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 Vol. 2, No. 6 Nov. 9, 2000

Around Campus

Time Out for Turkey

@WPI will not be published Thursday, Nov. 25, when the campus is closed for the Thanksgiving recess. Publication will resume Thursday, Dec. 7. Deadline for that issue is Friday, Dec. 1.

Save the Date

Administrators, faculty and staff are invited to the President's Holiday Luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Harrington Auditorium.

In the Spirit of Our Founders

The Student Alumni Society will celebrate Founders Day a day early. On Monday, Dec. 4, the campus community is invited to enjoy historical displays, music and the recreation of several of the University's most memorable events and characters.

Here is the schedule:

All day WPI history readings, select classes
10:15 Founders Day Video (WPI TV Ch. 12)
(also at 11:15, 12:15, 1:15 and 2:15)
11-2 Artifacts Gallery (Higgins House)
11-3 Live Goat on the Quad
11:30-1:30 WPI Birthday Cake (Upper Wedge)
11:45 Musical Group (Reunion Plaza)
12:45 I-8 Performance (Reunion Plaza)
1:45 Musical Group (Reunion Plaza)
2:45 Musical Group (Reunion Plaza)
5-7 Artifacts Gallery Reception
7:30-9 Celebrity Squares

The University will honor its major donors and pay special tribute to Shirley and James L. Bartlett '39 at the Presidential Founders Dinner on the real Founders Day, Nov. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in Founders Hall.

Mass Academy Is Third in Math Meet

The Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science math team came in third out of 83 high-school teams competing at the 13th Annual WPI Math Meet Oct. 26. Team member Warren Schudy of Lincoln came in second overall among the 252 students participating. The other team members were Dan Corson of Worcester, Matt Webber of Westborough and Dan Beauregard of Auburn. Their advisor was Jon Bartleson.

For the fifth year in a row, Lexington High School was the overall team winner. Professor of mathematical sciences John Goulet, who directs the meet, says the high-school team advisors participated in a faculty colloquium, "Industrial Projects in Mathematics: Results, Experiments and Further Opportunities," presented by Art Heinricher, professor of mathematical sciences. After lunch, students enjoyed a mathematics career panel with the following panelists: Lucia Kimball '89 (M.S.) and '97 (Ph.D.), a mathematics professor at Bentley College; Amy Smith Remillard '97 of Sepracor Inc.; Michael Tocci '92 of MathWorks; and Martin Couture of Premier Insurance Inc.

Dog Debuts

Masque and the Department of Humanities and Arts will present the world premiere of Nobody Knows You're a Dog Nov. 16-18. Performances start at 8 p.m. in Alden Memorial. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 with WPI ID. Members of the WPI community are advised to purchase tickets in advance of what promises to be a sold-out show. For more information, call ext. 5946.

The Business Women's Exchange will host a special evening for theatergoers on Nov. 15. The night begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at the Boynton Restaurant. (Guests will order from the regular menu and receive individual checks). Dean O'Donnell, playwright and co-scenic designer, will provide behind-the-scenes information, including a look at how the set for the play was designed. After dinner, guests will view the play. For reservations, e-mail Rita Shilansky at rita@wpi.edu.

Upcoming Concerts

The WPI Glee Club and musicians from the Wells College Choir will present a musical performance Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3:30 p.m. at the Worcester Art Museum.

WPI's annual Holiday Concert, featuring the WPI Orchestra, Medwin String Ensemble and Alden Voices, will take place Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., in Alden Memorial. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature guest flute soloist Susan Jackson and guest harpist Felice Pomerantz. Margaret Konkol is the director of Alden Voices; Douglas Weeks, administrator of applied music, directs the orchestra. For more information, call ext. 5696.

System Dynamics Receives Professor's Gift

Jay Wright Forrester recently donated 30 shares of Alza Corp. to WPI's Social Science and Policy Studies Department. The gift, valued at $2,500, will support the Student System Dynamics Club. Forester founded the field of system dynamics at MIT nearly 50 years ago. He serves on the advisory board for system dynamics at WPI. He also directs programs at MIT to support system dynamics education in K-12 curricula and professional development.

Art Exhibit

"Breathe," charcoal and wax on paper drawings by Marilyn Solomon Kalish, will be on display in the third floor gallery of Gordon Library Nov. 17 through Jan. 7. A reception will be held Friday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Holiday Schedule

Thanksgiving Holidays Thursday, Nov. 23
Friday, Nov. 24
Presidential Holiday Luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 20
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Harrington Auditorium
Christmas Holidays Monday, Dec. 25
Tuesday, Dec. 26
President's Paid Personal Days Wednesday, Dec. 27
Thursday, Dec. 28
New Year's Holiday Friday, Dec. 29
Monday, Jan. 1, 2000

The day before Thanksgiving will be a regular workday, and all employees will be expected to work through 2:30 p.m. For most offices and departments this means the workday will be 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Division and department heads may arrange flexible work schedules, particularly if offices need to be open before 8 a.m. or after 2:30 p.m. In such cases, please inform Human Resources in writing no later than Monday, Nov. 22, so this can be communicated to Campus Police, Payroll, Plant Services and the main switchboard.

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, Nov. 9
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll Wednesday, Nov. 15)

Wednesday, Nov. 15
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Wednesday, Nov. 22)

Friday, Nov. 17
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid on Thursday, Nov. 30)
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll Wednesday, Nov. 29)

Thursday, Nov. 30
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Friday, Dec. 1)

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 Nov. 3)


Laboratory Manager


Part-time Administrative Secretary III


Faculty Positions


Desktop Systems Administrator
Information Systems Specialist/Analyst Programmer
UNIX Systems Administrator


Tenure-track faculty positions


Part-time technical trainers
Records and Financial Services Manager
Manager of Systems Administration


Assistant Director, External Affairs
Administrative Secretary IV
Biographical Records Assistant


Tenure-track faculty positions


Events Manager


Part-time Administrative Secretary II


Part-time Administrative Secretary III
Waltham Campus Coordinator, Graduate Admissions
Corporate Graduate Recruiter


Project Manager


Assistant Director, Advanced Distance Learning Network


Adjunct Faculty (part-time position)
Visiting Faculty Member, Entrepreneurship (full-time, temporary, nine-month appointment)
Part-time Faculty Member-Project Management
Assistant Director, Graduate Management Programs


Faculty position


Part-time Temporary Assistant Basketball Coach


Administrative Secretary III


HVAC Mechanic II
Custodian - Residential Services


Assistant Director of Residential Services


Tenure Track Faculty - Economics/System Dynamics
Tenure Track Faculty - Psychology/System Dynamics


Assistant Director of Student Activities
Assistant Director of Leadership and Community Service Program


Administrative Secretary IV

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.


New Faces Around Campus

The following individuals have joined WPI: Liam Baer is program administrator in Continuing and Professional Education, Metro West Campus; Allison Corkey is assistant director in the Career Development Center; Sarah Foster is accounting clerk II in the Accounting Office; Cathy Johnson is administrative secretary IV in the Events Office; Brian Kohlstrom is database coordinator in Graduate Admissions; Robin Magill is marketing manager in Continuing and Professional Education, Waltham Campus; Kevin Monahan is custodian in Plant Services; Anne Riordan is assistant director in the Career Development Center; Jean Siequist is administrative secretary III in Biomedical Engineering; and Lisa Wall is laboratory manager in Biomedical Engineering.

WPI in the News


WebQual, a system for evaluating Web sites developed by Eleanor T. Loiacono, assistant professor of management, was featured Nov. 1 on Boston.com and digitalMASS.com. Boston.com, part of The Boston Globe and New York Times Digital, is the nation's leading regional Web site; digitalMASS is part of boston.com, focusing on technology. A WPI press release on WebQual has appeared on About.com, one of the most popular sites on the Internet.

The Oct. 26 Worcester Telegram & Gazette ran the story, "Worcester selected as model: FEMA wants to avert another fire disaster," which mentioned that WPI hosted a related panel discussion. TV channels 3, 56 and 12 covered the panel discussion.

The Oct. 23 M2 Presswire distributed WPI's press release, "Worcester conference calls for fire-safety reforms."

Matt Gissel '01, national Monopoly champion, finished 10th among 39 competitors at the world tournament. WPI and Gissel were mentioned in the Oct. 23 USA Today, the Oct. 23 Associated Press, the Oct. 19 Las Vegas (Nev.) Sun (with 41,000 readers), the Oct. 20 San Diego (Calif.) Union Tribune (379,700 readers), and in postings on AltaVista.com and the startribune.com out of Minneapolis/St. Paul. WTAG and the T&G ran follow-up stories on Gissel, which also mentioned WPI.

Homer Walker, head of the Mathematical Sciences Department, was interviewed about WPI's new supercomputer for a story on Oct. 24 on Boston public radio station WBUR's "Here and Now" program. To hear the story, log on to www.here-now.org, and type "WPI" into the window, "Browse Past Shows." You'll need an updated version of RealPlayer.

The Oct. 23 Worcester Business Journal ran an item with a photo on James Hermanson, associate professor of mechanical engineering. The story noted his election as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

An Oct. 23 T&G story, "Volunteers turn out at busy time of year," focused on members of WPI's Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity who work at a soup kitchen despite the demands of studies and varsity sports.

An Israeli Web site, www.gen.co.il, has begun posting WPI press releases, including "WPI professor pioneers research in the miniature world of nanotechnology," featuring Rysard Pryputniewicz, professor of mechanical engineering. The postings appear in Hebrew.

ScienceDaily magazine, a Web site devoted to science news, posted a WPI press release on Oct. 25 titled "Is fear of frankenfood holding back progress for the world's food supply?" It features Thomas Shannon, professor of religion and social ethics and can be read at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/10/001024140140.htm.

On Nov. 1, ScienceDaily picked up a WPI story about a Worcester-based project, "Blind pedestrians find new independence thanks to crosswalk invention by WPI students," which can be read at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/11/001101140435.htm.

WPI was mentioned in a story titled, "Building better science degrees: The Sloan Foundation spearheads a practical science master's" in the October University Business magazine.

"Trailblazer into space," an article about Robert Goddard in the October Mechanical Engineering magazine, mentioned that the rocket pioneer attended WPI.

The Oct. 18 Wall Street Journal, New England edition, published "Mass. Pushes Air Service in Worcester," noting WPI as a source of potential passengers for the airport.

The Oct. 15 Boston Sunday Globe ran "In a boom economy, workers are the hot commodity," noting WPI's information technology classes at campuses in Southborough and Waltham.

In a 15-page advertising section titled "Massachusetts powered by ingenuity," in the Oct. 9 Fortune magazine, WPI was mentioned in "Powered by education." MassDevelopment, the state's economic development authority, placed the ad.

The September Services magazine included information from WPI's Terrence J. Pellerin, associate director of Plant Services, under the headline, "Training workers in cleaning for health and safety."

CNNfn, a financial news Web site, posted a story Oct. 8 by Diran Apelian, director of the Center for Heat Treating Excellence, on how center members work with the Department of Energy and Congress on research and funding.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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



Friday, Nov. 10, Undergraduate Admissions Open House


Thursday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m., Continuing Education "IT Career 2000 Information Session," Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive located in the Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex, 800-974-9717


Sunday, Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m., Mass, Alden Memorial


Wednesday, Nov. 15, 4 p.m., "A Review of Cases Involving Engineering Science and the Law," Raymond R. Hagglund, WPI mechanical engineering professor, Kinnicutt Hall, Salisbury Labs 115


Thursday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m., "Have the Crypto Wars Been Won?," Susan Landau, Sun Microsystems Laboratories, Fuller Labs 320


Thursday, Nov. 16, 3:15 p.m., Olin Hall 107


Thursday, Nov. 16, 6 p.m., Higgins House


Monday, Nov. 13, 4 p.m., "Gamma Ray Bursts, Cosmic Rays and the Birth of Black Holes," Charles Dermer, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., Olin Hall 107 (refreshments at 3:40 in Olin 118)


Thursday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Humanities and Arts Professor Laura Menides and WPI students will read their poetry at Highland Artist Group, 113 Highland St., Worcester


Tuesday, Nov. 21, "Going Global," Anna Sabasteanski, principal, Asset Management Network Inc. Cost: $5 members, $10 nonmembers, faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID, Salisbury Labs, Kinnicutt Hall, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration, 6 p.m.), 831-5075

Publications & Presentations


Orr, J. A., and Emanuel, A.E., "On the Need for Strict Second Harmonic Limits," IEEE Transactions on power Delivery, vol. 15, no. 3, July, pp. 51-54.
Emanuel, A.E., "Practical Aspect of Active and Generating Powers in Nonsinusoidal Situations," proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Power Definitions and Measurements under Nonsinusoidal Conditions, Milan, October, pp. 51-54.
____ and Cakareski, Z., "Poynting Vector and the Quality of Electric Energy," proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Power Definitions and Measurements under Nonsinusoidal Conditions," Milan, October, pp. 27-33.
____ and Policarpo, J., "Induction Motor Loss of Life Due to Voltage Imbalance and Harmonics," proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power, October, Orlando, Fla., pp. 75-80.
____ and Policarpo, J., "The Need to Limit Subharminics Injection," proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power, October, Orlando, Fla., pp. 251-53.
____ and Orr, J. A., "An Improved Method of Simulation of Arc Voltage-Current Characteristic," proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power, October, Orlando, Fla., pp. 148-154.
____ and Makarov, S., "Corrected Harmonic Loss Factor for Transformers Supplying Nonsinusoidal Load Currents," proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power, October, Orlando, Fla., pp. 87-90.
____. "Harmonics in the Early Years of Electrical Engineering: A Brief Review of Events, People and Documents," proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Harmonics and Quality of Power, October, Orlando, Fla., pp.1-7. (Best Paper Award.)


Davila, Michele C., "Teaching Latin American Media and Culture," presented at the Mid-American Conference on Hispanic Literature at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Sept. 22.
_____. "La memoria bifurcada: re-creacion de la ninez en Ximena de dos caminos de Laura Riesco" ("The Divided Memory: Re-creation of an Infancy in The Two Roads of Ximena by Laura Riesco"), presented at the 50th Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference at Radford University at Virginia, Oct. 19.
Mott, Wesley T., "Thoreau and 'Civil Disobedience,"' The Thoreau Home Page, The Thoreau Society (www.walden.org/Thoreau/).
____. "Thoreau and Lowell on 'Vacation': The Maine Woods and 'A Moosehead Journal,'" reprinted from Thoreau Journal Quarterly in Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism, edited by Suzanne Dewberry, Detroit: Gale, 2000.
____. "Ronald W. Hoag: Sainte-Terrer/Editor," Thoreau Society Bulletin no. 232 (Summer 2000): 8.


Chen, Ming-Hui, "Conjugate Priors for Generalized Linear Models," Invited Lecture, Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Oct. 19.

Worth Noting

A sighted person cannot imagine the terror of negotiating a busy city street. An intersection may have a crosswalk button, but how do you find the pole, let alone the button? A team of WPI students has found an answer to that question. On Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m., they will demonstrate their invention in front of Worcester City Hall, at the corner of Main and Front streets. Helping them will be Larry Raymond, the city's assistant director of human resources, who suggested the project and who is himself blind.

Four WPI students completed the project, called "Crosswalk Button Locator," with help from faculty advisor Leonard Polizzotto, professor of practice and director of the WPI Center for Globalization of Technology. They areMatthew Geiger '02, Brian Laplume '03, and Jeremy Lynch '01, all electrical engineering majors, andRabin Tamang '02, a physics major.

The push buttons at intersection crosswalks are problematic for the blind, said Raymond. "The walk light only goes on when the button is pushed," he said. "It's not automatic. Often a blind person has to wait until a sighted person comes along and pushes the button. We need something to allow a blind person to locate the push button."

Knowing of WPI's experience in community-oriented projects, Raymond asked for an inexpensive, effective solution. Polizzotto is pleased with the answer the WPI team found. "The students did an outstanding job, surveying blind people to determine what they needed and then taking their input to come up with a product," he said. "The exciting aspect to what the students developed is that not only does it work, but it is very inexpensive. This will make it very attractive for cities to install, and it will result in a significant improvement in the safety and independent mobility of the visually impaired.

"What we've done is use a transmitter and a receiver system. The receiver consists of an antenna and beeper mounted on a light pole. The blind person carries the transmitter, which is activated manually or automatically, to signal the receiver."

Polizzotto and his students plan to market the device to cities across the country. They are applying for a patent and researching options for its manufacture.

The crosswalk project may be the start of a new connection between the city of Worcester and WPI. Raymond has come up with yet another idea to help the visually impaired. In the new Worcester Library, "talking signs" will help the blind find their way around, making it easier to locate library services such as talking books. Polizzotto is recruiting a new team of WPI students to work on this project. For more information, contact Polizzotto at ext. 5234.

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