July 19, 2007

Around Campus

WPI to Establish Endowed Professorship in Chemistry, Thanks to Metzger Donation

The residence hall under construction between Boynton and Dean streets is becoming more of a reality. As of July 12, the building’s shell is taking shape as beams continue to rise. A portion of Boynton Street (the end closer to Institute Road) has been closed this summer for safety concerns around the construction site.

WPI to Establish Endowed Professorship in Chemistry, Thanks to Metzger Donation WPI announced this month the establishment of a new endowed professorship in chemistry made possible by the generosity of John C. Metzger Jr., Class of 1946, and his wife, Jean. Metzger, who died in December at age 82, was a WPI emeritus trustee.

“John Metzger did so much to help this university grow and prosper,” says President Dennis Berkey. “We are deeply grateful for his service and his friendship. While the WPI community will miss him profoundly, the legacy he built through his professorship and countless other contributions will endure for generations to come.”

The Metzgers created the professorship with a $1.5 million endowment. The recipient of this professorship will chair WPI’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, which is internationally recognized for its cutting-edge research. The position will be one of 25 faculty members in four academic departments to conduct research in the new WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park.

Metzger, a native of Norristown, Pa., was an active alumnus, serving in a variety of volunteer capacities, including chair of his 40th reunion and a member of the Fire Protection Engineering Advisory Board. He joined the WPI Board of Trustees in 1981, the same year that WPI honored him with the Robert H. Goddard Alumni Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement. He was elected an emeritus trustee in 1989. His generosity to WPI earned him membership in Presidential Founders, which honors donors whose lifetime giving equals or exceeds John Boynton’s founding gift of $100,000. He was also a lifetime member of the WPI President’s Advisory Council and a charter member of the George I. Alden Society, which recognizes alumni who commit to including WPI in their estate plans.

Student Employment Info Sessions

The Office of Human Resources will hold information sessions next month on the student employment process.
Three sessions have been scheduled:

Speakers from the offices of Human Resources, Payroll, Financial Aid, CCC, and International Students and Scholars will be present to provide valuable info on the following topics:

Refreshments will be served at all of these sessions.
Reply to Audra Gaul at agaul@wpi.edu or ext. 5146.

Quiznos Arrives on Campus

Chartwells at WPI opened a Quiznos deli this month in the Campus Center. Quiznos features custom-made toasted sandwiches, salads, and soups.


President Berkey Elected to AICUM

President Dennis Berkey has been elected to serve a one-year term as vice chairman of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM), the organization charged with preserving and strengthening the Commonwealth's institutions of higher learning.

“WPI represents the essence of independent colleges and universities in Massachusetts,” said AICUM President Richard Doherty. “Under President Berkey’s leadership, WPI is educating a new generation in the disciplines critical to the Massachusetts economy, and it is partnering with Worcester to advance economic development in its host community.”

“I welcome the honor of serving as vice chairman of AICUM,” says President Berkey. “I have spent more than 30 years in independent higher education in Massachusetts. Both collectively and individually, the independent colleges and universities of Massachusetts make enormous contributions to the economic and cultural development of the Commonwealth, to profoundly important research, and to preparing individuals for productive lives and careers. AICUM provides important coordination and advocacy for these functions, and I look forward to the opportunity to serve in this capacity.

Developer of New Way of Treating Bone Defects Wins WPI’s 2007 Kalenian Award

Albert G. Prescott II ‘90, president of Worcester-based Crescent Innovations, is the recipient of the 2007 Kalenian Award. As part of the award, Crescent Innovations will receive $25,000 to help further develop its new technology for treating bone defects.

The award, given annually to support innovative ideas or the development of commercial products, was presented at the June 12 WPI Venture Forum meeting.

It was established in 2006 by Alba Kalenian in memory of her late husband, inventor Aram Kalenian ‘33.

McNeill Reaches Quarterfinals in Mass. Amateur Golf Championship

The Massachusetts Amateur Championship is a grueling test for the state's best amateur golfers. This year, more than 140 players started out the competition at the Concord Country Club. After two days of qualifying matches in the July heat and another day featuring two rounds of head-to-head match play, only eight golfers remained to face the final four rounds of match play that would determine the tournament champion.

Among that stellar eight was John A. McNeill, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at WPI. McNeill, the only golfer from Central Massachusetts in the final eight, says he finds time for golf only during the summer when he isn't teaching. Despite that handicap, he shot two 18-hole rounds of 74 to reach the match play phase of the competition. The made him the 32nd and final person to make the cut. In his first match, he faced No. 1 seed Adam Rainaud, a senior at the University of Louisville who plans to make a career of golf. McNeill lost the first three holes, but rallied to bring the match “all square.” He finally clinched the game with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. That afternoon, with the field down to 18 golfers, he engineered another come-from-behind victory over Tom Bagley from the Concord Country Club.

On the morning of July 12, McNeill again took to the course to challenge the leader, Frank Vana Jr. of the Marlborough Country Club, the 2004 and 2005 champion. In a closely fought match, McNeill started out with an early lead, but Vana tied it up on the 4th. McNeill regained the lead briefly, and the match remained a nail-biter through the final holes, with Vana winning by just one hole and a final score of 68. McNeill was just two strokes behind with a par 70.

McNeill also excels off the golf course. In fact, at WPI's 2007 Commencement, he was one of two WPI professors to receive the inaugural WPI Chairman's Exemplary Faculty Prize.

Alumni Field Project Nears Completion

Construction is almost complete on the Alumni Field renovation project that started in May. According to Dana Harmon, director of recreation, physical education, and athletics at WPI, the project is expected to be finished next month, as scheduled. It includes a new infill-system turf field, new bleachers and press box on the north side of the field, a new scoreboard, and a new field lighting system. The existing eight-lane track will be resurfaced. The new state-of-theart outdoor sport facility will provide an improved facility for club sports, intramural programs, and recreational use by the WPI community.

Recent Grants

Bioengineering Institute

Lambert, Christopher, for “Degradable Taggant,” from Aurora Flight Sciences, $18,600

Biology and Biotechnology

DiIorio, Alex, for “Development of Enhanced Biofuel Recovery Process,” from Altra Inc., $277,334

Overstrom, Eric, for “Digit Regeneration in Mammals,” from CellThera Inc., $618,792

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Connors, R., for “Corrosion Inhibitor and Chemical Warfare (CW) Agent Cleaner for Military Hardware,” from Ventana Research Corp., $25,062

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Pahlavan, Kaveh, for “Indoor Geolocation Using RF Multipath Diversity – Phase II,” from the Draper Laboratory (DARPA), $77,918

Lou, Wenjing, for “NeTS-NBD: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: UPASS – An Attack-Resilient Security Architecture for Wireless Mesh Networks,” from National Science Foundation, $83,260


Gerstenfeld, Arthur, with Creighton Peet, Raphael Njoroge, and Susan Vernon-Gerstenfeld as coprincipal investigators, for “American Competitiveness: US-Africa Link,” from the Department of Education, $84,000

Mass. Academy at WPI

Salvatelli, R., and R. Traver, for Siemens Student Fellows from Siemens Foundation, $11,000. Salvatelli, R., and R. Traver, for Intellect Quest, from Philips Medical Systems, $2,000

Mathematical Sciences

Heinricher, Arthur, with Bogdan Vernescu and Suzanne Weekes as co-principal investigators, for “Focus on Mathematics: Creating Learning Culture for High Student Achievement,” from Boston University, $10,075

Tang, Dalin, with Joseph Petruccelli and Homer Walker as co-principal investigators, for “Multi-Physics Modeling and Meshless Method for Atherosclerotic Plaque Progression,” from the National Science Foundation, $368,054

Wilbur, Jayson, with Suzanne Weekes as co-principal investigator, for “REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Industrial Mathematics and Statistics,” from the National Science Foundation, $81,186

Mechanical Engineering

Apelian, Diran, with Makhlouf Makhlouf as coprincipal investigator, for “Commercially Viable, Low Cost, and Energy Efficient Processing of Semi-Solid Aluminum Alloys,” from Advanced Technology Institute, for $10,000

Apelian, Diran, with Makhlouf Makhlouf as coprincipal investigator, for “High Performance Die Casting Alloys,” for Advanced Technology Institute, $112,000

Pryputniewicz, Ryszard, for “Phase 2 OELIM Support for the Development of Boeing-NGIMG,” from Boeing Company, $50,000


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Monday, July 23

Lecture: “Implementation of Accelerometer- based Adaptive Noise Cancellation in a Wireless Wearable Pulse Oximeter for Remote Physiological Monitoring and Triage,” master’s degree thesis defense by graduate student Gary Comtois • Gateway Park, Room 4101, 9am

Tuesday, July 24

Workshop: “WHOA. 43 Things in 43 Minutes” • Gordon Library, Anderson Lab A, noon Wednesday, July 25 Music: Lunch Hour Concert Series presents musician Ed Zaloom • Campus Center patio (rain location: food court stage area), noon

Wednesday, August 1

Music: Lunch Hour Concert Series presents Pueblo Nuevo Band • Campus Center patio (rain location: food court stage area), noon

Wednesday, August 8

Lecture: “An Evening with Lauren Slater,” featuring the author reading from her works • Campus Center, Odeum, 7pm

Friday, August 31

Women’s Soccer: WPI vs. Salve Regina • Alumni Field, 7pm Saturday, Sept. 1 Field Hockey: WPI vs. Lasell College • Alumni Field, 1pm Football: WPI vs. UMass- Dartmouth • Alumni Field, 7pm

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