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

Statia Canning

Administrative Assistant VI

Fire Protection Engineering

Phone: 508-831-4979

Statia has been with WPI since 2006, most recently joining the Department of Fire Protection Engineering in October of 2014. Statia provides administrative support to the department head and the faculty of FPE. She is responsible for the financial activity in the department, as well as purchasing, and assisting with the hiring process.

Nicholas A. Dembsey


Fire Protection Engineering

Office: Gateway Park II 1212

Phone: 508-831-5971

In today’s cost-conscious world, ensuring greater life safety and property protection has never been more challenging. To this end, my research focuses on the building performance applications of fire dynamics, fire characteristics of materials, and fire models. I am working with students in the following areas: fire safety of green buildings; develop of new techniques and guidance documents for practicing engineers to measure fire properties of materials; and in the optimization of building assemblies for fire performance, ease of manufacturing and cost effectiveness.  View Profile

Catherine Fradette

Administrative Assistant V

Fire Protection Engineering

Phone: 508-831-5593

Brian Jay Meacham

Associate Professor

Fire Protection Engineering

Office: Gateway Park II 1213

Phone: 508-831-6778

Worldwide, there are increasing efforts to better understand the performance of buildings and infrastructure under a wide range of events, from accidental to deliberate, fire to natural hazards, climate change to terrorism. There is also an increasing focus on understanding the perceptions and responses of people to these events. This knowledge can then be employed in developing technology and policy solutions that better meet societal expectations for building and infrastructure safety and performance, resulting in a better allocation of resources focused on critical needs. ... View Profile

Kathy Ann Notarianni

Associate Professor

Fire Protection Engineering

Office: Gateway Park II 1205

Phone: 508-831-6786

Today, firefighters serve increasingly as first responders for emergency medical calls, civil emergencies, terrorist threats, and hazardous materials incidents, in addition to fire emergencies. The fire service needs tools and technologies that aid in carrying out their ever expanding mission without increasing costs. My research is focused on working with the fire service to achieve this important goal. I am conducting research on fire department mobilization times and exposure of fire fighters to toxic gases. ... View Profile

Milosh T. Puchovsky

Professor of Practice

Fire Protection Engineering

Office: Gateway Park II 1209

Phone: 508-831-5113

Fire protection engineers must be prepared to assess a broad range of fire and life safety risks, and, in response, develop workable solutions to these concerns.  Based on my work experience with the National Fire Protection Association, consulting engineering firms and the insurance industry, I bring “real-world” perspectives to our students’ educational process so they will be better prepared to make the decisions that will be required of them.  My lectures, projects and assignments reflect situations that practicing fire protection engineers face, and expand a student’s knowledge of the phy ... View Profile

Raymond Ranellone

Laboratory Director

Fire Protection Engineering

Phone: 508-831-5628

Ali S. Rangwala

Associate Professor

Fire Protection Engineering

Office: Gateway Park II 1210

Phone: 508-831-6409

Current fire-safety standards do not fully account for the wide range of combustibility of materials found in industrial settings. Nor do the standards provide for accurate measurement of hazardous dust accumulation within the environment. My research addresses combustion, industrial fire protection, and explosion protection. Among the potentially life-saving projects I’m working on is the development of measurement and sensing devices designed to identify the presence, velocity, and flow direction of smoke. ... View Profile

Associated Faculty

First Name Last Name Title Department Email Phone Extension Office Location
Jason Averill Affiliated Faculty Corporate and Professional Education      
William Klein Affiliated Faculty        
Phani Raj Affiliated Faculty Chemical Engineering pkraj@wpi.edu    
Jeffrey Tubbs Affiliated Faculty Fire Protection Engineering jtubbs@wpi.edu    
Christopher Wood Affiliated Faculty Fire Protection Engineering christopherwood@wpi.edu    

Collaborative Faculty

First Name Last Name Title Department Email Phone Extension Office Location
Leonard Albano Associate Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering ldalbano@wpi.edu x 5492 KH 201
David Cyganski Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering cyganski@wpi.edu x 5448 AK 217
James Duckworth Associate Professor Electrical and Computer Engineering rjduck@wpi.edu x 5204 AK 301
Tahar El-Korchi Department Head/Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering tek@wpi.edu x 5530 KH 206
Nikolaos Gatsonis Professor Aerospace Engineering gatsonis@wpi.edu x 5576 HL 244
Nikolaos Kazantzis Professor Chemical Engineering nikolas@wpi.edu x 5666 GH 224A
Roberto Pietroforte Associate Professor Civil and Environmental Engineering roberto@wpi.edu x 5295 KH 209B
Brian Savilonis Professor Mechanical Engineering bjs@wpi.edu x 5686 HL 108

Faculty Emeriti

First Name Last Name Title Department Email Phone Extension Office Location
Bob Fitzgerald Professor Emeritus Civil and Environmental Engineering rfitz@wpi.edu x 5271 KH 201
David Lucht Director Emeritus and Adjunct Professor Fire Protection Engineering dalucht@wpi.edu x 5593 HL
Robert Zalosh Professor Emeritus Fire Protection Engineering bzalosh@wpi.edu x 5593 HL