Five Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Granted Tenure

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Worcester, Mass. - April 22 2002 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has granted tenure to five faculty members.

José Argüello, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry has been on the WPI faculty since 1996. Prof. Arguello has been a leader in new curriculum development in the joint department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research activities in biochemistry and biophysics are recognized nationally and internationally. He received his undergraduate degree as a biological chemist from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina, and his Ph.D., biological sciences-toxicology, from the University of Rio Cuarto, Argentina.

George T. Heineman, assistant professor of computer science has been on the WPI faculty since 1996. His research is in the area of software engineering. Prof. Heineman has recently co-edited a significant textbook on component-based software engineering which was published in 2001 by Addison Wesley. He received his B.A. in computer science from Dartmouth College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Columbia University.

Malcolm H. Ray, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering has been at WPI since 1999 when he was appointed to the Ralph H. White Family Chaired Professorship in the department of civil and environmental engineering. He has developed new undergraduate and graduate offerings in impact mechanics, structural crashworthiness and highway design and safety, his areas of research. He received his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Vermont, his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Fabio H. Ribeiro, associate professor of chemical engineering has been at WPI since 1996. He has established a world-class laboratory in the area of experimental surface science of heterogeneous catalysis, his area of research, and has published 35 rigorously reviewed journal articles. He received B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering and chemistry respectively from the Instituto Militar de Engenhario, Rio de Janeiro; and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University.

Yiming Rong, associate professor of mechanical engineering has been with WPI since 1998. He has introduced a lab experience into the undergraduate curriculum and developed three graduate courses. He has established himself as a world expert on geometric design of fixturing and has written a monograph on the subject which is used as a textbook in graduate courses at other universities. He received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Harbin University of Science and Technology, Harbin, China; an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; and M.S. in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky.

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