Tahar El-Korchi

Prof/DH CEE & Interim DH FPE

Department Head
Codirector, Morocco Project Center
Codirector, Panama Project Center

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall 101

Phone: 508-831-5530, 508-831-5518

I enjoy my interactions with students at all levels of education, research, and mentoring, whether it be in the classroom, the lab, or in project work. I especially enjoy taking them to the Morocco Project Center and sharing with them the places where I grew up. Challenging the students to achieve higher levels of discovery is a thrill for me. ... View Profile

Leonard D. Albano

Associate Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall 201

Phone: 508-831-5492

I enjoy teaching civil engineering fundamentals in 1000 and 2000-level courses, and then revisiting those fundamentals in upper level and graduate courses as a base for presenting advanced topics and fostering deeper learning. This emphasis on fundamentals can be challenging to undergraduates because they may not appreciate the relevance. Consequently, I integrate design projects into my undergraduate coursework to provide a context for learning and to emphasize my expectations for learning and actively applying the course material. ... View Profile

John Andrew Bergendahl

Associate Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall 208

Phone: 508-831-5772

John Bergendahl is an associate professor in the Department of Civil Environmental Engineering at WPI. John has six years’ experience as a practicing engineer in industry, and holds a BS in mechanical engineering, an MS in environmental engineering, and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut. He conducted postdoctoral research in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program at the University of Texas in Austin. ... View Profile
Cynthia Bergeron

Cynthia Bergeron

Administrative Assistant V

Civil & Environmental Engineering 


Marylou Horanzy

Administrative Assistant VI

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Phone: 508-831-5294

Russell Lang

Lab Manager I

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Phone: 508-831-4969

Suzanne LePage


Director, Sustaining WPI On-Campus Project Center
co-Director, Stantec MQP Project Center

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall 209A

Phone: 508-831-5598

Having initially graduated from WPI with a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering in 1995, I returned to teach part-time and pursue graduate studies in 2007. While the intervening years as a professional planner provided me with a wide variety of experience assisting towns and regions with long-term planning goals, the teaching and project advising activities at WPI have been infinitely more rewarding. I teach classes in urban and environmental planning and advise undergraduate projects in those topics and others. ... View Profile

Rajib B. Mallick


Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall 105

Phone: 508-831-5289, 508-831-5530

Rajib Basu Mallick is currently the Ralph White Family Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at WPI. He graduated from Jadavpur University, India, in 1989 and received his master’s degree and PhD from Auburn University, USA. He also worked as a senior research associate at the National Center for Asphalt Technology, USA. Rajib’s main research interests are in the optimum utilization of natural resources and sustainable construction, specifically related to the pavement industry. ... View Profile

Paul P. Mathisen

Associate Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall 209E

Phone: 508-831-5343, 508-831-5530

Professor Mathisen's teaching and research concentrate in the areas of water resources and environmental engineering. He enjoys challenging himself to learn new ideas and concepts, which he can then apply to solve problems that can make a difference for other people. WPI's curriculum and projects program provide the perfect environment for fostering these opportunities. ... View Profile

Donald Pellegrino

Lab Manager III

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Phone: 508-831-5002

Roberto Pietroforte

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Phone: 508-831-5295

Nima Rahbar

Associate Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall 104

Phone: 508-831-6567

My research and teaching activities in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering are in the area of the mechanics of materials and structures. At WPI, my favorite aspect of teaching is working one on one with graduate and undergraduate students on research projects. I like to excite students’ curiosity towards discoveries and creative scientific advancements. In our research group, we focus on the fundamental principles that control the behavior of materials in engineering and biology at multiple scales. ... View Profile

Derren Rosbach

Assistant Teaching Professor

Undergraduate Studies

Office: Salisbury Laboratories, 327

Phone: 508-831-5826

The overarching goal of my teaching and research is to contribute to an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental governance and policy. ... View Profile

Aaron R. Sakulich

Assistant Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall 209C

Phone: 508-831-5912

Replacing our crumbling national infrastructure with conventional materials would be only a temporary solution to a critical problem. My research focuses on developing new, more durable materials for use in infrastructure, which will lead to a lowered maintenance burden, improved user safety, and a reduced environmental impact. Personally, the part that I like most about this subject is the chemistry. ... View Profile

Guillermo F. Salazar

Associate Professor

Construction Project Management Coordinator

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall 202A

Phone: 508-831-5262, 508-831-5530, 508-831-5294

My academic activity concentrates in the development of formal methods of analysis, computer-based methodologies, and cooperative agreements to evaluate the impact of process integration on the cost of civil engineering projects. Over the last 10 years, this work has been focused primarily on the academic and professional aspects of Building Information Modeling (BIM). This work has produced several computer-based tools. ... View Profile

Mingjiang Tao

Associate Professor

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall 107

Phone: 508-831-6487

I teach geotechnical and pavement engineering courses at WPI. My favorite teaching activities are helping students develop critical thinking skills and become independent learners and problem solvers for their future career in civil engineering. My areas of research are in the interdisciplinary aspects of highway infrastructure engineering, with the overarching goal to advance the state of the art in sustainable highway infrastructure engineering. One of my recent research areas is developing more durable and sustainable asphalt concrete through an interdisciplinary approach. ... View Profile

Steven Van Dessel

Associate Professor

Director of the Architectural Engineering Program

Civil & Environmental Engineering 

Office: Kaven Hall 117A

Phone: 508-831-4895

My research and teaching activities are in the area of sustainable building design and building technology, with a special focus on the study of adaptive building envelop systems. One of the goals of our research is to develop smart materials that can alter their thermal properties in response to changing outdoor conditions, in order to conserve energy and optimize building thermal comfort. This research entails the use of energy modeling tools, experimental investigations, and the development of practical applications. ... View Profile

Faculty Emeriti

Please note: All phone extensions start with +1-508-831-.

First Name Last Name Title Email Phone Extension Office Location
Frank DeFalco Professor Emeritus defalco@wpi.edu 5272 Kaven Hall 104
Robert W. Fitzgerald Professor Emeritus rfitz@wpi.edu 5271 Kaven Hall 104