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Vol. 2, No. 19 July 12, 2001

Around Campus

@WPI Summer Schedule

This is the July issue of @WPI. We publish once a month during the summer to keep the campus community informed of campus events. Biweekly publication will resume beginning Aug. 30.

@WPI is intended for the entire WPI community. We encourage you to use it to inform the campus community about people, programs and events that can be publicized on campus. Mail articles and suggestions to the Communications Group, Boynton Hall, or e-mail atwpi@wpi.edu.

Award Winning Work

Three WPI entries were feted at the 14th annual Mary T. Holland Competition for Creative Excellence held in June. WPI’s admissions acceptance letter package earned a third place award. It was designed and developed by WPI Art Director Michael Sherman and Jim Casey of Casey Design Inc.

WPI also received awards of merit for the Web site for the BattleCry@WPI robotics competition, designed and developed by Troy Thompson and Amy Marr, and the logo developed for the Alumni Office’s Reunion program by Jim Casey.

Health Plan Change

If you have made a change to your health plan provider for FY02, effective July 1, 2001, and have not received a new enrollment card, you may need to contact the member services department of the new provider to obtain your new ID number. Here are the numbers:

Fallon Community Health Plan 1-800-289-2556
CIGNA Healthsource HMO 1-800-291-2466
CIGNA Healthsource PPO 1-800-531-4005
Tufts Health Plan 1-800-462-0224

You may use the enrollment form provided to you by Human Resources as a temporary ID. If you have any questions, call ext. 5737 or e-mail deveritt@wpi.edu.

Summer Concert Series Concludes

The series of free hour-long concerts, sponsored by the Campus Center and the Student Activities Office, will conclude with performances by Reverie, Music for flute and harp, and Con Brio Quintet (woodwind) on Wednesday, July 11, and the New England Brass-Guild Quintet on Wednesday, July 25. Concerts are at noon on the Burt Terrace (weather permitting). Bring your own lunch or purchase food in the food court. For more information, call ext. 5291.

Boynton Mailroom Relocates

With the recent move of the Boynton Hall mailroom operation to the Campus Center, all of WPI's mail services are now in the same place. Diane Wells, mail processing coordinator, ext. 5137, will provide all of the mail services she provided in Boynton Hall in the new location.

Departments that give outgoing mail to the courier to be processed may continue this practice, making sure that the mail is bundled or boxed with an appropriate mail work order. Mail to be metered, non-profit mail and UPS Ground or Express mail may also be brought to the Mail Services Window in the Campus Center. First Class, Priority and UPS processed mail should be given to the courier early in the day or brought to Mail Services no later than 3 p.m. Community members may buy stamps and have personal mail metered or expressed at the Mail Services window between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Administrative Services, ID Services and Property Administration will move to Daniels Hall in mid-July; Printing/Duplicating Services will move in November. If you have questions, call or email Diane at ext. 5137(dwells@wpi.edu) or Sadie at ext. 5150 (scgoesch@wpi.edu)

Marut Competes in Top Coder Contest

Andrew Marut '04 may not be the Top Coder, but he is a littlie richer for the experience of participating in the Top Coder Collegiate Challenge in San Francisco last month. Marut was one of 16 finalists from universities around the nation who competed in the programming contest, which sent the winner, a student from MIT, away with a grand prize of $100,000.

Marut qualified for the contest by completing an on-line challenge on the Web site topcoder,com, a service that helps employers find top-notch programmers. In San Francisco, the semifinalists were divided into groups of four. They completed a three-part challenge in which they first wrote code to solve three problems, critiqued each other’s code, and then ran their programs to see how well they worked. The winner in each group advanced to the finals. Marut, who hails from Glastonbury, Conn., came in second in his group, a feat that earned him a prize of $10,000.


Zalosh Named Fellow of SFPE

Robert G. Zalosh, professor of fire protection engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. The honor recognizes Zalosh’s achievement in the field of fire protection engineering. Zalosh’s research focuses on fire and explosion hazards and protection systems. His expertise has been sought out as part of major investigations of such complex fire and explosion incidents as the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant hydrogen explosion and the TWA Flight 800 explosion and crash.

A member of the SFPE since 1991, Zalosh wrote the explosion protection chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Handbook, is working on a textbook on industrial fire protection, and has served on the editorial review board of the journal Fire Technology.

Durgin Named to National Deans Board

William W. Durgin, associate provost for academic affairs, was recently named to the executive board of the American Association for Engineering Education Engineering Deans Council. The council consists of representatives from each of the engineering college members of the society and from interested affiliate college members. Its objectives include assessing and recommending policies concerning ABET-accredited engineering colleges and schools and providing a forum for these institutions for the discussion of shared problems and experiences.

Lab Manager Directs Play

Paula Moravek, laboratory manager in the Biology and Biotechnology Department, is directing Noel Coward’s comedy Blithe Spirit with the Sudbury Savoyards. Performances will be held in Hawes Hall, Sudbury United Methodist Church, July 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m., with one Sunday matinee on July 22 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $9 for students and seniors, with a $1 discount on advanced purchases. For reservations and information, call 978-443-8811 or visit www.sudburysavoyards.org. An all-volunteer organization, the Sudbury Savoyards presents two theatrical events per year; all profits are donated for the relief of world hunger. The group’s last operetta raised $7,000 for this worthy cause.

Welcome the Newcomers

The following individuals have joined WPI: Omar Connor, Campus Police officer; Darleen Doona, data entry clerk, Human Resources; Norman Hutchins, mechanical operations supervisor, Plant Services; Brian Kohlstrom, database coordinator, Career Development Center; Amy Miller, administrative secretary IV, Computer Science; Shaun Murphy, program manager, Continuing and Professional Education-Waltham; Robert Oborne senior development researcher, Development and University Relations; Chantal Stevenson, program administrator, Continuing and Professional Education.

Employment Information

Recent Promotions and Reclassifications

Academic Affairs: Thomas Angelotti, Electrical and Computer Engineering, electronics technician III; Arthur Bealand, Civil and Environmental Engineering, lab machinist II; Gina Betti, Management, associate director; Todd Billings, Mechanical Engineering, lab machinist II; Carol Briggs, Research Administration, sponsored programs coordinator; Jeanette Dailida, Projects and Registrar’s Office, graduate operations coordinator; Stephen Derosier, Mechanical Engineering, lab machinist II; Barbara DeWolfe, Continuing Education-Worcester, telemarketer and customer service specialist; Giacomo Ferraro, Chemical Engineering, lab manager I; Deborah Graves, Provost’s Office, executive assistant; Peter Hefti, Mechanical Engineering, lab manager I; James Johnston, Mechanical Engineering, lab machinist II; Nancy Hickman, Provost’s Office, Executive Assistant; David Holl, Electrical and Computer Engineering, manager of computational facilities; Doris Horgan, Provost’s Office, executive assistant; Natalie Mello, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies, director of global operations; Susan Milkman, Manufacturing Engineering, administrative secretary IV; Paula Moravek, Biology and Biotechnology, lab manager II; Donald Pellegrino, Electrical and Computer Engineering, lab manager II; Laurie Smith, Chemistry and Biochemistry, operations manager; Roger Steele, Physics, lab manager II; Doreen Sullivan, Management, receptionist/clerk; Robert Taylor, Mechanical Engineering, supervisor of machinists; and Lisa Wall, Biomedical Engineering, lab manager II.

Business Affairs: Roderick Beaton, Campus Police, associate director of public safety; Dorothy Burdulis, Vice President for Administration office, executive assistant; Lori Costello, Business Affairs-Payroll, lead payroll specialist; A. Paul Marden, Administrative Services-Central Mail, mail/receiving coordinator; and Catherine Seed, Vice President Administration office, administrative secretary IV.

Development and University Relations: Laurie Bowater, director of development research; Lisa Maizite, director of capital and endowed gifts and senior development officer; and Gina Patterson, executive assistant.

Information Technology: Noah Abrahams, CCC, PC support technician II, Debra Babineau, CCC, computer trainer; Elizabeth Goodrich, Library, interlibrary loan associate; Martha Gunnarson, Library, serials librarian; Joseph Kalinowski, IMC, senior systems administrator; Dorothy McCarthy, Library, archivist and special collection assistant; Patricia Stevenson, CCC; Frank Sweeter, CCC, network technician III; and Scott Streeter, CCC, PC support and hardware technician III.

President’s Office: Madelyn Mulhern, administrative secretary IV.

Student Affairs: Evelyn Doyle, CDC, administrative secretary III; Pauline Lavallee, Student Affairs, executive assistant; Melissa Leahy, Admissions, senior assistant director; Janice Martin, International House, administrative assistant; Jennifer O’Neill, Admissions, senior assistant director; and Wendy Ransom, Admissions, operations manager.

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

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.

Human Resources Deadlines

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

Thursday, July 5
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, July 11)

Thursday, July 12
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, July 19)

Monday, July 16
Monthly Flexcomp claim forms

Wednesday, July 18
Monthly payroll authorizations
(Monthly payroll paid Tuesday, July 31)

Thursday, July 19
Biweekly staff payroll authorizations and Flexcomp claim forms
(Staff payroll paid Wednesday, July 25)

Thursday, July 26
Biweekly student payroll authorizations
(Student payroll paid Thursday, Aug. 2)

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.

Cabinet Meeting Summary

Summaries of Cabinet Meetings are available online to members of the WPI Community on the Cabinet website.



Wednesday, July 25, 6 p.m., "Jumpstart Your IT Career in 9 Weeks," Waltham Campus, 60 Hickory Drive (in Bear Hill Road/Second Avenue business complex). For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at http://ce.wpi.edu.

Thursday, July 26, 6 p.m., "Jumpstart Your IT Career in 9 Weeks," MetroWest Campus, 225 Turnpike Road (Rte. 9 West), Southborough. For more information, call 800-974-9717 or reserve your space online at http://ce.wpi.edu.

Publications & Presentations


Cox, Christopher N., "Course Research Assignments and Web Site Evaluation," "Lists of Best Web Sites and Web Site Evaluation" and "Web Site Design and Web Site Evaluation," in Teaching Information Literacy Concepts: Activities & Frameworks from the Field, ed. Trudi E. Jacobson and Timothy H. Gatti, Library Instruction Publications, 2001.


Brattin, Joel J., "Gems from the Collection: Scholarly Research at Dickens House," invited lecture at Dickens House Museum, London, England, June 10.


Goulet, John, "An Outcomes Oriented Approach to Calculus Instruction," in the Journal of Engineering Education, vol. 90, no. 2, April.


C. Demetry, N. Kildahl, and S. Gurland, "Creating Bridges to Material Properties in General Chemistry Laboratories," presented at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, Albuquerque, N. M., June 24-27.


Johnson, Dawn, "Overcoming Fear, Rigidity and Power Politics: The Art of Diversity Coalition Building," presented at the 14th Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education, Seattle, Wash., May 31.


Aravind, P.K., "Bell's Theorem Without Inequalities and Only Two Distant Observers," presented at the International Conference on Quantum Information, University of Rochester, June 10-13.

Recent Grants

The following is a list of research grants received by WPI in April. Principal investigators are listed first. The office of Research Administration provides this information.


Shonat, R.D., from the Whitaker Foundation ,"Three Dimensional Imaging of Oxygen Tension in the Diabetic Mouse Retina," $239,896.


Dixon, A.G., from Synetix, "Catalyst Design for Improving Heat Transfer Near the Wall of a Fixed Bed Reactor Tube Through Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling," $55,916.

Ribeiro, F.H., from the National Science Foundation, "CAREER: Educational and Research Opportunities in Environmental Engineering: Catalysis as a Tool for Solving Environmental Problems," $4,688.


Makarov, S., from the National Science Foundation, "Analysis and Design of Volume Photonic Metal Grid Antenna Elements," $140,000.


Walker, H. F., from the University of Utah "Numerical Algorithms and Software for C-SAFE," $89,059.


Gatsonis, N. A., from MIT"WPI/Space Grant Aerospace Projects," $10,834.

Johari, H., from the Department of Defense/Army, "Aerodynamics of Parachute Opening," $46,255.

Pryputniewicz, R. J. and C. Furlong, from BWXT Pantex, "Development of a Laser-Based Optoelectronic Holography System for Inside Shape Measurements," $139,613.

Pryputniewicz, R. J. and C. Furlong, from BWXT Pantex, "Optimization of Optoelectronic Holography System," $135,451.

Pryputniewicz, R. J. and C. Furlong, from Sandia National Laboratory, "Investigation of a Matrox Frame Grabber," $25,000.

Rong, Y., from the National Science Foundation, "Collaborative Research: GOALI: Integrated and Computerized Setup Planning and Fixture Design," 199,491.


Elmes, M., D. M. h3 and O. Volkoff, from the National Science Foundation, "The Relationship of Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) Implementation to Organizational Changes in Control, Task Structure and Workarounds, $299,987.

Worth Noting

As you walk around campus during the next few weeks, don’t be surprised if you run into some your people eagerly discussing the latest developments in science and engineering. This week WPI launched the latest editions of Frontiers and Strive. About 60 high school students from throughout the United States are participating in these pre-college summer programs through July 20. They are exploring the outer limits of science, mathematics and engineering and, at the same time, getting a preview of the excitement and challenges of college life.

Members of the WPI faculty guide these academically talented students in hands-on, project-based studies in a major focus area of their choice: biology, civil engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering and physics. Classroom instruction is enhanced by opportunities to use state-of-the-art experimental, analytical and computer technology. WPI students majoring in these disciplines assist with labs and study groups. Students also focus on areas of the humanities, including music, theatre, creative and expository writing and public speaking.

Frontiers began in 1982. Strive was established in 1991 with seed money from United Technologies Corp. to identify motivated and academically talented African-American, Latino and Native American students. Workshops and interactions with Frontiers and Strive staff members provide advice, support and information to help students in their efforts to enter a college of their choice and to ease the transition from high school to higher education.

Other young people are around campus this week taking part in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs, nine-week sessions sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The two REU programs at WPI this summer focus on industrial problems in manufacturing engineering and industrial mathematics and statistics.

Summer sports camps (in baseball, rowing, co-ed basketball, co-ed soccer, field hockey and rowing) began at the end of June and continue until early August. The second session of the Summer Fun Camp for youngsters aged 6 to 12 got under way at WPI and at the Worcester Center for Crafts this week. The campo runs through Aug. 3. Still to come are two sessions of the WPI ESL (English as a Second Language) Summer Institute, Camp REACH, a summer residential program for girls in Massachusetts who have completed the sixth grade and who are interested in learning more about careers in engineering and technology, and several workshops for middle and high school teachers.

For more on this busy summer at WPI, and for a head-up on who you might be bumping into around campus during the next two months, visit www.wpi.edu/Academics/Summer.

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