Research Highlights

Major Research Awards

WPI Faculty Achievements - continued


Research Award

John Sanbonmatsu, assistant professor of philosophy, received the Jacobsen Research Award for “The Holocaust Sublime: Singularity, Representation, and the Violence of Everyday Life,” a paper he delivered at a meeting of the International Society for Universal Dialogue in Hiroshima, Japan, in June 2007. He received the Jacobsen award in 2005, as well. Sanbonmatsu was also invited to deliver the keynote address at the Rethinking Animals Conference at Brock University in Canada in March 2007.

PNAS Publication

A paper co-authored by José Argüello (“Mechanism of Cu+ transporting ATPases: Soluble Cu+-chaperones directly transfer Cu+ to transmembrane transport sites”) was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s most-cited multidisciplinary scientific journals, in April 2008. The paper’s co-author was postdoctoral fellow Manuel González-Guerrero.

Best Paper Awards

Holly Ault, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received the Best Paper Award at the ASEE Engineering Design Graphics Division’s 62nd Midyear Conference in Virginia Beach, Va., in 2007.

Islam Hussein, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received the Best Session Paper Award at the American Control Conference in 2007 for “Optimal motion planning for UAV radar evasion.”

A paper by Berk Sunar, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was one of three winners of IBM Research’s 2007 Pat Goldberg Memorial Best Paper Award in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Math. The paper, “Trojan Detection Using IC Fingerprinting,” was co-authored by WPI graduate students Selçuk Baktir and Deniz Karakoyunlu, and Dakshi Agrawal and Pankaj Rohatgi from IBM.

Society Presidents

Peter Hansen, professor of history, recently completed a two-year term as president of the North East Conference on British Studies. During his tenure, WPI hosted a major conference on British Studies in Boston.

In January 2008 James Lyneis, professor of practice of social science and policy studies, began a yearlong appointment as president of the International System Dynamics Society, which has more than 1,000 members in 55 countries. Lyneis is helping the society chart its future development and the future of system dynamics.

Wesley Mott, professor of literature, is president-elect of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society; his term as president begins in 2009. He previously served as president during the 2003 bicentennial celebration of Emerson’s birth and has been editor of Emerson Society Papers since 1990.

In 2007 Lance Schachterle, professor of English and associate provost for academic affairs, was elected the first president of the new James Fenimore Cooper Society. He has been editor-in-chief of The Writings of James Fenimore Cooper since 2002.

Richard Sisson, George F. Fuller Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the university’s Manufacturing and Materials Engineering programs, was elected to a two-year term as president of the ASM Heat Treating Society, an affiliate society of ASM International, The Materials Information Society, in October 2007. He is a fellow and past trustee of ASM International.