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2000-2001

Annual Top Prizes Are Awarded to Outstanding WPI Students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/April 30, 2001
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. - Katherine Wheeler, who is completing a double major in biology and biotechnology and international at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), has received the university's Two Towers Prize, given to a student who, through general academic competence, campus leadership, regular course work and special work in research and projects, best exemplifies a combined proficiency in theory and practice, the heart of the WPI educational tradition. A junior, she is the daughter of Linda Wheeler of Fair Haven, NJ, and Terence M. Wheeler of West End-Long Branch, NJ.

Fifteen members of the WPI's Class of 2001 have received the Salisbury Prize, given to WPI's most meritorious seniors. Those honored are:

  • Brian L. Ball, a physics and mathematical science major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Garry Ball of Naperville, Ill.
  • Win D. Cheung, a chemistry and biochemistry major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tsz Yuk Cheung of Upper Marlboro, Md.
  • Marco Fontecchio, a mechanical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lino Fontecchio of Westwood, Mass.
  • Jennifer Hardy, an electrical engineering major and the daughter of Ms. Arlene Hardy of North Chelmsford, Mass.
  • Karen Hoffman, a chemistry major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Hoffman of Vernon, Conn.
  • Christopher Holt, a computer science major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Holt of Milford, N.H.
  • Matthew Joann, a civil and environmental engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Joann of Granby, Mass.
  • Amanda Kight, a biomedical engineering major and the daughter of Ms. Jeannette Kight of San Antonio, Texas.
  • Keith Lepine, a mechanical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Racine Lepine of Nashua, N.H.
  • Paul Laplume, a electrical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Laplume of Lisbon Falls, Maine.
  • Jonathan Moussa, a physics/mathematical science major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Moussa of Webster, Mass.
  • Justin Lee Sierpinski, a mechanical engineering/humanities and arts major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Sierpinski of Middletown, Conn.
  • Frederick Tan, a biology and biotechnology major and the son of Drs. Jose Manuel and Fely Tan of Trumbill, Conn.
  • Eric Tapley, an interdisciplinary studies major and the son of Ms. Diane Phillips of Jaffrey, N.H.
  • Anthony Zamarro, a chemical engineering major and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dante Zamarro of Northboro, Mass.

Karen C. Kosinski has been awarded the 2001 Kranich Prize, which honors students majoring in engineering or science who best exemplify excellence in the humanities and arts and the integration of these disciplines. Kosinski is a biology and biotechnology major and the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter S. Kosinski of Middletown, RI.

Founded in 1865, WPI was a pioneer in technological higher education. Early on, it developed an influential curriculum that balanced theory and practice. Since 1970, that philosophy has been embodied in an innovative outcomes-oriented undergraduate program. With a network of project centers that spans the globe, WPI is also the leader in globalizing technological education. WPI awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, most of WPI's academic departments offer masters and doctoral programs and support leading edge research in a broad range of areas.