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Teaching with Transformations

I was visiting my son, Jason Tolderlund ’92, recently and came across a copy of the Transformations spring 2006 issue. This fall I will be teaching a class in marine pollution at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and found the articles on water to be very relevant to several of my planned topics. I plan to use copies of the issue as supplementary reading material for my students.

Douglas Tolderlund
Old Lyme, Conn.

A good approach

To everyone involved with its creation and production, congrats on a terrific issue of Transformations. It gives a great insight into WPI’s approach to teaching, the relevance of its research, and its great prospects for the future.

I suggest mailing it out to thousands of people in relevant audiences, far and wide. It is much more effective in communicating what WPI is about than radio or television advertising.

Erwin Danneels
WPI Associate Professor, Management

A call to get involved

I’m writing to encourage graduates to help our public schools (K–12) improve their math and science performance. WPI graduates have a great deal to offer public schools and it can be very rewarding to give something back to your community. Volunteering for a school committee, judging a science fair, or becoming a math and/or science tutor does not require a lot of time and you may make a difference in the life of a student. I’ve enjoyed being a volunteer for a local nonprofit organization (www.LLSTA.org) that visits 5th and 6th graders to discuss what engineers and scientist do at work.

Bill Rutherford ’73
Lititz, Pa.

A clean photo

As an ’02 graduate of WPI and a daily visitor to the wafer fab clean-room at Allegro MicroSystems in Worcester, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the two clean-room pictures in the spring issue. If particle contamination is the concern trying to be prevented by a clean-room, and it usually is, those hoods need to be tucked in. They’re not going to do much in the way of preventing skin and hair particles from falling down, onto hands, and onto product, when worn like that.

Brian J. Conway ’02
Hudson, Mass.

The photographs do not depict actual operations in the lab but, rather, students modeling the protective outfits for our camera. It appears that our models and photographer have a thing or two to learn about proper clean-room attire. Transformations thanks Mr. Conway for pointing out our photographic faux pas. Our readers may feel confident that when it really counts, our lab hoods are tucked in. —Ed.

A model alumnus

I just read the article on Philip Giantris ’65 [“Reaching Out to Water Stressed Countries,” spring 2006 Transformations]. The article was forwarded to me by one of my colleagues who knew that I had worked with Philip in Albania for two years. I want to commend the author, Joanne Silver, for doing an outstanding job of capturing the life and spirit of Giantris. I hope that articles like this will serve as an inspiration and encouragement to other WPI alumni. We need more people like Giantris who will use their talents and training, combined with the perseverance it takes to make it through a demanding engineering curriculum, to make great contributions to the world. This was my first exposure to Transfor- mations; I must say that I was impressed by the high quality and vibrancy of the articles, and by the great things that are being done by those who have passed through WPI.­

Charles M. Pike Jr.
Wakefield, Mass.

Correction: Yatao Liu, a chemical engineering graduate student, won first place in the life sciences and bioengineering category at WPI’s first Graduate Research Achievement Day in March.Transformations regrets the misspelling of his name in the spring issue of the magazine.

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