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Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 223
Phone: +1 (508) 8315183
I enjoy teaching at WPI because students bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to their learning, and I am often inspired by their optimism. My teaching also reflects topics that motivate me:  detailed process design in our Industrial Engineering program, improving healthcare delivery as part of the Health Systems Innovation certificate, and exploring the implications of operational excellence in our MBA program. ... View Profile
Renata Konrad

Renata Konrad

Associate Professor-Business
Office: Washburn Shops 205
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5192
The application of Industrial Engineering and mathematical knowledge has always been a rewarding challenge for me. Over the past several years, I have focused my research in the healthcare industry, which is particularly exciting given the current debates on healthcare reform. Current projects include evaluating anti-human trafficking efforts, computationally characterizing episodes of care from health insurance claim records and examining the impact of physician incentives on patient outcomes. ... View Profile
Sara Saberi

Sara Saberi

Assistant Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 217
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6859
Since my first day of teaching, I believed that I loved being in the classroom. I enjoy my role as an instructor because it enables me to see directly the outcome of my effort. I like the fact that as someone in higher education, I have the opportunity to make a positive influence on a young person's life. I make every effort to not only deliver the material of the course, but to develop a mentoring relationship with each student to help them grow as individuals and strive for success. ... View Profile
Joseph Sarkis

Joseph Sarkis

Professor
Office: Gateway 2 at 50 Prescott Street, 1318
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4831
Joseph Sarkis is a Professor of Management within Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Business School. He previously served as a faculty member at Clark University and the University of Texas at Arlington. His teaching and research interests are in the fields of environmental sustainability, operations and supply chain management. He is the author or co-author of over 500 publications. His research is widely cited and earned the designation of highly cited researcher for six years from 2016-2021 from Thomson-Reuters/Clarivate Analytics (Web-of-Science). ... View Profile
Walter Towner

Walter Thomas Towner

Associate Teaching Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 222
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6013
I am interested in manufacturing and industrial engineering. My main interests lie at the intersection of manufacturing processes and the financial aspect of the business that relates to these processes. I see my mission as enabling students to become leaders in a business environment and helping them extract value from the processes that drive the organization. We do this by using tools like axiomatic design and Lean Six Sigma methods. ... View Profile
Andrew Trapp

Andrew C Trapp

Associate Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 207
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4935
I am Associate Professor of Operations and Industrial Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), with courtesy professorships in Mathematical Sciences and Data Science. I hold a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. My objective is to use science and technology to assist real human need by improving systems that serve vulnerable peoples, such as refugees and asylum seekers, survivors of human trafficking, and children in the foster care system. ... View Profile
Joe Zhu

Joe Zhu

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 301
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5467
Joe Zhu is Professor of Operations Analytics in the Business School, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is an internationally recognized expert in methods of performance evaluation and benchmarking using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA), and his research interests are in the areas of operations and business analytics, productivity modeling, and performance evaluation and benchmarking. He has published and co-edited several books focusing on performance evaluation and benchmarking using DEA and developed the DEAFrontier software. ... View Profile

Part Time Faculty

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Michael Ahern

Michael F Ahern

Director, Power Systems
Office: 60 Prescott Street
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6563
Mike leads WPI's Academic and Corporate Engagement group. This includes developing, fostering, and managing strategic relationships with industry in a comprehensive manner and across academic disciplines, delivering long-term, measurable outcomes that result in mutual economic value. Reporting to the Provost within Academic Affairs, the group includes Corporate Partnership Account Executives, Program Developers, and the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center. Mike also regularly serves as an adjunct instructor in WPI's Business School. ... View Profile
Paul Delvy

Paul Delvy

Adjunct Instructor
Office: Washburn Shops 215
Phone: +1 (978) 7601341
I enjoy teaching an interrelated series of topics that combine current industrial methodologies with the basics from academic study that form the foundations for commercial practice. The WPI classes give me an opportunity to share, mentor and steward students through simulated and practical problems, guiding them to plausible and realistic solutions. My research interests include; product, process and system design, with the integration of; innovation, development, selling and customer support. ... View Profile

Bill Forte

Adjunct Teaching Professor
Office: 100 Institute Road
Jamie Monat

Jamie Peter Monat

Teaching Professor-Engineering
Office: 100 Institute RD
Phone: +1 (978) 8973420
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. ... View Profile