Whitmal Selected as Joseph Samuel Satin Distinguished Fellow at WPI

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TOP HONORS: Daniel Bailey, left, receives the Sigma Xi Graduate Research Award from Worcester Polytechnic Institute President Edward Alton Parrish, center, and Karen M. McNamara, assistant professor of chemical engineering.

Worcester, Mass. -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute assistant professor Nathaniel A. Whitmal III of Westborough, Mass. has been named the university's 19th Joseph Samuel Satin Distinguished Fellow. The award, for the academic year 2000-2001, recognizes excellence and innovation in teaching. Its $25,000 stipend for professional activities and programs is the largest discretionary spending authorization of any WPI-named professorship.

Whitmal, originally from Chicago, is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and earned his Ph.D. degree in 1997 and his M.S. degree in 1993 in electrical engineering and computer science from Northwestern University. He also received a M.S. degree in engineering management from the Gordon Institute of Tufts University in 1990 and a 1986 B.S. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining the faculty at WPI in 1999, he was an assistant professor at the DePaul University School of CTI.

In the letter announcing the award, WPI President Edward Alton Parrish wrote "In the short time you have been at WPI, you have demonstrated commitment and ability in both teaching and research to the electrical and computer engineering department and to the university. We are fully confident that you will use this additional support to advantage in even more effective accomplishments."

Professor Whitmal is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Acoustical Society of America. His research focus is on noise reduction and speech intelligibility.

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.