May 19, 2005

Around Campus

@WPI Summer Schedule

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A Weekend of Pomp and Circumstance:

Inauguration/Commencement Schedule

The Inauguration of Dennis D. Berkey as WPI's 15th president will begin at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, May 20) on the Quadrangle (rain location: Harrington Auditorium). Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy is scheduled to deliver the keynote address.

A reception will follow in the Campus Center. The campus community is invited to witness this milestone in the university's 140-year history.

Please Note: With hundreds of guests expected for the inauguration ceremony, parking will be tight. The Dover Street lot (between Dover and Hackfeld streets), the Gordon Library lot, and the West Street lot (at West and Institute) will be reserved for faculty and staff parking. Parking will also be available on both sides of Institute Road and adjacent side streets. Details about parking for inauguration are at

At 5:30 p.m. tomorrow (May 20) members of the Class of 2005 and their families will gather in Alden Memorial for the Baccalaureate ceremony, the beginning of the annual Commencement weekend.

Commencement day (Saturday, May 21) will begin at 7 a.m. with the Class of 2005 graduation breakfast in Morgan Commons. All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Tickets, $12.25 for adults and $6.75 for those 12 and under (additional $2 per person for walk-ins), may be purchased through Student Activities in the Campus Center (ext. 5291).

The ROTC commissioning ceremony begins at 8:30 a.m. in Alden Memorial. Colonel (Promotable) Margit M. Farmer, deputy commanding general, 77th Regional Readiness Command, Fort Totten, New York, will be the commissioning officer.

The Commencement ceremony itself begins at 11 a.m. on the Quadrangle (rain location: Harrington; by ticket only). The speaker will be Ray Kurzweil, world-renowned inventor, author, and futurist. Kurzweil will receive an honorary doctorate, as will Henry Lee, one of the world's foremost forensic science experts, and Robert Diamond ‘56, founder and CEO of Xanboo Inc., maker of Internet technology that enables users to remotely monitor and control devices in their homes.

Alumni Returning for Reunion Weekend

WPI alumni will be on campus June 10-12 for Reunion 2005. A variety of Alumni College sessions will be offered this year, including a discussion on social engineering, a presentation on the latest in biomedical devices, and a virtual visit to Venice.

Here are some highlights of the weekend (complete schedule):

Summer Hours Start Soon

The summer work schedule for full-time staff will be in effect from May 31 to Aug. 19, with the normal 37.5-hour workweek shortened to 35 hours with no reduction in pay. For most offices and departments, this means the workday will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Time cards for all full-time hourly paid, nonunion personnel working 37.5 hours should reflect 35 hours during this period. Time cards for personnel working 40 hours should reflect 37.5. In each case, biweekly employees will be paid for the full work week.

Division and department heads who need to arrange flexible work schedules should inform Human Resources in writing so this can be communicated to Campus Police, Payroll, Plant Services, and the main switchboard.


Honoring Longtime Employees

The following faculty and staff celebrated a service anniversary during 2004-05: 40 Years: Diana Johnson; 35 Years: Ted Crusberg, Steve Hebert; 30 Years: Robert D'Andrea, Alex Emanuel, Peggy Isaacson, Harold Lindberg, Malcolm Parkinson, James Pavlik; 25 Years: Jonathan Barnett, Richard Burns, Michael Curley, David Cyganski, Colleen Lewis, David Lucht, Denise Rodino, Pam Weathers, Glen Whitcomb; 20 Years: David Adams, Padmanabhan Aravind, Joseph Auger, Joanne Beller, David Brown, Linda Bullens, Jeannette Dailida, Sharon Donahue, Daniel Gibson, Hossein Hakim, Lorraine Marchand, Elenore McGourty, Paula Moravek, Dianne Moreau, Penny Rock, John Stoever; 15 Years: Joseph Banach, George Berberian, Christopher Brown, Steven Bullock, Carol Butler, Sharon Cahill, Brian Cantwell, Mike Carney, Andria Dower, William Farr, Paul Girard, Sadie Goesch, John Hanlon, Mary Beth Harrity, Scott Horanzy, Hamid Johari, Charles Kornik, Christine Love, Konstantin Lurie, Shawn McAvey, Grant McGimpsey, William Michalson, Balgobin Nandram, Marjorie Roncone, Jeffrey Rudzinski, Rita Shilansky, Bruce Worthington.

Mass Academy Graduates

At the graduation ceremony for the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at WPI, held in Alden Memorial on May 13, 43 seniors received their diplomas. WPI president Dennis Berkey was the guest speaker. Attorney James Barnhill received the Arthur E. Chase Award, which honors individuals who have contributed to the success of the academy.

Here are the colleges that the graduates will be attending: Boston College, Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Florida Institute of Technology, Georgetown University, George Washington University, MIT, Northeastern University, Norwich University, Princeton University, Simmons College, RPI, Rochester Institute of Technology, Roger Williams University.

Also, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, United States Naval Academy, University of Haifa, Israel, University of Hartford, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of New Hampshire, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, University of Rochester, Wellesley College, WPI, and Yale University.

Publications and Presentations

Academic Affairs

Schachterle, Lance, "The Editorial Crux of 'undue erring/undeserving' in The Deerslayer," papers from the 2003 Cooper Seminar, SUNY Oneonta (2003; pub. 2005), 69-78; with a response from Hugh C. MacDougall.

Biomedical Engineering

Billiar, K. L., A. M. Throm*, M. T. Frey, "Biaxial Failure Properties of Planar Living Tissue Equivalents," in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, vol. 73A, 182-191, 2005.

Grouf, J., A. M. Throm*, and K. L. Billiar, "Biochemical and Mechanical Effects of EGF and TGF-ß1 on Fibrin Gel Tissue Equivalents," presented at the Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting, Memphis, Tenn., April 2005.

*Undergraduate student

Chemical Engineering

Tong, M., T. A. Camesano, and W. P. Johnson, "Spatial Variation in Bacterial Deposition Rate Coefficients Under Unfavorable Deposition Conditions

Resulting From Non-Electrostatic Mechanisms," in Environmental Science & Technology, 39, 3679-3687, 2005.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Moore, A. E., L. D. Albano, R. W. Fitzgerald, and B. J. Meacham, "Metropolis and Beyond," presented and in proceedings, 2005 Structures Congress, sponsored by the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, April 20-24, 2005.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Brown, Robert, "Product Warranty Practices and Policies," presented at the Association of Support Professionals and the Association for Service Management International (AFSMI) joint meeting, Chelmsford, Mass., April 21, 2005.

Humanities and Arts

Weininger, Stephen J., and Bland Addison, "Project-Based Education," presented to the faculty of the Polytechnic of Namibia, March 23, 2005.

Weininger, Stephen J., and Mbahupu H. Tjivikua (WPI Namibia Coordinator), interviewed by "Good Morning, Namibia," Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, March 24, 2005.

Addison, Bland, "Project-Based Learning," presented at the "Official Welcome" to visiting American students and scholars by the Polytechnic of Namibia and the U.S. Embassy, March 24, 2005.

Gottlieb, Roger, S., "A Spirit in Love with the Earth: The Promises of Religious Environmentalism," presented at Thiel College Earth Week, April 21, 2005.

Menides, Laura J., "Amy Irving Portrays Elizabeth Bishop," a review of "A Safe Haven for Elizabeth Bishop," by Marta Goes, in The Elizabeth Bishop Bulletin, 3-4, Spring 2005.

Menides, Laura J., featured poet at "D'Alzon Poetry Reading Series," Assumption College, April 15, 2005.

Menides, Laura J., reading and discussing the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop at "No Limits: Poetry of Worcester," College of the Holy Cross, March 30, 2005.


Norbury, John, "On the Importance of Electromagnetic Dissociation for Cosmic Ray and Nuclear Transport Codes," presented at the April meeting of the American Physical Society, Tampa, Fla., April 18, 2005. The abstract was published in the Bulletin of the American Physical Society, vol. 50, no. 2, 166 (2005).

Recent Grants

Chemical Engineering

Camesano, T., for "CAREER: Molecular-Scale Interactions Between Microbes and Surfaces," from the National Science Foundation, $78,385.

Datta, R., for "Development of High-Temperature Fuel Cell," from Plug Power Solutions, $119,954.

Dixon, A., for " Catalyst Design and Detailed Modeling for Fixed Bed Reactors Using CFD," from Johnson Matthey PLC, $32,964.

Computer Science

Heffernan, N., for "CAREER: Learning About Learning," from the National Science Foundation, $130,267.

Sarkozy, G. N., for "Extremal Problems in Graph Theory," from the National Science Foundation, $62,160.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Brown, D., for "CAREER: Cooperative Communication Systems: Resource Allocation, Self Organization, and Synchronization," from the National Science Foundation, $6,000.

Mathematical Sciences

Walker, H., for "Algorithms and Software for C-SAFE," from the University of Utah ( Department of Energy), $34,000.

Mechanical Engineering

Apelian, D., and M. Makhlouf*, for "Commercially Viable, Low-Cost and Energy-Efficient Processing of Semi-Solid Aluminum Alloys," from the Advanced Technology Institute (Department of Energy), $180,000.

Tryggvason, G., and A. Esmaeeli*, for "Studies of Forced Convection Boiling by Direct Numerical Simulations," from NASA, $110,407.

*Co-principal Investigator


Gerstenfeld, A., for "South Africa: The Engine of Growth in Africa," from the Department of Education, $98,752.

Total April grants and contracts: $852,889

Computer Tip

Getting Here from There

Have you ever been working off-campus and wished you could get into a file you saved on the WPI network or download campus licensed software, such as McAfee VirusScan? You can securely accomplish those tasks and more on WPI's network via the Virtual Private Network, or VPN.

A VPN is a secure connection through an on-campus Extranet server that provides the same connections you would have if you on campus. For example, it makes it possible for you to map network drives, send e-mail via WPI's SMTP servers, and run available client software. All traffic between your computer, the Extranet server, and the WPI network is encrypted, so you don't have to worry about sensitive information being intercepted en route.

Please note that traffic between your computer and the Internet at large continues to be routed through normal means, and is not encrypted by the VPN. WPI community members may download and run the VPN client using their Unix username and password. Complete information about the VPN is online.

Correcting Our Facts

The following faculty member was omitted from our report in the May 5 edition on the Faculty Honors Convocation. The editors regret this error.

Kristen Billiar, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, received the Romeo L. Moruzzi Young Faculty Award.

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