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Karen Kashmanian Oates, PhD

Karen Kashmanian Oates, PhD

Contact Information

Salisbury Laboratories, 121
Phone: +1-508-831-4678
koates@wpi.edu

Karen Kashmanian Oates, PhD

  • Peterson Family Dean of Arts & Sciences

Karen Kashmanian Oates, PhD, has been named WPI’s first Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Sciences. As the inaugural arts and sciences dean at WPI, Oates oversees seven academic departments—Biology and Biotechnology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Humanities and Arts, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, and Social Science and Policy Studies--as well as interdisciplinary programs in Environmental Science and Interactive Media and Game Development.

She is responsible for helping to promote WPI's growing investment in the life sciences, which includes the Gateway Park development, the Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center, and the George I. Alden Life Sciences and Bioengineering Educational Center.

The former deputy director of undergraduate education at the National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Studies, Oates earned her PhD in biochemistry at George Washington University. She began her academic and research career at George Mason University, before being called to a number of increasingly prominent leadership positions. As an associate dean at George Mason, she was centrally involved in creating its New American College environment.

She is also an award-winning teacher. More recent interests and publications have centered on women's health generally, faculty development, service learning, business-higher education partnerships, and K-12 science and mathematics education.

Karen L. Bean

Karen L. Bean

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85 Prescott Street
Phone: +1-508-831-4169
kbean@wpi.edu

Karen L. Bean

  • Director of Development for the Life Sciences

Karen is responsible for establishing relationships and securing major gifts that support WPI’s programs in biology-biotechnology, biomedical engineering, chemistry- biochemistry and healthcare. Karen, who received an MBA from WPI in ‘86, brings a variety of fundraising and management experience to the university. Her previous positions include manager of accounting operations at Fidelity Investments in Marlborough, Mass., and chief operating officer for CADKEY Corporation, a mechanical computer-aided design software company she co-founded. She also worked in corporate planning for the Medical Center of Massachusetts (now UMass/Memorial Health Care, Memorial Campus). In memory of her daughter, who died in 2000, Bean founded the Tara Bean Foundation in 2005 to support research and treatment efforts for pediatric brain tumors and cancer. Through her leadership, the foundation has raised more than $800,000 for programs at Boston Children’s Hospital and UMass Medical School in Worcester, including support for 2006 Nobel Laureate Craig C. Mello’s RNAi research.

Rebecca Faber

Rebecca Faber

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Life Science and Bioengineering Center, 3002
Phone: +1-508-831-4679
rfaber@wpi.edu

Rebecca Faber

  • Director of Development for the Arts & Sciences

Rebecca is responsible for assisting alumni and friends to strengthen their ties to WPI, thereby enhancing the value of a WPI degree. Prior to joining WPI, Rebecca was Vice President of Corporate Communications for a community hospital in upstate New York; while there, she led the Antimicrobial Task Force, an education and quality improvement effort for all employees of the hospital, and shepherded new programs through New York State Certificate-of-Need review. She joined the hospital from Clarkson University, where she was Director of Research and Curriculum Innovation. A former faculty member, Rebecca has taught business and management communication at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education level at the University of Utah, University of Saskatchewan, Clarkson University, Kenan-Flagler Business School of UNC-Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. She has published and given presentations on management communication. Rebecca received her PhD from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, her master’s degree from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and her bachelor’s degree from McMaster University in Ontario.

Tara Mann

Tara Mann

Contact Information

Salisbury Laboratories, 121
Phone: +1-508-831-4964
tmann@wpi.edu

Tara Mann

  • Director of Operations

Tara Mann is responsible for coordinating a range of projects in the Office of the Dean including the work of the Provost's Global Task Force and programs to support students interested in applying to medical, dental and veterinary schools.  Prior to joining WPI, Tara was faculty in the department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University where she served as a preceptor responsible for course design and laboratory curriculum in undergraduate courses including cell biology.  Tara is also an instructor at the Harvard Extension School teaching courses such as medical microbiology and biochemistry.  Tara received her PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she studied cytoskeletal elements of the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii.  

Debra Ofcarcik

Debra Ofcarcik

Contact Information

Salisbury Laboratories, 121
Phone: +1-508-831-4678
dofcarcik@wpi.edu

Debra Ofcarcik

  • Administrative Assistant

Debbie has more than 19 years’ experience and achievement in corporate and academia reporting to top level executives. At WPI she supports the Dean of Arts & Sciences’ office including organizing the Dean’s calendar and managing projects and communications. Outside of WPI, Debbie enjoys running and competing in races, kayaking, biking, skiing, and playing tennis.

 
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