John Orr

John Orr

Co-Director, Liberal Arts & Engineering

Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

Phone: 508-831-5273

John A. Orr has held many positions on campus including Provost, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. Dr. Orr's research interests span several aspects of digital signal processing, including applications to indoor navigation systems, and to power quality. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the American Society for Engineering Education, and serves as President of IEEE-HKN, the ECE academic honor society. In his spare time John enjoys travelling and working on sustainability initiatives.

Lance E. Schachterle

Lance E. Schachterle

Professor

Co-Director, Liberal Arts & Engineering

Humanities & Arts

Office: SL 027

Phone: 508-831-5404, 508-831-5514

Lance Schachterle enjoys the excitement of the classroom--meeting new students each term, sharing ideas about works of literature that matter, and learning to communicate more effectively. He teaches courses at the 1000 and 2000 levels, mostly in modern literature, but also really likes interdisciplinary courses that involve science. WPI students work harder than most, and students pursuing their minor in literature often really get intellectually and emotionally involved in what they are studying. ... View Profile
Frederick W. Bianchi

Frederick W. Bianchi

Professor of Music

Director of Music Technology

Humanities & Arts

Office: AH 205

Phone: 508-831-5053

Professor Frederick Bianchi works in the area of music technology. As the director of music technology research, Bianchi works with students from all disciplines. His particular focus is Virtual Orchestra technology and multichannel sound design. In addition to overseeing the Media Arts Group Innovation Center (MAGIC), Professor Bianchi is also the director of the Bar Harbor, Maine Project Center and the Glacier National Park Project Center. View Profile
David DiBiasio

David DiBiasio

Associate Professor

Chemical Engineering

Office: Goddard Hall 122

Phone: 508-831-5250, 508-831-5372

My research involves educational scholarship: investigating how students learn chemical engineering and how the curriculum can be modified to optimize learning. That includes understanding learning in hands-on labs compared to virtual or remotely operated labs; learning in international contexts; and how safety, ethics, and social responsibility can be effectively integrated into the chemical engineering curriculum. WPI is a great place to conduct this type of work because of our project-based program, our extensive Global Projects Program, and our philosophy of student-centered learning. View Profile
James Kevin Doyle

James Kevin Doyle

Associate Professor of Psychology

Social Science & Policy Studies

Office: Salisbury Laboratories 317A

Phone: 508-831-5583

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
Peter H. Hansen

Peter H. Hansen

Professor

Director of International and Global Studies

Humanities & Arts

Office: Salisbury Labs 107

Phone: 508-831-5481

Peter H. Hansen is Professor of History and Director of International and Global Studies at WPI. In this role, responsibilities include enhancing the curricular components of WPI’s global programs, exploring new partnerships, and advising students in global projects. International and Global Studies brings together faculty from the arts and sciences, business, and interdisciplinary studies to enrich students' experience of global engagement on campus and around the world. ... View Profile
J. Scott Jiusto

J. Scott Jiusto

Associate Professor

Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

Office: Project Center 205

Phone: 508-831-5393

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
Robert Krueger

Robert Krueger

Associate Professor

Director, Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Co-Director, London Project Center
Director, Worcester Community Project Center

Social Science & Policy Studies

Office: SL 223C

Phone: 508-831-5110

Robert Krueger is the founding director of WPI's Environment and Sustainability Studies Program. He has been a Co-Principal Investigator on two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grants focused on environmental justice issues in Worcester. He serves as co-chair of the EPA’s Environmental Justice Working Group. He is also board president of the Regional Environmental Council. A broad, international audience recognizes Krueger’s scholarship on urban sustainability. He has published dozens of papers in prestigious internationally peer-reviewed journals. ... View Profile
Kent J. Rissmiller

Kent J. Rissmiller

Dean ad interim, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division

Director, Washington Project Center

Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

Office: Project Center 201

Phone: 508-831-5019

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
M. David Samson

M. David Samson

Associate Professor

Humanities & Arts

Office: Salisbury Labs 014

Phone: 508-831-5385, 508-831-5246, 508-831-5370

Professor Samson teaches art history, and his scholarship is in the history of architecture, especially the modern period. He studies and explains the moments of transition when styles change, and the spread of avant-garde creations into general currency. He is also interested in the history of industrial design, and enjoys introducing his students to it, revealing the complex background of forms and ideas behind common household objects. His architectural history courses explore both the left- and right-brain aspects of built form. ... View Profile

Kenneth A. Stafford

Teaching Professor

Undergraduate Studies

Office: Higgins Lab 011

Phone: 508-831-6122

Richard F. Vaz

Richard F. Vaz

Director, Center for Project-Based Learning

Co-Director, Bangkok Project Center

Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

Office: First Baptist Church, Room 202

Phone: 508-831-5344

As Director of WPI’s Center for Project-Based Learning, I work with colleagues across campus to help advance project-based learning at colleges and universities around the nation and the globe. We also support project-based learning here on the WPI campus. Most of my scholarly and professional activity centers around experiential and international education. Through my involvement in organizations such as the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the American Society for Engineering Education, I work to promote WPI’s approach to undergraduate education as a national model. ... View Profile