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Vol. 2, No. 15 April 19, 2001

Around Campus

Creativity and Hard Work on Display

The creativity and hard work of WPI students will be on display today and this weekend in three distinctly different events.


This year, about 200 student project teams, representing every academic discipline, will stand at the front of lecture halls and classrooms and present the results of their Major Qualifying Projects to their faculty advisors and to the corporations and organizations that sponsored them. It's a fascinating and powerful demonstration of why WPI believes its outcomes-oriented approach to education is the best preparation for life in the globally based, technology-intensive world of the 21st century. A complete schedule of presentations, and more information on WPI's unique approach to education, may be found on the Project Presentation Day Web site, www.wpi.edu/Pubs/PPD/.


This annual showcase of new plays gets under way tonight. Twelve short plays, written, directed, produced and performed by members of the WPI community, will be presented today, tomorrow and Saturday at 8 p.m. in Alden Memorial. A special matinee performance has been scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. in Alden. Guests are invited to enjoy pizza and soda, spiced up with a little New Voices history after the show.


Members of the WPI chapter of Alpha Phi Omega (APO), the national co-ed service fraternity, will put on their work gloves and roll up their sleeves today from about 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as they clean up and landscape Freeman Plaza. The project, to be conducted by about 30 WPI undergraduates, mostly new pledges to the fraternity, is part of the organization's mission to make life better for the local community and for the WPI community."

Ads Bring in the Gold

A print advertising campaign developed by WPI's Office of Continuing and Professional Education has won a Gold Award in the annual marketing competition of the University Continuing Education Association. The ads, which ran in the Boston Globe and the Telegram & Gazette last winter promoting WPI's IT training programs, was developed by Robin Magill, marketing manager for continuing education, and Commonwealth Creative of Framingham.

Lufkin Trust Awards WPI $400,000

The Lufkin Trust has given WPI a $400,000 grant to purchase computer-numerical-control machine tools and related equipment, to develop programs for undergraduate students, and to support a graduate student. The award goes along with WPI's designation as a Haas Technical Center by Haas Automation Inc., America's leading manufacturer of machine tools. Haas will match WPI-purchased equipment with "endowed" equipment that will be replaced every two years at no cost to WPI. The grant and the Haas designation will enable WPI to become a showcase for the latest CNC machine tool technology.

Math Mavens Win Honors

Two teams from WPI were among 496 teams from the United States and other nations participating in the 2001 Mathematical Contest in Modeling. In the contest, teams of up to three undergraduates researched and submitted a solution for an open-ended modeling problem. "The Grapes of the Hurricane's Wrath," submitted by Yakov Kronrod '02, Michael Lewis '03 and Brittany Morgan '03, with advisors Suzanne Weekes, Richard Jordan and Bogdan Vernescu, was a meritorious winner (in the top 16%). More information about the competition can be found at www.comap.com/undergraduate/contest/mcm/.

FIRST Team Reaches Semifinals

"Gompei," the SpiderGoat, this year's entry by WPI and the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science in the annual FIRST robotics competition, reached the semifinals of the national championship at EPCOT Center in Orlando, Fla., on April 6. The WPI/Mass. Academy team, working in an alliance with four other teams, was defeated by an alliance led by Daimler Chrysler/ Avondale (Mich.) High School "Killer Bees." More than 10,000 high school students from across the nation competed in the event.

Gompei was designed and built by a team of more than 40 Mass Academy students, students from Doherty High School in Worcester, and 100 WPI students, faculty and staff advisors. In March, the robot and its team placed first in the Long Island Regional completion in East Islip, where it did battle against 32 other entries. It also received the Motorola Quality Award, which recognizes the robustness of the overall design and construction.

Spring a Feast for WPI Music Lovers


The Concert Choir will present its spring concert on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of Higgins House. This group of mixed voices will perform selections from American composers, past and present. Admission is free.

The choir will join forces with other choirs in the Marsh Chapel at Boston University at 8 p.m. on April 27 to perform Gallus' Alleluia and Parry's I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me in a collaborative effort with orchestra. The choirs will also highlight their own repertoires in an evening of rousing choral music.

Contact Paula Moravek (pmoravek@wpi.edu) for ticket information and directions.


Internationally acclaimed jazz pianist and WPI computer science major Sergio Salvatore will give a solo piano performance on Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. in the Spaulding Recital Hall in Alden Memorial. Proceeds will benefit the WPI Music Program. Salvatore has made several recordings and performed throughout the United States, Canada, Japan and Italy. Tickets are $10 for the general public and free to all students when picked up in advance. They are available at Tatnuck Bookseller in the campus center or at www.sergiosalvatore.com/tickets/.


The WPI Men's Glee Club will hold its annual Alumni Concert on Sunday, April 22nd, at 4 p.m., in Alden Memorial. All Glee Club alumni are invited to join in this performance, which will include music from repertoires past. This will be the last performance directed by Professor Louis Curran, who has served as the Glee Club's director for the past 34 years.

Quadfest is Coming

Quadfest, WPI's campuswide spring festival, returns for its ninth consecutive year, Tuesday, April 24, through Saturday, April 28. Here is a rundown on the scheduled events:

Tuesday, April 24: noon to 4 p.m., the magic bus, photo key chains and henna on the Quad; 8 p.m., Open Mic SocComm Coffeehouse, Riley Commons.

Thursday, April 26: 7 p.m., Jeffrey Gains, SocComm Arts, Riley Commons.

Friday, April 27: All day, free popcorn at Tatnuck Bookseller in the campus center; 6 p.m., Gong Show, sponsored by Phi Sigma Sigma, and Ugly Man on Campus competition, sponsored by Alpha Phi Omega, Riley Commons; 8 p.m., Movie, X-Men, on the Quad; 10 p.m., 80's Dance Party, campus center Odeum.

Saturday, April 28: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Indiefest, on the Quad, sponsored by Soccomm; noon to 5 p.m., Quadfest carnival activities, Plinko, popcorn, cotton candy, snocones, amusement rides, games, prizes; 7 p.m., They Might Be Giants concert, Harrington Auditorium -- tickets on sale in the SocComm Office or at Strawberries in Shrewsbury; midnight, Project Burning, the Quad, sponsored by AICHE.

Please Note: There will be no parking allowed on the Quad on Saturday, April 28, due to the carnival rides.

Summer's a Time For Learning at WPI

A wide range of learning opportunities will be offered at WPI this summer. They include Summer Session, with its undergraduate and graduate courses; Strive and Frontiers, research and learning experiences for high school students; Camp REACH, for rising seventh-grade girls interested in learning about careers in engineering and technology; ESL Summer Institutes, designed for international students interested in studying science and engineering in the United States; and NSF-funded research experiences for undergraduates in manufacturing engineering and industrial mathematics.

WPI will also host a number of sports camps and a crafts camp for boys and girls ages 8 to 17. The dates are:

Craft Center June 6 - August 3
Baseball Camp June 6 - June 22
Football Camp June 24 - June 28
Frontiers & Strive July 4 - July 22
Crew Camp July 9 - July 14
Basketball Camp July 16 - July 20
Camp Reach July 22 - August 3
Soccer Camp July 23 - July 27
Field Hockey July 23 - August 3

For more information on summer programs at WPI, visit www.wpi.edu/+Summer. For more on the day camps, contact Ken Kaufman, coordinator of summer sports camps, at ext. 5243, or e-mail kkaufman@wpi.edu

Commencement Help Needed

The Student Activities Office requests your assistance during one of WPI's showcase events: Commencement. Scheduled this year for Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. Before the ceremony begins, the graduates must be lined up in the correct order. The Student Activities Office is seeking volunteers to help out with the line-up this year. Employees planning to attend the ceremony are asked to volunteer some time before the festivities begin to help make the 2001 Commencement a successful and well-ordered event. Those interested should contact Jim McLaughlin or Liza Day Smith in the Student Activities Office at ext. 5291.

Come Discuss WPI's Educational Outcomes

A second open meeting to discuss WPI's educational outcomes will be held on Tuesday, April 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in Olin Hall 107. The entire WPI community is invited to attend.

In February, the faculty affirmed the following motion: "That the WPI faculty endorse a study of establishing and utilizing institutional educational outcomes for WPI to promote a process of continuous self-assessment and improvement." To carry out this motion, the faculty Committee on Academic Policy established an ad hoc Institutional Outcomes Committee, which scheduled two open meetings o discuss suggested outcomes; the first was held on April 17.

The April 24 meeting will begin with an introduction by Judith Miller, professor of biology and biotechnology and director of educational development, technology and assessment. An open discussion of the following proposed outcomes, moderated by Robert Kinicki, associate professor of computer science, will follow:

  1. Graduates have developed an excellent grasp of fundamental concepts in their principal areas of study, in preparation for careers of professional practice.
  2. Graduates have developed the skills and attitudes needed to engage in lifelong learning.
  3. Graduates have developed the skills and values needed to actively contribute to the welfare of the global community.
  4. Graduates have developed ethical standards-personal, societal, and professional.
  5. Graduates have developed the ability to function effectively on teams.
  6. Graduates have learned to identify, analyze, and solve problems.
  7. Graduates have learned effective oral and written communication skills.

Take Your Daughter to Work on April 26

Thursday, April 26, is Take Our Daughters To Work Day. Now in its ninth year, the program was started by the Ms. Foundation for Women (www.takeourdaughterstowork.org/). WPI is inviting girls aged 9-15 to participate. Consider bringing your daughter to work with you to show her what you do all day, and to help her learn a bit about science, engineering and WPI.

The Office of Diversity and Women's Programs will host a lunch for girls and their parents from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm in the Hagglund Room of the campus center. From 12:30 to 1, girls may participate in a brief program; a campus tour will follow from 1 to 2 p.m. RSVP for the lunch and tour by noon today to ext. 5819 or slb@wpi.edu.


Faculty and Students Honored at Convocation

Several awards were presented to outstanding faculty members and students at this year's Faculty Convocation on April 12:

Iannacchione Earns CAREER Award

Germano Iannacchione, assistant professor of physics, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the NSF's most prestigious honor for junior faculty members. The award, which will amount to $94,100 in the first year and a total of $499,683 over five years, will fund a research project titled, "Random Disorder in Phase Transitions of Complex Fluids." The project involves a systematic research survey of the changes that liquid crystals and special polymers undergo when non-related materials are introduced into their environment. WPI faculty members have received 10 CAREER awards. Three faculty members have received NSF Presidential Young Investigator and NSF Young Investigator awards, which preceded the CAREER Award Program

WPI Student Wins Goldwater Scholarship

Yakov Kronrod '02, a double major in mathematical sciences and computer science, has been named a 2001 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. Goldwater scholarships are awarded to sophomores or juniors who have records of outstanding academic performance, and who have demonstrated potential for and commitment to a career in research in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.

Kronrod is one of 302 scholars selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,164 mathematics, science, and engineering students nationwide. The $7,500 scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. This is the second time in the 12-year history of the program that a WPI student has been named a Goldwater Scholar; the first was Erik Alldredge '95. A list of this year's winners may be found at www.act.prg/Goldwater/.

WPI Recognizes Outstanding Students

Given each year to a student who, through academic competence, campus leadership, course work, research and projects, best exemplifies the heart of the WPI educational experience, has been awarded to Katherine Wheeler '02, a double major in biotechnology and international studies.
Given each year to WPI's most meritorious seniors. Brian Ball, physics and mathematical sciences; Win Cheung, chemistry and biochemistry; Marco Fontecchio, mechanical engineering; Jennifer Hardy, electrical and computer engineering; Karen Hoffman, biology and biotechnology; Christopher Holt, chemistry and biochemistry; Matthew Johann, civil and environmental engineering; Amanda Knight, biomedical engineering; Keith Lepine, mechanical engineering; Paul Laplume, electrical and computer engineering; Jonathan Moussa, physics and mathematical sciences; Justin Lee Sierpinski, mechanical engineering and humanities and arts; Frederick Tan, biology and biotechnology; Eric Tapley, interdisciplinary studies; and Anthony Zamarro, chemical engineering.
Honors students majoring in engineering or science who best exemplify excellence in the humanities and arts, and the integration of technical and nontechnical disciplines. Awarded to Karen C. Kosinsk '02, a biology and biotechnology major.
The University's humanities and arts award, it is given for the most outstanding Sufficiencies. Florentin Groeli '03 for "British Jazz, or Jazz in Britain?" Janaki Kirloskar '03 for "A Glimpse of Reality in the Hindu Temple," and Emily Reynolds '01 for "Becoming a Woman: A Look at the Influences of Patriarchy, Materialism and Relationships in The Great Gatsby and The Color Purple." Honorable mention certificates were awarded to Matthew Douglas '02 for "The Counterproductive Aspects of the German Luftwaffe," Benjamin Kurtz '02 for "Documentary Video Production," and John Norstrom '02 for "Shaker Design and Fine Furniture."
Recognizes dedication, commitment and unselfishness in the enrichment of student life at WPI: The winners are: Corey Adams, Liz Amaral, Nick Arcolano, Kristian Bleasdell, Laura Bradbury, Christopher Brassard, Joseph Bufanda, Bill Burgess, Marina Carboni, Natalie Chin, Kevin Dickert, Ernie Dimicco, David Emery, Brian Gilman, Alison Hughes, Jay Katz, Stacey Leisenfelder, Vinay Medhekar, Ian Munger, Joseph O'Boyle, Christopher O'Malley, Kathy Pacheco, Jessica Pack, Felix Rieper, Valerie Sanders, Jennifer Scheipers, Janelle Smith, Lakee Smith, Jamie Stern-Gottfried, Nadia Syed and Katrina Vaitkunas.

Students Win Lincoln Foundation Awards

The following WPI undergraduate project teams received awards in the 2000 Engineering Student Design Competition sponsored by the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation:

GOLD AWARD: $1000; Ski Resort Parking Structure Design," David Barroso, Matthew Boylam and Micah Morrison. Advisor: Frank DeFalco.

SILVER AWARD: $750; "Design and Fabrication of a Retractable Wheelchair Foot Tray," Kenneth Belliveau and Melissa Carreau. Advisors: Allen Hoffman and Professor Holly Ault.

BRONZE AWARD: $500; "Redesign of the Elevating Mobile Arm Support," Lesley Chamberlain and Matthew Erickson. Advisor: Holly Ault.

MERIT AWARDS: $250; "Prototyping of a Straightening Device for the Gillette MACh2 Razor," Richard Bradshaw, Andrew Crabtree, Brian Rapp and Michael Tuxbury. Advisor: Robert Norton.
"Dynamic Analysis and Redesign of OHC Valve Trains," Derek DeWitt, Brian Johnson and Daryl Retke. Advisor: Robert Norton.

Employment Information

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, April 19
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, April 6)

Thursday, April 26
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, May 2)

All forms submitted to Human Resources and Payroll must be complete and have all of the appropriate approvals to be processed. Forms submitted after these dates will be processed in the following payroll.

Employment Opportunities

A complete list of currently available positions is posted on the Human Resources website.

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.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

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



Masses, Alden Memorial, 11:30 a.m., April 22 and April 29.


Seminar, April 26 and 27, 6 p.m., "Applied Cryptography ad Data Security," Christof Paar, WPI assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.
Seminar, May 7-9, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., "Introduction to Java Programming," Michael Gennert, WPI associate professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering.
Both at Metro West Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte 9 West) Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717.

Publications & Presentations


Kohles, S.S. and K .P. Norton, "Shoulder Joint Mechanics During Concentric and Eccentric Rehabilitative Exercise," in proceedings of the IEEE 27th annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference (Eds. J.D. Enderle, L.L. Macfarlane), Storrs, Conn., March, pp. 95-96.
_____, C.G. Wilson and LJ Bonassar, "Modeling the Dynamic Composition of Engineered Tissues," in proceedings of the IEEE 27th annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference (Eds. J.D. Enderle, L.L. Macfarlane), Storrs, Conn., March, pp. 83-84.
_____, D. W. Young, "Experimental Determination of Bone Anisotropic Poroelasticity Parameters," in proceedings of the IEEE 27th annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference (Eds. J.D. Enderle, L.L. Macfarlane), Storrs, Conn., March, pp. 41-42.
_____, D.J. Gianoli, N.A. Burnham, M.B. Clark, C.A. Brown and J.N. Kenealy, "The Feasibility of Atomic Force Microscopy as a Cytodetachment Technique to Quantify Osteoblastic Adhesion with Implant Surfaces," in proceedings of the IEEE 27th annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference (Eds. J.D. Enderle, L.L. Macfarlane), Storrs, Conn, March, pp. 5-6.
_____, R. Roy, V. Zaporojan, GM Peretti, J. Xu, M.A. Randolph and L.J. Bonassar. "Analysis of Bending Behavior of Native and Engineered, Auricular and Costal Cartilage," in proceedings of the IEEE 27th annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference (Eds. J.D. Enderle, L.L. Macfarlane), Storrs, Conn., March, pp. 31-32.
_____, S. Bradshaw, F.J. Looft, S.S. and P. Grigg. "Characterization of the Mechanosensitivity of Tactile Receptors Using Multivariate Logistical Regression," in proceedings of the IEEE 27th annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference (Eds. JD Enderle, L.L. Macfarlane), Storrs, Conn., March, pp. 65-66.


Brattin, Joel J., "Dickens Redressed: The Art of BleakHouse and Hard Times, by Alexander Welsh," in the Dickens Quarterly, vol. 18, no. 1 (March 2001), pp. 60-62.
Brattin, Joel J., "Doubles and Doubling in Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities," presented at the Newton South High School, April 4.


Fofana, Mustapha S., invited speaker, "An Analytical Framework for the Study of Instabilities in Manufacturing," presented at the American Academy of Mechanics and National Science Foundation Workshop, March 30-31 at Northwestern.


Schachterle, Lance, "Using Outcomes Assessment for General Education and Accreditation to Design and Market a Distinctive Program," presented at the Berklee College of Music annual General Education Symposium, April 6, Judy Miller (CEDTA/Biology and Biotechnology) and Dave DiBiasio (CM) conducted the afternoon workshop on designing specific learning outcomes.

Worth Noting

The year 2001, immortalized in Stanley Kubrick's groundbreaking film 2001: A Space Odyssey, turns out to be a big year for space anniversaries. On March 16, the world observed the 75th anniversary of the launch of the world's first liquid-fueled rocket by WPI's own Robert H. Goddard '08. April 12 marked the 40th anniversary of the launch of the first human in space, the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, and the 20th anniversary of the launch of the first American space shuttle. Here are some of the other milestones being observed this year: the first soft landing on the Moon (Luna 9, 35 years ago); the first spacecraft to orbit Mars (Mariner 9, 30 years ago) and the first spacecraft to land on Mars (Viking I, 25 years ago). Fifteen years ago, the world was shocked by the explosion of the shuttle Challenger and the loss of its seven-person crew, and intrigued by the launch of the core of the Soviet space station MIR, which recently ended its operational life with a dramatic plunge into the Pacific Ocean. Incidentally it has been five and a half years since WPI's first astronaut rocketed into space.

Al Sacco Jr., then head of WPI's Chemical Engineering Department, rode into orbit as a mission specialist on shuttle flight STS-73 in October 1995. Sacco is now the George A. Snell Chair of Engineering and the director of the Center for Advanced Microgravity Materials Processing at Northeastern University.

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