Richard D. Sisson

Professor

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

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

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 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

Chrysanthe Demetry

Associate Professor

Director, Morgan Teaching and Learning Center
Co-Director, Camp Reach
Co-Director, Professional Writing Program

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Gordon Library 302

Phone: 508-831-5195

As a college professor, I have the opportunity not only to excite students about my field of materials science and engineering, but to help them develop holistically as critical thinkers, lifelong learners, innovators, and effective and ethical communicators during an important formative period in their personal and professional lives. I was an undergraduate at WPI and really valued the project-based learning, the Global Projects Program, and the extent of contact I had with my professors. Those same values drew me back to WPI as a faculty member. View Profile

Diana A. Lados

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 319

Phone: 508-831-6168

Jianyu Liang

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Labs

Phone: 508-831-6649

Professor Liang experimentally studies the physics and interface science at nanometer scales and creates devices with improved performance. Her team responds to the challenging interdisciplinary nature of their research endeavor through successful collaboration with colleagues with expertise in metrology, physics, bioscience, medical science, chemistry, and chemical engineering. Her educational effort is focused on contributing to the creation of a well-structured nanoscience and nanotechnology curriculum at WPI. ... View Profile

Makhlouf M. Makhlouf

Professor

Director, Advanced Casting Research Center (ACRC)

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 334

Phone: 508-831-5647

Brajendra Mishra

Merriam Prof. & Assoc Dir MPI

Director of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Collaborative Research Center on Resource Recovery & Recycling

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops, 331

Phone: 508-831-5711

Dr. Mishra is the Kenneth G. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Assoc. 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

Pratap M. Rao

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Laboratories 106

My research is aimed at the challenge of meeting the growing energy needs of society and replacing fossil fuels with clean energy sources. The first thrust of my research focuses on creating materials that will be the building blocks of economical, large-scale, clean energy technologies of the future. The key to creating effective energy conversion materials is controlling the flow of energy, electricity and matter at the nanoscale by careful design of the shape, size and composition of materials at the same scale. ... View Profile
Rita

Rita Shilansky

Administrative Assistant VI

Mechanical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-5633

Satya Shivkumar

Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 227

Phone: 508-831-5633, 508-831-5048

Yan Wang

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 238

Phone: 508-831-5453

I am assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Here at WPI, my main responsibilities are teaching and research. I have taught materials processing and materials for electrochemical energy system. I enjoy teaching and interacting with students because I like to impart m y knowledge/experience to the students. ... View Profile