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2002-2003

Five Worcester Polytechnic Institute Faculty Granted Tenure; Other Faculty Receive Promotions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/April 11, 2003
Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

Worcester, Mass. - April 11, 2003 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) Board of Trustees has announced that five faculty members have received tenure, and six have received promotions.

Michael A. Demetriou of Newton, Mass., has been promoted to associate professor of mechanical engineering and has received tenure. He has been on the WPI faculty since 1997. His research interests include adaptive estimation and control of distributed parameter systems and fault detection; diagnosis and accommodation of dynamical systems. Demetriou received a B.S. (magna cum laude) in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California in 1987, where he also received an M.S. in applied math in 1989, a second M.S. in electrical engineering in 1990, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1993.

Mustapha S. Fofana of Worcester, Mass., has been promoted to associate professor of mechanical engineering and has received tenure. He has been on the WPI faculty since 1997. His research interests include nonlinear chatter dynamics and delay dynamical systems, as well as computer-integrated manufacturing and lean manufacturing. Fofana received a combined bachelor's and master's degree in production engineering from Budapest Technical University in 1986. He also holds a master of applied science in applied mechanics (1989) and a doctor of philosophy degree in applied mechanics (1993) from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, where he was a postdoctoral fellow in the solid mechanics division (1993).

William J. Martin of Holden, Mass., associate professor of mathematical sciences has received tenure. He has been on the WPI faculty since 2000. His areas of research interests include algebraic and applied combinatorics. Martin received a B.A. in mathematics and computer science from the State University of New York at Potsdam in 1986, where he also earned a master's in mathematics. He received his Ph.D. in combinatorics and optimization from the University of Waterloo in 1992.

Elizabeth F. Ryder of Northborough, Mass., has been promoted to associate professor of biology and biotechnology and has received tenure. She has been a member of the WPI faculty since 1996. Her areas of research interest include developmental neurobiology sensory map formation; bioinformatics multipoint analysis of genetic information; and SimCortex, a computer simulation of cerebral cortex development. Ryder received an A.B. in statistics from Princeton University in 1980, a master's degree in biostatistics from Harvard School of Public Health in 1986, and her Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard University in 1993. She was a postdoctoral fellow in genetics and neurobiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1993.

Amy Z. Zeng of Shrewsbury, Mass., has been promoted to associate professor of management and has received tenure. She has been with the WPI faculty since 1999. Her areas of interest include strategies for managing materials flow, design issues of manufacturing systems, and global supply chain management. Zeng earned her bachelor's degree in 1990 from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, her master's degree from University of Washington in 1992, and her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1996.

Joe Zhu of Holden, Mass., has been promoted from assistant professor to an associate professor in the Department of Management. He has been with the faculty since 1998. His areas of interest are operations management, management science and operations research, quality and productivity, and decision analysis. Zhu received his bachelor of arts in mathematics from Huzhou Normal College in China in 1987. His received a master's degree in systems engineering in 1992, and his Ph. D. in management science in 1995 from Southeast University in China. He also earned a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1998.

Balgobin Nandram of Worcester, Mass., in the Mathematical Science Department, has been granted full professorship. He has been with WPI since 1989. He earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics in 1977 and his Dip.Ed. in mathematics education in 1979 from the University of Guyana. Nandram earned his master's degree in statistics in 1981 from Imperial College, London, and his Ph.D. in statistics in 1989 from the University of Iowa. His research interests include survey sampling theory and methods, Bayes and empirical Bayes theory and methods, and categorical data analysis.

Brigitte Servatius of Worcester, Mass., in the Mathematical Sciences Department, has been granted full professorship. She has been at WPI since 1987. Servatius received master's degrees in mathematics and physics from the Universitat Graz in Austria, and taught high school mathematics, physics and chemistry in Liebnitz before earning her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1987. Her research interests include combinatorics, matroid and graph theory, structural topology, geometry, history and philosophy of mathematics.

Makhlouf M. Makhlouf of Shrewsbury, Mass., in the Mechanical Engineering Department, has been granted full professorship. He has been with WPI faculty since 1987. Makhlouf holds a B.S. in materials science from the American University in Cairo, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the New Mexico State University, and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from WPI. His research and teaching interests are in solidification of metals, application of heat mass and momentum transfer to modeling and solving engineering materials problems, and processing of ceramic materials.

Yiming (Kevin) Rong of Shrewbury, Mass., in the Mechanical Engineering Department, has been granted full professorship. He has been on the WPI faculty since 1998. Rong earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Harbin University of Science and Technology, his master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Tsinghua University, both in China. He earned his master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky. His research interests include computer-aided design and manufacturing dynamics and control, and precision engineering.

Barbara E. Wyslouzil of Lexington, Mass., in the Chemical Engineering Department, has been granted full professorship. She has been on the WPI faculty since 1993. Wyslouzil earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and engineering from Queens University in Ontario, Canada, a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology. Some of her areas of research and interests include using small angle neutron scattering to study the structure of nanodroplets.

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