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Vol. 2, No. 20 August 2, 2001

Around Campus

@WPI Summer Schedule

This is the August 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.

Summer Hours End

On Monday, Aug. 20, nonexempt staff members are expected to return to their normal 37.5-hour work week and exempt employees are expected to return to their 40-hour work week schedule.

Campus Map Update

If you know of changes that need to be made to the current campus map, please send them to Bonnie McCrea at mccrea@wpi.edu or call Bonnie at ext. 5306 by Aug. 23. A revised map will be available by Aug. 30. The map is available as a PDF file on the Web (www.wpi.edu/about/visitors/campusmap.html). You'll need the Adobe Acrobat reader to open the file. Office Services in Boynton Hall (ext. 5150) will print multiple copies of the updated map for a fee.

Tee Time for Golf Classic

The annual WPI Golf Classic will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, 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, buffet, prizes and raffle. Proceeds benefit intercollegiate athletics at WPI. For more information or to sign up, call Physical Education and Athletics, ext. 5243.

Oracle Certificate Programs Offered

WPI's Department of Continuing and Professional Education will introduce its Oracle Certificate Programs this fall. Two intensive tracks, Database Administration and Database Application Development, will prepare students for jobs in these in-demand fields. They will be offered at WPI's Waltham and Southborough campuses. A technical background is not required for admission to the Oracle programs.

After receiving an Oracle certificate, graduates will be prepared to take Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) examinations, widely recognized as the standard in the IT industry. For more information call 800-WPI-9717 or visit ce.wpi.edu.

Tuition Benefit Change

The following changes to the tuition assistance benefit went into effect in July, according to the Human Resources Office:

WPI's tuition benefit will be further enhanced when WPI joins more than 500 other universities in a tuition exchange program during the next academic year. The Human Resources office will keep the community informed throughout the year as this program is developed.

Talk a Walk to Cure Cancer

The Walk to Cure Cancer 2001 will take place on Labor Day, Sept. 3. Participants may take a 5-mile or a 1-mile walk around the shores of Lake Quinsigamond to raise funds for a new cancer research facility at the UMass Medical School. A rolling start will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon, with cancer survivors and children kicking off the walk at 10. Registration begins at 9:30. All walkers are encouraged to raise funds and bring a completed registration form, pledge sheet and pledges the day of the event. Walk forms are available at local Stop and Shops. Snacks, entertainment and walk support stations will be provided. Anyone interested in walking or volunteering should contact the UMass Cancer Center at 508-856-1634 or visit www.walktocurecancer.com.


Brown Named Editor of AI Journal

David Brown, professor of computer science, has been named editor of AIEDAM: Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, a journal published by the Cambridge University Press.

AIEDAM is intended to reach two audiences: engineers and designers who see AI technologies as means for solving difficult engineering problems, and researchers in AI and computer science who are interested in applications of AI and in the theoretical issues that arise from such applications.

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, Aug. 2
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms (Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Aug. 11)

Thursday, Aug. 9
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Aug. 16)

Wednesday, Aug. 15
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Thursday, Aug. 16
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Aug. 22)

Friday, Aug. 17
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Friday, Aug. 31)

Thursday, Aug. 23
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Aug. 30)

Tuesday, Aug. 28
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, Sept. 5)

Friday, Aug. 31
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Sept. 13)

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 Information

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, Aug. 15, 6 p.m., information session, 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 ce.wpi.edu.

Thursday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m., information session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at ce.wpi.edu.

Publications & Presentations


Vaz R. and N. Arcolano, "Teaching Signals and Systems through Portfolios, Writing, and Independent Learning," in proceedings of the annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Albuquerque, N.M., June 24-27.
_____, "Promoting Inquiry-Based Learning," invited session, Association of American Colleges and Universities Summer Institute on Sustainable Innovation, Leesburg, Va., July 10-15.


Brattin, Joel J., Malcolm Stewart and Yazid Manou. "The Train Now Standing," in Jimpress no. 71 (Summer 2001), pp. 7-9.

Fontanella, Lee. "Un universo a pesar suyo," lecture on Alfred Stieglitz's photography, for Fundacion Pedro Barrie de la Maza (in La Coruna, Spain July 3), to accompany the Eastman House Stieglitz traveling exhibit.

_____, introductory essay for LA FOTOGRAFIA DE ALFRED STIEGLITZ (Spanish version of the joint publication by George Eastman House and Fundacion Pedro Barrie de la Maza, 2001).

_____, FILLOS DA TERRA (Santiago de Compostela: Funcacion Caixa Galicia, 200l), essay and all texts to accompany the photographs by Juan Rodriguez.

_____, "Lo maximo en lo minimo," lecture in La Coruna, Spain, Apr. 25, on the occasion of the presentation of photographs by Juan Rodriguez Vazquez.

McCarthy, Barbara L., "The Nurturing Rebel: A Profile of the African-American Woman Artist as Poet in the Twentieth Century," presented at the Clare Hall Women's Group, Cambridge, England, May 3.


Mello, N. A and M. Devins, "The Accreditation Route to Resources," presented at the AIEA Annual Conference, Tucson, Arizona, February 2001.

Mello, N. A., "Managing the Global Perspective Program," part of the session entitled "WPI Qualifying Projects at Home and Abroad: Learning and Assessing Outcomes through Practice-oriented Projects," presented at the POE Conference, Northeastern University, April 25.

_____, "How Can Engineers Possibly Study Abroad?" presented at the NAFSA annual conference, Philadelphia, Pa., May 2001.

_____, "Managing Global Experiences for Engineering Students," ASEE Annual Conference, Albuquerque, N.M., June 26.

_____, "Risk Management, Safety Issues and the Task Force Guidelines," invited article, SAFETI On-Line Newsletter, University of Southern California Center for Global Education, 2001 www.usc.edu/globaled/safeti/newsletter.html.



Hoffman, A.H., H. K. Ault and R. Catricala, "The Development of a Regional Assistive Technology Resource Center," in proceedings of the RESNA 2001 annual conference, pp. 172-174.

_____, C. L. Richards and P. Grigg, "Using Pseudorandom Stress Stimuli to Compare the Properties of Normal and Diabetic Skin," in proceedings of the 2001 Bioengineering Conference, ASME, BED vol. 50, pp. 417-418.

Belliveau, K.D. and M.L. Carreau, "Development of a Prototype Retractable Wheelchair Foot Tray," in proceedings of the RESNA 2001 annual conference, pp. 388-390. (Note: Ken Belliveau is a graduate student in mechanical engineering)


Balistrieri, Tom, "Sun Dancing," by Michael Hull (review), Parabola, (Summer 2001) pp.110-114.

Recent Grants

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


Shonat, R. D., from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, "Diabetes-Endocrinology Research Center," $30,000.

Sotak, C. H., from the Department of Education, "Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need," $144,285.


Ray, M. H. and J. Weir, from the American Traffic Safety Services Association, "Development of an ATSSA Guardrail Installation Training Course," $17,867.

Ray, M.H., from the University of Iowa, "Side Impact: Finalizing the Test Procedures and Preliminary Countermeasures, $60,000.


Ma, Y .H., from Shell International Exploration and Production, Inc., "Ultra Thin Pd and Pd/Alloy Membranes for Hydrogen Separation and Reaction Applications," $281,500.

Ribeiro, F. H., from the National Science Foundation, "CAREER: Educational and Research Opportunities in Environmental Engineering: Catalysis as a Tool for Solving Environmental Problems," $25,000.


Fisler, K., from Northeastern University, "Computing Education for Every Student in Secondary Schools," $46,568.


Clements, K. A. and Paul Davis from the National Science Foundation, "Stochastic OPF and Trasaction Monitoring in Deregulated Power Markets," $92,618.


Barnett, J. R., from the Department of Commerce/NIST, "Characterizing the Entry Resistance of Smoke Detectors," $106,393.


Chen, M., from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, "Inference in Regression Models with Missing Covariates, $37,029.

Vernescu, B. and Arthur Heinricher, from the National Science Foundation, "REU Site: Research Experience for Undergraduates in Industrial Mathematics and Statistics, $20,500.

Yakovlev, V., from the Enersyst Development Center, Inc., "Models of Electromagnetic Processes in Combined System of Microwave Thermal Processing," $30,917.


Tryggvason, G., from Brown University (DARPA), "Micro-bubble and Micro-bubble/Polymer Turbulent Drag Reduction," $157,337.

Hermanson, J., from the National Science Foundation, "Disruption and Vaporization of Superheated Droplets in Compressible Flow," $10,000.

Pryputniewicz, R. and Cosme Furlong, from BWXT Pantex, "Semi-automation of Optoelectronic Holography System, $50,000.

Total June research grants: $1,110,024

Worth Noting

Hello -- this Kaveh Pahlavan, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is the organizer and chair of the Third IEEE Workshop on Wireless LANs, the oldest workshop on wireless area networks sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The workshop, which is designed to promote interaction among researchers, design engineers, computer scientists and major users of wireless LANs, will be held from September 27 to 18 at the Boston Marriott Hotel.

Pahlavan's role in this workshop is an indication of the prominent role that he, along with WPI, plays in the rapidly expanding field of wireless communications. One of the best-known researchers in the field, Pahlavan established WPI's Center for Wireless Information Network Studies (CWINS) in 1985; the center received the first NSF grant for work in wireless communications in 1986. He has directed countless research projects, including work for government agencies, and has built close ties with the world's leading wireless industry organizations.

CWINS organized the first IEEE Workshop on Wireless LANS, held at WPI, in 1991. In 1989 and 1990, it helped found the IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications and the IEEE International Symposium on Spread Spectrum Techniques and Applications. In 1994, it launched the International Journal on Wireless Information Networks. Pahlavan is the co-author, with Allen H. Levesque '57, professor of practice in electrical and computer engineering, of "Wireless Information Networks." Published by John Wiley and Sons, it was the first graduate-level textbook in wireless networks.

For more information on the Third IEEE Workshop on Wireless LANS, visit www.wlan01.wpi.edu.

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