Richard D. Sisson, Jr.

Richard D. Sisson, Jr.

George F. Fuller Professor
Director of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
George F. Fuller Professor Mechanical Engineering
Office: Washburn Shops 246B
Phone: +1-508-831-5335
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 40 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

Diran Apelian

Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Founding Dir., Metal Processing Institute, Director Advanced Casting Research Center (ACRC)
Metal Processing Institute
Office: Washburn Shops 329
Phone: +1-508-831-6008, +1-508-831-5992
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. He joined Drexel University in 1976 and held various positions at Drexel, including professor, Head of the Department of Materials Engineering, Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, and subsequently Vice-Provost of the University. ... View Profile
Torbjorn Stansen Bergstrom

Torbjorn Stansen Bergstrom

Operations Manager
Director, Haas Technical Education Center
Director, Center for Innovative Manufacturing Solutions
Office: Washburn 107i
Phone: +1-508-831-5122
Isa Bar-On

Isa Bar-On

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 224
Phone: +1-508-831-5127, +1-508-831-5633
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
Christopher A. Brown

Christopher A. Brown

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 235
Phone: +1-508-831-5627
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 orthopedics 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

Mustapha S. Fofana

Associate Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 206
Phone: +1-508-831-5966
Cosme Furlong-Vazquez

Cosme Furlong-Vazquez

Associate Professor
Office: Higgins Labs
Phone: +1-508-831-5126
Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 223
Phone: +1-508-831-5183, +1-508-831-5218
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

Renata Konrad

Associate Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 205
Phone: +1-508-831-5192
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

Diana A. Lados

Professor
Milton Prince Higgins II Distinguished Professorship
Office: Washburn Shops 319
Phone: +1-508-831-6168
Makhlouf M. Makhlouf

Makhlouf M. Makhlouf

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 334
Phone: +1-508-831-5647
GlorieAnn Minnich

GlorieAnn Minnich

Administrative Assistant V
Phone: 508-831-6088
Brajendra Mishra

Brajendra Mishra

K.G. Merriam Prof. & Director MPI
Director of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Collaborative Research Center on Resource Recovery & Recycling
Office: 100 Institute RD
Phone: +1-508-831-5711
Dr. Mishra is the Kenneth G. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Metal Processing Institute at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute [WPI]. Dr. Mishra is the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Collaborative Research Center on Resource Recovery & Recycling – the first National Center of its kind. Brajendra received his Bachelor of Technology [1981] degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India and his M.S. [1983] and Ph.D. ... View Profile
Sneha P Narra

Sneha P Narra

Assistant Professor
Office: WB 234
Phone: (508) 831-6269
As an active researcher in the field of Additive Manufacturing (AM), Sneha Prabha Narra explores novel applications in AM by utilizing interdisciplinary knowledge from mechanical engineering, materials science, and data analytics, with a particular focus on alloys. Her research investigates microstructure and porosity control in alloys using AM processes, additive manufacturing of non-standard materials and powders, and how data analytics and physics-based knowledge of a process can be combined to reduce the need for experimentation in engineering problems. ... View Profile
Diane M. Strong

Diane M. Strong

Professor & Interim Dept Head
Office: Washburn Shops 219
Phone: +1-508-831-5573
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

John M. Sullivan

Professor
Associate Department Head
Office: Higgins Labs 111
Phone: +1-508-831-5199, +1-508-831-5236
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

Walter "Wally" T. Towner

Associate Teaching Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 222
Phone: +1-508-831-6013, +1-508-831-5218
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

Bengisu Tulu

Associate Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 201
Phone: +1-508-831-5184
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