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Students Earn 2000 Provost's MQP Award at WPI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/May 23, 2000
Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - Worcester Polytechnic Institute has announced the winners of the 2000 Provost's Major Qualifying Project (MPQ) Awards. These awards recognize students who have completed outstanding projects as a demonstration of their competency in their chosen academic discipline. Each academic department holds its own competition to select the winners. The following students have been honored this year:

Biology and Biotechnology:

  • Senior Kyriacos N. Felekkis of Nicosia, Cyprus, for "Transcriptional Regulation of the Alpha-2 Adrenergic Receptor in CATH.a Cells." He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicos Felekkis.
  • Seniors Ravi S. Misra of Belmont, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Shib Misra, and David J. Schwalb of Northwood, N.H., the son of June Schwalb, for "PGA as a Drug Delivery System for Insulin in Cell Culture."
  • Senior Justin E. Robbins of Plattsburgh, N.Y., the son of Pamela Robbins, for "Chlosyne harrisii: Ovipositions and Metapopulation Studies."

Biomedical Engineering:

  • Seniors Christopher G. Wilson of Nashua, N.H., the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Wilson; Maureen L. Upton of Mattapoisett, Mass., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ross Upton; and Alyssa L. Schlichting of Merrimack, N.H., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Schlichting, for "Biotransport in Cancellous Bone II."

Chemical Engineering:

  • Seniors Jason J. Rouba of Foxboro, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Rouba; Thomas C. Scherpa of Agawam, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Scherpa; and Seth E. Sienkiewicz of Athol, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Parker, for "Halogenated Fire Suppressants and Their Effect on the Oxidation of Propane."
  • Seniors Ryan P. Barbini of Edgartown, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Barbini; Michael L. Everett of Springfield, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne R. Everett; and Stephen R. Panetta of Thomaston, Conn., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Panetta, for "Aerosol Delivery of Cell Tissue."

Chemistry and Biochemistry:

  • Senior Cheryl Eddins of Concord, N.H., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Eddins, for "Biochemical Characterization of a Protein-Protein Interaction."
  • Senior Brooke Clark of Shrewsbury, Mass., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul L. Clark, for "Development of Methods for Synthesis of Huperzine Alkaloids."
  • Seniors Heather Murphy of Hudson, N.H., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Davis Murphy, and Blair Altemus of Blackstone, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Blair Athemus, for "Analysis of Fingerprints from Arson Cases Involving Paper Evidence."

Civil and Environmental Engineering:

  • Senior Matthew R. Teto of Fitchburg, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Teto Jr., for "Evaluation of Permeability of Coarse Graded Superpave Mixes."
  • Seniors Aimee Fitzpatrick of Gray, Maine, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Fitzpatrick; Jennifer A. Shemowat of Boxborough, Mass., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Shemowat; and David S. Kelley of West Boxford, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Kelley, for "Millbury/Sutton Joint Development Design Study."
  • Seniors Randal D. Brown of Southwick, Mass., the son of Freda Brown; Amber L. Miller of Ellenville, N.Y., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Randall Miller; and Brian A. Morgan of Billerica, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Morgan, for "Safe Yield Analysis and Watershed Enhancement for the Attleboro Water Supply."
  • Junior Teodoro E. Armenteros of Coral Gables, Fla., the son of Bingene Salazar, and seniors Jaime R. Gibson, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Rolando Gibson of La Paz, Bolivia, and Charlotte, N.C.; Stephanie McGrath of Cambridge, Mass., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John J. McGrath; Steven P. Roix of Quincy, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Roix of Athol, Mass.; and Miguel S. Pintado of Worcester, Mass., for "Web-based Project Management: The WPI Campus Center Building."

Computer Science:

  • Senior Matthew J. Streeter of Littleton, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Streeter, for "NVIS: An Interactive Visualization Tool for Neural Networks."
  • Seniors Joel E. Bilodeau of Jay, Maine, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bilodeau; Brian T. Carelli of Oxford, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Carelli; and Devon Reed of Belmont, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Reed; and junior William J. Harnois of North Reading, Mass., the son of Patricia Harris, for "DyDa: Dynamic Data Warehouse Management System."

Electrical and Computer Engineering:

  • Seniors Melinda M. Lawler of Chelmsford, Mass., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Lawler; Gregory J. Levesque of Hooksett, N.H., the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Levesque; and Jacob F. Ruiter of Scituate, Mass., the son of Daniel Ruiter, for "Programmable 50 Ampere/One Microsecond Load."
  • Junior Gino Cerro of Hyde Park, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore Cerro; and seniors Sean M. Cooper of Albuquerque, N.M., the son of Stephen W. and Alice L. Cooper; Andrew L. Meier of Merrimack, N.H., the son of Mr. and Mrs. George J. Dahl; and Peter J. Miller of Milford, N.H., the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Miller, for "Digital Printer Adapter."
  • Seniors Mankong Chowkwanyun of Bangkok, Thailand, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Komolwan Chowkwanyun; Bernard M. Tan of Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter C.H. Tan; and Govind S. Samant of Bangkok, Thailand, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Subhash Samant, for "Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) Algorithm Library."

Humanities and Arts:

  • Senior Richard P. Quitadamo of Worcester, Mass., the son of Carol A. Quitadamo, for "Evolution of the Truck in World War I."

Management:

  • Senior David J. Silva of East Providence, R.I., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Silva; junior Ekwan D. Steele of Stoughton, Mass., the son of Dorothea Smith; and senior John D. Bird of Winchester, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond A. Bird, for "Graphic Modeling of Data Warehouse Metadata."
  • Seniors Ryan E. Fournier of Charlton, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Fournier; Jesse M. Goyette of Douglas, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Denehy; and Sarah E. Snow of Holden, Mass., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Snow, for "Creation of a Capacity Planning Model for Allmerica Financial Corp."

Mathematical Sciences:

  • Matthew L. Shaw of Hampton, N.Y., a member of the class of 1999 and son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Shaw, for "The Material Point Method: Matlab Simulations and New Algorithms."

Manufacturing Engineering:

  • Seniors Michael H. Bruno of Bristol, N.H., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Bruno; and Luis E. Velasquez of b, the son of Amparo Velasquez, for "Redesign of the AZ 100 HP 260 Series Z-Axis Robotic Arm."

Mechanical Engineering:

  • Seniors Isaac J. Hogate of Cornville, Maine, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Hogate Jr.; Kevin M. Luchansky of Milford, Conn., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Luchansky; Walter W. Schell of Dover, Del., the son of Deborah D. Schell; and Daniel C. Short of Greenville, R.I., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles G. Short, for "Rotary Valve Head."

Physics:

  • Seniors Nicholas N. Abbondante of Exeter, N.H., the son of Ann Abbondante; Matthew L. Hirsch of Acton, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Hirsch; and Matthew W. Grabowski of Palmer, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Grabowski, for "Adiabatic Demagnetization Refrigerator for Use in Space."
  • Senior Kevin P. King of Dunstable, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis King Jr., for "Optimization of an AC Calorimetric Cell."

Social Science and Policy Studies:

  • Senior Seth D. Cordes of Portland, Ore., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roc Cordes, for "A Learning Environment for Tourist Resort Development."
  • Junior Ian G. Fenty of Yardley, Pa., the son of Jacqueline Heuer, for "Oscillations in a Multiphase Research and Development Program."
  • Junior Eric W. Tapley of Jaffrey, N.H., the son of Diane and David Phillips, for "The ACT and the SAT: Do They Promote the Same Types of Learners?"

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.