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Robert Krueger

Robert Krueger

Professor & Department Head of Social Science and Policy Studies
Office: SL 223C
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5110
Robert Krueger is a human geographer whose scholarship and teaching focus on creating sustainable, socially just, improvements to development projects in the global north and south. His work has taken him around the world. He has worked in countries in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, on issues of economic development and institutional change. His scholarship and teaching challenge conventional notions of economic development, economy-environment relationships, and social change. ... View Profile
Marja Bakermans

Marja Bakermans

Associate Teaching Professor
Office: Goddard Hall, 100 Institute RD
I possess a strong commitment to student education, and a goal of mine is to stimulate students' critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. Recently, students and I have been on a journey to open classroom content and discussions in an interdisciplinary and inclusive way. Students are challenged to rethink their role as active knowledge producers beyond the class as students become co-authors of open educational resources. For example, students are co-authors of multiple texts, like Extinction Stories and Climate Lessons . ... View Profile
Constance Clark

Constance Clark

Associate Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 408 D
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5712
In addition to teaching the history of science and technology, I have at various times in the past raised baby birds at the Bronx Zoo and the Baltimore Aquarium, curated and inventoried mammal skeletons in attics at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, designed biology teaching labs at the University of Colorado, and collected dinosaurs and other fossils while camping in the Wyoming badlands with paleontology field crews. ... View Profile
Jim Doyle

Jim Doyle

Associate Professor
Office: Salisbury Laboratories 317A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5583
I am a social psychologist trained in the interdisciplinary field of judgment and decision making. I am particularly interested in how people develop an understanding of complex environmental and societal problems and how their "mental models" of complex systems can best be studied and improved to aid both personal and public decision making. I firmly believe that environmental and social problems can't be solved without understanding how they are represented in the mind and identifying what cognitive processes people bring to bear upon them. ... View Profile
Laureen Elgert

Laureen Elgert

Department Head
Office: Project Center 201
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5452
I joined WPI in 2011 as a scholar and teacher with training in public health, environmental policy, and international development studies. My research and teaching interests focused on the environment-development nexus, where tensions between sustainability and livelihoods often lead to contentious policy debates. ... View Profile
Roger Gottlieb

Roger S. Gottlieb

Professor of Philosophy
Office: Salisbury Labs 04
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5439
Roger S. Gottlieb is the author or editor of twenty books and more than 150 articles. He is internationally known for his work on religious environmentalism, spirituality in an age of environmental crisis, environmental ethics, and the role of religion in a democratic society. He has edited six academic book series, serves on the editorial boards of several academic journals, is contributing editor to Tikkun Magazine, and has appeared online on Patheos, Huffington, Grist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Real Clear Religion, and many others. ... View Profile
Scott Jiusto

Scott Jiusto

Professor Emeritus - Cape Town Project Center Co-Director
Office: Project Center 205
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5393
My teaching, research, and community engagement is integrated through my participation in WPIs Global Projects Program, where I help students prepare for and conduct projects in places such as London, Venice, Puerto Rico, Denmark, Washington and Worcester. Through the WPI Cape Town Project Centre (2007-15), my work was an exercise in Shared Action Learning (SAL), which as described to students and others is a way to think about and engage in partnerships for sustainable community development. ... View Profile
Fred Looft

Fred J. Looft

Adjunct Teaching Professor
Office: Atwater Kent 019
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5231
Dr. Looft is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Robotics Engineering (RBE) and Systems Engineering. He is one of three department heads that founded the WPI RBE program, and is the Academic Director of the Systems Engineering (SE) Program at WPI. His educational and research interests include project based learning, advising SE and RBE undergraduate and graduate capstone projects, developing material for and incorporating SE principles into general engineering project based education programs, and applying engineering solutions to problems in sustainability. View Profile
Lauren Mathews

Lauren M. Mathews

Associate Professor
Office: Goddard Hall 311A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5938
Research in my laboratory addresses questions in the field of evolutionary ecology and environmental biology, and typically combines field work and laboratory studies. Current projects focus on two disciplines. One of the major goals of my laboratory is to understand the geographic and evolutionary processes that affect and generate biological diversity, particularly in aquatic habitats. In North America, freshwater faunas are particularly vulnerable to ecological changes because of heavy manipulation of habitats by human activity. ... View Profile
Paul Mathisen

Paul P. Mathisen

Associate Professor and Dir. of Sustainability
Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Office: Kaven Hall 209E
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5343
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. Professor Mathisen especially enjoys advising projects and working with students, since these activities always provide excellent opportunities to learn, solve problems, and make a difference. ... View Profile
R. Creighton Peet

R. Creighton Peet

Adjunct Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 331
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6730
After spending many years working in international development and humanitarian assistance, as well as in international social and environmental education, and anthropological field research, Creighton Peet joined WPI in 2000 as part of its Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division. He loves teaching at WPI and sharing what he has learned over the years through its project-based curriculum. This style of teaching is a way of learning for him, directly and indirectly, and it satisfies his own research interests in the sustainable management of natural resources, especially water. ... View Profile
Reeta Rao

Reeta Prusty Rao

Professor & Department Head-Biology & Biotechnology
Office: Gateway Park, GP 4014
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6120
A member of the WPI faculty since 2004 and chair of the Department of Biology and Biotechnology since 2022, Reeta Rao is a leader in the field of molecular genetics and genomics. Her primary research activities are focused on emerging infectious diseases, specifically understanding and managing fungal diseases. Students and research associates in her laboratory are trained to use a variety of biochemical, molecular-genetic, and genomic tools to study host-microbe interactions to explore fungal virulence strategies and identify novel therapeutics in a high throughput fashion.&nb ... View Profile
Kent Rissmiller

Kent J. Rissmiller

Associate Dean, Global School
Office: 240 Foise Innovation Studio
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5019
Kent Rissmiller completed studies in political science at Muhlenberg College (AB) and Syracuse University (PhD). Along the way, he also completed a JD at the University of New Hampshire Law School, where he worked in the Energy Law Institute. Professor Rissmiller also worked for three years as an attorney for the Public Service Commission of Nevada, where he was involved in setting rates and policies for electric and water utilities. At WPI, Professor Rissmiller teaches government, law, and public policy. He also directs the Pre-Law program and oversees the Law and Technology minor. ... View Profile
Derren Rosbach

Derren Rosbach

Associate Professor of Teaching
Office: 100 Institute RD
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5826
  The overarching goal of my teaching and research is to contribute to an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental governance and policy. More specifically, I focus on the building of individual, organizational and institutional capacities to participate in collaborative efforts to address complex social and environmental sustainability problems through the application of science and technology. ... View Profile
Jennifer Rudolph

Jennifer Rudolph

Professor-Arts, Communications, and Humanities
Office: Salisbury Labs 408B
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6739
By training, I am a political historian of China and Japan. Coming to WPI has expanded how I view my own research and teaching and what can be done with them. I’ve led WPI’s efforts to build China-related programs for STEM students on campus and off. With like-minded colleagues I helped establish and now direct WPI’s East Asia Hub (formally China Hub), established and co-direct WPI’s Hangzhou and Taiwan Project Centers, and advise the Chinese Studies minor. ... View Profile
Khalid Saeed

Khalid Saeed

Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 312-D
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5563
Khalid Saeed is widely recognized for his work on the interface of economics and system dynamics. He has published two books and numerous articles on a variety of methodological, developmental and management agendas including sustainable agriculture, poverty alleviation, political instability, supply chain management and system dynamics modeling. His current focus is on operationalization of economic policy so it can be implemented through available managerial roles. Professor Saeed served as the head of social Science and Policy Studies department from 1997-2007. ... View Profile
John Sanbonmatsu

John Sanbonmatsu

Associate Professor
Office: SL 023
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5226
John Sanbonmatsu is interested in critical theory, including theories of social change, and political philosophy. View Profile
Ingrid Shockey

Ingrid K. Shockey

Associate Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: Project Center, 209
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6635
Ingrid Shockey is an environmental sociologist whose work concerns natural literacy and the interplay of human-wilderness relationships. These domains include topics in biodiversity loss, climate change perceptions, and our sense of place and identity with respect to the landscape. Her work has focused most recently on mountain ecologies and economies in the western Himalaya. ... View Profile
Elisabeth Stoddard

Elisabeth Anne Stoddard

Associate Professor of Teaching
Office: Salisbury Laboratories, 310F
Prof Stoddard is a human-environment geographer who is interested in the intersection of nature, society, and justice, particularly in the context of climate change. She looks at the ways in which we can design for climate resilience, in terms of infrastructure, location specific practices, and through community resilience. Stoddard also looks at the vulnerability and resilience of food systems to disasters (climate, disease outbreaks, etc.), and the impacts for humans, animals, and ecosystems. ... View Profile
Seth Tuler

Seth Tuler

Associate Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: Project Center 211A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6444
  Seth has been part of the Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division since 2002, as teacher, advisor, and co-director of project centers. He is the co-Director of the Boston Project Center and was the co-Director of the Bangkok Project Center from 2011-2018. He enjoys exposing students to contemporary problems in environmental and public health policy making and challenging them to apply insights emerging from research to practical applications. He loves share his curiosity with students about the ways that people are impacted by different technological and natural systems. ... View Profile