mr. and Mrs. John Blaisdell of Tenants Harbor and Marianne Buehler of Rochester, N.Y., he is a sophomore management information major.

Jessica King of Fayette, Maine, will study in Melbourne, Australia. A sophomore and the daughter of James and Kathleen King, she is majoring in biology with a minor in international studies. She attended Livermore Falls High School. At WPI, she has been a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority, the Environmental Club, the cross-country team. A tutor at the Writing Center, she also is a member of the Mu Sigma Delta PreHealth Society.

Joseph Knuble of Brewer, Maine, will study at the London Project Center. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Janis V. Knuble, he is a sophomore electrical engineering major.

Sai Lee of Scarborough, Maine, will study at the Washington Project Center. A sophomore electrical engineering major, he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Shu Kee Lee and attended Scarborough High School. At WPI, he has participated in golf, the Chinese Student Association and Lens and Lights, a club that provides lighting, audio and projection services to the campus.

Sarah Lovell of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, will study in the Denmark Project Program in Copenhagen. A sophomore biology major, she is the daughter of Fred and Linda Johnston of Dover-Foxcroft and Bill and Christine Lovell of Sebec, Maine. She attended Foxcroft Academy. She has participated in the Interstate 8 singing group, the Environmental Club and Crimson Key admission tour guides.


Rhode Island:
Nicole Conway of Barrington, R.I., who will study at the Washington Project Center. A sophomore chemical engineering major, she is the daughter of Dolores and Joseph Conway and attended Barrington High School. At WPI, she has been a member of the varsity field hockey team and Women on Women's Issues. She has served as philanthropy chair for Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, as secretary for the Panhellenic Council and as a chemical engineering mentor.

Karen Kosinski of Middletown, R.I., will study at the Costa Rica Project Program in San Jose. A sophomore biotechnology major, she is the daughter of Walter and Kathleen Kosinski and attended Middletown High School. She has participated in intramural softball, boxing and Hoop Dreams, a community service program helping inner-city youths.


Vermont:
Jennifer Burzycki of Montpelier, Vt., will study at the Bangkok Project Center. A sophomore biotechnology major, she is the daughter of Stanley Burzycki of Montpelier and Donna Copeland of Barre, Vt. She attended Montpelier High School and has participated in lacrosse at WPI.

Damon Hyde of Essex Junction, Vt., will study at the London Project Center. A sophomore electrical engineering major, he is the son of Paul and Marilyn Hyde and attended Essex Junction High School.


New Hampshire:
Michael Kuczewski of Merrimack, N.H., will study in Darmstadt, Germany. A sophomore chemical engineering major, he is the son of Gene Kuczewski of Merrimack and Linda Leipziger of Wilmington, N.C., and attended Merrimack High School. At WPI, he has served as treasurer for the campus chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, vice president of the WPI Mac Users Group and bass trombonist in Concert Band, Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Trombone Ensemble, and Stage Band.


New York:
Cameron Matthews of Huntington Station, N.Y., will study at the London Project Center to work on his humanities sufficiency project titled "Acoustic Analysis in London." A sophomore chemical engineering major, he is the son of Elinor Matthews. He attended St. Anthony's School in South Huntington. At WPI, he has been a member of the Concert Band and an officer with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Timothy Sassaman of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., will study at the London Project Center. A sophomore mechanical engineering major, he is the son of Carl and Sue Sassaman and attended Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, N.Y. He has been a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.


Texas:
Jimmy Cook of Dallas, Texas, will study at the Costa Rica Project Program in San Jose. A junior mechanical engineering/theater tech major, he is the son of Brian and Jackie Cook and attended Bryan Adams High School. At WPI, he has been a member of Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity; Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity; Alpha Psi Omega, the theater honor society; Pi Tau Sigma, the mechanical engineering honor society; and the Order of Omega, the Greek honor society.

Pamela Graybeal of Alpine, Texas, will study in Melbourne, Australia. A sophomore and the daughter of Paul and Cecilia Graybeal, she is majoring in biotechnology with double minors in psychology and international studies. She attended Alpine High School. At WPI, she has participated in the Excellence in Math, Science and Engineering Program, including as advisory board member and membership development coordinator. A member of the Leadership, Education and Practice program and chair of the Native American Programming Subcommittee, she has served as a peer mentor and peer tutor and as treasurer of the Biology Interest Society. She also has taken part in the Cultural Programming Committee, Social Committee, Karate Club Team and Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.


Michigan:
Elliot Field of Williamston, Mich., will study at a site yet to be determined. A sophomore mechanical engineering major, he is the son of Gary and Dolly Field and attended Williamston High School. At WPI, he has been a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He has served as academic chairman of the Drama Club and as Student Government representative.


Pennsylvania:
Leah Henry of Paradise, Pa., will study at the Bangkok Project Center. A sophomore biotechnology major, she is the daughter of Stephen and June Henry and attended Pequea Valley High School in Kinzers, Pa. She has participated in softball, Phi Sigma Sigma sorority and Women on Women's Issues and has served as an Orientation Leader.


Maryland:
Tiffany Howland of Pasadena, Md., will study at the London Project Center. A sophomore biomedical engineering major, she is the daughter of Harris and Elisabeth Howland and attended Chesapeak High School in Pasadena. She has participated in lacrosse at WPI.


Colombia:
Joel Minski of Barranquilla, Colombia, will study at the London Project Center. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Ruben Minski, he is a junior computer science major.

England:
Charles McAuley of Camberley, Surrey, England, will study at the Bangkok Project Center. A sophomore computer science major, he is the son of Anne and William McAuley and attended TASIS England. At WPI he has been a radio station disk jockey and has participated in Rugby Club.

For more information, contact Mello at 508-831-5852 or to the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Program Web site at www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/IGSD/.

WPI, founded in 1865, is renowned for its project-based curriculum. Under the WPI Plan, students integrate classroom studies with research projects conducted on campus and around the world.