Faculty

Jamal Yagoobi

Professor and Department Head

Department Head
Director of Multi-Scale Heat Transfer Laboratory

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 134

Phone: 508-831-5236, 508-831-5759

I enjoy teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Teaching is very rewarding, and it allows me to interact with the students. My teaching portfolio includes undergraduate and graduate level courses in the areas of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, liquid/vapor phase change, thermodynamics, and design of thermal systems. I am very active in research. My research has been actively supported by NSF, NASA, AFOSR, SBA, ASHRAE and various companies. ... View Profile

John M. Sullivan

Professor

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

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

Holly Keyes Ault

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 208

Phone: 508-831-5498

I have enjoyed technical topics since high school, when I was encouraged by my physics teacher to enroll in a pre-engineering course and learned computer programming. I was one of the first women to attend WPI and earned all three of my degrees here, being the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from WPI. Prior to my graduate studies, I worked in industry for several years, both in Massachusetts (Norton Company) and Illinois (Olin Corporation), and was usually the only female engineer in my engineering group. ... 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

John J. Blandino

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 239

Phone: 508-831-6155

Prior to joining the faculty at WPI in 2001, I was a Senior Staff Engineer in the Advanced Propulsion Technology Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). My research at JPL included application of plasma sources for materials processing and the development of pulsed plasma and small-scale hydrazine thrusters. ... 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

Eben C. Cobb

Adjunct Teaching Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Lab 211

Phone: 508-831-5035

Autonomous vehicles – aircraft, cars, rovers, over- and underwater vehicles that can move in the real world by themselves without human pilotage – have gained immense importance not only due to the broad spectrum of their potential military and civilian applications, but also due to the concurrent development of sensor technology and embedded systems that enable the realization of true autonomy. ... View Profile

Robert Daniello

Assistant Teaching Professor

Mechanical Engineering

I joined WPI in the fall of 2015 to teach thermo-fluid courses in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The objective of my teaching is to guide students in the application of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer to solve practical problems in fields such as transportation, energy, and life sciences. I advocate project-based learning and hands-on experience in the laboratory and shop.My research involves experimental studies of fluid behavior. ... View Profile

Michael A. Demetriou

Professor

Graduate Coordinator, Aerospace Engineering Program

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 243

Phone: 508-831-5459

Professor Demetriou is very active with the Controls and Systems research community. He served as an Associate Editor in the IEEE Tr. on Automatic Control (2004-2007), in the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control (2009-2011), and in SIAM J. Control and Optimization (2009-present). He is also serving in the IEEE-Control Systems Society Conference Editorial Board as an Associate Editor (1997-present). In 2003 he established the IEEE-CSS Technical Committee on Distributed Parameter Systems and served as his first chair (2003-2012). ... 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

Mikhail F. Dimentberg

Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 212

Phone: 508-831-5368

Gregory S. Fischer

Associate Professor

Director, Automation and Interventional Medicine Laboratory (AIM Lab)
Director, PracticePoint

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 85 Prescott 234

Phone: 508-831-5261

Professor Fischer is a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Engineering with an appointment in Biomedical Engineering at WPI. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from Johns Hopkins University, where he was part of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer Integrated Surgery. At WPI he has been an integral part of developing the Robotics Engineering program and teaches primarily junior-level and graduate courses in Robotics. ... 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

Nikolaos A. Gatsonis

Professor

Director, Aerospace Engineering Program

Aerospace Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 244

Phone: 508-831-5576

Nikolaos A. Gatsonis received an undergraduate degree in Physics at the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece (1983), an M.S. in Atmospheric Science at the University of Michigan (1996), an M.S. (1987) and a Ph.D. ... View Profile

Selcuk Guceri

Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Lab 109

Phone: 508-831-4692

John R Hall

Teaching Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 211

Phone: 508-831-5124

Allen H. Hoffman

Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 107

Phone: 508-831-5217, 508-831-5236

Professor Hoffman has interests in biomechanical engineering and rehabilitation engineering. He and his students enjoy developing devices which assist people with disabilities. He teaches project-based design courses in which teams, usually made up of four students, not only design devices but also build and evaluate them. Professor Hoffman‘s research highlights include rehabilitation robotics, which is the design and development of robotic devices to assist persons with disabilities. A patent will be issued for one of his team’s devices in 2012. View Profile

Zhikun Hou

Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 209

Phone: 508-831-5705

It has been a great pleasure to teach at WPI, a school with motivated students from all over the world. ... View Profile

Nikhil Karanjgaokar

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Laboratories, 242

Phone: 508-831-6757

Prior to joining the faculty at WPI in August 2015, I worked as a post-doctoral research associate at Graduate Aerospace Laboratories at California Institute of Technology. My research at Caltech focused on the development of a Granular Element Method (GEM) based force visualization technique for the study of 2D granular systems under impact loading. I examined of the role of granular fabric on the wave motion and formation of force chains in granular media. ... View Profile

Diana A. Lados

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 319

Phone: 508-831-6168

Fiona Levey

Assistant Teaching Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 104

Phone: 508-831-4854

Teaching is my way of sharing my enthusiasm for Science and Engineering. I believe that these are great professions because they give us the ability to effect real and positive change in this world. I particularly enjoy hearing the varied and interesting contributions of the students in class, and the collaborative environment of WPI as a whole. View Profile

Zhi Li

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 85 Prescott 223C

My research focuses on robotic manipulator motion control and human arm motion control, which has spread to the design and optimization of robotic systems, teleoperation, haptics, and human-robot interaction. My research thus far has primarily involved medical robots, including exoskeletons, surgical robots, and tele-nursing robots. Currently I am highly interested in the design and motion control of biologically-compatible robots, and improving the usability and availability of nursing/assisting robots with shared autonomy, teleoperation and haptics. View Profile

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

Anthony B. Linn

Asst. Teaching Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Professor Linn has interests in light aircraft propulsion, gas turbines for light aircraft and aircraft certification. He has conducted research in the areas of unsteady aerodynamics, turbulence formation and aircraft certification. His teaching interests include turbomachinery, aircraft dynamics and control and fluids. Professor Linn held a research engineer appointment at Worcester Polytechnic Institute where he conducted research for FAA production certification of the NASA Personal Air Vehicle. ... View Profile

Yuxiang Liu

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Laboratories, Room 110

The overarching theme of my research is light-matter interactions and their applications in microscale and nanoscale. Particularly, my research interests include optical trapping, optofluidics, nanophotonics, cavity optomechanics, and fiber optic sensing systems, with an emphasis on optical actuation, damping, and sensing of mechanics in micro-/nano-scale structures and biological specimens. The potential applications of my research include on-chip disease diagnosis, in vivo disease treatments, motion detection in consumer electronics, health monitoring, and biomechanics. ... 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

David J. Olinger

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 242

Phone: 508-831-5698, 508-831-5236

In my teaching I bring fluid and aerodynamics experiments, including wind tunnels, into the classroom each day. Fundamental concepts are demonstrated in these experiments, and collected data is immediately compared to the theory and equations learned during lecture. Students see that they can use what they are learning in class to predict the behavior of aerospace systems. They then go on to design improved systems in MQP projects and during their careers. ... View Profile

Cagdas Denizel Onal

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 105

Phone: 508-831-4857

An integral part of a rewarding academic career is being an educator. It is a wonderful opportunity to work with students and guide their development to fulfill their potential. I enjoy teaching the fundamentals of robotics engineering, science and technology as well as training students in advanced independent research. I aim to teach students about research-based thinking and problem solving, to give them a real career choice to determine their future in further research or the industry. ... View Profile

Balaji Panchapakesan

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Laboratories, 210

Dr. Panchapakesan is the director of the Small Systems Laboratory (SSL) which is dedicated to the development of multi-functional materials, devices and systems at the macro-, micro-, meso- and nanoscales. Our work spans in multiple areas bridging multiple disciplines and multiple length scales. Facilities at SSL include fabrication and characterization units for advanced materials, device processing and testing and biomaterials characterization. Access to the clean room facilities around the Boston area adds to the excitement of student learning as well as experimentation. ... View Profile

David Clifton Planchard

Instructor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 204

Phone: 508-831-6519

Professor David Planchard is the founder of DM Education LLC. Before starting DM Education, he spent over 27 years in industry and academia, holding various engineering, marketing, and teaching positions and degrees. He holds five US patents and one international patent. He has published and authored numerous papers on machine design, product design, mechanics of materials, and solid modeling. Professor Planchard is an active member of the SolidWorks Users Group and the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). ... View Profile
My inspiration for teaching comes from my dad who has been a teacher for over four decades in India. That interest was strengthened when I became a teaching assistant at the University of Texas at Austin and continued in that position for six years. Teaching gives me an opportunity to interact with students and to continually learn and impart new concepts at the same time. I joined WPI in August 2014 and have had a great experience thus far. ... 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

Mark W. Richman

Associate Professor

Chair, Graduate Communication

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 245

Phone: 508-831-5556, 508-831-5236

Brian James Savilonis

Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 108

Phone: 508-831-5686, 508-831-5236

The project mode of education is a significant tenet of WPI; project based courses are common, along with the required Interactive Qualifying Project and Major Qualifying Project. Managing this close knit intellectual activity has m any parallels to coaching sports; watching individuals " light up" is tremendously rewarding. The recent addition of the Great Problems Seminar allows strong interaction with the freshman class as well. The thermofluid area is critical to world sustainability and extends beyond technical expertise to socio- political and economic context. View Profile

Christopher Scarpino

Instructor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Labs 153

Phone: 508-831-4927

Christopher Scarpino is an adjunct instructor at WPI and Lowell Institute Lecturer at Northeastern University. He has his Master’s of Science and 18 years of professional experience in industry, academic laboratories (MIT & Harvard), and at the USAF Research & Development Laboratory. Scarpino initiated a research project to develop a new clinical device that was awarded a 2007 NIH (NIDCD) grant and a 2009 ARRA grant. He is a patent holder in the motor vehicle sector and founder of the International Corps of Engineers, a non-profit for engineers. ... View Profile

Satya Shivkumar

Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 227

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

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

Winston Soboyejo

Dean of Engineering/Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Atwater Kent 128

Prior to joining WPI, Dr. Sobojeyo was a professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University for approximately 17 years. He is a materials scientist whose research focuses on biomaterials and the use of nanoparticles for the detection and treatment of disease, the mechanical properties of materials, and the use of materials science to promote global development. ... View Profile

Joe Stabile

Instructor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Laboratories, 150

I have spent 36 years in product development. 25 years in the computer storage industry working on airborne hard drives, desktop hard drives, tape storage systems, optical storage devices, and robotic pick and place systems for tape cartridges. Most recently I have spent the last 11 years at Bose Corporation working in advanced development on high efficiency small speaker systems. ... View Profile

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

Sarah Jane Wodin-Schwartz

Assistant Teaching Professor

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Higgins Laboratories, 206

Phone: 508-831-6037

Dr. Wodin-Schwartz joined WPI in August 2015. While at UC Berkeley, Dr. Wodin-Schwartz was a teaching assistant for both mechanical and electrical engineering courses including Introduction to Mechatronics for which she received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award. Her Ph.D. research focused on the use of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for down hole geothermal well monitoring. Before joining WPI, Dr. Wodin-Schwartz spent two years at the technical consulting firm Exponent Inc. ... View Profile

Administrative Staff - Mechanical Engineering

Patricia Howe

Patricia Howe

Operations Manager

Mechanical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-4875

E. Dilbert

Barbara Edilberti

Administrative Assistant V

Mechanical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-5026

Barbara L. Furhman

Barbara Furhman

Administrative Assistant VI

Mechanical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-6046

Donna M. Hughes

Donna Hughes

Administrative Assistant V

Mechanical Engineering

GlorieAnn Minnich

GlorieAnn Minnich

Administrative Assistant V

Mechanical Engineering

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

Randolph Robinson

Computer Operations Manager

Mechanical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-6756

Rita

Rita Shilansky

Administrative Assistant VI

Mechanical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-5633

Payton Wilkins

Administrative Assistant V

Mechanical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-5236

Administrative Staff - Lab Managers

Peter Hefti

Lab Manager I

Mechanical Engineering

Phone: 508-831-5597

Boquan Li

Mgr, Materials Char. Labs

Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 239

Phone: 508-831-6025

Administrative Staff - HAAS Technical Center

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

James Loiselle

Sr Instruct Lab Technician

Manufacturing Engineering

Administrative Staff - Metals Processing Institute

garofoli

Carol Garofoli

Director of Operations

Metal Processing Institute

Phone: 508-831-5592, 508-831-5992

Renee Brodeur

Assistant Director

Metal Processing Institute

Phone: 508-831-5003

Maureen Plunkett

Administrative Assistant VI

Metal Processing Institute

Phone: 508-831-5992