Richard D. Sisson


Director of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
George F. Fuller Professor Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 246A

Phone: 508-831-5335

Richard D. Sisson, Jr. is the George F. Fuller Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering at WPI. He is also the principal investigator (PI) for several projects in WPI’s Center for Heat Treating Excellence. Professor Sisson has been with WPI for 30 years. In addition, he has taught at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and has been a research metallurgist with DuPont Savannah Laboratory and a staff engineer with Exxon Chemical Company. ... View Profile

Diran Apelian

Professor & Dir, Metal Process

Director, Metal Processing Institute

Metal Processing Institute

Office: Washburn Shops 329

Phone: 508-831-5992, 508-831-6008

Dr. Apelian received his BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Drexel University (1968) and his Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT (1972). After graduating from MIT, he joined Bethlehem Steel’s Homer Research Laboratories where he co-developed the Ultra-Form series of high strength low alloy steels. ... View Profile

Isa Bar-On


Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 224

Phone: 508-831-5127, 508-831-5633

My favorite activities involve guiding students in projects and research. I like to give them independence and to learn from their work. I enjoy challenging them and myself to find better answers, explanations, and solutions. I am very interested in socio-technical systems, such as the healthcare system or the energy delivery system. Over the past years, my research has focused on developing models in support of an improved healthcare delivery system. ... View Profile

Torbjorn Stansen Bergstrom

Operations Manager

Director, Haas Technical Education Center
Director, Center for Innovative Manufacturing Solutions

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn 107i

Phone: 508-831-5122

Christopher A. Brown


Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 235

Phone: 508-831-5627

Chris Brown has been on the WPI faculty since 1989. In 1983 he completed his doctoral work on machining at the University of Vermont, where he also worked in orthopaedics and studied ski injuries. As an undergraduate, he was Vermont’s only walk-on All-American skier. He raced and coached there during the longest regular season undefeated streak in NCAA history and is a member of UVM’s athletic hall of fame. ... View Profile

Mustapha S. Fofana

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 206

Phone: 508-831-5966

Cosme Furlong-Vazquez

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs

Phone: 508-831-5126

Sharon Johnson


Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 223

Phone: 508-831-5183, 508-831-5218

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

Assistant Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 205

Phone: 508-831-5192

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

Diana A. Lados

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 319

Phone: 508-831-6168

Makhlouf M. Makhlouf


Director, Advanced Casting Research Center (ACRC)

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 334

Phone: 508-831-5647

GlorieAnn Minnich

GlorieAnn Minnich

Administrative Assistant V

Mechanical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-6088, 508-831-5000

Diane M. Strong


Director, Management Information Systems Program

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 219

Phone: 508-831-5573

WPI provides an environment that values both teaching and research, which is ideal for me. I enjoy teaching at WPI because students are interested in learning and willing to work hard. My teaching focuses on how business, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations can best use computing technologies, such as database systems, electronic health records systems, and mobile apps. Students in my classes learn to design computing applications that meet the needs of organizations. ... View Profile

John M. Sullivan


Associate Department Head

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 111

Phone: 508-831-5199, 508-831-5236

Teaching is the most important aspect of my profession. I have strived to teach the full spectrum of college offerings addressing freshman students through Ph.D. students. The project philosophy is a fundamental pillar of the WPI education. I encourage and promote this ideal in all of the projects that I advise. Students who bring a project to fruition gain more knowledge and understanding than most conventional instructional modes. I am committed to MQP and IQP activities. ... View Profile

Walter "Wally" T. Towner

Assistant Teaching Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 222

Phone: 508-831-6013, 508-831-5218

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

Bengisu Tulu

Associate Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 201

Phone: 508-831-5184

I enjoy teaching because it allows me to interact with students who have the potential to make the world a better place using technology. I continually innovate in my courses to ensure students enjoy the learning experience, learn the key concepts and skills related to information systems through real world examples, have an opportunity to learn from each other, learn to present themselves as professionals, and most importantly learn to use or develop technology to make a difference. ... View Profile

Amy Z. Zeng

Professor and Assistant Dean

Director, Industrial Engineering Program
Co-director, China Project Center

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 308

Phone: 508-831-6117, 508-831-5218

Teaching is the most influential of all professions in the world – it touches minds of every sort and provides profound impacts on one’s life. I fully enjoy the academic life and feel fortunate to have the opportunity to guide and influence students at various age groups. I love to work with all kinds of students and see them grow and prosper under my guidance. I like WPI’s project-based educational model, which enriches not only learning but also teaching. I enjoy traditional teaching as well as the close interactions with students during project advising. ... View Profile