Michael J. Ginzberg

Professor and Dean, Foisie Business School

Professor of Technology Management

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott St., 1313

Phone: 508-831-5218

I have served as Dean of the Foisie Business School since August 2015. Prior to coming to WPI, I served as dean of the business schools at American University, Yeshiva University and the University of Delaware. In addition, I have served as Associate Provost at Yeshiva University. My research has focused on the management of information technology in organizations, and my current interests concern creating business value through investments in technology, the management of risk and corporate governance. In 2005, I was elected a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems. ... View Profile

Amy Z. Zeng

Professor and Assistant Dean

Director, Industrial Engineering Program
Co-director, China Project Center

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 308

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

Teaching is the most influential of all professions in the world – it touches minds of every sort and provides profound impacts on one’s life. I fully enjoy the academic life and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to guide and influence students at various age groups. I love to work with all kinds of students and see them grow and prosper under my guidance. I like WPI’s project-based educational model, which enriches not only learning but also teaching. I enjoy traditional teaching as well as the close interactions with students during project advising. ... View Profile

Joseph Sarkis

Professor and Department Head

Head of Department

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

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 field of operations, supply chain management, and sustainability. He is the author or co-author of approximately 400 publications. His research is widely cited and earned the designation of highly cited researcher in 2016 from Thomson-Reuters. He has also been noted as the most productive researcher in the field of supply chain management from the years 1995-2015. ... View Profile

Soussan Djamasbi

Associate Professor

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 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

Brent E. French

Director of Finance & Operations

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 1311

Phone: 508-831-5792

In addition to teaching organizational behavior and leadership at WPI, Brent is a Colonel in the Air Force Reserve with multiple deployments to Afghanistan. He is assigned part-time to the Secretary of Defense and specializes in officer development and education. Brent also spent 16 years working in a Fortune 500 information technology firm, and he comes to the classroom with a unique blend of corporate, military, and academic experience. View Profile

Arthur Gerstenfeld

Professor Emeritus

Director, Wall Street Project Ctr.

Foisie Business School

I enjoy teaching because it gives me an opportunity to influence young minds. My main goal is to have them think critically. The WPI projects allow me to work with students who are transitioning from the classroom to a place in society. My research interests include industrial engineering applications, decision analysis, and management applications—most recently focusing on airport security systems. ... View Profile

Adrienne Hall-Phillips

Associate Professor

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

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

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. ... View Profile

Sharon Johnson

Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 223

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

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

Chickery "Chick" J. Kasouf

Associate Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 1319

Phone: 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

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

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

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

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

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

Karla Mendoza Abarca

Assistant Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 1331

Phone: 508-831-4130

Fabienne Miller

Associate Professor

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

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

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

Jerome "Jerry" Schaufeld

Professor of Practice

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 103

Phone: 508-831-6114

Purvi Shah

Assistant Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 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

Diane M. Strong

Professor

Director, Management Information Systems Program

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

Kevin M. Sweeney

Professor of Practice

Director, Wall Street Project Center | Director, Pioneer Valley Project Center | Faculty Coordinator, WPI FinTech Collaborative

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 teach a variety of classes and work on a range of projects related to corporate and personal finance, financial technology (FinTech), stakeholder value, financial institutions, regional economic development, and financial intelligence for strategic decision-making. I am the Director of the WPI Wall Street Project Center and the WPI Pioneer Valley Project Center. I also serve as the faculty coordinator of the WPI FinTech Collaborative. ... View Profile

Steven S. Taylor

Professor

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

Walter "Wally" T. Towner

Assistant 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

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. I believe it's important to demonstrate the relevancy of what I'm teaching, so I try to merge elements of both my research and real-world practice into the course content whenever I can, and I especially enjoy integrating technology when appropriate -- many students seem to enjoy technology. ... View Profile

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

Helen G. Vassallo

Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 202

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

Justin Wang

Assistant Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 303

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

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

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

Joe Zhu

Professor

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. ... View Profile

 

Affiliated and Adjunct Faculty

 

Wayne Edward Bates

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall

Principal Engineer at Tighe & Bond. He specializes in water and wastewater treatment technologies with a focus on industrial wastewater treatment, process improvement, waste minimization, EH&S compliance, and sustainable manufacturing strategies. Dr. Bates is an adjunct professor teaching graduate courses in Industrial Waste (CE 563), Hazardous Waste Treatment (CE 567), Biosystems in Environmental Engineering (CE 562) and specialty courses (CE 590) in Green Engineering, Sustainable Infrastructure, and Emerging Trends in Corporate Sustainability. ... View Profile

Matthew Cote

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

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

James H Drew

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

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

Richard C. Gram

Adjunct Teaching Professor

Corporate & Professional Education

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

Paul R. Joseph

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

President and CEO of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce. Paul has more than 25 years of marketing, sales, entrepreneurial, and management consulting experience. ... 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

John Lindholm

Affiliate Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

Jed’s organizational behavior experience is shaped through 15+ years as a human resource leader.  His experience includes work as a Change Agent, Director/Manager, and Internal and External Consultant.  His consulting services focus on performance management, total rewards, HR analytics, and workplace learning, and his research and teaching experience includes the areas of organizational performance improvement, competency identification, and rewards management.Jed’s industry experience in human resources includes higher education, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, distribution and softw ... View Profile

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

Adjunct Teaching Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Labs 215

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

Jamie Peter Monat

Professor of Practice

Corporate & Professional Education

Office:

Phone: 508-831-5517

Dr. Monat is a Professor of Practice and Director at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he teaches courses in Operations Risk Management, Systems Thinking, System Optimization, Operations Management, Business Practices, and Project Management. Dr. Monat has both management and teaching experience in the medical device, separations, food & beverage, consulting, and environmental industries, having served as President of Harvard Clinical Technology, President of Business Growth Specialists, Inc., as Sr. ... View Profile

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

Hansong Pu

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

William "Bill" F. Troy

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

After a long career in high-technology global marketing, I decided to try another path and teach business at the college level, particularly marketing and economics. The opportunity to teach at WPI, while being on the full-time faculty at the University of New Hampshire, allows me to help technology-focused students understand the business imperatives and pressures of technology innovation, invention, and market development, and it has been a great deal of fun for me. ... View Profile

Kenneth J. Wermann

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 215

Phone: 508-831-5218

Shari L. Worthington

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer

Corporate & Professional Education

Office: Washburn Shops, 216C

Phone: 508-831-5218

My approach to teaching is heavily influenced by my career in marketing. Marketing is an active, experiment-and-learn-as-you-go process. The same applies to learning, where students participate in meaningful activities and have an opportunity to think about what they are doing. Active engagement also gives students opportunities to experience success and failure. Societies tend to frown on failure, which discourages people from taking chances. But much can be learned from failure – our own and that of others. ... View Profile

 

Staff

 

Gina Betti

Associate Director

Foisie Business School

Phone: 508-831-5761

Eileen Dagostino

Recruiting Operations Coord

Foisie Business School

Phone: 508-831-4980

Amy Case

Administrative Assistant VI

Foisie School of Business

Phone: 508-831-4889

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Margaret Gribouski

Associate Dir BUS Programs

Foisie Business School

Phone: 508-831-5843

Sarah Mahan

Sarah Mahan

Associate Director

Foisie Business School

Phone: 508-831-4873

lmstokes

Laurie Stokes

Coord, Admissions & Programs

Foisie Business School

Phone: 508-831-4887

Melissa Terrio

Melissa Terrio

Dir of Grad Recruitment & Adm

Foisie Business School

Phone: 508-831-6345

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Lorelle Tross

Administrative Assistant V

Foisie Business School

Phone: 508-831-5218, 508-831-5659

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Sandra Wellinghoff

Director Blended Learning BUS

Foisie Business School

Phone: 508-831-5906

Erin Wickman

Asst to Dean School ofBusiness

Foisie Business School

Phone: 508-831-5918

Norman Wilkinson

Director, Programs

Foisie Business School

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