Accounting, Finance, and Law

Full Time Faculty

Huong N. Higgins

Huong N. Higgins

Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 306

Phone: 508-831-5626

My courses aim to develop expertise in financial decision-making by focusing on frequently used financial accounting information and the conceptual framework for managing financial problems. Students are introduced to the accounting and financial concepts, and principles and methods for preparing, analyzing and evaluating financial information. The overall objectives are to manage financial resources of a business enterprise and to make investment decisions. View Profile

Dimitrios Koutmos

Assistant Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 305

Phone: 508-831-4803

Upon completion of my undergraduate studies, I worked in the health insurance industry in the United States. I was fortunate to later study and teach in the United Kingdom at leading research institutions; my PhD was awarded by Durham University and I taught at the University of Leeds. A recurring theme in my research is the identification and plausible quantification of forces that drive fluctuations in asset prices. One of the nodes in this research is deciphering whether a trade-off between risk and return manifests in the movement of asset prices. ... View Profile
Fabienne Miller

Fabienne Miller

Associate Professor

MBA Program Director

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 302

Phone: 508-831-6128

As one of my students once said, the only people who do not use accounting are people who are no longer alive. Yet, few people understand accounting well enough to use it to make informed decisions. Teaching gives me the opportunity to help students develop the skills they will need in their career and learn the language of business. ... View Profile
Kevin M. Sweeney

Kevin M. Sweeney

Professor of Practice

Area Head, Accounting, Finance & Law (AFL)
Director, Wall Street/FinTech Project Center
Coordinator, WPI FinTech Collaborative
Director, Pioneer Valley Project Center

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, #1324

Phone: 413-427-7416, 508-831-4894

I am thrilled to be a practitioner-educator in finance with the Foisie Business School at WPI. I enjoy working with and learning from my WPI students and sharing what I have learned with them from more than 25 years of professional experience in finance, business, and law. My work at WPI covers corporate and personal finance, financial technology (FinTech), stakeholder value and governance, financial institutions, regional economic development, and financial intelligence for strategic decision-making. ... View Profile

Part Time Faculty

Matthew Cote

Adjunct Instructor / Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

Robert P. Lombardi

Adjunct Teaching Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

I have been practicing law for 37 years with a concentration in corporate, business and healthcare law.  I have been at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie Lougee, LLP since 1980.  I am currently Of Counsel in the Corporate and Business Department. I began my law practice in Boston at the firm of Bingham, Dana Gould.  While at Bingham, I participated in a pro bono rotation with Boston Legal Services in the Fields Corner office in Dorchester.  After Bingham, I joined Burt Taylor, an international firm with offices in Saudi Arabia, and worked in its Al Kobar, Saudi Arabia office representing U.S. ... View Profile
James P. McKenna

James P. McKenna

Adjunct Teaching Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Labs 215

Phone: 508-757-2786, 508-831-5218

Hansong Pu

Hansong Pu

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

Dr. Hansong Pu has decades of managerial and entrepreneurial experiences with international corporations and small businesses. He spent his past eight years teaching at Hangzhou Dianzi University in China and WPI. Meanwhile, he worked with colleagues at both universities to start collaboration programs that serve the students and faculties on both sides, including the WPI China IQP Center. ... View Profile

Justin Wang

Adjunct Teaching Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5290

Education is one of the most important driving forces for long-term sustainable economic growth. I enjoy teaching at WPI because WPI embraces it well by inspiring continuous innovation and creativity in our students and preparing them as future leaders of all industries. WPI focuses on both theory and practice through our project-based curriculum, which provides a differentiated education experience for each student. ... View Profile

Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Management

Full Time Faculty

Karla Mendoza Abarca

Karla Mendoza Abarca

Assistant Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 1331

Phone: 508-831-4130

Michael B. Elmes

Michael B. Elmes

Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 203

Phone: 508-831-5182

Since arriving at WPI in 1990, I have framed my role in the classroom as helping technically-minded students to become more cognizant and mindful of the complex human and behavioral dimensions of life in organizations. I have done this in a variety of ways from experiential exercises to digital storytelling to classroom-as-organization designs. ... View Profile
Adrienne Hall-Phillips

Adrienne Hall-Phillips

Associate Professor

Program Director, Undergraduate Business & Management Engineering

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops, 210

Phone: 508-831-4934

Being an educator is more than just distributing facts and figures; it's demonstrating the importance of this knowledge in a way that can be relevant for every learner. It's not truly knowledge until the student can grasp and apply it. I consider myself to be an advocate for knowledge - encouraging learning and providing the tools needed to be successful and independent thinkers. I take any opportunity possible to introduce new technologies and social networking behaviors that I feel are relevant into my daily classroom activities. ... View Profile
Frank Hoy

Frank Hoy

Beswick Professor

Director, Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 1319

Phone: 508-831-4998

For many reasons, I am surprised to find myself at WPI. Previously, I lived in my hometown and was employed at my alma mater, never intending to leave. But WPI presented an opportunity that was too exciting to miss. This is an institution that stresses innovation and entrepreneurship, and those have been the focus of my career. The environment here is vigorous and challenging. Students expect to work hard and to be exposed to new ideas. The emphasis on project-based learning is a marvelous fit with the entrepreneurial mindset. ... View Profile
Chickery "Chick" J. Kasouf

Chickery "Chick" J. Kasouf

Associate Professor

Foisie Business School

Phone: 508-831-4998, 508-831-5548

Project-based learning at WPI gives faculty a remarkable working relationship with students, and students learn far more when framing difficult problems than they do in a lecture-dominated environment. ... View Profile
Elizabeth Long Lingo

Elizabeth Long Lingo

Assistant Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 213

Phone: 508-831-6344

My classroom is a living-learning lab where students develop the capacity to analyze and navigate a complex and messy web of often hidden interpersonal, group, and organizational dynamics and paradoxes. I regularly stretch students out of their comfort zone, offering immersive, hands-on experiences in which students put analytical frameworks to the test and see what works best for them—given their unique personal and cultural experience. ... View Profile
Mark P. Rice

Mark P. Rice

Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 1317

Phone: 508-831-4675

Teaching is really about engaging with others (students, other faculty, guest experts and staff) in creating a learning experience. Though “knowledge transfer” is important, the rate of expansion of the body of knowledge and the ease of accessing it makes skill in learning even more important. Helping students learn about and improve their own thinking/learning process; helping them recognize their own mental patterns; to reinforce or break out of their patterns; and to develop new patterns is the best part of teaching. ... View Profile
Jerome "Jerry" Schaufeld

Jerome "Jerry" Schaufeld

Professor of Practice

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 103

Phone: 508-831-6114

Purvi Shah

Purvi Shah

Assistant Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway II at 50 Prescott Street, Room 1315

Phone: 508-831-4809

Purvi has 'done' marketing and now she 'teaches' marketing at the WPI Foisie Business School. She has a diverse industry experience in the marketing/brand management function of mid-size to large corporations across consumer goods, retail, and real estate verticals. In academics, she aspires to play her role as a researcher (knowledge creation) and teacher (knowledge dissemination). Her research questions, in the context of discovery, attempt to explain and understand interesting and challenging marketing phenomena that have not received much research attention. ... View Profile
Steven S. Taylor

Steven S. Taylor

Professor

Area Head, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Management (EMM)

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
Helen G. Vassallo

Helen G. Vassallo

Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 202

Phone: 508-831-5218, 508-831-5119

Sharon A. Wulf

Professor of Practice

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 1328

Sharon Wulf joined WPI in 2012 as Professor of Practice instructing courses in Leadership and Organizational Behavior. Wulf has advised MBA Graduate Qualifying Projects and Major Qualifying Projects sponsored by organizations including Kiva Systems, UMASS Memorial Medical Center, Karl Storz, The Hanover Insurance Group, Siemens, NStar, and Natick Labs. In 2014, Sharon Wulf received the Board of Trustees’ award for Outstanding Teaching. Wulf brings business experience to her teaching and advising initiatives with WPI students. ... View Profile

Part Time Faculty

James H Drew

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

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
Edward Martins Gonsalves

Edward Martins Gonsalves

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

I enjoy teaching because it allows me to interact with students who have the potential to make the world a better place using technology. I continually innovate in my courses to ensure students enjoy the learning experience, learn the key concepts and skills related to information systems through real world examples, have an opportunity to learn from each other, learn to present themselves as professionals, and most importantly learn to use or develop technology to make a difference. ... View Profile

William A. Krein

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

As an adjunct faculty member at WPI for 15 years and a WPI graduate, I am proud to share the experience of a successful multi-disciplined career with current WPI students. The foundation and preparation for my engineering, financial, general management, and consulting career and the confidence and resourcefulness to succeed as an entrepreneur resulted largely from my education at WPI. It is a great privilege to contribute to the continuing achievement and reputation for excellence at WPI. ... View Profile
Joshua Allen Moritz

Joshua Allen Moritz

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Virtual

Phone: 508-831-5218

Maxwell R. Morton

Adjunct Instructor / Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

Maxwell R. Morton – the co- founder and Managing Director of Grayhead Associates, and a Director of Advanced Technology Management, Inc., has an extensive consulting background as well as operating and technical management experience and education. In addition, he was an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Franklin W. ... View Profile

Management Information Systems

Full Time Faculty

Soussan Djamasbi

Soussan Djamasbi

Associate Professor

Area Head, Information Systems
User Experience and Decision Making (UXDM) Research Laboratory

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 216A

Phone: 508-831-5266

As an associate professor of management information systems, I teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as advise IQPs and MQPs. I enjoy teaching because it's a dynamic and innovative process that challenges me to continually evaluate and adjust my teaching strategies to prepare my students for today’s global and competitive business environment. Teaching is also one the most rewarding experiences in my career because it allows me to witness my students' growth and accomplishments. Similarly, research is a dynamic and innovative process, and I truly enjoy it. ... View Profile
Michael J. Ginzberg

Michael J. Ginzberg

Professor and Dean, Foisie Business School

Professor of Technology Management

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn 215A

Phone: 508-831-5218

As Dean of the Foisie Business School, I have overall responsibility for strategy development and execution for this unique business school. ... View Profile
J.B. (Joo Baek) Kim

J.B. (Joo Baek) Kim

Assistant Teaching Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 1314

Phone: 508-831-6838

Dr. Kim joined WPI in August 2015. His educational background is in Operations Management and Information Systems. His research interests include: use of serious games in business education/training, gamification in business, IT strategy in organizations, organizational technology adoption, and pragmatic use of qualitative/quantitative research methods. All these research interests are concluded with one ultimate goal; effective use of Information Systems and Technology to improve our society. ... View Profile
Dr. Kordzadeh joined the faculty of the Foisie Business School at WPI in July 2017. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis on Information Technology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His research interests include health informatics, social media, information privacy, and business intelligence and analytics. ... View Profile
Eleanor T. Loiacono

Eleanor T. Loiacono

Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 209

Phone: 508-831-5206

Eleanor T. Loiacono is a Professor of Management Information Systems at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She encourages her students to challenge themselves beyond the comfort of the classroom and was awarded the Moruzzi Award for Innovation in Undergraduate Education for the development of an externally sponsored design competition requiring students to develop a comprehensive network plan based on a "real" Request for Proposal (RFP). Students find the competition a challenging and valuable exercise in preparing for the future. ... View Profile
Diane M. Strong

Diane M. Strong

Professor

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
Bengisu Tulu

Bengisu Tulu

Associate Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 201

Phone: 508-831-5184

I enjoy teaching because it allows me to interact with students who have the potential to make the world a better place using technology. I continually innovate in my courses to ensure students enjoy the learning experience, learn the key concepts and skills related to information systems through real world examples, have an opportunity to learn from each other, learn to present themselves as professionals, and most importantly learn to use or develop technology to make a difference. ... View Profile
E. Vance Wilson

E. Vance Wilson

Associate Teaching Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 102

Phone: 508-831-5990

Prior to arriving at WPI in 2010, I held tenure-track positions with the University of Wisconsin system. I have visited at Cal Poly-SLO, University of Toledo, and Arizona State University. My teaching centers on software development, large business systems, and innovative uses of IT. My overarching research addresses organizational aspects of human-computer interaction with special emphasis on e-health, computer-mediated communication, and technology support for software development teams. I have published more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, and conference proceedings. ... View Profile

Part Time Faculty

Richard C. Gram

Richard C. Gram

Adjunct Teaching Professor

Academic & Corporate Engagement

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

Kenneth J. Wermann

Kenneth J. Wermann

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

Operations and Industrial Engineering

Full Time Faculty

Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson

Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 223

Phone: 508-831-5218, 508-831-5183

I enjoy teaching at WPI because students bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to their learning, and I am often inspired by their optimism. My teaching also reflects topics that motivate me:  detailed process design in our Industrial Engineering program, improving healthcare delivery as part of the Health Systems Innovation certificate, and exploring the implications of operational excellence in our MBA program. ... View Profile
Renata Konrad

Renata Konrad

Assistant Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 205

Phone: 508-831-5192

The application of Industrial Engineering and mathematical knowledge has always been a rewarding challenge for me. Over the past several years, I have focused my research in the healthcare industry, which is particularly exciting given the current debates on healthcare reform. Current projects include evaluating anti-human trafficking efforts, computationally characterizing episodes of care from health insurance claim records and examining the impact of physician incentives on patient outcomes. ... View Profile
Sara Saberi

Sara Saberi

Assistant Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 217

Phone: 508-831-6859

Since my first day of teaching, I believed that I loved being in the classroom. I enjoy my role as an instructor because it enables me to see directly the outcome of my effort. I like the fact that as someone in higher education, I have the opportunity to make a positive influence on a young person's life. I make every effort to not only deliver the material of the course, but to develop a mentoring relationship with each student to help them grow as individuals and strive for success. ... View Profile
Joseph Sarkis

Joseph Sarkis

Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 1318

Phone: 508-831-4831

Joseph Sarkis has been a faculty member at WPI since July 2013. He previously served as a faculty member at Clark University and the University of Texas at Arlington. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of operations, supply chain management, and sustainability. He is the author or co-author of over 400 publications. His research is widely cited and earned the designation of highly cited researcher in 2016 and 2017 from Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics. ... View Profile
Walter "Wally" T. Towner

Walter "Wally" T. Towner

Associate Teaching Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 222

Phone: 508-831-6013, 508-831-5218

I am interested in manufacturing and industrial engineering. My main interests lie at the intersection of manufacturing processes and the financial aspect of the business that relates to these processes. I see my mission as enabling students to become leaders in a business environment and helping them extract value from the processes that drive the organization. We do this by using tools like axiomatic design and Lean Six Sigma methods. ... View Profile
Andrew C. Trapp

Andrew C. Trapp

Associate Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 207

Phone: 508-831-4935

Teaching has many facets. Something I love about teaching is that it provides the opportunity to share what I've learned. I have a passion for learning, and I can model this passion to students by encouraging critical thinking in the classroom, connecting with students and drawing out their understanding. ... View Profile
Amy Z. Zeng

Amy Z. Zeng

Professor and Assistant Dean

Interim Department Head
Area Head for Operations and Industrial Engineering (OIE)

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 308

Phone: 508-831-5218, 508-831-6117

I hold multiple administrative roles at the Foisie Business School, including Assistant Dean, Interim Department Head, and Area Head for Operations and Industrial Engineering (OIE). For my first two roles, I oversee the School’s AACSB related efforts for continuous improvement; coordinate the collaborations with other academic units on campus as well as with global partners; and manage and improve all the degree programs pertinent to various facets such as faculty, curriculum, student, alumni, and employers. ... View Profile
Joe Zhu

Joe Zhu

Professor

PhD Program Director

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 301

Phone: 508-831-5467

Joe Zhu is Professor of Operations Analytics in the Foisie Business School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is an internationally recognized expert in methods of performance evaluation and benchmarking using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), and his research interests are in the areas of operations and business analytics, productivity modeling, and performance evaluation and benchmarking. He has published and co-edited several books focusing on performance evaluation and benchmarking using DEA and developed the DEAFrontier software. ... View Profile

Part Time Faculty

Paul Arthur Delvy

Paul Arthur Delvy

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

I enjoy teaching an interrelated series of topics that combine current industrial methodologies with the basics from academic study that form the foundations for commercial practice. The WPI classes give me an opportunity to share, mentor and steward students through simulated and practical problems, guiding them to plausible and realistic solutions. My research interests include; product, process and system design, with the integration of; innovation, development, selling and customer support. ... View Profile
Scott is a Senior Lecturer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he teaches Data Analysis and Decision Making, Risk Management, System Optimization, Concepts of System Engineering, Systems Integration and Test, Quality Planning, Design and Control, Work Systems and Facilities Planning and Computer and Network Security. Scott has 37 years of practical experience in the U.S. military, naval combat systems integration, aircraft avionics, medical instruments, networking equipment, consulting, program management, technical leadership and telecommunications. ... View Profile