From the Dean

Do you want to change the world? We do. Worcester Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1865 to create and convey the latest science and engineering knowledge in ways that are most beneficial to society. Most science and engineering technology benefits society via businesses, that is to say, in order to put the scientific and engineering knowledge to use to benefit society it is necessary to create organizations because of the complexity of modern technology and modern society -- we cannot do it alone. The Foisie Business School exists to create knowledge and develop leaders who can use business as a way to use technology to solve complex human problems and benefit society. Are you intrigued? Our graduate and undergraduate admissions teams would be happy to talk with you.

Steven S. Taylor

 

 

Steven S. Taylor

Steven S. Taylor

Professor & Interim Dean

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 101

Phone: 508-831-5557

My research is focused in two areas: Organizational aesthetics takes seriously the idea that management is as much an art as it is a science, and applies art-based scholarship and practice to management and organizations. Reflective practice is the ability to analyze our own actions and learn from that how to be more effective, ethical, and artful as managers and leaders. At the heart of my work as a researcher and teacher, is my own practice as a playwright. My plays have been performed in England, France, Poland, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, and the USA. ... View Profile
Diane M. Strong

Diane M. Strong

Professor & Interim Dept Head

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 219

Phone: 508-831-5573

WPI provides an environment that values both teaching and research, which is ideal for me. I enjoy teaching at WPI because students are interested in learning and willing to work hard. My teaching focuses on how business, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations can best use computing technologies, such as database systems, electronic health records systems, and mobile apps. Students in my classes learn to design computing applications that meet the needs of organizations. ... View Profile
Brent E. French

Brent E. French

Director of Finance & Operations

Adjunct Teaching Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 1311

Phone: 508-831-5792

Brent manages the $8M FBS budget and operations for 40+ people assigned to the School.  He’s a WPI grad (MBA, 2006) and teaches organizational behavior and leadership.  Brent is a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve and is assigned to USAF Headquarters at the Pentagon.  Formerly an Associate Professor at the Naval War College, Brent also spent 16 years working in a Fortune 500 information technology firm. View Profile
Melissa Terrio

Melissa Terrio

Director of Recruiting and Admissions

Foisie Business School

Phone: 508-831-6345

Melissa is responsible for all recruiting and admissions activities for the graduate programs at the Foisie Business School. With over twenty years of experience in recruiting and admissions Melissa has worked at universities across the United States and in France.

Melissa holds an MEd from Northeastern University and a BA in History and French from Boston University.

Norman Wilkinson

Norman Wilkinson

Executive Director

Foisie Business School

Phone: 508-831-5218, 508-831-5957

Norm oversees all things related to FBS programs, including course scheduling, faculty deployment, and program design. Norm also serves as a counselor to all FBS students.

Norm has a J.D. from the University of Connecticut; an M.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University; and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine.

Office: Washburn 215

Erin Wickman

Erin Wickman

Asst to Dean School of Business

Foisie Business School

Phone: 508-831-5918

Serves as assistant to the Dean of the Foisie Business School and also provides administrative support to the Director of Collaborative of Entrepreneurship & Innovation and the Technical Advisor Network.

Erin's previous work experience includes event planning, technical publishing and graphic design, human resources, marketing, hospitality and disaster services for the American Red Cross National Headquarters.