Elke A. Rundensteiner


Director of Data Science

Computer Science

Office: Fuller Labs 135

Phone: 508-831-5815

My research focuses on how to make use of data and information in an effective manner, towards achieving goals in business, scientific discovery, health services, or in personal endeavors. With the inter-connectivity of the internet, the availability of computing power, and big data everywhere, access to the right piece of information at the right moment, possibly fused together from numerous information sources, remains one of the most critical capabilities that can set you apart from others. ... View Profile

Mohamed Y. Eltabakh

Assistant Professor

Computer Science

Office: Fuller Labs 235

Phone: 508-831-6421

Professor Eltabakh’s research is in the broad area of Database Management Systems and Information Management. In particular, his work is in the areas of query processing and optimization, indexing techniques, scientific data management, and large-scale data analytics. Prof. Eltabakh is currently exploring possible extensions to both database management systems and Hadoop framework to support scientific applications and health-care systems. He is a member of the Database Systems Research Group (DSRG) and a faculty member of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) program. ... View Profile

Fatemeh Emdad

Associate Teaching Professor

Computer Science

Professor Fatemeh Emdad completed her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Applied Mathematics at Colorado State University. She is the recipient of the top-ranked student academic award from the President of Shiraz University. She is the author of the book High Dimensional Data Analysis and more than 20 journal and conference articles. She completed her postdoctoral degree with the University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Hospital for Children Burn Unit when she was the NIH postdoctoral scientist fellow (under Ruth L. ... View Profile

Lane T Harrison

Assistant Professor

Computer Science


Phone: 980-200-8363

Information visualization is a powerful means for understanding data and informing human minds. As people begin to rely on visualizations to make high-impact and even life-critical decisions, there is a growing need to ensure that information can be perceived accurately and precisely. My research addresses these challenges by leveraging cognitive and perceptual principles to quantify and model user performance with visualizations. ... View Profile

Xiangnan Kong

Assistant Professor

Computer Science

Office: Atwater Kent Laboratories, 125

Professor Kong’s research interests focus on data mining and big data analysis, with emphasis on addressing the data variety issues in biomedical research and social computing. Data today involves an increasing number of data types that need to be handled differently from conventional data records, and an increasing number of data sources that need to be fused together. Dr. Kong is particularly interested in designing algorithms to tame data variety issues in various research fields, such as biomedical research, social computing, neuroscience, and business intelligence. ... View Profile

Yanhua Li

Assistant Professor

Computer Science

Office: Atwater Kent Laboratories, 130

My broad research interests are in analyzing, understanding, and making sense of big data generated from various complex networks in many contexts, including urban network analysis, large-scale network data sampling, measurement, online social behavior modeling. My recent research focuses on exploring the challenges in managing and analyzing big data from urban networks, with an ultimate goal of improving human life quality and designing smarter cities. ... View Profile

Eleanor T. Loiacono


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

Randy Clinton Paffenroth

Associate Professor

Mathematical Sciences

Office: Atwater Kent Laboratories, 124

My research focuses on compressed sensing, machine learning, signal processing, and the interaction between mathematics, computer science and software engineering. My interests range from theoretical results to algorithms for tackling practical applied problems, and I enjoy problems most when mathematical results lead to efficient software implementations for big data. I am looking forward to working with students at all levels and backgrounds who share an interest in mathematics, software, or data. ... View Profile

Carolina Ruiz

Associate Professor

Computer Science

Office: Fuller Labs 232

Phone: 508-831-5640

Carolina Ruiz's research interests are in data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Together with her graduate and undergraduate students, colleagues in computer science and biology, and medical doctors, Ruiz investigates and develops data mining algorithms for genomics and for clinical medicine. In addition to being a faculty member in computer science, she is a founder and active member of the bioinformatics and computational biology program at WPI. She enjoys teaching courses, and advising undergraduate and graduate research projects in data mining and machine learning. View Profile

Diane M. Strong


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

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

Jian Zou

Assistant Professor

Mathematical Sciences

Office: Stratton Hall 102

Phone: 508-831-6428

Professor Zou’s research focuses on financial time series and spatial statistics with applications to epidemiology, public health and climate change. His most recent research on statistical theory and methodology addressed a wide range of challenges including high dimensionality, complex dependencies, and space and time variations. His research in high-frequency financial data tackled problems with high dimensionality, which is currently a hot topic in statistics. ... View Profile

Affiliated Faculty

Emmanuel O. Agu Computer Science, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
Ivon Arroyo Social Science and Policy Studies, Learning Sciences and Technologies
Nathaniel Drew Bastian Data Science
Joseph Beck Computer Science, Learning Sciences and Technologies
Marcel Y. Blais Mathematical Sciences
Donald Brown Electrical and Computer Engineering
Luca Capogna Mathematical Sciences
Ki H. Chon Biomedical Engineering
Soussan Djamasbi Foisie School of Business
Jim Doyle Social Science and Policy Studies
Thomas Eisenbarth Electrical and Computer Engineering
Michael Elmes Foisie School of Business
Brenton Faber Humanities & Arts 
Adrienne Hall-Phillips Foisie School of Business
Neil T. Heffernan Computer Science, Learning Sciences and Technologies
Micha Hofri Computer Science
Xinming Huang Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mayer Humi Mathematical Sciences
Sharon Johnson Foisie School of Business
Chickery Kasouf Foisie School of Business
Renata Konrad Foisie School of Business
Dmitry Korkin      Computer Science
Lifeng Lai Electrical and Computer Engineering
Yehia Massoud Electrical and Computer Engineering
Fabienne Miller Foisie School of Business
Sarah D. Olson Mathematical Sciences
Michael Radzicki Social Science and Policy Studies
Elizabeth Ryder Biology & Biotechnology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
Marcus Sarkis Mathematical Sciences
Randy Paffenroth Mathematical Sciences
Joseph Petruccelli Mathematical Sciences
Gabor Sarkozy Computer Science
Stephan Sturm Mathematical Sciences
Berk Sunar Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dalin Tang Mathematical Sciences
Steven Taylor Foisie School of Business
Bengisu Tulu Foisie School of Business
Bogdan Vernescu Mathematical Sciences
Homer F. Walker Mathematical Sciences
Justin Wang Foisie School of Business
Suzanne L. Weekes Mathematical Sciences
E. Vance Wilson Foisie School of Business
Zheyang Wu Mathematical Sciences, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology
Amy Zeng Foisie School of Business
Joe Zhu Foisie School of Business

Professor Emeritus

Domokos Vermes Mathematical Sciences

Administrative Staff


Mary Racicot

Administrative Assistant V

Computer Science

Phone: 508-831-4883