October 9, 2003

From the Editors

Welcome to the first issue of a new @WPI. Last spring we surveyed readers, asking what you liked and didn't like about the old @WPI. In short, here's what you told us:

You liked short, relevant news items, stories about people, and notices of upcoming events in a clean design, with generous white space, delivered to you every other week.

You didn't like reading old news you'd received from other sources.

We've incorporated these and other suggestions into this new design. For example:

Soon, we will introduce a new feature that will help you get to know your fellow employees.

We hope you like the new @WPI. Please send comments or suggestions to atwpi@wpi.edu.

Around Campus

Annual Invitational Mathematics Meet

More than 85 schools from four states will send four-person teams to WPI's annual Invitational Mathematics Meet for high-school students on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Harrington Auditorium. Sponsors are WPI's Master of Mathematics for Educators Program, The Math Works, Rosenlund Travel Service, Saint-Gobain, Tatnuck Bookseller at WPI and Texas Instruments. For more, visit the Invitational Mathematics Meet site.

Homecoming Soars With Aviation Events

"Let Your Spirit Soar" is the theme of Homecoming 2003, Oct. 10 and 11. In addition to the usual Homecoming festivities, WPI will celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight with a speaker series on Friday and a fly-in at Worcester Regional Airport on Saturday. Speakers will include Stacey Cotton Bonasso '90, one of the first female F-16 pilots; Ross Pease '95, one of the youngest B-2 stealth bomber pilots; and James

Dunn '67, E-plane developer. This year's homecoming football game, against Norwich, will be played at 7 p.m. on Saturday. For a complete schedule, visit the Alumni site's Homecoming page.

Five to Join the Hall of Fame

Five alumni will be inducted into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame at the annual banquet on Oct. 10. Inductees are David J. Ceppetelli '93 (football); Kenneth A. Kaufman (WPI men's basketball coach from 1975 to 2001); Roland P. Marquis Jr. '87 (wrestling); Susan M. Tarallo '93 (field hockey); and Jason D. Wening '97 (swimming).

Nominate a University Ambassador

Members of the WPI community are invited to nominate faculty, staff and students for the inaugural University Ambassador Awards, which recognize excellence in representing WPI to the outside world. The deadline for nominations is Friday, October 31; winners will be announced in December. For more information, and to nominate individuals or groups online, visit the University Ambassador Awards page on the Marketing & Communications site.

Annual Leaf-Raking Fundraiser

The WPI Glee Club is holding its annual leaf-raking fundraiser every weekend until the weather dictates otherwise to support operations for the academic year. Club members will rake a yard of any size. Anyone interested should e-mail gleeclub@wpi.edu.


Senior Chosen for NIH Summer Program

John Lee Baird '04, a double major in biology and history and a minor in physics, was accepted into the 2003 National Institutes of Health Summer Research Program as a fellow. Baird joins 45 other students at the University of Massachusetts Medical School participating in research programs sponsored by the NIH, National Science Foundation and UMMS Office of Research. The Summer Research Program is intended to increase the number of minority students who pursue careers in medical research. The fellowship provides students with an opportunity to work with doctors and researchers at UMass Medical. Baird is one of only six students to have been accepted into the program twice.

Mott Named BU Alumni President

Wesley T. Mott, professor of English, has been named president of the alumni association of the Boston University College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the largest of BU's 17 schools and colleges. BU has 236,000 living alumni, including 60,000 graduates of CAS and 16,000 of the graduate school. Mott earned an A.B. from CAS (1968) and an A.M. (1969) and Ph.D. (1974) from the graduate school. He is currently president of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society and vice president of publications of the Thoreau Society.

Meet the New Faculty

The following individuals joined the faculty this fall:

Recent Promotions/Reclassifications

Academic Affairs: Barbara Edilberti, Mechanical Engineering, administrative assistant V; Brenda May, Military Science, administrative assistant VI; and Carla Risi, Graduate Studies and Enrollment, database coordinator.

Business Affairs: Joyce Carlson, Accounting Office, accounting clerk V; Danielle Cove, Treasurer's Office, associate treasurer; An Dang, Accounting Office, accounting clerk V; Melanie Disiata, Human Resources, benefits coordinator; and Darleen Doona, Human Resources, human resources administrator.

Development and University Relations: Patti-Lynne Campomizzi, Advancement Services, director, advancement services; Landy Johnson, Corporate and Foundation Relations, associate director, foundations relations; Daniel Petrocelli, Development, associate director, planned giving; and Barbara Ziff, Advancement Services, executive director, advancement operations and research.

Information Technology: George Berberian, Computing and Communications Center, help desk representative; Amy Marr, Web Development Office, director, web development; and William Zuidema, Computing and Communications Center, help desk representative.

Student Affairs: Cathy Battelle, Events Office, events assistant; Jennifer Cluett, Admissions Office, associate director; Michael Curley, Financial Aid, assistant vice president, financial aid, and director, risk management; Donna DeChiaro, Campus Center Director Office, administrative assistant; Michael DiRuzza Jr., Financial Aid, senior assistant director; Natalie Mello, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division, director of global operations; Judith Shute, Diversity and Women's Programs, administrative assistant VI; and Della Tornblom, Admissions Office, administrative assistant V.

Making a Name For WPI

Workers install the new sign at the corner of West Street and Institute Road.

Here’s news of two recent initiatives in WPI’s marketing program. For more on these accomplishments, visit www.wpi.edu/Admin/UR/Marketing:

The WPI TV commercial is back on the air in greater Boston and the Hartford/New Haven areas through Nov. 9.

New signs featuring the WPI logo were installed in late August around the campus periphery.

A one-page advertisement for WPI appears in the new 2004 Guide to America’s Best Colleges published by U.S. News & World Report. The guidebook, the most popular reference among prospective college students and their parents, is available at bookstores nationwide.

Banner advertisements based on the U.S. News guidebook ad are running on U.S. News.com.

Did You Know?

One of the first gasoline-powered automobiles was invented by a WPI graduate. Elwood Haynes, Class of 1881, a native of Indiana, thought a carriage powered by an internal combustion engine would be a faster way to travel long distances than the horse-drawn carriage.

Haynes’ first horseless carriage, now in the Smithsonian Institution, is the oldest American-made vehicle still in existence. It made its initial run on July 4, 1894, in Kokomo, where a monument today declares the town the “birthplace of a new era of transportation.” Haynes started the Hynes Motor Co. to make his automobiles.

Another of his enterprises capitalized on his innovations in metallurgy. He was the first to develop stainless steel, and invented a number of other important alloys, including Stellite, a cobalt-chromium-tungsten alloy much harder than many steels that proved ideal for certain types of cutting tools. It became the best-known product of the Haynes Stellite Company.

Haynes, who died in 1925, won the prestigious John Scott Medal for his discoveries in metallurgy. His contribution to automotive history was commemorated in a 1995 U.S. postage stamp.

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