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Vol. 3, No. 17 May 2, 2002

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@WPI Summer Schedule
The May 16 issue of @WPI will be the last biweekly issue for the academic year. @WPI will be published June 6, July 11 and August 1 to keep the campus community informed of events during the summer.

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Farwell to the Class of '02
The Baccalaureate service for members of the Class of 2002 and their families will be held in Alden Memorial on Friday, May 17, 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 18, will begin at 7 a.m. with the Class of 2002 graduation breakfast in Morgan Commons. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Tickets, $11 for adults and $6 for those 12 and under, may be purchased through Student Activities in the Campus Center (ext. 5291). 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 in Alden Memorial. Brig. Gen. Robert H. Latiff is vice commander, Electronic Systems Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Hanscom Air Force Base 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 Dean Kamen, president and owner of DEKA Research & Development Corp., a former WPI student and inventor of the Segway Human Transporter. Honorary degrees will be awarded to George A. Cowan '41, a founder and retired president of the Santa Fe Institute, a participant in the Manhattan Project, and a pioneer in radiochemistry and complexity theory; David M. Lederman, president and CEO of ABIOMED Inc., the company that developed the first self-contained artificial heart; and Sheila Tobias, noted expert on mathematics and science education, author of 10 books, including Overcoming Math Anxiety, and coordinator of the Sloan Foundation's Science Master's Outreach Project.

Mass Academy Graduation
Forty-five seniors are expected to graduate from the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at a ceremony starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 10, in Alden Memorial. Arthur E. Chase; Matthew Amorello; John E. Durkin, Michael Sentence and Richard Burke will be guest speakers at the ceremony, part of the celebration of the academy's 10th anniversary. Members of the WPI community are invited to attend graduation and the reception that will follow.

BWE May Luncheon
The WPI Business Women's Exchange will host a luncheon at noon on Wednesday, May 15, in the Campus Center Odeum. Guests are asked to bring an annual, perennial or houseplant to exchange for a new one and to tag the plant with information about its care. The attendance prize will be a $15 gift certificate to Price Chopper.

The menu includes corn bread and crusty bread, Gazpacho soup, make your own fajita bar, seared chicken tenders with grilled onions and peppers, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, Spanish rice, strawberry shortcake, coffee and tea. Payment ($8) should be sent to Muriel Farr in Admissions by May 9. Checks should be made payable to WPI.

Lots to Do at WPI This Summer
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 leaning 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 in the United States; and the following sports camps:

Baseball: June 24-June 28
Coed Basketball: July 8 -July 12
Coed Basketball: July 15-July 19
Coed Soccer: July 22-July 26
Rowing: July 8-July 12
Field Hockey: July 22-July 26 (evenings)
Girls Basketball: July 24-July 28
Field Hockey: July 28-Aug. 1 (overnight)

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


New Assistant Director of Human Resources
Barbara J. Forte has been appointed assistant director of human resources and affirmative action. Barbara, a graduate of Roger Williams University, brings extensive knowledge of employee relations, interviewing, recruiting, new employee orientation, benefits administration, training and development, payroll processing, and implementation and interpretation of policies, acquired during previous assignments CVS and Paul Arpin Van Lines.

Sons of the American Revolution Honors Barnett
Fire Protection Engineering Professor Jonathan Barnett received the Sons of the American Revolution Fire Safety Commendation Medal by the organization's Col. William Henshaw Chapter at a luncheon on April 20. The medal is presented to an individual for accomplishments and outstanding contributions in the area of fire safety and service.

Rencis is New England Teacher of the Year
Joseph Rencis, professor of mechanical engineering and director of engineering mechanics, has received the American Society of Engineering Education New England Outstanding Teach Award. The award, which focuses on outstanding classroom performance, recognizes teachers of engineering students and serves as an incentive to make further significant contributions to teaching.

Outstanding Students Recognized
WPI's Office of Academic Advising presented the 2002 Outstanding Women Student Awards and the Outstanding Minority Award to eight undergraduates. This year's honorees are: Marietta E. Anderson Award: Amanda E. Moore '03; United Technologies Corporation and Society of Women Engineers Award: Nina K. Simon '03; Bonnie-Blanche Schoonover Award: Sarah L. Tressel '03 and Jennifer M. Scheipers '03; Ellen Knott Award: Jessica M. McAlear '04; Gertrude R. Rugg Award: Katie E. Christopher '05 and Caitlin H. Bell '05; United Technologies Corporation Minority Award: Lisette M. Manrique '03.

New Director for Bioengineering Institute
Timothy R. Gerrity has been named Director of WPI's Bioengineering Institute. Gerrity, who will assume his directorship on July 1, is currently executive director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C. He has also served on the faculty of Georgetown University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. in physics.

Best of the Best
Seven distinguished members of the university's academic community were recognized at the annual Faculty Honors Convocation on April 16. They are:
Ross D. Shonat, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, who received the Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award.
Philip E. Robakiewicz, assistant professor of biology and biotechnology, who received the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Academic Advising.
W. Grant McGimpsey, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, who received the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Research and Scholarship.
Chrysanthe Demetry, associate professor of materials science and engineering, who received the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Teaching.
Will Jae Won Chung, assistant professor of computer science, who received the Teaching Assistant of the Year Award.
Amanda Kight, a master's degree candidate in biomedical engineering, and Arjan Giaya, a Ph.D. candidate in chemical engineering, who received Sigma Xi Graduate Research Awards.

A Pride of Employees
The following members of the WPI staff have been promoted. Cynthia Andrews, to administrative assistant, Continuing and Professional Education; Monica Blondin, to associate director, Financial Aid; Karin Dillman, to assistant director, Continuing and Professional Education; Darleen Doona, to human resources assistant, Human Resources; Barbara Furhman, to administrative secretary IV, Mechanical Engineering; Tracy A. Hassett, to human resources director, Human Resources; Carolyn Kelly, to administrative secretary IV, University Marketing; Charles Kornik, to administrator of academic programs, Projects and Registrars Office; Kathy Mahoney, to operations manager, Manufacturing Assistance Center; Leolyn Osborne, to associate director, Financial Aid; Tracey Pakstis-Claiborne, to associate director, Student Activities; Mary Remillard, to preservation and stacks associate, Gordon Library; Yvette Rutledge, to administrative assistant, Instructional Media Center and Advanced Distance Learning Network; Michael Sherman, to design director, University Marketing; Alida Tousignant, to administrative secretary II, Plant Services; and Susan Wade, administrative assistant, Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Rich Recognized for Volunteer Work
Earline Rich, administrative secretary IV in the Physics Department, was recognized for her30 years of volunteer service at UMass Memorial during a volunteer recognition and awards ceremony on April 23.

And the Winners Are
The following were winners of the Health and Benefit Fair raffle held on Thursday, April 25.

Kate Rensky, Tufts travel mug
Eleanor McGourty, four tickets to Ringling Bros. circus
Alex Zozulya, spring plant
Sean Gilliard, $15.00 gift card to SAM's Club
Paula Delaney, Tufts windbreaker
Connie Labounty, $50 gift certificate to Northworks Restaurant
Sue Milkman, Carolyn Chester, Anne Riordan, Tom Moreau, Ronald Klocek, Peter Christopher, Healthy Alternatives t-shirts
Marie Dube, Tufts lunch cooler
Jane McCallum, TIAA-CREF beach towel
Monica Blondin, Tufts golf shirt
Kathleen Pierce, Delta tote bag
Paul Girard, Titlist golf balls
Jacqueline Malone, WPI hat and t-shirt
Joan Dickert, CD discman
Cathy Batelle, CIGNA duffle bag

WPI in the News

In its April 4 Web edition, CBS Marketwatch ran an article on WPI's launch of its new marketing campaign. The launch was also covered by The Society of Manufacturing Engineers in its publications and Web site in April and in the April 12 online edition of Syllabus magazine.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ran a brief on WPI's commencement speaker, Dean Kamen.

The May edition of Vanity Fair magazine profiled Dean Kamen and mentioned WPI. The article is entitled "Machine of Dreams."

Boston-based Mass High Tech News featured two WPI students as part of its Close-up Report on "Whiz Kids," in the April 15 issue. Seniors W. Lucas Churchill, a mechanical engineering major, and computer science major Nicholas Zuk were interviewed.

Jonathan Barnett was interviewed by PBS's NOVA program about his involvement with and findings from the FEMA/ASCE team investigating the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings following the terrorism attacks of September 11. NOVA: "Why the Towers Fell" aired Tuesday, April 30 on PBS. To read the latest WPI news releases, go to www.wpi.edu/News/Releases/.

Employment Opportunities
A complete list of currently available positions is posted on the Human Resources Web site.

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 Web site.


Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m., IT Career Information Session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive (in Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex, Rte. 128, exit 26). For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at www.ce.wpi.edu.

Thursday, May 16, 6:30 p.m., IT Career Information Session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at www.ce.wpi.edu.

Tuesday, May 7, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call Kathleen Thompson at 781-895-1188 ext. 205, or register by sending an e-mail to info-session@wpi.edu.

Wednesday, May 8, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, Campus Center Hagglund Room. For more information, call Kathleen Thompson at 781-895-1188 ext. 205, or register by sending an e-mail to info-session@wpi.edu.

Thursday, May 9, 6 p.m., Graduate Information Session, Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive (in Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex, Rte. 128, exit 26). For more information, call Kathleen Thompson at 781-895-1188 ext. 205, or register by sending an e-mail to info-session@wpi.edu.

Tuesday, May 21, New England - Africa Business Conference, Alden Memorial. For more information, call ext. 6024 or visit www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/NEABC/.

Wednesday, May 8, 10:30 a.m., Tech Old Timers Ladies Day, "Rare Coins and Memorabilia," Bob Moffatt, Alden Memorial (coffee at 9:45 a.m.).

Tuesday, May 14, 6:30-9 p.m. (registration at 6 p.m.): "Exit Stratergies: Determining the Destiny of Your Organizations," Mitchell G. Tyson, president and chief executive officer of Precision Robotics Inc. Case presenter: Farsounder Inc., James H. Miller, Ph.D. (WPI '79), foundr and chairman, and David Wood, chief executive officer. Salisbury Labs, Kinnicutt Hall, $10 members; $20 nonmembers; faculty/staff/students free with WPI ID. For more information call 508-831-5075.

Publications & Presentations

Brattin, Joel J. "Constancy, Change and the Dust Mounds of Our Mutual Friend," in the Dickens Quarterly, vol. 19, no. 1 (March 2002), pp.23-30.

Fontanella, Lee, "Landscape in Photography of Spain: Purpose and Effect,"as part of symposium "The Invention of Landscape in Spanish Art, Literature, and Culture," presented at Rice University, April 12, 2002.

Fontanella, Lee, "Bibliographic Scrambles and Academic Programming," presented at Texas A&M University, April 15, 2002.

Fontanella, Lee. "?En que consiste el valor de una fotografia o de una coleccion fotografica?" presented at Centro de la Imagen y Tecnologia Multimedia (Tarrasa, Catalunya, Spain), May 7, 2002.

Worth Noting

Two More Stars in a Growing Constellation
The CAREER Award is the National Science Foundation's most prestigious research award for new faculty members. The grant, which typically includes five years of funding for a major research project, recognizes young faculty members who show unusual promise as researchers and educators. According to the NSF, the award "recognizes and supports the early career development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century."

Over the past eight years, 14 WPI professors have received CAREER Awards, an impressive number for a small university, and a reflection of the university's success in attracting outstanding educators and researcher to its faculty, notes William Durgin, associate provost for academic affairs. "This would be an enviable record for a major university," he says. "For WPI, it is testimony to the quality of new faculty members who have joined us and their commitment to establish solid research programs."

The most recent winners are Kathi Fisler, assistant professor of computer science, and Nikolas Kazantzis, assistant professor of chemical engineering. Fisler, whose research is in computer-aided verification of hardware and software systems, received her award for the project, "A Computational Infrastructure for Timing Diagrams in Computer-Aided Verification." Kazantzis, whose research interests include the analysis, control and optimization of nonlinear processes, received his award for "Digital Model-Based Fault Detection and Isolation For Nonlinear Processes."

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