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Sarah Olson

Sarah D Olson

Professor & Department Head, ad interim
Office: Stratton Hall 108
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4940
At WPI, I enjoy teaching all courses fundamental to applied mathematics, scientific computing, and modeling. I look forward to mentoring students interested in working on areas in Mathematical Biology, Computational Biofluids, and Scientific Computing. I specialize in Mathematical Biology, understanding emergent properties of complex systems. The goals of these models are to understand the underlying biological processes and make predictions. Please visit my website to learn more about recent research projects. View Profile
Jon Abraham

Jon P. Abraham

Professor of Practice
Office: Salisbury Labs 405C
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6123
Teaching has evolved into a second career for me. After working for over 25 years as an actuary, I came to WPI a few years back, and have loved every minute of it! I provide insight to my students about working as an actuary, as well as convey a real world sense of urgency and connection to what we are doing in the classroom. I particularly enjoy the academic cycle – getting a fresh start every fall term, and seeing a new batch of enthusiastic first year students arriving on campus. ... View Profile
Andrea Arnold

Andrea N. Arnold

Assistant Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 104A
My research in applied mathematics is in the field of inverse problems and uncertainty quantification, which involves estimating unknown system parameters using indirect observations and analyzing the changes in predicted outcomes due to changes in the inputs. In particular, I am interested in the design and analysis of efficient and robust nonlinear filtering algorithms for state and parameter estimation within a Bayesian inference framework and the application of such algorithms in analyzing real-world data. Please see my personal website for more information. View Profile
Francesca Bernardi

Francesca Bernardi

Assistant Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: Stratton Hall 105D
Phone: +1 (508) 8314183
My field of research in Applied Mathematics is small-scale fluid mechanics and microfluidics. My research includes both mathematical modeling and physical experiments. In particular, I am interested in particle and solute transport in small-scale systems, such as municipal water filtration facilities. I enjoy teaching courses fundamental to applied mathematics and modeling, and I look forward to mentoring students on projects both in and outside the lab. I am very active in outreach and advocacy projects focused on gender and racial equity with various organizations. ... View Profile
Marcel Blais

Marcel Y. Blais

Professor of Teaching
Office: 206 Stratton Hall
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5677
I teach many graduate courses in our Financial Mathematics Professional Master’s Program. I particularly love engaging graduate students in areas of financial mathematics; the material is exciting, cutting edge, and fun to apply and relate to current events and states of financial markets. At the undergraduate level, I teach upper-level optimization electives, as well as calculus courses. I enjoy teaching at this level, showing undergraduate students why the mathematics we study is important and relevant. Currently, I am involved in the study of liquidity modeling in mathematical finance. ... View Profile
Nicole Buczkowski

Nicole Buczkowski

Post-Doctoral Scholar
Office: Stratton Hall 307

Ernesto Cáceres

Post-Doctoral Scholar
Office: Stratton Hall 202B
Nicholas Chisholm

Nicholas Glenn Chisholm

Assistant Research Professor-Math
Provost
Office: Stratton Hall 202B
Dr. Chisholm 's research interests lie in the use of mathematical modeling and simulation to understand fundamental problems in fluid mechanics, interfacial phenomena (like the effect of surfactants on oil-water interfaces), colloidal suspensions, active matter, and bio mechanics. From a technical perspective, his work involves the application of partial differential equations, integral equations, asymptotic methods, and numerical analysis to predict the behavior of ( bio )physical systems. View Profile
Tharindu De Alwis

Tharindu De Alwis

Post-Doctoral Scholar
Office: Stratton Hall, 002B
Class teaching is not only important for the transmission of knowledge from one generation to another but also an integral and necessary part of academic research. I teach many undergraduate mathematics and statistics courses including calculus, algebra, finite mathematics, data science, introduction to statistics, and applied statistics. My research in statistics is in the field of time series analysis which involves dimension reduction in the uni-variate and multivariate time series datasets. ... View Profile

Tatiana Doytchinova

Senior Instructor/Lecturer
Office: Stratton Hall 305A
Vladimir Druskin

Vladimir Druskin

Research Professor
Education: BS in Geophysics, Moscow Oil and Gas "Gubkin" Institute, 1979   Ph.D. in applied mathematics and geophysics, "Lomonosov" Moscow State University, 1984 SIAM Fellow, Class 2014 I have spent nearly my entire career in industrial research labs, first at the Central Geophysical Expedition (CGE) of the Russian Oil Ministry and then at Schlumberger-Doll Research (SDR) of Schlumberger Technology. ... View Profile
Fatemeh Emdad

Fatemeh Emdad

Teaching Professor-Computer Science
Office: Unity Hall 383
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5303
Professor Fatemeh Emdad completed her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Applied Mathematics at Colorado State University. She is the recipient of the top-ranked student academic award from the President of Shiraz University. She is the author of the book High Dimensional Data Analysis and more than 20 journal and conference articles. She completed her postdoctoral degree with the University of Texas Medical Branch and Shriners Hospital for Children Burn Unit when she was the NIH postdoctoral scientist fellow (under Ruth L. ... View Profile
Joseph Fehribach

Joseph D. Fehribach

Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: Stratton Hall 012
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5069
Professor Fehribach has taught and led mathematical research efforts at WPI since 1992. If you are interested in his work, please contact him directly. His research works with Kirchhoff graphs, representing that the null and row spaces of a matrix are orthogonal complements. When the matrix is the stoichiometric matrix for a chemical reaction network, the Kirchhoff graph is effectively a circuit diagram for that reaction network. View Profile
John Goulet

John A. Goulet

Teaching Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 201A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5036
Teaching at WPI is a great opportunity to help incoming freshmen make the transition from high school to college as well as gain the pleasure and satisfaction that higher education can bring. Further, the WPI Plan is a unique approach to education, and John brings both enthusiasm and a special perspective as one of its first graduates. He appreciates the great people the students are and assists them into making mathematics a successful part of their start. ... View Profile

Binan Gu

Post-Doctoral Scholar-Mathematical Science
Office: SH 307
Arthur Heinricher

Arthur C. Heinricher

Interim Senior Vice President and Provost
Provost
Office: Boynton Hall, 108A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5397
Arthur Heinricher is the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and a Professor of Mathematical Sciences. As dean, he is responsible for ensuring the quality and effectiveness of all aspects of the undergraduate experience at WPI, providing leadership and working with the faculty to implement new undergraduate curricular and structural changes. Together with the Dean of Students, he works to ensure an appropriate balance and synergy between academics and student life. ... View Profile
Mayer Humi

Mayer Humi

Professor
Office: Salisbury labs 405F
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5213
I am a mathematical physicist working on the development and application of mathematical methods to atmospheric research and satellites orbits. As part of this research, I am also developing new methods for the use of symmetry principles to solve differential equations. I have taught a broad spectrum of applied math courses on the undergraduate and graduate levels. View Profile
Nadeesha Jayaweera

Nadeesha Jayaweera

Post-Doctoral Scholar
Office: Stratton Hall, 002B
Teaching is a royal path to learning and is an art for me. In learning I will teach; in teaching I will learn. I believe that the power of reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking, critical, problem-solving ability and even effective communication skills can be improved. In this way, how I motivate the study of mathematics and statistics depends on whom I am teaching. I teach a wide range of courses in both Mathematics & Statistics, from introductory level to higher level for undergraduate students. ... View Profile
Sixian Jin

Sixian Jin

Post-Doctoral Scholar-Mathematical Science
Office: Stratton Hall 302A
  My research interest includes stochastic calculus, stochastic differential equations, and related applications in quantitative finance. Specifically, I work in the Malliavin calculus of Brownian motion, fractional Brownian motion, and Lévy processes. We establish new series representations of martingales, which are widely applicable in pricing and hedging problems in finance. I also study stochastic differential equations driven by non-Markovian time-changed Brownian motion and the approximation schemes for their solutions. View Profile
Michael Johnson

Michael Richard Johnson

Associate Teaching Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: Stratton Hall 202D
At WPI I have taught a variety of courses ranging from Calculus, Statistics, and Probability at the undergraduate and graduate level.  With help from the ATC (Academic Technology Center) I use course capturing to record my lectures and keep an eye on advances in technology to aid student learning. I completed my PhD in Economics at Clark University in October 2012. My dissertation explored theoretical models for free and open source software. ... View Profile
Christopher Larsen

Christopher J. Larsen

Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 002C
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6124
The evolution of defects in materials present particularly interesting mathematical challenges. My research is in applied analysis, and my goals are to improve the mathematical models for these problems, as well as to advance the mathematical methods for studying them.  View Profile
Konstantin Lurie

Konstantin Lurie

Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 010
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5293
Konstantin's research has, since the early '60s, been focused on optimal control of distributed systems, specifically, on optimal material design. The journal papers and books he published since laid a solid foundation of this discipline, as we know it today. The need for optimal design comes from everyday life and from various technological requirements that put forth numerous challenges demanding better quality, less weight, lower cost, faster operation, etc. ... View Profile
Oren Mangoubi

Oren Mangoubi

Assistant Professor
Office: Unity Hall 385
My research is focused on the design and analysis of fast algorithms for machine learning, optimization and data science. I am especially interested in Markov chain and stochastic gradient-based optimization and sampling algorithms.  These algorithms are used to rapidly explore a high-dimensional or non-convex function or probability distribution in applications such as deep learning and Bayesian statistics.  I am also very interested in the application of these algorithms to problems in machine learning, data science, theoretical computer science, and statistics. ... View Profile
William Martin

William J. Martin

Professor
Office: Salisbury Laboratories 408A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6764
Bill Martin's goal is to find mathematical research projects that lie between beautiful and powerful mathematical theory, on the one hand, and pressing technological applications, on the other. This effort requires one to keep abreast of both mathematical developments and applications in computer science and engineering. Professor Martin's mathematical research is in the area of algebraic combinatorics, where tools from linear and abstract algebra are applied to problems in discrete math. ... View Profile
Balgobin Nandram

Balgobin Nandram

Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 002A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5539
Randy Paffenroth

Randy Clinton Paffenroth

Associate Professor
Office: UH364
My research focuses on compressed sensing, machine learning, signal processing, and the interaction between mathematics, computer science and software engineering. My interests range from theoretical results to algorithms for tackling practical applied problems, and I enjoy problems most when mathematical results lead to efficient software implementations for big data. I am looking forward to working with students at all levels and backgrounds who share an interest in mathematics, software, or data. ... View Profile
Buddika Peiris

Buddika Peiris

Associate Professor of Teaching
Office: Stratton Hall, 103
Teaching is an art. It is something you develop within yourself. It needs hard work, time, creativity and dedication. Giving clear and understandable lectures, facilitating group activities, and interacting with students are all important parts of my teaching. My objectives as a statistics educator are: (1) to teach students about statistical tools and how to use them correctly, (2) to expose students to the structure of statistical analysis, and (3) to teach students how to communicate statistical results and concepts to a variety of audiences. ... View Profile
Abby Pekoske Fulton

Abby Pekoske Fulton

Post-Doctoral Scholar-Mathematical Science
Office: Stratton Hall 105D
My research focuses on modeling dynamics of biological structures immersed in a fluid at the cellular and molecular scale. I leverage massively parallel computing clusters to simulate and analyze these refined models. My research interests include DNA topology, computational fluid dynamics, mechanics, immersed boundary methods, dynamical systems, and scientific computing. I am particularly interested in the dynamics of DNA knots and links and the dynamics of cellular structures during mitosis. View Profile
Guanying Peng

Guanying Peng

Assistant Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 105B
My research is broadly speaking in the area of Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations with applications to physics and materials science. Specifically, I am interested in applying comprehensive techniques from nonlinear partial differential equations, calculus of variations and geometric measure theory to understand complex singularity structures in certain physical systems, including superconductors, liquid crystals, thin film blisters, convection pattern formations and some systems described by hyperbolic conservation laws. The studies of these systems are highly interdisciplinary. ... View Profile

Barry John Posterro

Associate Teaching Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: Salisbury Labs 405E
My areas of concentration are teaching courses for Actuarial Mathematics and advising actuarial math students. Students with interests in investments (options, volatility trading, etc) are encouraged to approach me with ideas for MQPs. In addition, I have IQP opportunities for students interested in local history. View Profile
Dina Rassias

Dina J. Rassias

Assistant Teaching Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: Stratton Hall 101
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6636
Adam Sales

Adam Sales

Assistant Professor
My research in applied statistics focuses on methods for causal inference using large, administrative datasets, primarily with applications in learning sciences and social sciences. I have developed and worked on methods combining machine learning with design-based analysis of randomized trials and matched observational studies, principal stratification and mediation analysis using log data from intelligent tutoring systems, and regression discontinuity designs. ... View Profile

William C. Sanguinet

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: 100 Institute RD
Marcus Sarkis-Martins

Marcus Sarkis-Martins

Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 206
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5287
Brigitte Servatius

Brigitte Servatius

Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 305C
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5361
What is a better way of learning, soaking knowledge up like a sponge or like a sieve? A sponge may be saturated quickly, while an appropriate sieve retains the valuable and discards the superfluous.  The essence of teaching is to enable the student to recognize the jewels in a subject, unearth them, and create a valuable collection.   View Profile
Herman Servatius

Herman Servatius

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 305C
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5361
I pose this question: if I dip a wire cage of a cube into soap bubbles, can I get a hexagon? These are questions I love posing to my students. Likewise, I appreciate all questions my students ask me, regardless of how ridiculous they may seem. Every question is worth asking and investigating, and WPI encourages this innovative way of thinking. View Profile
Qingshuo Song

Qingshuo Song

Associate Professor - Mathematical Science
Office: 202A Stratton Hall
Phone: +1 (508) 8316273
Qingshuo Song's research interests include stochastic control theory, and its applications to mathematical finance and various engineering problems. Qingshuo received his BSc from Nankai University, MA and PhD from Wayne State University. Prior to joining Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he had been working with City University of Hong Kong (Associate Professor 2010-2018), University of Michigan (PostDoc 2009) and University of Southern California (PostDoc 2006-2009). View Profile
Stephan Sturm

Stephan Sturm

Associate Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: 100 Institute RD, Salisbury Labs 405B
I am an applied mathematician specializing in the field of financial mathematics and engineering. Currently, I am most interested in problems involving modeling with stochastic volatility and the implied volatility surface. Another topic of my research interests lies in delegated portfolio optimization and the role played by incentive schemes paid to fund managers. ... View Profile
Dalin Tang

Dalin Tang

Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 202E
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5332
I have been teaching and conducting research at WPI since 1988. Teaching is a lot of fun since it involves interactions with students, and we can pass our knowledge and experiences to students for their better future. I have been conducting research for cardiovascular modeling in the past 30 years and has made various contributions, especially in using image-based modeling for vulnerable plaque progression and rupture investigations. I collaborate with faculty from many universities, including Harvard, MIT, University of Washington (Seattle), Washington University (St. ... View Profile

Carly Siegel Thorp

Professor of Practice
Office: SH 303
Burt Tilley

Burt S. Tilley

Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: Salisbury Labs 405D
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6664
My main research area of interest is mathematical modeling of problems in scientific and engineering applications. Recent examples include heat transfer properties in patterned liquid-cooled electronics, heat transfer in geothermal energy harnessing applications, and inter-facial pattern formation on thin fluid films and sheets. The mathematical content of these problems focus on, but are not limited to, continuum mechanics, free-boundary problems, nonlinear partial differential equations, and nonlinear differential equations. ... View Profile

Samuel Willis Tripp

Assistant Teaching Professor
Nathan Uricchio

Nathan Uricchio

Post-Doctoral Scholar
Office: Stratton Hall 307
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Bogdan Vernescu

Bogdan M. Vernescu

Vice Provost Research
Office: Boynton Hall
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6411
Bogdan Vernescu is currently Professor of mathematical sciences and the Vice Provost for Research. His research is in applied mathematics for multiscale materials sciences, focusing on the characterization of material properties of composites, porous media, suspensions, emulsions and electrorheological/magnetorheological materials. He has published over 60 research papers, a monograph and a proceedings volume. ... View Profile
Darko Volkov

Darko Volkov

Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: Stratton Hall 102
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6125
Professor Volkov's research is on Partial Differential Equations theory, Integral Equations theory, and asymptotic and numerical methods. He is interested in abstract existence and uniqueness questions as well as inverse problems and their numerical solutions. He has collaborated with geophysicists and engineers to work on problems related to electromagnetic theory, or seismology. He has published over 30 research papers in prestigious scientific journals. He has taught all levels of math classes, such as Linear Algebra II, Introduction to Analysis, and Graduate Analysis. ... View Profile
Zsolt Adam Wagner

Zsolt Adam Wagner

Assistant Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 105a
Sam Walcott

Sam Walcott

Associate Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: 464 Unity Hall
I use physical principles at the molecular scale to solve macroscopic problems in biology, e.g. How do a molecule's mechanical properties influence the behavior of a cell?  How do single molecule measurements relate to muscle function?  To answer such questions, I use a combination of computer simulations and mathematical analysis.  This theoretical work is complemented by experiments performed by my collaborators.  In my teaching, I enjoy emphasizing connections between math and other disciplines. View Profile

Fangfang Wang

Associate Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: Stratton Hall 305B
Gu Wang

Gu Wang

Associate Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: 100 Institute RD
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6137
My research is in the field of Mathematical Finance, which aims at building probabilistic models that provide insights into the behavior of financial market participants, and developing the underlying mathematical theories. My work focuses on the optimal investment and consumption policies in various market settings. I received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from Boston University in 2013, and spend the next two years in the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor as a Postdoctoral Assistant Professor, before joining WPI as a tenure track Assistant Professor. ... View Profile

Suzanne L. Weekes

Professor
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5267
Min Wu

Min Wu

Assistant Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: Stratton Hall, 105C
My research involves analysing size and shape development in biological processes. The form of living systems can be affected by growth and internal force, so it is important to know how they are patterned spatial-temporally. To do this, I develop deterministic approximate inference schemes using static and live imaging data; and develop mathematical models and numerical methods to describe tissue growth and morphogenesis. My research at WPI has attracted interest from all levels of students, and they have become enthusiastic and creative contributors. View Profile
Zheyang Wu

Zheyang Wu

Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: 100 Institute RD
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5031
Professor Wu's research interest lies in applying the power of statistical science to promote biomedical researches. In statistical genetics, he is developing novel statistical theory and methodology to analyze genome-wide association (GWA) data and deep (re)sequencing data to hunt new genetic factors for complex human diseases. In epigenetics, he is studying gene expression regulation mechanisms through chromatin interaction, and RNA silencing pathways in the developmental stages of germ-line cells. ... View Profile

Vadim V. Yakovlev

Associate Research Professor
Office: Stratton Hall 104C
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5495
My professional interests include electromagnetic and multiphysics modeling, scientific computations, and optimization in various interdisciplinary areas involving high frequency electromagnetics. I am particularly interested in applications of microwave power engineering as well as microwave imaging (i.e., non-destructive evaluation and testing of materials from the characteristics of the electromagnetic field). I run the Industrial Microwave Modeling Group (IMMG), which I established in 1999 as a division of WPI’s Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics (CIMS). ... View Profile
Zhongqiang Zhang

Zhongqiang Zhang

Associate Professor-Mathematical Science
Office: Salisbury lab 405A
I enjoy interactions with students. In teaching, I teach students how I think and learn their views of my research fields. My current interest is to develop and analyze scientific machine learning algorithms for problems in various applications, especially in fluid dynamics, biology, and finance. The research is twofold: one is to construct efficient and stable algorithms; the other is to evaluate the constructed and existing methods through theoretical analysis. View Profile

Qiao Zhuang

Post-Doctoral Scholar-Mathematical Science
Frank Zou

Frank Zou

Associate Professor & Associate Department Head-Mathematical Science
Office: Unity Hall 381
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6428
Professor Zou's research focuses on financial time series and spatial statistics with applications to epidemiology, public health and climate change. His most recent research on statistical theory and methodology addressed a wide range of challenges including high dimensionality, complex dependencies, and space and time variations. His research in high-frequency financial data tackled problems with high dimensionality, which is currently a hot topic in statistics. ... View Profile

Staff

Rhonda Podell

Rhonda Podell

Associate Director of Operations & Director, Math Tutoring Center
Office: Stratton Hall, 107A
Phone: +1 (508) 8316342
As part of the leadership team for the Mathematical Sciences Department, I work jointly with the Department Head and the Associate Head to oversee and manage the day-to-day operations of the department. View Profile
Jane Bouchard

Jane Elizabeth Bouchard

Instructor's Associate
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6636
Louisa Kulp

Louisa Kulp

Administrative Assistant VI
Mike Malone

Mike Malone

Computer Operations Manager
Office: Stratton Hall 100
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5403
Mike Malone works with Math Department Faculty, Staff, and Graduate students to assure that their computational needs are met.  Whether it’s the purchase and setup of a new desktop, laptop, mobile device, or printer, or the troubleshooting of an existing device, Mike works with each person to make sure that they are able to use their devices to complete their mission, whether it’s learning, teaching, or research. View Profile

Associated Faculty

First Name Last Name Title Email Phone Extension Office Location
Peter Christopher Professor Emeritus peterrc@wpi.edu 5241 Stratton Hall
Paul Davis Professor Emeritus   5241 Stratton Hall
William Hardell Professor Emeritus   5241 Stratton Hall
Roger Lui Professor Emeritus      
JJ Malone Professor Emeritus jjmalone@wpi.edu 5241 Stratton Hall
Umberto Mosco Professor Emeritus mosco@wpi.edu 5241 Stratton Hall
Joseph Petruccelli Professor Emeritus jdp@wpi.edu 5241 Stratton Hall
Domokos Vermes Professor Emeritus   5241

Stratton Hall

Homer Walker Professor Emeritus walker@wpi.edu 5241

Stratton Hall