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Vol. 2, No. 16 May 3, 2001

Around Campus

@WPI Summer Schedule

The May 17 issue of @WPI will be the last biweekly issue for the academic year. @WPI will be published June 7, July 12 and August 2 to keep the campus community informed of events during the summer.

We encourage you to use @WPI to inform the campus community about people, programs and events that can be publicized on campus. Mail articles and suggestions to the Communications Group, Boynton Hall, or e-mail atwpi@wpi.edu.

Farewell to the Class of '01

The Baccalaureate service for members of the Class of 2001 and their families will be held in Alden Memorial on Friday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. Faculty are encouraged to participate in cap and gown; you may robe on the lower level of Alden at 5 p.m. The service will last about 45 minutes.

Commencement Day, Saturday, May 19, will begin at 7 a.m. with the Class of 2001 graduation breakfast in Morgan Commons. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for those 12 and under, and may be purchased through Student Affairs in Boynton Hall (ext. 5060). More faculty each year are finding this a special opportunity to see their students and wish them well.

The ROTC commissioning ceremony will take place at 8:30 a.m. in Alden. Major General John S. Parker, commanding general for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command and Fort Deitrick will be the commissioning officer.

The Commencement ceremony itself begins at 11 a.m. on the Quadrangle (rain location: Harrington Auditorium--by ticket only). The speaker will be Henry B. Schacht, the first chairman and CEO of Lucent Technologies Inc. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Valentin P. Gapontsev, founder and CEO of IPG Phontonics Corp., Trustee Emeritus Wilfrid J. Houde '59, president of W.J. Houde & Associates, and Jeffrey Wigand, founder of Smoke-Free Kids Inc. and a scientist and educator who is the subject of the 1999 movie The Insider.

Register Now for Summer Session

WPI's summer session starts May 31. Web registration for continuing WPI students is now open. For course and registration details view the on-line summer catalog.

Global Program Honors Seniors

WPI's Global Perspective Program will honor 290 graduating seniors who have studied off campus to complete their graduation requirements. The students' off-campus experience include work at project sites from Boston to Bangkok and from Washington to Melbourne, as well as at new project centers in Worcester and Silicon Valley. Students will receive a Lucite memento engraved with the name of the project site at which they worked. The ceremony will take place on May 18 at 10 a.m. in Alden Memorial. Paul Davis, dean of interdisciplinary and global studies, will make the presentations.

Mass. Academy Graduation

Thirty-seven seniors are expected to graduate from the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at a ceremony starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 11, in Alden Memorial. Robert V. Antonucci, former Commissioner of Education, State of Massachusetts, will be the graduation speaker. Members of the WPI community are invited to attend graduation and the reception that will follow.

Teaching Technology Fellows Chosen

The Academic Affairs and Information Technology divisions have announced the 2001-02 Teaching Technology Fellows. The eight finalists were selected from a h3 pool of nominations. They are William Clark, associate professor of chemical engineering, Malcolm FitzPatrick, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, John Hanlan, associate professor of humanities and arts, Arthur Heinricher, associate professor of mathematical sciences, David Olinger, associate professor of mechanical engineering, Peder Pedersen, professor of electrical and computer engineering, Philip Robakiewicz, assistant professor of biology and biotechnology, and John Woycheese, assistant professor of fire protection engineering.

The fellows will spend their fellowship year discussing learning strategies, sharing experiences, working on projects and examples, and test running course materials. They will have the opportunity to attend hands-on training workshops on various teaching technologies and to assess the effect of their technological endeavors on students' learning throughout the upcoming academic year.

May is "Leave a Legacy" Month

Liz Siladi, director of planned giving at WPI, is chair of the newly established Leave a Legacy of Central Massachusetts, a public awareness campaign that seeks to promote charitable giving through wills and estate plans. The local Leave a Legacy coalition is part of a national initiative being run in over 140 communities and regions in North America. The group, which serves Worcester County, consists of more than 160 nonprofit organizations, professional advisors, grant makers and business sponsors "who all believe in the power of philanthropy to help strengthen our community," Siladi says. To receive an information packet or a schedule of local Leave a Legacy estate planning presentations taking place this month, contact Siladi at x5076 or ebsiladi@wpi.edu.

Summer Job Openings

Summer positions are now open to dependent children (16 years of age or older) of WPI faculty and staff. A list of positions and contacts is located at http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/HR/2010-2011academics.html. Children who are interested in one of these jobs should call or e-mail the contact person listed. Dependent children may not work in the same office as their parent. If you have questions regarding summer job opportunities, call Human Resources at ext. 5470.

Writing Tutors Sought

Are you a strong writer? Do you have a personable approach to teaching others what you know? The Writing Workshop is looking for student writers (undergraduate and graduate) to work as paid writing tutors. 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 who wish to recommend students as tutors should e-mail Lisa Lebduska, the Writing Workshop director, at lisaleb@wpi.edu.

Library Exhibits

"Found & Lost," word works (paintings, mono-prints and assemblages) by Elizabeth Hughes will be on display in the third floor gallery of the Gordon Library through May 31. An exhibit on Robert H. Goddard '08 is on display in the entrance vestibule through June 11. Considered the father of modern rocketry, Goddard was a native of Worcester, Mass. The exhibit includes original and reproduced images and historic artifacts relating to Goddard.


Wilkes and McCormick Receive Research Award

John Wilkes, professor of social science and policy studies, and Keith McCormick '93 will receive the Isabel Briggs Myers Memorial Research Award. Given every two years by the Myers & Briggs Foundation, the award will be presented on July 1 at the Association for Psychological Type International Conference. The recipients are honored for excellence in research that contributes to knowledge of Jungian psychological type theory or the practical application of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The award citation notes that Wilkes's work on the Worcester studies (focused on the WPI Classes of 2001 and 2002) and the Worcester Public School study (focused on PSAT score differences) has made significant contributions to the field of education.

Student's Business Idea Wins Award

James Brian Bigelow '01, a computer science major, placed fourth in the Collegiate Entrepreneurial Opportunity's Best Business Idea competition. He received $500 for his business idea, QuickDrawOnline.com. The online software service will enable engineers working in the field or in the office to quickly and accurately produce engineered drawings through automated software applications at lower costs with minimal data input.

The competition is a pre-business plan competition, examining business concepts in their earliest stage of development. A total of 34 students from 15 colleges and universities submitted 26 business ideas, which were judged by a panel of entrepreneurs and founders, top graduate entrepreneurship students, and professors of entrepreneurship from a leading university.

Outstanding Students

WPI's Office of Academic Advising has presented the 2001 Outstanding Women Student Awards and the Outstanding Minority Award to seven undergraduates. This year's honorees are: Marietta E. Anderson Award: Karen C. Kosinski '02; Ellen Knott Award: Christine M. Watson '03; Gertrude R. Rugg Award: Brooke Buchholz '02; Bonnie-Blanche Schoonover Award: Elizabeth A. Caswell '02; United Technologies Corporation Minority Award: Jason G. Brown '02; United Technologies Corporation and the Society of Women Engineers Award: Nina K. Simon '03.

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, May 3
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, May 10)

Thursday, May 10
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, May 16)

Thursday, May 17
Monthly payroll authorizations
Monthly payroll paid Thursday, May 31

Thursday, May 17
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, May 24)

Tuesday, May 22
Staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, May 31)

Thursday, May 31
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, June 7)

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.



Friday, May 4, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Symposium: "From Genome to Physiology," keynote speakers: Mary Lou Guerinot, Dartmouth College; Rob Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Natasha Raikhel, Michigan State University, Kinnicutt Hall.


Monday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Job Search Strategies: A comprehensive program focusing on all aspects of the job search including company resources, organizing the search, networking and mock interviews. Presented by the staff of the Career Development Center for graduating students. Pre-registration required by May 7.


Thursday, May 10, at 3:30 p.m., Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) meeting will focus on ATRC activities and projects, Higgins Labs 102, For more information, call ext. 6056, e-mail arrc@wpi.edu or visit the ATRC website.


Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m., poetry reading by John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch, Worcester Art Museum. Free and open to the Public.


Wednesday, May 16, at 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., symposium: "Advances in Heat Treatment of Cast Components," presented by the Metal Processing Institute, Fuller Labs, Perreault Hall. For program and registration visit www.wpi.edu/Academics/Research/CHTE/Meetings/2001symposium.html, or call ext. 5992. Deadline for registration is May 6.


Wednesday, May 9, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, Graduate Admissions/Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive, Waltham, Mass., 800-974-9717 ext. 205 to register.


Thursday, May 10, 10:30 a.m., Tech Old Timers Ladies Day, "Finding Your Ancestors," Ruth Wellner, president, Central Mass. Genealogical Society, Alden Hall (coffee at 9:45)


Tuesday, May 15, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration 6 p.m.), "Negotiation," William A. Krein, managing director of client services for American Management Equities, Inc.,will share the negotiating tips he has acquired during his years in the business world. Kinnicutt Hall, $5 members; $10 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID. For more information, call ext. 5075.

Publications & Presentations


Brattin, Joel J.,"Constancy and Change, and the Dust Mounds of Our Mutual Friend," presented at the Dickens Fellowship, Worcester Branch, April 18.

_____,"Introducing Dickens," presented at the Gale Free Library, Holden, Mass., April 26.

Hansen, Peter H., "Modern Mountains: the Performative Consciousness of Modernity in Britain,1870-1940," in Meanings of Modernity: Britain in the Age of Imperialism and World Wars, ed. Martin J. Daunton and Bernhard Rieger, Oxford: Berg, and New York: NYU Press, 2001, pp. 185-202.

_____,"Desperate Journeys: True Stories of Endurance and Survival," introductory lecture to a book discussion series in public libraries sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities; Springfield, Mass., Jan., 22, Concord, Mass., March, 20.

_____ , discussion leader on globalization, Nantucket Atheneum, Feb. 5, 2001.

_____, "The Mystery of Mallory and Masculinity, 1924-2000," presented at the North American Conference on British Studies, Pasadena, Oct. 14, 2000.

Mott, Wesley T., "Career Opportunities for English Majors," chair and presenter at Boston University's Annual Career Week, Boston, Mass., 3 April.

Recent Grants

The following is a list of research grants received by WPI in March. Principal investigators are listed first. The Office of Research Administration provides this information.


Ludwig, Reinhold and John Sullivan, from Insight Neuroimaging Systems, L.L.C., "Noninvasive Devices for FMRI Studies in Cocaine Abuse," $55,055.


Zeng, Amy, from the APICS-Educational and Research Foundation, "Managing Information Flows in Global Supply Chains: A Bilateral Study," $20,566.


Apelian, Diran, from Battelle, "Optimization of Heat Treating Response of SSM Processed Aluminum Based Casting Alloys," $40,000.
Fofana, Mustapha and Joseph Rencis, from the National Science Foundation, "REU Site for Industrial Projects in Manufacturing Engineering," $48,310.
Hermanson, James, from NASA, " Combustion Characteristics of Fully-Modulated, Turbulent Diffusion Flames in Reduced Gravity," $112,067.


Iannacchione, Germano, from the National Science Foundation, " CAREER: Random Disorder in Phase Transitions of Complex Fluids," 94,100.

Worth Noting

Businesses will tell you that satisfied customers can be your best sales people. That's a motto to which WPI's Admissions Office would certainly subscribe. As WPI seeks to expand its reputation and reach out to more students well removed from New England, it will receive a boost from the "marketing" done by young men and women who have benefited from the University's unique approach to learning and tell their friends back home. Sometimes that marketing begins even before a student enrolls.

Kevin Kelly, associate vice president for enrollment management, tells the story of a student from Georgia who came to Worcester for a recent Closer Look program. Her father wrote to say that "unless WPI is destroyed by an earthquake or other natural disaster," his daughter would be a member of the Class of 2005.

WPI can probably look forward to more applicants from the Peach State soon. When she returned home from her visit to WPI, the student was invited to explain to her class why she choose WPI. "The top choices down here are usually Vanderbilt, Tulane, Duke, Emory and Georgia Tech," her father wrote. "The class seemed very interested in hearing about biotechnology and biomedical engineering at WPI, and about the projects." He concluded by noting that his younger daughter and son are already planning on applying for the Classes of 2007 and 2008.

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