Welcome to @WPI

Vol. 1, No. 1 Sept. 2, 1999


Welcome to the inaugural issue of @WPI, WPI's new campus newsletter. @WPI, which replaces WPI This Week, will be distributed to the University's faculty and staff biweekly during the academic year-both in print and via e-mail. You may also read each issue and peruse an archive of past issues on the Web at www.wpi.edu/News/AtWPI.

Like its predecessor, @WPI will be an interactive communications medium. We promise to bring you news about the important and interesting things happening at WPI today. In turn, we'll be looking to you to let us know when you have news you'd like to share with the rest of the WPI community. We think this partnership will result in a lively and informative publication.

We hope you enjoy @WPI. We look forward to bringing it to you.

The Editors

Around Campus

Computer security experts flock to WPI

More than 180 computer security experts converged on WPI for the 1999 Workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems Aug. 12-13. The workshop provided a forum for real-world system and design issues.

Conference organizers Cetin Koc of Oregon State University and Christof Paar of WPI point out that cryptography, the tool for protecting electronic information, will be required in many new products. The challenges of this field led to the development of the WPI workshop. Among the highlights was a talk by Adi Shamir, a co-inventor of the RSA code used to protect e-commerce. Shamir has called the security of the world's leading Web browsers into question with a new invention that cracks his own code.

In addition to computer security experts, CHES attracted much media attention. Articles have appeared in numerous outlets including online versions of The New York Times and The Boston Globe as well as print publications including The Wall Street Journal. National science writer Jeff Donn of The Associated Press wrote a detailed story on the workshop that has appeared worldwide.

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WPI inaugurates heat treating center

WPI forges an increasingly h3 leadership role in the thermal-processing industry this fall with the establishment of the new Center of Heat Treating Excellence (CHTE). The center's inaugural meeting yesterday in Washburn Shops was highlighted by a tour of WPI's Metal Processing Institute research facilities and ribbon-cutting ceremonies. Howmet Professor of Engineering Diran Apelian, director of CHTE and head of the Metal Processing Institute said, "The Center for Heat Treating Excellence, reaffirms our region's historical legacy as a leader in metal processing." CHTE forms a partnership that includes industry organizations (WPI's Metal Processing Institute, the Metal Treating Institute and the ASM International's Heat Treating Society) 55 industrial partners. For more information, call ext. 5992 or e-mail dapelian@wpi.edu.

Campus map update

If you know of changes that need to be made to the current campus map, e-mail them to mccrea@wpi.edu or contact Bonnie McCrea at ext. 5306 by Sept. 9. A revised map will be available by Sept. 23.

The map is available as a PDF file on the WPI Web site at http://www.wpi.edu/about/visitors/campusmap.html. You can open the file with the Adobe Acrobat (http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html).

Salisbury Street Sampler Sept. 18

The third annual Salisbury Street Sampler will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, at 14 locations along Salisbury Street, including WPI. The free open house program will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is also the date of WPI's Family Weekend. The sampler gives visitors an opportunity to go inside the Salisbury Street organizations they drive by on a daily basis and get a sample of these organizations.

Participants include Preservation Worcester, American Antiquarian Society, American Red Cross, Armenian Church of Our Savior, Assumption College, Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Epworth United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Massachusetts National Guard Military Archive and Museum, Preservation Worcester, Salisbury Mansion, Second Church of Christ Scientist, Trinity Lutheran Church, Tuckerman Hall (home of the Central Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra), United Congregational Church, Worcester Art Museum and WPI.

Hall of Fame welcomes new members

Six individuals will be inducted into WPI's Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 24, in Alden Memorial. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by the Hall of Fame Banquet and the induction ceremony at 7 p.m. This year's inductees are Kenneth B. Adrian '65 (golf); David Berthiaume '91 (cross country and track and field); Bruce J. Carbone '85 (swimming and diving); Allen H. Hoffman '63 (cross country and track and field); John A. Roy '93 (wrestling); and Michael P. Shebek '53 (football, basketball and baseball). The 17th annual event will also honor the Class of 1954's undefeated football team. For more information, call ext. 5243.

Referral can earn $500 bonus

Do you know talented individuals looking for new career opportunities? WPI's Human Resources Office encourages current employees to refer qualified individuals to apply for jobs at WPI. For each person you refer who is hired and who successfully completes six months of active service, you will receive a $500 bonus. The new Employee Referral Bonus Program applies to all permanent non-faculty, exempt and non-exempt positions posted on or after Sept. 1, 1999.

To take part in the program, the referring employee must submit the candidate's resume or WPI employment application to the Human Resources Office along with a referral form (available in the Human Resources Office). For more information, e-mail Tracy Hassett at thassett@wpi.edu or call the Human Resources Office at ext. 5470.

Sullivan, Garrity & Donnelly on campus

Sullivan, Garrity & Donnelly, the administrator of WPI's auto and homeowners Insurance Payroll Deduction Program, will resume weekly campus visits Thursday, Sept. 16. Representatives will be on campus every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. To schedule an appointment, call Human Resources at ext. 5470.

Tee time

WPI's annual Golf Classic will be held Sunday, Sept. 26, at Holden Hills Country Club. Tee off is at 7 a.m. Members of the WPI community are invited to come together for a day of golf, lunch, prizes and camaraderie to benefit the WPI Intercollegiate Athletic Program. Make up your own foursome or have it arranged by a member of the Athletics Department staff. The $75 cost includes lunch, golf cart and the use of facilities. The tournament is scramble format with a practice green and prizes for low net and low gross and a closet-to-the-pin competition. The event will conclude with a raffle. For more information or to sign up for the tournament call the Physical Education and Athletics Department at ext. 5243.

Human Resources deadlines

Staff time sheets are now due by noon on the Friday before the pay date. Noted below are the scheduled Human Resources and Payroll Office deadlines:

Thursday, Sept. 9, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Sept. 16)

Wednesday, Sept. 15, by 10 a.m.
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Thursday, Sept. 16, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Sept. 22)

Friday, Sept. 17, by 10 a.m.
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Thursday, Sept. 30)

Thursday, Sept. 23, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Sept. 30)


All forms submitted to Human Resources and Payroll must be complete and have all of the appropriate approvals in order to be processed. Forms submitted after these dates will be processed in the following payroll.


Ma named AIChE Fellow

Yi Hua Ma has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), a nonprofit organization providing leadership to the chemical engineering profession. A professor of chemical engineering and director of WPI's Center for Inorganic Membrane Studies, he received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University, an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate in chemical engineering from MIT.

He received the 1994 WPI Board of Trustees Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship and the 1997 NASA Space Act Award.

To be named an AIChE Fellow, a member must have been a practicing chemical engineer for 25 years and a member of AIChE for 10 years. Fellows must show exemplary service to AIChE and outstanding contributions to their profession.

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Cyganski is Weston Hadden professor

David Cyganski has been chosen as WPI's Weston Hadden Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The three-year appointment includes a fund to support professional development. In awarding him the professorship, WPI Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John F. Carney III said, "The appointment recognizes your outstanding accomplishments in both teaching and scholarship, and will enable you to develop further your contributions to WPI and your profession."

Cyganski has received three professional degrees in electrical engineering from WPI: a B.S. degree with high distinction (1975), a M.S. degree (1977) and a Ph.D.(1981). He joined the faculty in 1981 and until 1989 served in that and a number of other capacities, including as chief information officer, vice president of information systems and vice provost. In 1989 he returned to his current position as professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received the 1996 Trustees' Award for Outstanding Research, the 1990 Ichabod Washburn Alumni Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement, the 1984 Trustee's Award for Outstanding Teaching and the 1982 Joseph Samuel Satin Distinguished Fellow award.

Mott receives Emerson Society award

Wesley T. Mott has received the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society's Distinguished Achievement Award. The award recognizes a significant body of work contributing to Emerson scholarship.The award was presented to Mott, the first non-retired scholar to be so honored, during the annual conference of the American Literature Association May 28 in Baltimore.

Top honors for Susan Vick

Susan Vick, professor of drama/theatre, spent part of August working as a dramaturg and directing consultant with Theatre Workshop and Venue Cafe Grafitti at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe in Scotland.

"We received a four-star rating from The Scotsman (Edinburgh's chief newspaper) on the Grafitti performance, which played to sold-out houses for the run," notes Vick.

Vick also has received recognition from the Collegiate Press Editorial Advisory Board "for achievement, leadership and service" and has been appointed to serve on the board.

New Visiting Scholar

Professor Akira Uchino joined the system dynamics visiting scholars program in the Social Science and Policy Studies Department in August. Professor Uchino is the department's second visiting scholar. The first, Alexander Ryzhenkov, who arrived in January from the Russian Academy of Sciences, returned to his home institution Aug. 30.

Uchino is on a sabbatical leave from Senshu University in Japan, where he teaches in the Department of Commerce and Business. He will spend a year at WPI working with the SSPS faculty on developing curricula for teaching system dynamics in Japan.

Assistant Web coordinator is WPI grad

Troy Thompson '95 was recently promoted from the position of operations supervisor in the College Computer Center to assistant web coordinator

In his new position, Thompson assists the Web Coordinator in creating and maintaining pages on the WPI Website. "Troy has made countless contributions to our Web efforts for nearly five years," according to Web Coordinator Amy L. Marr '96. "I'm really thrilled to have his talents devoted to our Web site full-time now."

Thompson shares an office on the third floor of Gordon Library with Amy. His new telephone extension is 6108, and his e-mail address remains tbt@wpi.edu.

Mass Academy has new leadership

The new director of the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science is Robert A. Salvatelli of Leominster, Mass., who most recently served as principal of Johnny Appleseed Elementary School in Leominster. He succeeds James Hamos who moved to the president's office of the University of Massachusetts system as a senior associate in academic affairs.

Salvatelli, who brings 26 years of experience in school leadership positions to his new job, has a statewide reputation for supporting innovative teaching. He has worked on a variety of projects for the Massachusetts Department of Education including the committee to establish teacher testing and evaluation standards. Active in local and state politics for more than 40 years, he is presently running unopposed for his district seat on the Leominster City Council. He plans to use this background to design an elective for academy students to become involved in civic and political processes.

He earned his bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Bridgeport and his master's degree in administration from Fitchburg State College and has completed additional coursework and extensive workshop experience in special education as well as gifted and talented, management techniques, supervision, and drug and alcohol education.

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Cabinet Meeting Summary

Summary of Aug. 24, 1999, Cabinet meeting

Computer Issues: Tom Lynch, Sean O'Connor, Al Johannesen, and Ben Thompson reported on Y2K readiness (roughly half of campus PCs have been updated; CCC hopes to do remainder by end of B-term break. Other parts of the campus system in good shape, with exception of experimental equipment, which in many cases has not been reviewed by CCC. Bill Durgin expressed concerns about operations in early 2000 involving courseware and contractual obligations; Internet 2 (CCC reviewed programs on the gigaPoP network, a partnership between WPI and NEESCOM that should be operational in next several months. Impact of this network on WPI research and corporate outreach was discussed. Residence Hall Network (00More than 900 students have signed up for the residence hall network to date; over 100 (93 freshmen) have selected the highest bandwidth option (100 Mbit/s).. The Microsoft technology package is available through CCC to download or install as a CD.)

Enrollment and Arrival of Class of '03: Janet Richardson and Kevin Kelly reported that of 672 new students with deposits, 664 have arrived and most of remainder are expected. Of 61 transfer deposits, 46 have arrived and 11 are expected. (Budget targets were 675 new and 60 transfers.) Financial aid looks good. Despite the rain, arrival on Saturday went well; efforts of Greek students to help move boxes were especially appreciated. The Class of '03 remains at 25% women and 4% minorities. Tom Lynch will organize an earlier mailing in the future coordinating computer access materials.

Upcoming Board of Trustees Meetings: The Fall Meeting is Oct. 28-29, with campus center groundbreaking at 11 a.m. on the Oct. 29. Spring retreat in Boston is Feb. 17-20, with new trustees orientation on Feb. 17, committee meetings Feb. 18, plenary Feb. 19, and Winter Board Meeting Feb. 20.

Greek Rush: Possible changes in Greek rush were discussed with the decision to try the current procedure for another year to gather more data on the impact of B-term rush.

U.S. News & World Report Ratings: How to get the best exposure for WPI's continuing rating as 51st among national universities was discussed.

Cabinet Meetings: Format and constituency of Cabinet, Executive Staff and Vice Presidential division meetings were reviewed. At least one Cabinet meeting a month will focus on an issue, the first of which will be WPI's marketing and reputation at the October meeting. Janet Richardson suggested the issue of women in engineering be discussed at a future meeting, which was agreed to.

Project Requests: John Miller pointed out that requests for projects for 2000-01 were due in his office by Sept.1. Several vice presidents indicated they had requests to forward.



Friday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m., TBA, Computer Science Professor David Brown, Fuller Labs 311.
Friday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m., TBA, Sarah Kuhn, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Fuller Labs 311.


Tuesday, Sept. 21, information session (management programs only), Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive, Waltham, Mass., 6 p.m. For more information, call 800-WPI-9717.


Monday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m., "Giant Peak Effect and Bragg Glass Transition in High-Tc Superconductors," Xinsheng Ling, Brown University, Olin Hall 107 (refreshments, Olin 118, 3:40).


Thursday, Sept. 9, 10:30 a.m., "Building a University: A Look at The Campaign for WPI," Robert Dietrich, director of development, University Relations, Alden Memorial (coffee at 9:45 a.m.).


Tuesday, Sept. 21, Venture Forum Workshop: "Starting Your Business: Common Mistakes and War Stories." Presented by Greg Erman, president and CEO of MarketSoft Corp. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members; faculty, staff and students are admitted free with a WPI ID. Kinnicutt Hall, Salisbury Labs, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration 6 p.m.). For more information, call 831-5075.

Publications & Presentations


Norum, Neil, "Technology in Public Relations and Marketing." Presented at FYI meeting of AICUM Public Relations and Media Relations Counterparts, Northeastern University, Boston, Aug. 10.


Cruz, Isabel, editor, "ACM SIGMOND Digital Symposium Collection," published June 1999.
Selkow, Stanley, H.A. Kierstead, G.N. Sarkozy, "On k-Ordered Hamiltonian Graphs." In the Journal of Graph Theory 31, pp. 17-25.


Menides, Laura J., "Hilda Doolittle," "Robert Lowell," "Charles Olson." Articles in encyclopedia of American Literature. Ed. Steven R. Serafin. New York: Continuum Press, 1999, 285-86, 707-08, 848-49.
--. "Elizabeth Bishop's Comedy, Wit, and Existential Happiness." Presented at the Elizabeth Bishop Conference and Celebracao, Ourto Preto, Brazil, May 20.
--."The End of Nature," discussion leader. Part of "The Ends of Civilization" series sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for Humanities, Feb. 10 at Shrewsbury Public Library; March 3 at Concord Public Library; March 22 at Bigelow Library, Clinton.
Mott, Wesley T. "Amos Bronson Alcott," "Orestes Augustus Brownson," "Theodore Parker," and "George Ripley," in Encyclopedia of American Literature, edited by Stephen R. Serafin (New York: Continuum, 1999), pp. 27-28, 137-138, 869, 955.
_____. Panelist, "The Transient and Permanent in Transcendentalism(s),"retrospective on past 25 years of scholarship, American Literature Association annual conference, Baltimore, May 29.
_____. "Teaching Emerson," at Thoreau's World and Ours, EPA/Mass. Department of Education seminar for high school teachers, Thoreau Institute, Lincoln, Mass., July 9.


Graubard, Leon S., "Mom and Pop See the World: The Family-Owned Firm in Ecuador Responds to the Changing International Environment." Presented at the Academy of Business and Administrative 1999 International Conference, Barcelona, Spain, July 12-14.
--. chaired session on "Issues in Internationalization," at the Academy of Business and Administrative 1999 International Conference, Barcelona, Spain, July 12-14.


Christopher, Peter R., "Degree Monotonicity of Cages." Presented at the DIMACS Research and Education Institute Workshop on Matchings in Graphs, DIMACS Center, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, July 19. Session chair, July 21.
--. "Mathematics Education via Distance Learning," International Yearbook on Teacher Education, proceedings of the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET), Vol. 1, 1998, pp. 60-68.


Pierson, Stephen W., M. Friesen, S.M. Ammirata, J.C. Junnicutt, and L.A. Gorham, "Dynamic Scaling for 2D Superconductors, Joseph Junction Arrays and Superfluids." In Physical Review B 60, 1309 (July 1999).
--. "Critical Dynamic Scaling of the Two-Dimensional Coulomb Gas." Presented at the International Conference on Low Temperature Physics, Helsinki, Finland, Aug. 4-11.
--. "Flux Lattice Melting and Hc2 Fluctuations." Presented at the International Conference on Low Temperature Physics, Helsinki, Finland, Aug. 4-11.

Recent Grants

Following is a list of grants received by WPI in June and July. Principal investigators are listed first. The Office of Research Administration provides information about these awards.

Ma, Y.H., "Oxygen Transport Membranes: Critical Review and Preliminary Experimental Study," $88,207 from Mobil Technology Co.
Looft, F.J., "Student Projects at the Goddard Space Flight Center," $15,000 from NASA.
Michalson, W., "An Auto-Calibrating Surround Sound System," $54,483 from Keyhold Engineering Inc.
Barnett, J.R., "Improved Full Scale Flame Test for Clothing," $35,248 from the U.S. Department of Defense/Army.
La Flamme, S., "Reactor Instrumentation Upgrade," $18,090 from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Rong, Y., "Machining Chip Formation and Breaking in 6G Rotor Machining," $19,200 from Ford Motor Co.
Vernon-Gerstenfeld, S., "Ecological Engineering: Application of Appropriate Technologies in Environmental Engineering Practice," $5,000 from the National Science Foundation.
Lynch, T.J., Johannesen, A.E., and O'Connor, S., "Advancing WPI's Networking Infrastructure," $68,125 from the National Science Foundation

Worth Noting

WPI's world-renowned graduate program in fire protection engineering celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. WPI's was the first graduate program in FPE in the United States and today offers the world's only doctorate in the field. The Center for Firesafety Studies hosts students from around the world and delivers courses to more that 100 nations via distance learning. The program's graduates are "helping advance fire safety and make the world a safer place," says center director David A. Lucht.

Read more about the program on the Web at http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/Fire/.

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