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Vol. 1, No. 20 July 20, 2000

Around Campus

@WPI Summer Schedule

This is the July issue of @WPI. We publish once a month during the summer to keep the campus community informed of campus events. Biweekly publication will resume on Aug. 31.

@WPI is intended for the entire WPI community. We encourage you to use it to inform the campus community about people, programs and events that can be publicized on campus. Mail articles and suggestions to the Communications Group, 20 Trowbridge Road, or e-mail them to atwpi@wpi.edu.

Health Plan Change

If you have made a change to your health plan provider for FY01, effective July 1, 2000, and have not received a new enrollment card, you may need to contact the member services department of the new provider to obtain your new ID number. Here are the numbers:

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care


Fallon Community Health Plan


CIGNA Healthsource HMO


CIGNA Healthsource PPO


TUFTS Health Plan


You may use the enrollment form provided to you by Human Resources as a temporary ID. If you have any questions, email deveritt@wpi.edu or call ext. 5737.

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:
Thursday, July 20
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll Wednesday, July 26)

Thursday, July 27
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, August 3)

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 July 12)


Administrative Secretary III


Tenure-track positions
Coordinator of Undergraduate Programs


Assistant Director, Experiential Education


Part-time Central Mail Clerk


Tenure-track faculty position
Faculty positions


Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Fall 2000 faculty positions
Postdoctoral Fellow
Inorganic and General Chemistry Instructor


UNIX System Administrator
PC LAN Server Administrator


Tenure-track faculty position
Administrative Secretary IV


Program Manager
Part-time Technical Trainers


Associate Director of Planned Giving
Administrative Secretary IV
Gift Recording Coordinator/Biographical Records Assistant


Tenure-track faculty positions
Professor of Practice


Assistant Events Manager


Assistant Director of Financial Aid


Faculty position
Part-time Administrative Secretary II


Web Programmer


Distance Learning Program Manager
Instructional Designer and Manager, Faculty Support Services
Web Developer


Adjunct Faculty (part-time position)
Visiting Faculty Member, Entrepreneurship (full-time, temporary, nine-month appointment)
Operations Manager, Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Faculty positions


Department Head
Computer Operations Manager


Head Coach Women's Varsity Basketball and Assistant Director
Part-time Women's Varsity Tennis Coach


Administrative Secretary III


HVAC Mechanic II
Administrative Secretary IV


Office and Program Assistant


Assistant Director of Residential Services


Adjunct, Assistant or Associate Professor
Part-time Instructor


Administrative Secretary IV


Director of Diversity and Women's Programs
Assistant Director of Leadership and Community Service Program

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 Employee Referral Bonus Program applies to all permanent nonfaculty, exempt and nonexempt positions posted on or after Sept. 1, 1999.


Parrish Earns Accreditation Award

President Edward Alton Parrish has been chosen to receive the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Educational Activities Board's Meritorious Achievement Award in Accreditation Activities. The award, announced at the June 24 meeting of the board, will be presented at the IEEE Meeting Series in Tampa, Fla., Nov. 16-19, 2000.

Musical Note

Joel J. Brattin, professor of literature in the Humanities and Arts Department, produced his second CD this summer. This Bag Is Not A Toy (Charging Rhino, CRSCD-0002) is a collection of 17 songs, five composed by Brattin. The music is an eclectic collection that included three pieces by Jimi Hendrix, a trio sonata by Baroque composer Arcangelo Corelli, and a piece by F. Olvera that appears on Carlos Santana's recent album, Supernatural. The current issue of the Worcester Phoenix includes a story about the CD. Last year Brattin released his first CD, The 'Free Will' Sessions. For more information about This Bag Is Not A Toy, write to Brattin at jjb@wpi.edu.

Bullock is Fulbright Scholar

WPI's latest Fulbright scholar is Steven C. Bullock, associate professor of history in the Humanities and Arts Department. "Your impressive academic accomplishments have made possible your selection for the Fulbright Program," noted Alan Schechter, chairman of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Bullock joins the ranks of 225,000 distinguished Fulbright scholars and professionals worldwide who are leaders in the educational, political, economic, social and cultural lives of their countries. Bullock will travel to Japan with his wife, Sylvia, who will take a year off as a teacher at the Bancroft School, and 9-year-old son Christopher. The family will live in Okinawa, a subtropical island and a major vacation destination in Japan, while Bullock teaches American history at Japan's Ryukyus University.

Hermanson Elected ASME Fellow

James C. Hermanson, associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Fellow is the highest elected grade of membership within ASME, the attainment of which recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession. Herman-son holds the George I. Alden Chair in Engineering at WPI and is the recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER Program grant.

Sarkis-Martins Earns CAREER Award

Marcus Sarkis-Martins, assistant professor of mathematical sciences, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the NSF's most prestigious honor for junior faculty members. The award, which will amount to $125,000 over the next two years, will fund a research project titled "Multi-Level Multi-Material Problem Solver Environment with Semisolid Material Applications and Education." Expected to continue through 2004, the project involves research into the material point method for modeling materials.

Mello Earns Award Nomination

At the recent annual meeting of the American Society for Engineering Education in St. Louis, a paper by Natalie Mello, director of global operations, was one of 36, out of a total of more than 700, nominated for the Outstanding Paper Award. Mello's paper was titled, "How Can Universities Provide a Global Perspective for Engineers?--One Institution's Solution." Five division winners and one overall winner will be announced in the September issue of ASEE Prism.

New Student Orientation Team Selected

WPI's new Student Orientation team has been selected by the Student Activities Office. This fall, more than 700 new freshman and transfer students will take part in a five-day orientation program to introduce them to WPI's unique academic program, its broad spectrum of social and recreational activities and its history. Orientation leaders are chosen for their broad experience with WPI life and traditions and for their leadership skills and enthusiasm.

The group is led by Laura Bradbury, Stacey Leisenfelder and Sarah Snow. The rest of the team consists of Lizabeth Amaral, Nick Arcolano, Nick Barnes, Naomi Boatright, Chris Brassard, Bill Burgess, Jessica Brown, Marina Carboni, Steven Couture, Anthony Forester, Matthew Geiger, Amelia Gilbreath, Leanne Giusti, Brynn Hart, Leah Henry, Alison Hughes, Lynn Hull, Alyson Ivester, David Jasinski, Jason Katz, Jody Kenniston, Daniel Long, Kate Manning, Jaclyn McHugh, Megan Parson, Jeff Savard, Kate Shore, Dan Tromp, Giancarlo Vivenzio, Elaine Warner, Christina Watson, Nathan Wilfert and Jason Wilson.

New Coach and Assistant Trainer Named

Mary Speliotis, part-time assistant women's basketball coach for the past two years, has been named head coach of the women's tennis team. Speliotis replaces Christa Champion, who resigned in May.

Paul Surette, an athletic trainer at Bancroft School in Worcester, has been named assistant athletic trainer. He replaces Keri Gullicksen, who resigned in May.

WPI in the News

A recent Christian Science Monitor article on ethical questions surrounding the Human Genome Project featured

Tom Shannon, professor of religion and social ethics in the Humanities and Arts Department. Distributed by the Monitor's news service, it was run in a number of newspapers, including The Daily Territorial in Tucson, Ariz., the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee (circulation 275,000), the Rock Hill (S.C.) Herald, the Nando Times in Raleigh, N.C., the Modesto (Calif.) Bee (circulation 83,208) and the Fresno (Calif.) Bee (circulation 150,674). It was also seen on the Web on About.com.

Commentary by Shannon was also featured in an in-depth June 27 story in The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. (Circulation 433,000) titled "Competing Teams Announce Completion of Mapping the Human Genome Relevancy." That story was distributed through Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News, which counts more than more than 1,000 newspapers, TV stations and online services among its subscribers. Shannon was also quoted in a front-page story on the human genome announcement that appeared in the June 27 Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

"Some Colleges Pay Students to Go to Class--to Evaluate Teaching," an article in the June 23 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, featured WPI's Student Observer Program. It included interviews with Judy Miller, director of the Center for Educational Development, Technology and Assessment, Juan Chaves, a graduate student in manufacturing engineering, Lok C. Lew Yan Voon, assistant professor of physics, and Heather Maisey '02.

The Chronicle story drew on a news release by Arlie Corday, assistant director of media and community relations. The release was picked up by ActiveInk, an "e-learning" portal designed for teachers, students and parents. ActiveInk seeks to promote critical thinking skills and confidence in using technology.

"Maintaining Data Warehouses Over Changing Information Sources," by Elke A. Rudensteiner, associate professor of computer science, and Ph.D. students Andreas Koeller and Xin Zhang, appeared in the June issue of Communications of the ACM.

The July 3-6 issue of Mass High Tech included a photo and story about food technology research at WPI featuring visiting researcher Franco Pedreschi, WPI Surface Metrology Laboratory director Christopher Brown and lab manager Torbjorn Bergstrom.

A letter to the editor by Arlene Lowenstein, dean of continuing studies, appeared in a recent issue of Boston Business Journal. Titled, "Worcester Polytechnic a mainstay on the I-495 corridor," the letter described the longstanding success of WPI's adult education in technology fields.

WPI people and programs were featured in a number of recent stories in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. The June 18 Sunday Telegram, in a story titled, "Battling Robots Teach Students; Robot Competition at WPI Fascinating Fun for Students," featured several photos of a post-season match of 26 FIRST teams. A photo of Gompei, the FIRST robot built by the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science team, which won the New England Robotic Competition at WPI, was featured in the July 3 Worcester Business Journal.

Recent graduate Colleen O'Rourke '00 was featured in Diane Williamson's column in the June 6 Telegram. Titled, "A Daughter Quietly Finds the Way: Student Hears Inner Voice Clearly and Powerfully," the column included much of an essay written by Colleen's mother.

The June 27 Telegram had a front-page story on the 6th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Design '00, held at WPI and organized by David C. Brown, professor of computer science.

Stephen C. Bullock, associate professor of American history, was featured in a July 9 article on page one of the Sunday Telegram titled, "Suffrage gave women opportunity; Women 'equal' in U.S. for 80 years."

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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



Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1 and 6 p.m., "IT Career 2000 Information Session," MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717.

Thursday, Aug. 10, 1 and 6 p.m., "IT Career 2000 Information Session," Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive. For more information, call 800-974-9717.


"CHES 2000: The Workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems 2000" Aug. 17-18, WPI campus. The workshop will focus on all aspects of cryptographic hardware and embedded system design and serve as a forum of new results from the research community and industry. For information, contact Christof Paar, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and head of WPI's Cryptography and Information Security Group, at christof@ece.wpi.edu.

Publications & Presentations


Pavlik, J.W. and P. Tongcharoensirikul, "Photochemistry of 3- and 5-Phenylisothiazoles: Competing Phototransposition Pathways" in the Journal of Organic Chemistry, 65, 3626-3632. (2000).

Pavlik, J.W., Changton, C., B.H. Adams, "Photochemistry of Phenyl Substituted 1,2,4-Thiadiazoles Photofragmentation and Phototransposition," paper no. 210, presented at the 29th Northeast Regional meeting of the American Chemical Society, University of Connecticut, June 18-21, 2000.


Brown, David C. and M. E. Balazs (June 2000) "Design Simplification by Analogical Reasoning," in proceedings, KIC-4: Fourth IFIP WG 5.2 Workshop on Knowledge Intensive CAD, Parma, Italy.

Burge, J.E. and D. C. Brown (June 2000) "Reasoning with Design Rationale," in proceedings, AID'00: the 6th International Conference on AI in Design, WPI.

Shakeri, C., D. C. Brown and M. N. Noori (June 2000) "Discovery of Design Methodologies," in proceedings, AID'00: the 6th International Conference on AI in Design, WPI.

Grecu, D.L. and D. C. Brown (June 2000) "Expectation Formation in Multi-Agent Design Systems," in proceedings, AID'00: the 6th International Conference on AI in Design, WPI.

Brown, D.C. and D. L. Grecu (June 2000) "Always Expect the Unexpected!" in proceedings, Workshop on Machine Learning in Design, AID'00: the 6th International Conference on AI in Design, WPI.


Brattin, Joel J. "Shavings from Plum's Workshop," in Plum Lines, vol. 21, no. 2 (Summer 2000), p. 20.

Menides, Laura J. "Comedy and Criticism in Elizabeth Bishop's 'Pink Dog,'" Jarrell, Bishop & Lowell & Company: Poetry Conference and Celebration, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, April 14, 2000.

Menides, Laura J. "Facing the Wind," a poem published in Kafla Intercontinental, Vol. 7, No. 1, Jan-Feb, 2000, p. 9.

Menides, Laura J. " A Parliament of Poets" poetry reading, Case Western Reserve University, April 15, 2000.


Joe Zhu, Co-cluster Chairperson, "Data Envelopment Analysis Cluster," presented at the INFORMS/KORMS International Meeting at Seoul, Korea, June 18-21, 2000

Joe Zhu, Session Chairperson, "DEA IV: New DEA Development and Uses II," presented at the INFORMS/KORMS International Meeting at Seoul, Korea, June 18-21, 2000

Joe Zhu, "DEA and Portfolio Evaluation," presented at the INFORMS/KORMS International Meeting at Seoul, Korea, June 18-21, 2000


Chen, Ming-Hui "Bayesian Model Comparisons for Survival Data with A Cure Fraction," presented at an invited session on Bayesian Statistics at the International Conference on Statistics in the 21st Century, University of Maine, Orono, June 29 - July 1.

Ghosh, M., Chen, M.-H., Ghosh, A. and Agresti, A. (2000) "Hierarchical Bayesian Analysis of Binary Matched Pairs Data," in Statistica Sinica, 10, 647-657.


A. H. Hoffman, H. K. Ault, R Catricala, G. M. Rabideau, S. Kohn and J. Ripley (2000), "Development of a Prototype Bumper System for Powered Wheelchairs," in proceedings of the RESNA 2000 Conference, pp. 468-470.


Pierson, Steve, "Dynamic Scaling, Finite Size Effects and the Kosterlitz-Thouless Transition," presented at the Condensed Matter Physics Seminar Series, Northeastern University, June 7.

Swartzlander, G. A. Jr., "Optical Tweezers and Other Applications of Optical Vortices," presented at the Optical Science Center Colloqium, University of Arizona, April 6, Tucson, Arizona.

Deykoon, Anton M., M. S. Soskin, and G. A. Swartzlander, Jr., "Eigenvalue Splitting in a Periodic Array of Dark Spatial Solitons," presented at the Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, San Francisco, Calif., May 7-12.

Maleev, Ivan D., A. M. Deykoon, and G. A. Swartzlander Jr., "Transformation of Topological Charge in Optical Down Conversion," presented at the Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, San Francisco, Calif., May 7-12.

Law, C. T., Xingang Zhang, and G. A. Swartzlander, Jr., "Gray Optical Vortices in a Hollow Waveguide," presented at the Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference, San Francisco, Calif., May 7-12.

Swartzlander, G. A. Jr., and D. Rozas, "Fluid-like propagation dynamics of optical vortices and optical vortex solitons," presented at the International Workshop and Seminar on Vortices, Solitons, and Frustrated Phenomena in 2D Magnetic and Optical Systems. Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany January 2-10.

Swartzlander, G. A. Jr., A. M. Deykoon, and M. S. Soskin, "Frustrated vortex formation in nonlinear optical catastrophe," presented at the International Workshop and Seminar on Vortices, Solitons, and Frustrated Phenomena in 2D Magnetic and Optical Systems. Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden, Germany January 2-10.

Buer, C. S., P.J. Weathers, and G. A. Swartzlander, Jr., "Hechtian stand investigations using optical microsurgery techniques," in Plant Physiology 122, pp. 1365-1377 (2000).

Rozas, D., and G. A. Swartzlander, Jr., "Observed Rotational Enhancement of Nonlinear Optical Vortices," in Optics Letters, vol. 25, pp. 126-128 (2000).

Law, C. T., X. Zhang and G. A. Swartzlander, Jr., "Waveguiding Dynamics of Optical Vortex Solitons," in Optics Letters, vol. 24, pp. 55-57 (2000).

Swartzlander, G. A. Jr., "Optical Vortex Filaments, in Optical Vortices," in Horizons World Physics, vol. 228, Mikhail Vasnetsov (Ed), (Institute of Physics, Kiev), K. Staliunas (Braunschweig, Germany) 1999.

Deykoon, A. M., M.S. Soskin, and G. A. Swartzlander, Jr., "Nonlinear Optical Catastrophe From a Smooth Initial Beam," in Optics Letters vol. 24, 1224-1226 (1999).

Gahagan, K. T. and G. A. Swartzlander, Jr, "Simultaneous Trapping of Low-Index and High-Index Microparticles Observed with an Optical-Vortex Trap," in Journal of the Optical Society of America B, vol. 16, 533 (1999).

Worth Noting

A quick sports trivia quiz: Why does Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight have fond memories of WPI? To find out, read on.

Knight is one of the nation's most successful college coaches, and also among the most colorful and controversial. In 1998, Knight, a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame, became only the 16th man to record 1,000 career coaching wins.

The Indiana legend's winning ways began in 1965 when, after a successful college playing career at Ohio State and a tour in the U.S. Army, he became head coach at West Point. In that first season as head coach, he led Army to an 18-8 winning record. But it may be the very first win that he remembers most.

According to the May 22 edition of The Sporting News, which carried a story highlighting Knight's 35-year career, the final score was 71 to 62. Who came out the loser that day? By now you probably know the answer. It was WPI.

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