Welcome to @WPI

Vol. 3, No. 20 July, 2002

Around Campus

@WPI Summer Schedule
@WPI is published once a month in June, July and August to keep the campus community informed during the summer. @WPI is intended for the entire WPI community. Please use it to inform the campus community about people, programs and events that can be publicized on campus. E-mail articles to atwpi@wpi.edu or send them to @WPI, Boynton Hall.

Received Your New Health Plan Card?
If you changed health plan providers for FY02, effective July 1, and have not received a new enrollment card, you may need to contact the member services department of the new provider to obtain your ID number. Here are the numbers:

Fallon Community Health Plan

1-800-868-5200

CIGNA Healthsource HMO

1-800-244-6224

CIGNA Healthsource PPO

1-800-244-6224

Tufts Health Plan

1-800-462-0224

Delta Dental

1-800-872-0500

You may use the enrollment form provided to you by Human Resources as a temporary ID. If you have any questions, call ext. 5470 or e-mail thassett@wpi.edu or mdesiata@wpi.edu.

Web Development Office Relocates
The Web Development Office recently moved to the basement of the Gordon Library in a space formerly known as the CS Annex. A map showing the new location is on the WDO Web site.

Summer Theatre Presents Comedy
On Thursday, July 11, Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, at 8 p.m., the WPI Summer Theatre will present The Complete History of America (abridged) in Alden Memorial. The comedy, which covers 500 years of history in 90 minutes, has been described as intellectual vaudeville. The production stars WPI alumni Dawn Varacchi, WPI student Hilary Lohnes Hayes and Georgia Tech student Craig Rennak; it’s directed by Jony Balboni. Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for students. For more information, e-mail miker@wpi.edu.

Paintings and Photographs on Display
Un Mundo, Una Familia (One World, One Family), Watercolors and Photographs by Iris Lanyon, is on display in the Gordon Library through Aug. 30.

Summer Concert Series Continues
The series of free hour-long concerts, sponsored by the Campus Center and Student Activities continue through July each Wednesday at noon on the Burt Terrace of the Campus Center (rain location, Forkey Commons). Bring your own lunch or purchase food in the Food Court.

July 17: New England Brass Guild Quintet
July 24: Ed Zaloom (country)
July 31: Reverie (music for flute and harp)
For more information, call ext. 5291.

There’s Still Room On The Bus
Several seats are available for the following trips. For more information, or to make reservations, call Donna DeChiaro at ext. 6806 or email donnad@wpi.edu.

NANTUCKET TRIP, Saturday, July 27: Tickets ($35) include bus transportation and ferry. Bus leaves WPI at 6:30 a.m.; Ferry departs Hyannis for Nantucket at 9:15 a.m. Bus departs Nantucket at 5:45 p.m., arriving at WPI at 10 p.m.

DAY TRIP TO BOSTON, Saturday, Aug. 3: Tickets ($5) include bus transportation. Bus leaves WPI at 9 a.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.

People

Human Resources Deadlines
Staff time sheets are due by noon on the Friday before the pay date. Human Resources and Payroll Office deadlines are noted below.

Thursday, July 11
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, July 18)

Monday, July 15
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Thursday, July 18
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Friday, July 31)

Thursday, July 18
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, July 24)

Thursday, July 25
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, August 1)

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 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.

WPI in the News

For summaries of where WPI has been in the news, please visit the official WPI In the News section of the WPI Web site.

Colloquia/Conferences/Meetings

Wednesday, July 25, 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 Professional Workshops Web site.

Thursday, July 26, 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 Professional Workshops Web site.

Graduate Admissions
Tuesday, Aug. 20, 6p.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.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 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.

Thursday, Aug. 22, 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.

Publications & Presentations

PHYSICS
Burnham, N. A., "Nanomechanics of Surfaces with the AFM," presented at Surface Analysis '02, Nashville, Tenn., May 20, 2002.

Burnham, N.A., "Intermittent-Contact Mode Interpretation," Invited speaker at I-PRIME Master Classes, University of Minneapolis, May 30, 2002.

Burnham, N. A., "Small is Beautiful, Small is Different, Small is Elegant," presented at Hysitron Inc., Minneapolis, May 30, 2002.

PROVOST’S OFFICE
Durgin, William, "Regional Competitiveness: Developing Intellectual Capital," presented at the New England Governors’ Conference and Eastern Canadian Premiers IT Workforce Development 2002: A Call to Action, Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, Conn., June 6 and 7.

Recent Grants

CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
Ray, Malcolm, for "Impact Testing of Reinforced and Unreinforced Concrete Beams," from Aptek Inc., $26,919.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
Ribeiro, Fabio, for "Kinetics of Water-Gas Shift Reaction," from Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc., $102,903.

MATHEMATICAL SCIENCE
Sarkis, Marcus, for "CAREER: Multi-level Multi-material Problem-solver Environment with Semisolid Material Applications and Education," from the National Science Foundation, $60,000.

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Apelian, Diran, M. Makhlouf, Andreas Alexandrou, for "Low-cost and Energy-efficient Methods for the Manufacture of Semisolid Feedstock," from the Department of Energy, $52,700.

Rong, Yiming, for "Extension of PEMS into Turning Application," from Delphi Automotive Systems, $30,000.

Rong, Yiming, for "Lean Manufacturing Process Design and Implementation for Wheel Bearing Manufacturing," from Delphi Automotive Systems, $30,000.

Total May research grants: $302,522.

Worth Noting

Happy 100th Birthday to the Project Center
Today we know it as the Project Center, home to the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division (IGSD) and the Career Development Center. But this simple, 90-by-52-foot structure was built in 1902 as the Foundry. Completed for $11,000 under the direction of civil engineering professor Arthur French, the facility contributed to the financial success of the commercial manufacturing business the Institute operated for many years in the Washburn Shops.

In his Seventy Years of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Herbert Taylor ’12, noted that the well-designed and well-equipped foundry also brought some fame to the young school. "It was so well planned both for instruction and commercial uses that the directors of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition invited the Institute to design and supervise the construction of a similar model foundry at St. Louis for the 1904 Fair," he wrote. "This building was a center of interest for engineers and foundrymen."

In the foundry and a forge shop that was renovated and upgraded around the same time, WPI students and faculty made products that generated considerable revenue for the Institute. It was also here that intricate metal parts were made for some of early rockets made by Robert Goddard ’08.

Eventually, WPI elected to end profit-making activities in the Shops and the Foundry, concerned that this commercial activity was not consistent with the mission of an educational institution. In the early 1970s, when the university launched the WPI Plan, its innovative approach to undergraduate education, the Foundry was given new life as the Project Center, serving as administrative headquarters for the project-intensive curriculum. Today, that use continues as the IGSD administers the university’s unique science, technology and society project and its sprawling network of global project centers from this 100-year-old building.

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