Welcome to @WPI

Vol. 1, No. 11 Feb. 10, 2000

Around Campus

Send a WPI E-Card

Have you discovered WPI E-cards? Just go to http://www.wpi.edu/About/Ecards/, and you'll find a picture of a postal mailbox. "Welcome to WPI E-Cards, a free electronic greeting service, showcasing WPI's attractive New England campus and rich traditions," reads the accompanying message. "From here you can send WPI-themed postcards to your friends, or pick up a postcard that someone has sent you. Share your WPI pride - send a WPI e-Card today!" Senders then can choose among a wealth of images to attach to a personal message.

"We have about 100 individual cards, featuring photos of the WPI campus, some recent and some taken from postcards from the turn of the century," says WPI Web Coordinator Amy L. Marr. So far about 250 people have sent a WPI e-card. The University is one of the few in the country offering this service.

"While anyone can send a card to anyone else, we're seeing that this site is becoming increasingly popular with our young alumni," Marr said. "The admissions office will use the cards to send messages to prospective students, and e-cards are also a fun way for students to send each other e-mail."

Student Entrepreneur Contest

WPI's Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the Department of Management will host the Third Annual Massachusetts Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards this spring. This competition, part of the North American Collegiate Entrepreneur Competition, is open to all Massachusetts undergraduate students who run and own a business.

The Massachusetts first-place winner will receive $1,000 and advance to the North American Awards, where he or she could win $10,000. The faculty member who nominates the Massachusetts award winner will receive $500.

To apply, students must complete an application and submit brochures or other promotional materials, two letters of recommendation, and a faculty nomination. The deadline is March 3. For more information or to receive an application, call ext. 5075 or e-mail ventureforum@wpi.edu.

Now Playing in Alden: "Boys' Life"

Masque, the WPI theater organization, and the Humanities and Arts Department will present "Boys' Life" in Alden Memorial, Thursday, Feb. 10, Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for WPI students.

The play is a bitingly funny postmodern comedy of manners that follows the fortunes of a group of urban male "yuppies" as they attempt to come to terms with life. For more information, call ext. 5946.

Music and Art

A musical performance will be presented by the WPI Concert Choir and Glee Club Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3 p.m. at the Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St. For more information, call ext. 5946.

Concert in the Cathedral

WPI's 20th annual concert in St. Paul's Cathedral will be presented Sunday, Feb. 13, at 2 p.m. The cathedral is located at 10 Chatham St., Worcester. The concert will feature the WPI Brass Ensemble and WPI Orchestra. The program will include Beethoven's Fidelio Overture Haufrecht's Symphony for Brass and Tympani and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call ext. 5946.

Third Annual Theme Concert

The WPI Concert Band will hold its annual theme concert Friday, Feb. 18, in Alden Memorial. The theme is A Night at the Movies and the performance will feature music from classic films such as The Wizard of Oz and West Side Story as well as more recent films such as Braveheart, Mission Impossible, Schindler's List and Star Wars: Episode 1. Tickets, available at the door only, are $3 for adults and free for students and seniors. Special visual effects and other surprises will accompany the performance. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the performance starts at 7:30. For more information, call ext. 5946.

In Celebration

WPI's observance of Black History Month continues with the following programs:

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., DouDou N'Diaye Roase and his Drummers of West Africa will perform in Alden Memorial.

On Saturday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., in Alden memorial, the Minority Affairs Office will sponsor 1001 Black Inventions, a lively and informative play by the award-winning theater company Pin Points.

In "Blacks in Science: Ancient and Modern," Ivan Van Sertima, respected anthropologist, linguist, historian and author, will discuss the contributions of Africans to science in ancient and modern times. Set for Tuesday, Feb. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Higgins House great hall, it is sponsored by the Minority Affairs Office.

Exhibit Features Photographs by Laura Val

Gordon Library will feature "Drops of Vision," an exhibit of photographs by Laura Val, Feb. 16 through March 31. A reception will be held Friday, Feb. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Val was born in Bucharest, Romania, emigrated to Israel as a child, and has lived in Worcester since 1990. She is employed by Clark University/COPACE as an assistant director of graduate programs.

Long fascinated by photography, Val began serious study of this area at the Worcester Craft Center. To enhance her technical knowledge, she attended the Maine Photographic Workshop in 1994. Since then she has worked under the guidance of photographer Stephen DiRado and is currently working on a collection of portraits.

Important Engineering Education Events

Three special free events will be offered during the break C and D term. Register now, as registration will be opened to other New England engineering faculty, and space is limited:

"The Learning Factory and ABET 2000 Workshop," focusing on outcomes-based curriculum planning, will be held Monday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., in the library Seminar Room. The workshop features Lueny Morell, Dr. Jorge I. Velez and Miguel A. Torres of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and John S. Lamancusa of Pennsylvania State University.

The Learning Factory Workshop takes participants through the steps that helped MEEP (the Manufacturing Engineering Education Partnership, a coalition of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, Penn State and the University of Washington) develop an undergraduate manufacturing engineering-product realization program integrated with laboratory facilities and industry collaboration. The program responds to Criteria 2 and 3 of ABET 2000. The workshop takes participants through the establishment of educational objectives through planning, curriculum development and outcomes assessment. Workshop attendees have an opportunity to work on developing an engineering student profile and planning for adopting/adapting the Learning Factory program at their institution. Registration deadline is March 1.

"The Engineering Design in Non-collocated Teams Workshop," on engineering design using distance technology, will be held Tuesday, March 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with continental breakfast at 8 a.m., in Higgins Labs 218. Speakers include Miguel A. Torres, Jorge I. Velez and Lueny Morell of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

This workshop explores the challenges of today's design teams working in different locations. It introduces the technology utilized by engineering and business organizations to maintain team cohesiveness, access technical information and expand mobility. Participants will be divided into three groups and will be physically separated. Each individual group will then form a virtual company specialized in a particular aspect of the product design cycle. Each group will have access to a portable computer equipped with wireless Internet communication. Through the use of the portable computers the groups will have the opportunity to communicate with each other, access product catalogs and engineering information, and document their progress. A design problem will be given to the groups, which they will have to solve by designing and constructing a prototype. The groups will spend three hours developing their solution and the workshop will end with a 40-minute session in which the participants will discuss the different aspects of having to work under the constraints imposed by the technology. Lunch will be provided immediately following the workshop.

Registration deadline is March 1.

"Women in Engineering: The Extraordinary Case of the College of Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez," presented by Lueny Morell of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, will be held Tuesday, March 7, at 3 p.m. in Higgins Labs 116.

The workshop will examine institutions' efforts in recruitment and retention of women in non-traditional professions, such as engineering. During the last decade, the percentage of women studying engineering at the College of Engineering of the University of Puerto Rico has consistently increased, reaching levels that surpass those of the United States. In 1993, the Engineering Workforce Commission reported record numbers of women graduating with an engineering degree: 16.1 percent of all bachelor degrees. However, UPR-Mayaguez graduated a total of 225 women engineers, or 36 percent of the total bachelor degrees conferred in June 1998. The College of Engineering is currently conducting a study with the University of Texas at El Paso to determine the reason for this high percentage of women in engineering, which will be shared at this presentation. Registration deadline is March 1, and a wine and cheese reception will follow the workshop.

Lots To Do at Winter Carnival

WPI's annual Winter Carnival will be held on the Quadrangle and adjoining areas Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26. Friday events begin at 4 p.m. in the Wedge with popcorn and music sponsored by Phi Sig Sig followed at 7 p.m. by the band Sexual Tensions in Riley Commons. At 8:30 p.m. in Alden Memorial hear Rustic Overtones and end the day with a Klondike Bar hunt at 11:15. Saturday's activities begin with a barbecue at 11:30 a.m. Other carnival events will feature broom ball, cage ball and pepper-eating contests. The carnival will conclude with a performance by the band Acoustic Girl Circle at 8 p.m. in Riley Commons followed by a midnight breakfast.


Sixth-grade girls in Massachusetts are being invited to take part in two weeks of fun and educational opportunities at WPI this summer through Camp REACH. Each summer 30 girls who will enter seventh grade in the fall are accepted to Camp REACH. Girls will be selected at random from completed applications that arrive by the May 8 deadline. The camp, which runs from July 23-Aug. 4, introduces girls to careers in science and technology. Participants help to solve real-world problems in group projects. The cost is $350, which covers tuition, instructional materials, food, housing, field trips and recreational activities. For more information, contact WPI's Outreach Programs at ext. 5819.

Make Them Fame-ous

Nominations for the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame will be accepted until Feb. 15. According to Raymond Gilbert, director of physical education and athletics, all members of the WPI community may nominate suitable candidates. WPI coaches, staff and alumni are eligible. WPI athletes become eligible for admission to the Hall of Fame five years after graduation. Nomination forms are available in the Physical Education and Athletics Office in Alumni Gymnasium. The newest members of the Hall of Fame will be inducted during Homecoming this fall.

Human Resources Deadlines

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

Tuesday, Feb. 15, by 10 a.m.
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Wednesday, Feb. 16, by 10 a.m.
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Tuesday, Feb. 29)

Friday, Feb. 18, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Feb. 23)

Thursday, Feb. 24, by 10 a.m.
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, March 2)

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.

Employment Opportunities

(current as of Feb. 7)


Events Manager

Biomedical Engineering

Tenure-track positions

Campus Center


Chemical Engineering

Tenure-track position
Assistant Professor and an open position

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Organic and General Chemistry Instructor
Post-doctoral Research Assistant
Multiple fall 2000 faculty positions
Post-doctoral Fellow

College Computer Center

Office operations support

Computer Science

Tenure-track faculty positions

Continuing Education

Technical Trainers, Seminar Leaders
Administrative Secretary III (MetroWest campus)
Part-time Receptionist (MetroWest campus)

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Tenure-track faculty position
Professor of Practice
Administrative Secretary IV

Fire Protection Engineering

Faculty position


Two Assistant Professors
Management Information Systems faculty positions

Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science

Master Teachers
Visiting Scholars

Mathematical Sciences

Visiting Assistant Professorships
Tenure-track faculty positions

Mechanical Engineering

Department Head
Two mechanical engineering faculty positions

Physical Education and Athletics

Part-time Assistant Volleyball Coach
Part-time Assistant Baseball Coach
Part-time Assistant Softball Coach


Visiting faculty position

Project and Registrar's Office

Record Keeping Assistant/Transcript Coordinator

Research Administration

Director of Research Administration

Social Science and Policy Studies

Part-time instructor


Telecommunications Analyst

For more information about these positions, visit the Human Resource Web site at http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/HR/Jobs/.

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 nonexempt 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 Human Resources).


Jean Strauss contributes to 'Sound of Music'

Jean Strauss, wife of WPI President Emeritus Jon Strauss, is a contributor to a just-released book, "Forever Liesl: A Memoir of The Sound of Music," by Charmian Carr. Carr played the eldest von Trapp daughter, Liesl, in the 1968 movie "The Sound of Music." Jean Strauss wrote the book "Birthright: The Guide to Search and Reunion for Adoptees, Birthparents, and Adoptive Parents" in 1994.

Carr and Strauss are scheduled for a book signing at Tatnuck Book Sellers Saturday, March 4, at 2 p.m.

Raising Awareness

Billy D. McGowan, director of the ESL @ WPI program, and Xin Zhang, doctorate student in computer science, presented a symposium on "Chinese Learning Styles: ITAs Considered" at the regional North American Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) Conference in Newport, R.I., on Nov. 17 and again at the Massachusetts Association of Teachers to Speakers of Other Languages (MATSOL) on Jan. 21. The presentation and discussion focused on the educational background of mainland Chinese, cultural and linguistic considerations and some components of an effective course for in-coming international teaching assistants.

The final presentation of this topic is scheduled for D term at WPI during The Food for Thought program, coordinated by Judith Miller, director of the Center for Educational Development.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

Summaries of Cabinet Meetings are available online to members of the WPI Community on the Cabinet website.


Biology and Biotechnology

Tuesday, Feb. 29, 11 a.m., "Biomimetic Robots: New Tools for Understanding Animal Behavior," Frank Grasso, Marine Biological Laboratories, Woods Hole, Salisbury Labs 104. Refreshments at 10:45 in department office.

Brown Bag Safety Seminar

Friday, Feb. 18, noon, "Stop that Dose: Working Safely with Toxic Chemicals," Goddard Hall 217. For more information, call ext. 5216 or e-mail dmessier@wpi.edu.

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 4 p.m., "Case Histories: Arson and Explosives," John E. Drugan, Massachusettes State Police Crime Lab, Sudbury, Mass., Salisbury Labs 115.

Computer Science

Friday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m., "Timing Diagrams as Data Structures in Computer-aided Verification," Kathryn Fisler, Rice University.

Faculty Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 24, 4:05 p.m., Kinnicutt Hall. Refreshments at 3:45.

Venture Forum

Tuesday, Feb. 15, 6:30-9 p.m., registration 6 p.m. Venture Forum Workshop: "Guerrilla Marketing," Ameeta Soni, vice president of marketing at ChannelWave Software Inc. Cost is $5 for members, $10 for non-members and free with a WPI ID. Kinnicutt Hall, Salisbury Labs. For more information, call ext. 5075.

Publications & Presentations

Humanities and Arts

Mott, Wesley T., scholar interviewee, in "In Search of Thoreau," films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2000.

Shannon, Thomas A., "Made in Whose Image: Genetic Engineering and Christian Ethics," Amherst, New York, Humanity Books, 1999.


Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan, "Developing Successful Professional Overseas Projects," invited speaker, Jan. 19 at the Association of New American Colleges, Washington, D.C.

Mechanical Engineering

Demetry, C., C. T. Williams and R. Li, "Structure and Strength of Interfaces in Titanium-Coated Diamond-Glass Composites," presented at the American Ceramic Society's 24th Annual International Conference on Engineering Ceramics and Structures, Cocoa Beach, Fla., Jan. 23-28.

Recent Grants

The following is a list of new grants received by WPI in December. Principal investigators are listed first. The Office of Research Administration provides information about these awards.

Claypool, M.L., D. Finkel and C.E. Wills, an education/training grant, "Teaching Systems Courses With an Open Source Laboratory," $69,912 from the National Science Foundation.

Phillies, G. J., a research grant, "Optical Probe Studies of Polymer Dynamics," $246,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Lew Yan Voon, L.C., a research grant, "CAREER Award: Topics in Electronic and Optical Properties," $115,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Lew Yan Voon, L.C., advising a research grant, "UG Materials: Research Initiative Award" (student Jon Kennedy), $750 from Materials Research Society.

Worth Noting

WPI's reputation is built in many ways. One of the most important is through the scholarly accomplishments of its faculty. Through the years, the research conducted by a number of faculty members has earned them the respect and recognition of their peers worldwide. An excellent example is Alex Emanuel, professor of electrical and computer engineering. Emanuel is an internationally recognized authority on power quality and power system harmonics. In particular, his pioneering work on the potentially deleterious effects of power electronics has helped shape the way modern electric power systems are designed around the globe. Recently, Power Quality Assurance magazine and E Source presented Emanuel with the John Mungenast Power Quality Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in the field. Said William Howe of E Source, Emanuel is "a pillar of accomplishment and conscience for the PQ world."

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