June 17, 2004

Around Campus

Ground Broken for Bartlett Center

In a ceremony on Thursday, June 10, WPI launched the first element of its new campus master plan by breaking ground for the two-story, 15,000-square-foot Bartlett Center, which will house the Admissions and Financial Aid offices. The building will be located between the Quadrangle and Beech Tree Circle.

Construction of the new building was made possible by a donation from James L. Bartlett Jr. '39 and his wife, Shirley, residents of California. The Bartletts were at the groundbreaking and, with President Edward Alton Parrish, William Marshall, chair of the WPI Board of Trustees, and Judith Nitsch '75, chair of the board's Physical Facilities Committee, turned over the first shovelfuls of earth.

Jim Bartlett received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from WPI in 1939; WPI awarded him an honorary doctorate in engineering in 1998. An accomplished entrepreneur, he has founded six companies in a wide range of technical fields. With an abiding affection for WPI, the Bartletts have generously supported the university and its students for many years.

The Admissions Office will occupy the first floor and part of the second floor. Visitors will be greeted by a spacious reception area, which will lead to interview rooms and a 42-seat multimedia presentation room. The Financial Aid Office will be located on the second floor and will have a waiting area and a conference room.

Robots Ready to Rumble in BattleCry5

Teams from more than 50 high schools around New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania (among them, the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at WPI) will be on campus on Friday and Saturday, June 18-19, to take part in the fifth annual BattleCry@WPI, a competition that pits robots built for the national FIRST robotics competition against one another in spirited competition.

The teams will compete for trophies and honors on a specially designed arena constructed in Harrington Auditorium. The qualifying rounds begin Friday at 5:30 p.m. Play resumes Saturday at 8:45 a.m. The finals get under way at 1:30, with the awards ceremony set for 4:30.

One of the largest robotics competitions in New England, the event is hosted by WPI and cosponsored by Raytheon Company Integrated Defense Systems. The competition tends to be fast-paced and intense, with the excitement and energy of a team sport. The event is free and open to the public.

There's Still Room on Summer Trips

Seats are available for the following summer adventures sponsored by the Campus Center office. For more information, or to make reservations, contact Donna DeChiaro (ext. 6806 or donnad@wpi.edu).

Martha's Vineyard Trip, Saturday, June 26:
Tickets ($48) include bus transportation, ferry and bus tour from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown. The bus departs WPI 7:30 a.m. and returns about 6:30 p.m. Six seats available.

Tall Ships Cruise, Saturday, July 17:
Tickets ($49) include bus transportation and narrated tall ships cruise from Newport Harbor to Quonset Point aboard the Providence II. Bus leaves WPI at 8 a.m. and returns early evening. Sixteen seats available.

Maine Lobsterbake at Bill Foster's, Saturday, July 24:
Tickets ($49) include bus transportation, visits to Nubble Light and York Village, lobster bake, and sightseeing in Ogunquit. Bus leaves WPI at 8 a.m. and returns early evening. Twelve seats available.

Verionix Wins Business Plan Contest

Verionix, Inc. of North Andover, Mass., has won the WPI Venture Forum's 11th Annual Business Plan Contest. The company's winning plan calls for developing a compact process-pressure gas sensor for control and fault detection to be used initially to reduce scrap in the semiconductor industry.

The Venture Forum promotes technology-based entrepreneurial activity and economic growth in New England by increasing the business and financial knowledge of its participants. It does so by sharing experiences among entrepreneurs and area business, financial and educational leaders. The Business Plan Contest is open to New England entrepreneurs with business plans involving a technology-based venture.

Summer Sports Camps Have Openings

The start of WPI's Summer Sports Camp Program is just a couple of weeks away, and the camps still have room for more campers. The camps are great opportunities for boys and girls to sharpen their skills or learn a new sport. Most camps provide a $25 discount to WPI employees. Lunch is provided each day and all campers receive a camp shirt. Here is the schedule of the summer sports camps:

For more information and registration materials, visit the WPI Athletics site, or contact Greg Snoddy at ext 5800.


Women Rowers Garner Awards

Emily Pikor '05, Stephanie Thomas '04 and Jessica McAlear '04 were recently selected to the Division III Academic All-America Team. McAlear was also selected as a Division III First Team All-America Oarswomen. Only two other WPI female athletes have been named to Academic All-America teams. Kerri Coleman '03 was an All-American in track and field and Sue Tarallo '93, who was inducted into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame last October, was a First Team All-American in field hockey.

In Memoriam: Joe Gale

John J.B. "Joe" Gale, who retired in 2000 after 54 years as a member of the WPI staff, died on May 24, after a long illness. Few people in WPI's 139-year history have made an impression as profound or as lasting as Gale. As the WPI Journal noted in 1996, he was "a living, breathing part of the fabric of the institution." To read more about Joe Gale, visit the News and Events web site.

Sotak Named Fellow of ISMRM

Christopher Sotak, professor and head of the Biomedical Engineering Department, was named a fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) at the organization's 12th Scientific Meeting and Exhibition in Kyoto, Japan, in May. The ISMRM fellow grade recognizes significant contributions to the society in fulfilling its scientific and educational mission. A member of ISMRM since 1984, Sotak is widely recognized for his innovative applications of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging in medicine and biology for the evaluation and treatment of cancer and strokes.

ISMRM is an international, nonprofit, scientific association that promotes communication, research, development and applications in the field of magnetic resonance in medicine and biology and other related topics and develops and provides channels and facilities for continuing education in the field. Its multidisciplinary membership of over 5,000 consists of clinicians, physicists, engineers, biochemists and technologists.

Report From the Cabinet

May 11, 2004, Cabinet Summary Network and Data Security Demonstration: Al Johannesen, Sean O'Connor and Phil Deneault discussed network security at WPI, and Ben Thompson reviewed the status of data security (comparatively less well developed). Draft policies for trustee adoption were reviewed and discussed in detail. Overall, WPI is in good shape, thanks to policies and professionals who enforce them rigorously. Federal compliance issues are now being reviewed as well.

Admissions and Financial Aid Outlook: Kevin Kelly indicated WPI was expecting the largest entering class ever this fall. At the time, deposits had been submitted for 775 students, with the expectation that fall enrollment would be around 730. Information from other campuses indicated they are generally doing well. RPI, which last year added 300 students to its 2002 entering class, partly at WPI's expense, was at the time known to be going into its wait list. Mike Curley reviewed in detail financial aid, which was within budget. Judi Trainor related the reports on enrollment and financial aid to the operating budget by stating that the incoming class would generate net revenue far in excess of budgeted net revenue, but that the freshman tuition discount rate would reach an all-time high.

New Mass Academy Summer Program: Lance Schachterle reviewed IQ, a Mass Academy initiative planned for the last week of July and aimed at rising 7th and 8th graders. Should this program (costing $439) be successful, it could be a model for additional WPI summer activities in 2005.

Publications and Presentations

Information Technology

Lynch III, Thomas J., "Internet2: Implications for Librarians," invited talk at "Technology for the Rest of Us: What Every Librarian Should Understand About the Technologies That Affect Us," a weeklong seminar series for academic librarians throughout the state of Ohio, sponsored by the Ohio State University Libraries and OhioLINK, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University, May 25, 2004.

Mechanical Engineering

Hoffman, Allen H., "The New EPICS Program at WPI," National EPICS Conference, Purdue University, Lafayette, Ind., May 26, 2004.

Recent Grants

Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at WPI

Lamarche, Pauline. "Siemens Fellowships," to support educational programs and research for Mass Academy faculty and students (Aug 2004). Siemens Foundation, $9,570.

Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics

Snoddy, Gregory, "WPI Engineering Choices," to enhance campuswide alcohol education and prevention programs, from the NCAA Choices Grant Program. $30,000.

Did You Know…

Students Help Venice Save Its Canals

Venice's battles with Mother Nature and rising tides are well known. What few people realize is that the "Jewel of the Adriatic" is also in jeopardy from man-made forces. The biggest culprit is the cumulative effect of wakes from more than half a century of motorized boat traffic that has greatly accelerated erosion of and damage to the city's canal walls, bridges and other treasures.

Two teams of WPI students, led by faculty advisor and native Venetian Fabio Carrera, have developed a plan currently being implemented that aims to reduce the quantity of wakes by dramatically decreasing cargo-boat traffic in the city's canals.

The plan calls for cargo to Venice's shops, stores and businesses to be delivered based on its destination in the city rather than by product, the current method. A WPI team calculated that cargo-boat journeys would be cut down by about 90 percent by making this change in delivery method.

Academic projects like the ones in Venice are a key part of WPI's project-based undergraduate educational curriculum. They exemplify the university's long-held belief that undergraduate students learn best when they apply knowledge gained in the classroom to the solution of important problems in the real world.

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