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Vol. 2, No. 18 June 7, 2001

Around Campus

@WPI Summer Schedule

This is the June issue of @WPI. We publish once a month during the summer to keep the campus community informed of campus events. Biweekly publication will resume beginning Aug. 30.

@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, Boynton Hall, or e-mail atwpi@wpi.edu.

Year-end Financial Schedule

Check requests and departmental transfers charged to Fiscal Year 2001 budgets must be received in the Accounting Office by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27th. Deposits must be received in the Treasury Office by noon on Friday June 29. The Fiscal-Year 2001 closing process will begin Friday, July 13. The Banner Finance system will be unavailable from noon that day until the following Monday morning. Available restricted and research fund balances will appear in Fiscal-Year 2002 accounts beginning July 16. Anyone needing assistance printing reports or reviewing online financial data should contact the Banner Helpline, ext. 5850 or bfinance@wpi.edu.

Exhibit Extended

"Found & Lost," word works (paintings, mono-prints and assemblages) by Elizabeth Hughes on display in the third floor gallery of the Gordon Library, has been extended through June 30. A special artist reception and poetry reading has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Stay Active This Summer

The first Campus Center Summer Activities Program includes field trips and other fun events for the campus community. The series is sponsored by the Campus Center and Student Activities Office. Here's the schedule:

Music to Munch By

During June and July, the Campus Center and Student Activities Office will sponsor free hour-long concerts each Wednesday at noon in the Forkey Commons. Bring your own lunch or purchase food in the Campus Center Food Court. Concerts will be moved to the Burt Terrace (weather permitting) when construction is complete. Here's the schedule:

June 13: Woodvale String Quartet
June 20: Dave Binder (acoustic guitar folk-rock)
June 27, Tony D'Aveni Quartet (with John Lockwood on bass)
July 11, Reverie, Music for flute and harp; Con Brio Quintet (woodwind)
July 25, New England Brass-Guild Quintet

For more information, call ext. 5291.

ESL Summer Institute 2001

WPI's English as a Second Language program is accepting applications from international students seeking full- and part-time participation in the ESL Summer Institute (July 14-Aug. 17). The ESL Summer Institute 2001 has two in-take dates: July 14 and July 30.

Program A (July 14 in-take) is designed for all international students who need the benefits of a full five weeks. Application deadline is July 10.

Program B (July 30 in-take) is designed for all international students and teaching assistants who want the benefits of a head start in English. Application deadline is July 25.

For more information, call 508-831-6033, e-mail esl@wpi.edu or visit www.wpi.edu/+esl/.


WPI Student is a "Top Coder"

As this issue was going to press, Andrew Marut '04 was preparing to compete in the Top Coder Collegiate Challenge in San Francisco. Marut is one of 16 finalists from universities around the nation who will compete in a programming contest where the winners receive cash prizes ($25,000 for the top finishers). We'll report on the outcome of the contest in the next issue.

Kaufman Steps Down as Head Coach

Ken Kaufman recently announced that he has decided to relinquish his position as head men's varsity basketball coach at WPI after 26 seasons, the longest tenure of any WPI basketball coach. Kaufman will continue as assistant to the director of athletics, instructor of physical education, coordinator of summer sports camps, and director of the co-ed basketball and co-ed soccer camps.

Kaufman said his decision to give up his coaching duties was spurred by his upcoming election to the presidency of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). He said this new position will entail considerable travel over the next two years. Kaufman is currently first vice president of the NABC and will assume the presidency next March. He was elected to the board of the NABC in 1993.

WPI's men's basketball team made its first appearance in the NCAA national Division III tournament in 1981 under Kaufman's coaching. The team he coached in 1984 finished with a 20-8 record and won the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship. Kaufman is also a member of the board of trustees of the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

Siladi Elected President

Liz Siladi, director of planned giving, was recently elected president of the Planned Giving Group of New England, an association of charitable gift planning professionals. With more than 460 members, it is the one of the oldest and largest regional councils of its kind. It provides a forum for the education and professional development of members in all aspects of planned giving.

Heineman Authors Software Handbook

George Heineman, assistant professor of computer science, is co-editor of Component-Based Software Engineering, a handbook on this increasingly critical approach to software development. Due out this month from Addison Wesley, the book is billed as the "first word" on the field. With contributions by the leaders in component-based software design, who present the state of the art of the field and offer new insights on key challenges of component architecture and reuse, the book is designed as an essential tool for practitioners. More information about the book can be found at www.cbseng.com, a companion Web site.

System Dynamics Focus of Two Events

System dynamics majors David Liu '02 and Andrea Madeiro '03 were observers and student mentors at SymBowl, a high school system dynamics modeling competition held in Portland, Ore., in early May. They presented system dynamics models they had developed, which were widely appreciated by students and teachers attending the event. They also handed out WPI admissions information and informally counseled the students interested in pursuing a system dynamics major at WPI. Their participation was made possible by support from High Performance Systems, a leading firm in system dynamics modeling consulting and software development.

On May 11, the Social Science and Policy Studies Department hosted DynamiQuest, a junior school System Dynamics Modeling exhibition organized by The Creative Learning Exchange. Held at the Campus Center, the event was attended by such system dynamics luminaries as Peter Senge, George Richardson and Jay Forrester, the founder of the field. Professors Michael Radzicki and Khalid Saeed attended on WPI's behalf. High points of the event included an exhibit on system dynamics work of WPI students arranged by the WPI System Dynamics Club and a modeling exercise based on The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss, moderated by George Richardson.

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, June 7
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, June, 13)

Thursday, June 14
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, June, 21)

Friday, June 15
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Thursday, June 18
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Friday, June 29)

Thursday, June 21
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, June, 27)

Wednesday, June 27
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, July 5)

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.



Wednesday, July 18, 6 p.m., "Jumpstart Your IT Career in 9 Weeks," Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive (in Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex). For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at http://ce.wpi.edu.

Thursday, July 19, 6 p.m., "Jumpstart Your IT Career in 9 Weeks," MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at http://ce.wpi.edu.


Tuesday, June 12, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration 6 p.m.), "Successful Business Plans," Bardwell C. (Bard) Salmon, chairman, founder and CFO of Reality Wave, Inc., Cambridge, Kinnicutt Hall, $5 members; $10 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID. For more information, call ext. 5075.

Publications & Presentations


Kohles, Sean S., "Bioengineering for the Space Environment: Anisotropy of Native and Engineered Tissue," presented at the University of Colorado, Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, Bioastronautics Program, Seminar, Boulder, Colo., May 14.


Aravind, P.K., "Quantum State Estimation: Some Recent Results", presented at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, May 14.
Aravind, P.K., "Quantum State Estimation: Some Recent Results", presented at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Madras, India, May 17. (A reprint of this talk is available at the Los Alamos reprint archive: quant-ph/0105037.)


Andreeva, T. A., F. J. Weber, W.W. Durgin and H. Johari, "Determination of Statistical Characteristics of Isotropic Turbulence," in proceedings of the ASME Fluids Engineering summer meeting, New Orleans, La., May 29-June 1.
Weber, F.J., Durgin, W. W., and H. Johari, "Ultrasonic Beam Propagation in Turbulent Flow," Proceedings of the ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting, New Orleans, LA, May 2001.

Worth Noting

A new approach to the way introductory chemical engineering courses are taught at WPI has passed a range of tests, including rigorous scientific analyses, the considered judgment of faculty and specialists, and enthusiastic assessments from another meticulous quarter: the students themselves. Now, the teaching approach has also gained a significant professional recognition.

This month, the American Society for Engineering Education will present Associate Professor William M. Clark, Associate Professor David DiBiasio and Professor Anthony G. Dixon, who developed the new sophomore curriculum, with the 2001 William H. Corcoran Award for the best paper published last year in the journal Chemical Engineering Education. The award will be presented at the organization's annual meeting in Albuquerque.

The three professors, each of whom has a h3 research interest in education, wrote a three-part paper for the journal titled, "A Project-based, Spiral Curriculum for Introductory Courses in Chemical Engineering." Part 1, subtitled "Curriculum Design," appeared in the journal's Summer 2000 issue; Part 2, "Implementation," appeared in the Fall 2000 issue; Part 3, "Evaluation," co-written with Lisa Comparini of Clark University, will appear this year.

The paper describes a comprehensive overhaul of the sophomore curriculum in the Department of Chemical Engineering supported by a grant from the federal Department of Education. At WPI, the sophomore year is the year chemical engineering majors begin taking introductory courses in the discipline.

Clark, DiBiasio and Dixon term their approach "spiral" because basic concepts aren't assumed to be fully learned on their first presentation, but are revisited during the year in different contexts and in an increasingly sophisticated way. The approach is "project-based" because students work on open-ended design projects, carefully tailored to their level, throughout their sophomore year. Previously, project-based learning was not emphasized until the junior and senior years.

A key feature of the new curriculum is the integration of topics that traditionally had been taught in a manner that tended to compartmentalize them. Encompassed into one yearlong course are topics from the four traditional core courses: material and energy balances, classical thermodynamics, mixture thermodynamics, and staged separation processes. The new course offers beginning material from each traditional course, followed by intermediate material from each, and so on. Through the spiral curriculum model, key concepts in the four disciplines are revisited throughout the year.

It's a design that leads students to make connections between ideas previously treated separately, gets them actively and cooperatively involved in learning, and reinforces key concepts by drawing on fundamentals in new ways.

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