Faculty & Staff


Professor & Department Head, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5351

D. Richard Brown III received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from The University of Connecticut in 1992 and 1996, respectively, and received the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 2000. From 1992-1997, he was with General Electric Electrical Distribution and Control. Since August 2000, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he is currently a Professor and Department Head. He also held an appointment as a Visiting Associate Professor at ...

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Professor and Associate Head, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315315

I started at WPI as an Assistant Professor after graduating from Colorado State University. My research focus has been electromagnetic and acoustic nondestructive evaluation (NDE), and for the past 15 years the development of anatomically shaped coils for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). As director of the Center for Imaging and Sensing (CIS), I have concentrated on the exploration of energy/media interactions with emphasis on inspecting critical industrial materials and biological structures. CIS has developed NDE sensing technology as well as Radio Frequency (RF) coils and electronic ...

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Shamsnaz Bhada
Assistant Professor-Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4848

As a systems engineer I view optimizing engineering endeavors as going beyond algorithmic optimization to include a humanitarian mission, using systems engineering tools, patterns, techniques, methods, themes, and philosophies to do policy modeling, all with the common goal of mission success. While engineering tools have brought about much excellence and productivity, we haven't always applied these powerful tools to goals such as human diversity in engineering, or looking at the full human as a participant in the human workforce. I pursue these ideas across multiple dimensions, from research ...

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Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5501

ECE is one of those fields that most people take for granted, yet it runs our economy and provides us with the high standard of living that we are accustomed to. Just consider a typical day as we wake in the morning to an alarm clock, flip on the lights, check our email, throw a bagel in the microwave, call a friend, and start our car to go to work—all of these things require electricity and ECE. Without it, we would be living in the Stone Age (or at least the late 1700s). Within the ECE Department at WPI, we are fortunate to have some of the most enthusiastic and caring faculty on campus. I ...

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Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5778

Research Interests: Smart Prosthetics, Biomedical Signal Processing/Modeling, Assistive Technology, Wearable Sensors, Biomedical Instrumentation, Medical IoT. I am interested in applying engineering and science skills to problems in medicine and human health. Currently, I am focusing on understanding the electrical activity of human skeletal muscles (EMG) for applications including the control of powered prostheses (e.g., prosthetic hands, elbows, and legs), the clinical diagnosis of neuromuscular diseases, and worker safety/ergonomics. Over the course of my career, I have been involved in ...

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Before joining the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Fatemeh was a Post Doctoral Associate at the University of Florida (from 2018-2020) and at the Telecom Innovation Laboratories/Technical University of Berlin (from 2017-2018). She defended her dissertation with the title "On the Learnability of Physically Unclonable Functions" at the Technical University of Berlin, with an overall grade of "distinction" (= summa cum laude). For her dissertation, she was awarded the BIMoS Ph.D. Award 2018 and nominated by the Technical ...

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Assistant Professor-Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering

My research interests lie in the broad area of circuits and systems, and my primary area of interest is analog/mixed signal integrated circuits. More specifically, I am interested in the circuit design of sensing interfaces and energy harvesting and wireless power transmission systems for applications in the IoT.Exponential increases in the demand for next-generation clinical and telemedical diagnostic devices require monitoring and measurements from inside and outside of the body via implantable and wearable sensors predicted to be an important pillar of smart healthcare. My vision is that ...

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Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5771

Being a faculty member is a privilege through which I can teach and mentor many students. My area of expertise is in computer engineering. More specifically, I conduct research on integrated circuits and embedded systems design for wireless communications, autonomous driving, and Internet of Things. I teach computer engineering courses at all levels from transistors, gates, circuits, processors, to computer systems. Courses I've taught include digital logic, VLSI design, HDL modeling, computer architecture, and reconfigurable computing. My experience in industry has helped me with both ...

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Bashima Islam is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Her research falls in the intersection of Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing, Machine Learning, and Cyber-Physical Systems. She focuses on the usability, intelligence, and processing capabilities of tiny, low-power computing devices, with a goal of developing computers for applications such as wearable health and agriculture. Islam is most recently a visiting postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne. She received her BSc from Bangladesh University of ...

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Dean of Engineering,
School of Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5567

John A. McNeill was named the Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering in June 2021. McNeill joined WPI in 1994 after nearly a decade in industry and served as the interim Dean of Engineering from September 2018 until being appointed Dean. A senior member of IEEE and a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the National Academy of Inventors, and the Council for Undergraduate Research, McNeill received a bachelor’s degree in engineering sciences from Dartmouth College, an MS in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester, and a PhD in electrical engineering from ...

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Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5766

I joined the faculty of the ECE Department in 1991 after leaving Raytheon Company, where I spent approximately 12 years involved with the development of embedded computers for guidance, communications, and data processing systems for spaceborne and terrestrial applications. At WPI I perform research and teach in the areas of navigation, communications, and computer system design. I supervise the WPI Center for Advanced Integrated Radio Navigation (CAIRN), where I am developing a Public Safety Integration Center focused on the integration of communications, navigation, and information ...

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Teaching Professor-Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering

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. Vice-President of Pall Corporation, and in a variety of positions for Koch Membrane ...

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Assistant Professor of Teaching, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Koksal Mus’ research and teaching interests focus on Cybersecurity and Cryptography and extend to hardware programming in computer engineering. He is passionate about helping students grasp theoretical subjects and implementing them through hands-on projects in a student-centered classroom by using deep pedagogy. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and expertise with undergrads and grads on various levels in his classes. Prof. Mus also conducts research on standardization of Quantum Computer Resistant Security by building the cybersecurity standards of the future and recently got published in ...

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Adjunct Teaching Professor, Online and Corporate Education

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6663

Dr. Zainalabedin Navabi is an adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Navabi is the author of several textbooks and computer based trainings on VHDL, Verilog and related tools and environments. Dr. Navabi’s involvement with hardware description languages begins in 1976, when he started the development of a register-transfer level simulator for one of the very first HDLs. In 1981 he completed the development of a synthesis tool that generated MOS layout from an RTL description. Since 1981, Dr. Navabi has been involved in the design, ...

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Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5634

I am a professor of ECE, a professor of CS, and the founding director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies (CWINS). Established in 1985, CWINS was the first academic research program with focus on wireless local  area networks, commercially known as Wi-Fi [1].   Later on, we continued research in opportunistic cyberspace applications benefiting from RF Cloud, the signal propagated from billions of wireless devices scattered around the world.  These applications include Wi-Fi and Ultra-Wideband (UWB) positioning and localization in and around the human body ...

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Professor-Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering

I joined Worcester Polytechnic Institute in January 2020. Before that, I was a faculty member at Virginia Tech, a graduate student at UCLA, and a researcher at IMEC in Belgium. My research interests are in hardware security related topics, a field that gained enormous traction over the past two decades. I work on challenges in cryptographic engineering, and on making systems secure and tamper resistant. My students have built numerous demonstrators, including the FAME and FAME -V2 microprocessors (180 nm), which has driven my research in attacks and countermeasures against faults and ...

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Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5494

I received my PhD in ECE from Oregon State University in December 1998 and worked briefly as a member of the research faculty at OSU's Information Security Laboratory. In 2000 I joined WPI as an assistant professor. My research interests include applied cryptography and cybersecurity;  For personal website please visit https://sunar.org  

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I joined Worcester Polytechnic Institute in July 2020 as an assistant research professor. Before joining WPI, I was an assistant research professor at Florida Institute for Cybersecurity (FICS) Research at University of Florida. I received my Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2017 from the working group SECT, a collaboration of the Technical University of Berlin and Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories in Germany. My field of research mainly includes non-invasive and semi-invasive side-channel analysis, Physically Unclonable Functions (PUFs), machine learning, FPGA security, ...

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Bo Tang

Dr. Tang is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Prior to joining WPI, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU) from 2017 to 2022, where he received the Emerging Research Scholar Award, the highest award and honor for assistant professors at MSU. His research focuses on bio-inspired artificial intelligence (AI), AI security, edge AI, and their applications in Cyber-Physical Systems (e.g., wireless networks, ...

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Assistant Teaching Professor- Engineering, Academic & Corporate Engagement

Dr. Edvina Uzunovic has more than 15 years of experience with a range of responsibilities in the power systems industry. She has been a vital contributor to the overall success of several leading power industry organizations while serving different roles as a Technical Officer, Smart Grid Transmission Applications, Senior Quantitative Analyst and Senior Research and Technology Development Engineer. She is currently the Associate Director of Power Systems Engineering and an adjunct professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.Edvina has a B.Sc. from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and ...

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Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5061

Dr. Alexander M. Wyglinski is the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at WPI since 2021.  In this role, Dr. Wyglinski's activities primarily focus on devising sustainable, scalable, and innovative solutions for enabling individuals to pursue graduate degree programs in support of their professional development goals.  Several of these activities include the creation of an Experiential PhD framework enabling full-time industry practitioners to simultaneously pursue part-time doctoral studies, implementation of interdisciplinary PhD programs focused on emerging areas involving cross-cutting ...

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Dr. Ziming Zhang is an assistant professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Before joining WPI he was a research scientist at Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL) in 2016-2019. Prior to that, he was a research assistant professor at Boston University. Dr. Zhang received his PhD in 2013 from Oxford Brookes University, UK, under the supervision of Prof. Philip H. S. Torr (now in the University of Oxford). His research areas lie in computer vision and machine learning, especially in object recognition/detection, data-efficient learning (e.g. zero-shot learning) and applications ...

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Associated Faculty

First Name Last Name Title Email Phone Extension Office Location
Katherine Dykes Adjunct Instructor kdykes@wpi.edu x 5517 CPE
Premananda Indic Adjunct Instructor indic@wpi.edu   CPE
Michael Leonard Adjunct Instructor mfleonard@wpi.edu    
Yousef Mahmoud Affiliate Assistant Professor yamahmoud@wpi.edu    
Jeff Mayer Adjunct Instructor mayersj@wpi.edu x 5517 CPE
Anthony McGrail Adjunct Assistant Professor tony.mcgrail@wpi.edu    
Markus Nemitz Assistant Professor mnemitz@wpi.edu    
Slobodan Pajic Adjunct Instructor slobodan@wpi.edu x 5517 CPE
Richard Stanley Adjunct Assistant Professor rstanley@wpi.edu    
Robert Swarz Adjunct Teaching Professor rswarz@wpi.edu    
Edvina Uzunovic Adjunct Assistant Professor euzunovic@wpi.edu    
Darryl Washington Adjunct Instructor dwashington@wpi.edu   CS
Robert Wheeler Adjunct Instructor rbwheeler@wpi.edu x 5517 CPE

Faculty Emeriti

First Name Last Name Title Email Phone Extension Office Location
Kevin Clements Professor Emeritus clements@wpi.edu x 5517 CPE
James Duckworth Professor Emeritus rjduck@wpi.edu


Alexander Emanuel Professor Emeritus aemanuel@wpi.edu    
John Orr Professor Emeritus orr@wpi.edu    
Peder Pederson Professor Emeritus pedersen@ee.wpi.edu x 5641  
David Cyganski Professor Emeritus cyganski@wpi.edu    
Fred J. Looft Professor Emeritus fjlooft@wpi.edu x 5344