Richard D. Sisson, Jr.

Richard D. Sisson, Jr.

George F. Fuller Professor

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

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 246B

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 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: 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. 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

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn 107i

Phone: 508-831-5122

Isa Bar-On

Isa Bar-On

Professor

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
Christopher A. Brown

Christopher A. Brown

Professor

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 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

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 206

Phone: 508-831-5966

Cosme Furlong-Vazquez

Cosme Furlong-Vazquez

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs

Phone: 508-831-5126

Sharon Johnson

Sharon Johnson

Professor

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 223

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

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

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

Diana A. Lados

Professor

Milton Prince Higgins II Distinguished Professorship

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 319

Phone: 508-831-6168

Makhlouf M. Makhlouf

Makhlouf M. Makhlouf

Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 334

Phone: 508-831-5647

GlorieAnn Minnich

GlorieAnn Minnich

Administrative Assistant V

Mechanical Engineering

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

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 100 Institute RD

Phone: 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

Mechanical Engineering

Office: WB 234

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

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

John M. Sullivan

Professor

Associate Department Head

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 111

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

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

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 222

Phone: 508-831-6013

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

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