Research Highlights

Major Research Awards

WPI Faculty Achievements - continued


Lou Receives an NSF CAREER Award

Wenjing Lou, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, became the 18th member of the current WPI faculty to receive a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the agency's most prestigious award for young faculty. It funds her project, "New Approaches for Secure and Dependable Distributed Data Storage and Access Control in Mission-critical Wireless Sensor Networks."

Guest Editor

Vadim Yakovlev, research associate professor of mathematical sciences, was guest editor of the special issue on modeling of the Journal of Microwave Power and Electromagnetic Energy (Vol. 41, No. 4, 2007). In June 2008 he was elevated to the grade of senior member in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, an honor bestowed on fewer than eight percent of IEEE’s 375,000 worldwide members.

Outstanding Referee

P. K. Aravind, professor of physics, was recognized this year by the American Physical Society (APS), which named him an outstanding referee, a new and highly selective honor accorded scientists who have been exceptionally helpful in assessing manuscripts for publication in APS journals.

Historical Drama

Witchwife: Requiem for Susanna Martin, a "musical documentary drama" by John Delorey, instructor of music, had its European premier by the Severnside Theatre Ensemble in Worcester, England, in August 2008. The work, which was first performed in Worcester, Mass., in 2005, tells the story of Delorey’s ancestor, who was executed during the Salem witch trials.

Dictionary Editor

Stephen Weininger, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry, was a member of the editorial board for The New Dictionary of Scientific Biography, published in 2008 by Charles Scribner’s Sons (Thomson Gale). Weininger was one of four subject editors for chemistry, and also authored the entry on Paul Bartlett, who won national acclaim for basic research in several areas of organic chemistry.

Featured Paper

"The Habit of Learning," a paper by Scott Jiusto, assistant professor of interdisciplinary and global studies, and David DiBiasio, professor and head of the Chemical Engineering Department, received wide exposure, first in ASEE Prism (the magazine of the American Society for Engineering Education) in November 2007, then in two ASEE e-news-letters. The article was based on their paper on the effectiveness of the WPI Global Program in the Journal of Engineering Education (later a feature article in the Annals of Research on Engineering Education).

Conference Organizers

Nikolaos Kazantzis, associate professor of chemical engineering, was a member of the international program committees for two recent conferences: the 6th International Symposium on Nanomanufacturing (Athens) and the 6th International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems (Pretoria). He is also on the program committee for the 8th IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems (Bologna).

Christopher Sotak, professor of bio-medical engineering, was a member of the organizing committee of the 9th Bologna Meeting on Magnetic Resonance in Porous Media and on the executive committee for the 48th Experimental Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Conference, both in 2008.

Pamela Weathers, professor of biology and biotechnology, was the session organizer and co-convener for the plenary session "Large-Scale Cell- and Tissue-based Production of Biopharmaceuticals and Secondary Metabolites" at the World Congress on In Vitro Biology in Tucson, Ariz., in June 2008. She serves on the board of directors for the Society for In Vitro Biology and as chair of the SIVB’s Public Policy Committee and Student Awards Committee.