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Vol. 2, No. 1 Aug. 31, 2000

Around Campus

U.S. News Rankings Due Soon

The 2001 U.S. News & World Report college rankings will be released this Friday at www.usnews.com. The "Best Colleges" issue appears on newsstands on Monday. Media and Community Relations will send an e-mail to the WPI community upon public release on Friday.

Campus Map Update

If you know of changes that need to be made to the current campus map, contact Bonnie McCrea (mccrea@wpi.edu, ext. 5306) by Thursday, Sept. 7. A revised map will be available by Thursday, Sept. 14. The map is available on the WPI Web site at (www.wpi.edu/about/visitors/); Office Services in Boynton Hall (ext. 5150) will print multiple copies for a fee.

Tee Time for Golf Classic

The annual WPI Golf Classic will be held Friday, Sept. 8, at Holden Hills Country Club. Tee off is at 10 a.m. Members of the WPI community are invited to participate. Golfers may make up their own foursomes or have them arranged. The $100 cost includes lunch, golf cart and the use of facilities. Proceeds benefit intercollegiate athletics at WPI. The tournament is scramble format with a practice green and prizes for low net and low gross and a closest-to-the-pin competition. The event will conclude with a raffle. For more information or to sign up, call Physical Education and Athletics, ext. 5243.

Exhibit Features WPI Alumnus

"Worcester by Night," photographs by Kirk Jalbert '98, will be on display in the third floor gallery of Gordon Library Sept. 1-Oct. 21. A reception will be held Friday, Sept. 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A Worcester resident, Jalbert exhibits his work throughout central Massachusetts and teaches fine art photography at Atlantic Union College and the Worcester Center for Crafts. He holds a B.S. in computer science from WPI and studied photography at the Worcester Center for Crafts for three years. The exhibit is supported, in part, by a grant from the Worcester Cultural Commission.

Walking and Riding For a Cure

On Sept. 4, about 50 students from Alpha Chi, Alpha Gamma Delta and Phi Sigma will take part in the Walk to Cure Cancer (www.curecancerwalk.com). They are looking for sponsors. The walk is a partnership of the AFL-CIO and the UMass Cancer Center. The event begins at 11 a.m., with registration at 10, at UMass Medical School. The five-mile route goes around Lake Quinsigamond and returns to UMass. For more information, contact Karen Lynch (ext. 5291, v_lynch@wpi.edu) or event manager Cathy M. LaRocca (856-1634, Biotech 2, Suite 210, 373 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01605, Cathy.LaRocca@umassmed.edu).

Nearly 20 students and alumni will team up to take part in the AIDS Ride (www.aidsride.org) Sept. 15-17. The annual 275-mile bicycle ride from Boston to New York attracts some 3,000 participants. Funds support Fenway Community Health in Boston, which helps people with AIDS regardless of ability to pay, as well as research and development of AIDS vaccines and cures. Riders agree to raise$1,700 apiece; sponsors are needed. For more information, contact team leader Eric Tapley at ewtapley@wpi.edu or 797-1442.

Computer Training Anytime

The Computing and Communications Center has launched a new Web-based training tool. Knowledge Pathways is available to WPI employees only during the 2000-01 academic year. It delivers e-learning and provides skills assessment, online training, management, tracking and reporting capabilities. Employees may train from their office or from home (provided they have a high-speed Internet connection). A short demonstration will take place Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. and Friday, Sept. 8, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in the IMC TV Studio (FL126). Refreshments will be served. Register at www.wpi.edu/Academics/CCC/Training.

Sample Salisbury Street

The 4th annual Salisbury Street Sampler is set for Saturday, Sept. 16, from noon to 4 p.m., coordinating with WPI Family Weekend 2000. The free event features tours, performances, exhibitions, programs and refreshments at churches, museums and other venues along Salisbury Street. Organizations participating include WPI, the American Antiquarian Society, Assumption College, Tuckerman Hall, Preservation Worcester, Salisbury Mansion and the Worcester Art Museum. Maps and an event schedule will be available, and shuttle vans will offer free transportation. For more information, contact Alice Gardiner at agardiner@mwa.org.

Barbecue, Child Groups at Temple Emanuel

All unaffiliated individuals and families in Worcester County are invited to a free barbecue at Temple Emanuel Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will include music and arts-and-crafts for children, tours of Temple Emanuel and the chance to meet rabbis, educators, lay leadership and congregants. All guests will be offered complimentary High Holiday tickets.

Temple Emanuel hosts caregiver and child groups on Thursday mornings for children ages one and two. Sessions are led by licensed nursery school teachers. The program includes gross motor and fine motor skills, music, arts-and-crafts and adult discussion. For more information on the barbecue or the groups, call Karen Kaufman at 755-1257.

Library Instruction Sessions for Term A

The Gordon Library is offering five new sessions open to faculty, staff and students. Below are the titles and times. More details, as well as online registration, can be found at www.wpi.edu/Academics/Library/Training/. Sessions range from 30 minutes to two hours. All are held in the Gordon Library Training Room, located on the first floor of the library, unless otherwise noted. By special arrangement, they may be repeated or new sessions created for individual classes. For more information, call Christopher Cox, reference/instruction librarian, at ext. 6163 or e-mail library-instruction@.wpi.edu.

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:

Friday, Sept. 1
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Sept. 14)

Thursday, Sept. 14
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll Wednesday, Sept. 20)

Friday, Sept. 15
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Sept. 28)

Friday, Sept. 15
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Friday, Sept. 29)

Thursday, Sept. 28
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll Wednesday, Oct. 4)

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 Aug. 24)


Part-time Administrative Secretary III


Accounting Clerk II


Assistant Director, Experiential Education
Assistant Director Career Development, Career Services


Tenure-track faculty position
Faculty positions


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


PC LAN Server Administrator
Office Operations Computer Support Specialist


Tenure-track faculty position


Program Manager
Part-time Technical Trainers


Administrative Secretary IV


Tenure-track faculty positions
Professor of Practice


Events Manager
Administrative Secretary IV


Part-time Administrative Secretary II


Distance Learning Program Manager


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


Part-time Administrative Secretary I


Faculty positions


Lab Machinist


Part-time Assistant Football Coach


HVAC Mechanic II
Supervisor of Custodians


Administrative Assistant


Office and Program Assistant


Assistant Director of Residential Services


Adjunct, Assistant or Associate Professor
Part-time Instructor


Associate Director


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


Administrative Secretary III

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.

WPI in the News

WPI was featured prominently in a story titled "Online Orientation" in the Sunday, July 23, Washington Post Magazine (and in the online edition).

Kevin Kelly, associate vice president for enrollment management, helped the Post reporter connect with freshman

Rebecca Hanifen, who talked about her participation in the innovative WPI Admissions Café. The Sunday Post has a circulation of more than 1.2 million. So far, the story has been reprinted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune (circulation: 600,000); the Schenectady (N.Y.) Sunday Gazette (62,000); The Record (Hackensack, N.J., 153,000); the Montreal (Quebec) Gazette (151,888); the Post-Standard ( Syracuse, N.Y.,87,900); the Herald-Journal (Syracuse, 73,000); the Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, Pa., 48,014); the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times (28,780); the News Journal (Wilmington, Del., 127,678); the Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette (16,500); the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer (70,755); and Modesto (Calif.) Bee (85,000).

On July 28, the Web site About.com ran WPI's press release on the second annual Workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems 2000, featuring co-organizer

Christof Paar. The Aug. 16 Business section of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette ran a story on the conference, quoting Paar extensively. On Aug. 18, writer Jim Bodor followed up with a story titled "Wired Americans Are Missing Out On Smart Cards," quoting Paarand Adi Shamir of Israel's Weizmann Institute. The conference was previewed in the Aug. 8 Executive Fax, published by Worcester Business Journal, which will soon run a story on the workshop.

Under the headlines, "Human-robot interaction" and "Robot behavior," the July/August IEEE Intelligent Systems ran a story (with a photo by Neil Norum,, director of media and community relations). The story focused on the Sixth International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Design, held at WPI, with quotes from conference chair David C. Brown and other speakers.

The August Boston Magazine featured WPI's Student Observer Program, quoting director Judith Miller on the "consumer's eye view" afforded by the program. The Aug. 15-20 edition of Mass High Tech ran a story about a Sloan Foundation grant to develop new professional master's degrees in mathematical sciences at WPI. The summer issue of New England Board of Higher Education magazine mentioned WPI's innovative seven-week, full-salary sabbaticals.

The Aug. 9 Worcester Magazine included the story "Bringing Equality to the Classroom" on Worcester's Women 2000 project and upcoming conference. The Mass Academy's Jacklyn Bonneau and Pauline LaMarche were interviewed on their contribution, a workshop titled "Teaching Engineering Problem Solving across the Curriculum."

WPI's Camp REACH and its director, Denise Nicoletti, were featured in the July 25 Worcester Telegram & Gazette, in an editorial on WTAG radio by Hank Stolz (whose daughter attended the program), and in a WTAG feature story. A follow-up on project results appeared in the T&G's Aug. 16 Worcester Diary column. Mass High Tech also covered the summer program.

An opinion piece on virtual orchestras in the July 30 Kansas City Star featured Fred Bianchi , associate professor of music.

Thomas Shannon, professor of religion and social ethics, received recognition for his opinion on genetic research in the July 10 Toronto Globe and Mail. Shannon was also featured in a July 14 National Catholic Reporter story on the human genetic code.

The July 26 Charlotte (N.C.) Observer (circulation 236,579) ran a story on renewed interest in guardrails following an interstate accident. Provost John F. Carney III was quoted on his 30 years of research on traffic accidents and crash cushions.

Research at WPI on security technology was noted in a July 10 story in Electronic Engineering Times (circulation 156,000). The July 20 EDN Magazine included a story on work by Rysard Pryputniewicz, professor of mechanical engineering, to characterize micromotors built by Sandia National Laboratories. A biweekly, EDN has a circulation of 161,539.

The Aug. 6 Telegram & Gazette, under the headline, "Worcester takes cue from 'TechnoCorridor,'" described the rise of venture capital investment in area technology companies, noting "Large technology businesses - increasingly feel a need to be located in the TechnoCorridor - to be near new graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge and WPI in Worcester."

M2 PressWIRE has been collecting WPI press releases from the Web to distribute to international outlets. M2 is the world's third largest electronic press release distribution service and the United Kingdom and Europe's largest. M2 recently distributed news on WPI's Camp REACH and the Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems conference, among other topics.


Minasian Elected to Lambda Chi Alpha Board

John A. Minasian '72, director of the School of Industrial Management, has been appointed to the board of directors of Lambda Chi Alpha International, one of the country's largest collegiate fraternities. He has served as faculty advisor and key contributor to the WPI chapter, which has won the highest distinctions within the fraternity and the community on local, regional and international levels.

Messier Wins Certification

David H. Messier, manager of environment and occupational safety, has been designated a certified hazardous materials manager, senior level, by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. He successfully met all requirements of education, experience and examination by the institute.

Virtually Excellent

WPI's virtual tour (http://admissions.wpi.edu/Tour/) took second place in the Web site category of the 2000 Mary T. Holland Competition for Creative Excellence sponsored by the AdClub of Greater Worcester. The tour, designed by Amy Marr, Web coordinator, and Troy Thompson, assistant Web coordinator, is also featured on Apple's QuickTime VR Authoring Showcase (www.apple.com/quicktime/qtvr/).

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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



Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. 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, Sept. 21, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., "IT Career 2000 Information Session," Waltham Campus, located in the Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex. For more information, call 800-974-9717.


Wednesday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m., "Lizzie Didn't Do It," William L. Masterson, University of Connecticut, Salisbury Labs 115. Refreshments.


Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, Waltham Campus, Management program only. Call 800-WPI-9717 ext. 205 to register.


Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration 6 p.m.), "Starting A Business," Surya Panditis, CEO and founder of Avici, a growing, successful telecommunications router company based in Billerica, Kinnicutt Hall. $5, members; $10, nonmembers; free with WPI ID. For more information, call ext. 5075.

Publications & Presentations


Brattin, Joel J., a new edition of Charles Dickens' last complete novel, "Our Mutual Friend", has just been published in the Everyman Dickens paperback series (London: J.M. Dent; Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle). Brattin, president of the Dickens Society, established the text and provided an introduction, explanatory annotations and other scholarly apparatus. This volume is the first scholarly edition of "Our Mutual Friend" ever published and completes the Everyman Dickens series.


Zeng, Z. Amy, "Studying Today's Business World: A WPI Story and My Own Adventure," presented at Xi'an Jiaotong University, Foshan Institute of Technology, South China University of Technology and Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Delivered during a trip to China, May 26-June 29.
Zeng, Z. Amy, "A Synthetic Study of Sourcing Strategies," in Industrial Management and Data Systems, vol. 100, no. 5, 219-226 (2000).


Brown, Christopher A., Michael K. Wilson and Ryan Nealley, "Binding Release Tolerances and Inadvertent Release" presented at the annual conference of the American Society for Testing and Materials-F27 Snow Ski Committee, Aug. 12, Burlington, Vt. (Based on the results of an MQP.)
Kohles, Sean S., invited speaker at the NASA Ames Research Center, Space Station Biological Research Project (SSBRP) Symposium, Moffett Field, Calif., May 14-16.


Saeed, Khalid, attendee at an author's meeting in Islamabad May 26 for a new book on human security in Southeast Asia. Sponsored by the Regional Center for Strategic Studies, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Saeed is contributing a chapter on food security.
Saeed, Khalid, Jorgan Raders, Dennis Meadows and Claude Fussler, participants in a brainstorming workshop in Berlin, June 28-30. The workshop was aimed at designing a sustainability wall chart to be circulated to key businesses and policy makers in the world. Sponsored by the World Business Council and Dow Chemicals.
Saeed, Khalid, "Agricultural Land Use and Food Security in Asia: Green Revolution and Beyond," presented at the biannual conference of the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Islamabad, May 25.
Saeed, Khalid, Dennis Meadow and Jorgan Randers, "Worrying Trends: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Development," presented at the American Academy, Berlin, June 29.

Recent Grants

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

Bar-On, I., "Powre: Comparison of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technologies," $70,000 from the National Science Foundation.
Barnett, J.R., "SFPR Student Research," $5,000 from SFPE Education and Scientific Foundation.
Cyganski, D., "Tool Condition Monitor Phase I," $40,000 from Textron Systems Corp.
Lipton, R.P., "Optimal Design of Materials Structures and Devices," $59,000 from the National Science Foundation.
Looft, F.J., "Project Program Support AY2000," $15,000 from NASA.
Ma, Y.H., "Preparation of Palladium Membranes," $10,000 from the Department of Energy.
Makarov, S., "Extension of Finite Element Acoustic Calculations to Medium-Frequency Range," $10,000 from SFE Berlin.
Ray, M.H., "Acquisition of Structural Mechanics Testers," $100,000 from the National Science Foundation.
Rong, Y., "System Analysis, Design and Development for Sealink," $34,636 from Seagate Technology.
Vernescu, B.M., and Vermes, D., "Professional Master's Degree in Sciences and Mathematics," $290,000 from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Yakovlev, V.V., "Modeling of Electromagnetic Processes in Combined System of Microwave Thermal Processing," $30,937 from Enersyst Development Center.
Zozulya, A., "Atom Beam Splitters," $40,883 from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Worth Noting

The passing of

Milton W. Garland '20

on July 27 in Waynesboro, Pa., was noted in hundreds of publications around the country. Called "the epitome of an engineer," Garland may be best remembered for how much he loved his work. As Douglas Martin wrote in the July 30 New York Times, "Milton W. Garland showed up for a 47-cents-an-hour job at a refrigeration company shortly after graduating from WPI in 1920 and stayed on until this May."

At the age of 104, he continued to work 20 hours a week, pouring over 2,000 patents weekly with the aid of a magnifying glass, looking for possible applications in refrigeration.

Garland, himself, earned 41 patents in the field during his eight decades with Frick Co., now part of York International. Among his accomplishments, he contributed to solving a rubber shortage during World War II. His invention helped make artificial rubber-making possible. He also wrote a manual, "Industrial Refrigeration 102," the number indicating his age when he published it. In 1996, he was named "Mr. Refrigeration" by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

"In 1915, he built a motorcycle from parts and drove it to attend WPI," Martin noted in the New York Times article. "He paid for his schooling by managing two apartment buildings.

"I shoveled the snow, took out the garbage, fired the furnaces," he told the Worcester Sunday Telegram in 1995, when he received an honorary doctorate from WPI. "Had to get up awful early every morning, but I had good board and lodging and everything I wanted."

"His work took him to the Hoover Dam, for which he designed systems to cool the water, sand and rock used to make the concrete to build it," Martin wrote. "Pouring concrete in the fiercely hot temperatures of southern Nevada would have otherwise been impossible. He made machinery that allowed the large-scale manufacture of dry ice, making it possible to ship fresher food to troops overseas in World War II, among his many other contributions that helped the war effort."

Upon being honored as the nation's oldest worker, Garland told the Senate Special Committee on Aging, "Go into something, and then stay with it, and then like it. You won't like it unless you have expertise in that line of work."

Summarizing his approach to life, he added, "Live like you're going to live forever, not like you're going to die tomorrow."

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