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Vol. 1, No. 12 Feb. 24, 2000

Around Campus

Winter Carnival 2000

The WPI Social Committee has put together an outstanding program for Winter Carnival 2000, to be held this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25-26.

Winter Carnival events are sponsored by numerous WPI groups, including Alpha Gamma Delta, Phi Sigma Sigma, Residential Life, the Social Committee, the Orientation Leaders, Society of Martial Arts, Healthy Alternatives, Student Alumni Society and the Student Activities Office. Music at afternoon events provided by WWPI. For more information, contact the Social Committee at ext. 5509 or visit Social Committee Winter Carnival Webpage.

February Fiesta

The Colleges of Worcester Consortium will hold Fiesta 2000 Saturday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Alden Memorial. The program includes a fashion show, performances, snacks and a party. Tickets, at $5 per person, are available at International House at 28 Trowbridge Road or in the Wedge. 

Habitat Spring Break

Florida is a favorite destination for many collegians during spring break. But this year, 22 WPI students will enjoy the tropical sunshine with hammers in hand. They are part of Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge, a program that brings student groups to work sites to build low-cost housing. WPI participants in the venture, which will take place March 4-11, include seniors Jason Gleghorn (a member of the WPI Habitat for Humanity Executive Board), Karl Lackner, Tanya Theriault, Maureen Upton and Christopher Wilson; juniors Bill Burgess, Jimmy Cook, Matthew Hanson, Jennifer Hardy (a member of the executive board), Brynn Hart, Timothy Hogan, Stephen Millet and Maxwell Pistilli; sophomores Derek Gelinas, Jody Kenniston, Craig Meehl and Joseph O'Boyle; and freshmen Samantha Isaacs, Melissa Konopko, Sarah Linderme, Marcie Skorik (a member of the executive board) and Christina Watson (a member of the executive board). Lindsay Freed, WPI's community service coordinator, is part of the team going to Miami.

WPI Music Goes to Greece

More than 80 WPI students will perform in an international arena once again. From March 3-10, WPI students, alumni and faculty will participate in a concert tour of Greece. For the WPI instrumental ensembles, directed by Douglas Weeks and Richard Falco, this is the 10th international tour in the last 15 years. Other destinations have included Russia, Egypt, England, Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Belgium, Austria and Canada.

The week will be spent in Athens with concerts scheduled at the American University. The groups will also tour historical sights in Athens and the area. Performances will be given by the Concert Band, Brass Ensemble and Trombone Ensemble (all directed by Weeks); the Orchestra and Medwin String Ensemble (directed by Weeks and assistant director Monica VanderBaan) and the Stage Band and Jazz Ensemble (directed by Falco). The following students will take part in the tour:

Patrick Bakaj, Jayanta Bose, Richard Green, Benjamin Thompson, Daniel Arecco, Vinayak Rao, Nikole Howard, Meredith Campbell, Andrew Carruth, Zachary Chadwick, Jill Connelly, Anthony Durand, Anne Francis, Amelia Gilbreath, Brian L'Heureux, Stephen Leavey, Jeremy McLaughlin, Jill Pouliot, Rainer Reichel, Allison Rhorer, Christopher St. Yves, Erin Sullivan, Benjamin Woodacre, Matthew Hum, Estelle Houde, Paul Laplume, Julie Roberts, Steven Vallee, Erin Convery, Michael Kuczeski, Michael Piecuch, James Stickney, Anthony Towne, Jenica Jacobi, Brian Faull, John Gleeson, Thomas Hall, Amber Miller, Gregory Noetscher, Thomas Pfeiffer, Theresa Green, Paul Muller, Patricia DeChristopher, Kevin Dickson, Eric Peter McDonough, Seth Merkel, Gregory Milette, Michael Milner, Geoffrey San Antonio, Matthew Hilt, Lisa Baroffio, Ethan Andrew Croteau, Benjamin Nawrath and Shana Figueroa. For more information, contact Doug Weeks at ext. 5696.

O'Connell Reading

Author Jack O'Connell will read from his 1999 novel Word Made Flesh Thursday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Tatnuck Bookseller @ WPI in Daniels Hall. O'Connell's book, a combination of crime fiction, philosophy and futuristic satire, has received high acclaim. Time Out London called it "a milestone of imaginative writing," while the Sunday Independent deemed O'Connell "a writer of terrific gifts." The author, who lives in Worcester, has written three previous novels, Box Nine, Wireless and The Skin Palace. Sponsored by WPI's Humanities and Arts Department, Tatnuck Bookseller @ WPI, the WPI Student Speakers Fund and Worcester County Poetry Association, the reading is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Laura Menides at ext. 5513.

Women Make History

WPI will host a brown bag lunch seminar with speaker John McClymer, a professor at Assumption College, Tuesday, March 14, from 12-1:15 p.m., in Higgins House. The topic will be the first women's convention held in Worcester 150 years ago. The presentation is sponsored by the Massachusetts Association for Women in Education (MAWE). Admission is free. For more information, contact Lindsay Freed at ext. 5291.

Writing Tutors Sought

Are you a WPI undergraduate or graduate student who is both a good writer and good with people? If so, perhaps you would like to work as a paid writing tutor in the Writing Workshop. To become tutors, students must complete a 1/3 unit Humanities ISP that requires research and writing assignments about peer tutoring, interviewing and interning in the Writing Workshop. Faculty are invited to recommend students as tutors. For more information, e-mail Lisa Lebduska, Writing Workshop director, at lisaleb@wpi.edu.

Engineering Events

Three special free events will be offered during the break between C and D term. 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. - 5 p.m. (continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.), in the library Seminar Room. The workshop features Lueny Morell, 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. Registration deadline is March 1; for more information and registration, 

"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. - 12:30 p.m. (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. 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 nontraditional 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. The College of Engineering is currently conducting a study with the University of Texas at El Paso to determine the reason for this phenomenon, which will be shared at the presentation. Registration deadline is March 1, and a wine and cheese reception will follow the workshop. For more information and registration.

Employment Opportunities

(current as of Feb. 21)


Part-time Central Mail Clerk


Tenure-track positions




Tenure-track position
Assistant Professor and an open position
Administrative Secretary IV


Post-doctoral Research Assistant
Multiple fall 2000 faculty positions
Post-doctoral Fellow


Office operations support


Tenure-track faculty positions


Technical Trainers, Seminar Leaders
Part-time Receptionist (Southborough campus)


Tenure-track faculty position
Professor of Practice


Faculty position


Two Assistant Professors


Master Teachers
Visiting Scholars


Tenure-track faculty positions


Department Head
Two mechanical engineering faculty positions


Part-time Bowling Alley Manager
Part-time Administrative Secretary


Visiting faculty position


Record Keeping Assistant/Transcript Coordinator


Director of Research Administration


Part-Time instructor

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).


Cantrell Joins MetroWest Campus

Kenneth E. Cantrell has been named program manager for WPI's Client-Server Program. Based at the MetroWest campus in Southborough, Mass., he will manage the Client-Server Program student admissions and career search strategies. He previously worked for Hewlett-Packard Co. in Burlington, Mass., for 14 years in test and measurement organization. While there, he held positions of field development program manager, asset management project manager and test and measurement sales representative. A resident of Chelmsford, he received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Western New England College in Springfield.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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



Wednesday, March 8, 1 and 6 p.m., Information Session, "Advance Your Career with IT Training," MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Route 9 West) Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717.

Thursday, March 9, 1 and 6 p.m., Information Session, "Advance Your Career with IT Training," Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive. For more information, call 800-974-9717.


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


Monday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m., "Dynamic Impacts of Trade Liberalization on Developing Countries: A System Dynamics Simulation Analysis," Lee Peng Tan, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Atwater Kent 126.


Thursday, March 9, 10:30 a.m., "New Mission of Downtown and Brownfield Development," David Forsberg, WBDC President, Alden Memorial.

Publications & Presentations


Kohles, Sean, co-chair of the Biomedical Engineering and Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium entitled "Enhancing the Optical Interface" with guest speaker Prof. Ross D. Shonat, also of the WPI Biomedical Engineering Department, UMass Medical School, Worcester, Feb. 10.


Sarkozy, G.N., and S.M. Selkow, "Vertex Partitions by Connected k-regular Graphs," Journal of Combinatorial Theory B 78:1 (2000) pp. 115-122.


Mott, Wesley T., "'The Age of the First Person Singular': Emerson and Individualism," in A Historical Guide to Ralph Waldo Emerson, edited by Joel Myerson, New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, pp 61-100.


Chen, M.-H., Dey, D.K., and Sinha, D., "Bayesian Analysis of Multivariate Mortality Data With Large Families," in Applied Statistics (2000), 49, 129-144.


Burnham, N. A., F. Oulevey, G. Gremaud, A.J. Kulik, H.M. Pollock, A. Hammiche, M. Reading, M.Song and D.J. Hourston, "Dynamic Mechanical Analysis at the Submicron Scale," Polymer 41, 3087-92 (2000).

F. Oulevey, G. Gremaud, D. Mari, A.J. Kulik, N.A. Burnham and W. Benoit, "Martensitic Transformation of NiTi Studied at the Nanometer Scale by Loca Mechanical Spectroscopy," Scripta Mat. 42, 31-36 (2000).

Burnham, N. A., "Interpretating Stiffness and Damping Data from Polymer Composites," presented at Cornell University Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ithaca, N.Y., Feb. 17.

Recent Grants

The following is a list of new grants received by WPI in January. The Office of Research Administration provides information about these awards.

Arguello, J.M., "Crystallization of a P1-Type Heavy Metal Transport Atpase," $99,601 from the National Science Foundation.

Cyganski, D., "Tool Wear Monitor," $74,902 from Textron Systems Corp.

Mallick, R.B., "Lab and Field Experience Based Course in Asphalt Technology," $31,479 from the National Science Foundation.

Ray, M.H., "Design Alternatives for the Weak Post W-Beam Guardrail System," $35,906 from Bucknell University.

Ribeiro, F.H., "Complete Oxidation of Methane on Palladium Catalysts," $100,000 from the Department of Energy.

Sarkozy, Gabor N., "The Regularity Lemma and the Blow-Up Lemma," $12,938 from the National Security Agency.

Sotak, C.H., "GAANN Support in Biomedical Engineering," $127,500 from the Department of Education.

Wyslouzil, B.E., "Isothermal Nucleation Rate Measurements in a Supersonic Nozzle," $60,000 from the American Chemical Society.

Worth Noting

Christof Paar, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and graduate student Adam Elbirt were cited in a story in EE Times on Feb. 11. The story, "Programmable logic may ease encryption hacks," was part of the publications coverage of the FPGA 2000 conference in Monterey, Calif. A paper by Paar and Elbirt outlined how they tried to craft a reconfigurable FPGA to execute Serpent, a cryptographic scheme being considered for the Advanced Encryption Standard. The story can be found at www.eet.com.

Michael Sokal, professor of history, is one of three authors of a just-released book on the 150th anniversary of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Sokal and Professors Bruce Lewenstein of Cornell University and Sally Gregory Hohlstedt of the University of Minnesota were honored at a reception last week during the AAAS's annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The book, The Establishment of Science in America: 150 Years of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is published by Rutgers University Press. Sokal is on leave in Washington serving as program director for Science and Technology Studies at the National Science Foundation. He will return to WPI this fall.

The book, more than just a history, connects well with some recurring issues in the general history of American science. The authors were matched to their specialities, each being the primary writer for a given 50-year span. Sokal, the author of a biography of James McKeen Cattell, who was editor of Science from the late 1800s until 1944, wrote the chapter, "Promoting Science in a New Century: The Middle Years of the AAAS." Lewenstein hopes the book might be used as a supplementary text in courses on the history of American science and believes it would fit well for those looking for an institutional perspective.

Founded in 1848, the AAAS is the largest general organization of scientists in America with 145,000 members from around the world.

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