Faculty News

Rick Sisson, George F. Fuller Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was recently named WPI's Dean of Graduate Studies, a new half-time position. Sisson, a longtime WPI faculty member and director of the university's Manufacturing Engineering and Materials Engineering programs, is ranked among the top five percent of scholars in his field. His contributions to the literature in materials science and engineering over the course of three decades at WPI include over 200 technical articles on materials process modeling and control, hydrogen embrittlement of steels, and environmental effects on metals and ceramics.

Kristin Wobbe, John C. Metzger Jr. Professor of Chemistry, has been named associate dean for the First Year Experience. Having co-developed and co-taught one of the First Year Seminars, Feed the World, Wobbe is intimately familiar with the university's innovative program for first year students. As a member of WPI's Interdisciplinary Plant Research Group, she has explored a number of ways to augment the plants' production of artemisinin, a potent antimalarial compound. Wobbe, who joined the WPI faculty in 1995, holds a BA in chemistry from St. Olaf College and a PhD in biochemistry from Harvard University.

Kristin Boudreau joined the WPI faculty this fall as head of the Humanities and Arts Department. Boudreau was most recently professor of English at the University of Georgia. In her research, she seeks to understand cultural influences on literature and literary influences on culture. She earned a BA from Cornell University and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Rochester.

Frank Hoy, an international authority on entrepreneurship, has joined the WPI faculty as the inaugural Paul R. Beswick Professor of Entrepreneurship and director of the Collaborative for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Most recently director of the Centers for Entrepreneurial Development, Advancement, Research and Support at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), he holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from UTEP, an MBA from the University of North Texas, and a PhD in management from Texas A&M University. The Beswick Professorship—established through the generosity of Paul R. Beswick '57 and his wife, Siang Kiang—enables WPI to make entrepreneurship an integral element of its mission and helps instill the spirit of innovation necessary for students to succeed in today's technology-driven world.

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