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Jamal Yagoobi

Jamal Yagoobi

Professor and Department Head
Office: Higgins Labs 134
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5236
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 Sullivan

John M. Sullivan

Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 111
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5199
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
Isa Bar-On

Isa Bar-On

Professor-Engineering
Office: Washburn Shops 224
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5127
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
Mehul Bhatia

Mehul A Bhatia

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Higgins Lab 107
Phone: +1 (973) 8207867
Dr. M. A. Bhatia is an Assistant Teaching Professor in Mechanical Engineering Department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Prior to coming to WPI, Dr. Bhatia was a Postdoctoral Researcher at Arizona State University where he was working on thermal and mechanical stability of nanocrystalline Cu-Ta material which was published in nature journal. He received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in December 2014. ... View Profile
Christopher Brown

Christopher A. Brown

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 235
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5627
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
Eben Cobb

Eben C. Cobb

Adjunct Teaching Professor
Office: Higgins Lab 211
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5035
Danielle Cote

Danielle Lynn Cote

Assistant Professor
Office: Washburn 315
Dr. Cote is an Assistant Professor in Materials Science & Engineering at WPI. She received her B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in Chemical Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science & Engineering from WPI. She also worked as a research engineer at Saint-Gobain High Performance Materials in the Polymer Characterization research group. ... View Profile
Robert Daniello

Robert Daniello

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: 100 Institute RD
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
Chrys Demetry

Chrys Demetry

Professor- Engineering
Office: Gordon Library 302
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5195
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 Dimentberg

Mikhail F. Dimentberg

Professor-Engineering
Office: Higgins Labs 212
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5368
Gregory Fischer

Gregory S. Fischer

Professor
Office: Office: 50 Prescott, Rm 4804
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5261
Professor Fischer is the William Smith Dean's Professor and 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 Fofana

Mustapha S. Fofana

Associate Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 206
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5966
Cosme Furlong-Vazquez

Cosme Furlong-Vazquez

Professor- Engineering
Office: Higgins Labs
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5126
Aswin Gnanaskandan

Aswin Gnanaskandan

Assistant Professor
Office: Higgins Lab 208
Aswin's work is primarily in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics, where he specializes in developing high-fidelity models for multiphase flows. His research involves developing physics-based numerical models, implementing them in a parallel computational environment, benchmarking the models against experiments, and applying them to offer mechanistic insights into complex multiphase flow problems. View Profile
Selcuk Guceri

Selcuk Guceri

Professor
Office: Higgins Lab 109
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4692
Zhikun Hou

Zhikun Hou

Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 209
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5705
It has been a great pleasure to teach at WPI, a school with motivated students from all over the world. ... View Profile
Diana Lados

Diana A. Lados

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 319
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6168
Fiona Levey

Fiona Levey

Associate Teaching Professor-Engineering
Office: Higgins Labs 104
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4854
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

Zhi Li

Assistant Professor
Office: 85 Prescott 223C
My research bridges the gap between human-robot interaction and human movement science. I am particularly interested in the design of human-robot interfaces and assistive robot autonomy, based on the understanding of the perception-action coupling of humans and cyber-human systems. At WPI, I primarily work on tele-nursing robots and assisted teleoperation interfaces. I also have extensive experience in exoskeletons for rehabilitation and tele-surgical robots. View Profile
Jianyu Liang

Jianyu Liang

Professor- Engineering
Office: Washburn Labs 311A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6649
Professor Liang’s research explores the physics of interfaces between the nanometer and micron scales. 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 fire protection engineering. Her educational effort includes novel approaches to project-based learning and global centers for science and engineering. ... View Profile
Yuxiang Liu

Yuxiang Liu

Associate Professor-Engineering
Office: Rm 4912, Gateway II (50 Prescott St)
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4829
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 Makhlouf

Makhlouf M. Makhlouf

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 334
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5647
Makhlouf M. Makhlouf is professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He was Director of the Advanced Casting Research Center (ACRC) between 1992 and 2015. ACRC is a collaboration between the academic and industrial sectors focusing on issues that benefit the global foundry industry. It brings fundamental understanding to existing processes, develops new methods, and addresses management-technology interface matters. ... View Profile
Brajendra Mishra

Brajendra Mishra

Kenneth G. Merriam Professor & Director, MPI
Office: Washburn Shops 326
Dr. Mishra is the Kenneth G. Merriam Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, the Program Director of the Department of Materials & Manufacturing Engineering and the Director of the Metal Processing Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute [WPI]. Dr. Mishra is also the Director of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Collaborative Research Center on Resource Recovery & Recycling – the first National Center of its kind. ... View Profile
Sneha Narra

Sneha Prabha Narra

Assistant Professor
Office: WB 234
The broader impact of my research will result in advanced processing techniques and advanced materials that will lower carbon footprint either through reduced material and/or operational usage or through enabling transformative technologies such as nuclear fusion and high-efficiency turbine systems. At present, my research thrusts are: 1. Advancing the adoption of metal additive manufacturing in aerospace, automobile, and energy applications to manufacture light-weight organic designs and use advanced materials. ... View Profile
Cagdas Onal

Cagdas Onal

Associate Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Office: Higgins Labs 105
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4857
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

Balaji Panchapakesan

Professor
Office: 100 Institute RD
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
Adam Powell

Adam Clayton Powell

Associate Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 310
Adam C. Powell, IV is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department who joined the WPI faculty in August 2018. His field is materials processing, and research focuses on validated mathematical modeling of metal process development for clean energy and energy efficiency. His research group is developing new projects whose goals are to reduce vehicle body weight, lower solar cell manufacturing cost with improved safety, reduce or eliminate environmental impact of aerospace emissions, and improve grid stability with up to 100% renewables. ... View Profile
Pradeep Radhakrishnan

Pradeep Radhakrishnan

Associate Teaching Professor-Engineering
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 Rao

Pratap M. Rao

Associate Professor-Engineering
Office: 50 Prescott St (Gateway II) - 4910
My research is aimed at discovering, understanding and developing advanced materials for a range of applications including solar energy conversion, catalysis, printed electronics, sensors, and functional coatings. Our lab specializes in the synthesis of nanostructured thin film materials using scalable processes. Students and researchers in my lab can expect to work on highly interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of materials science, mechanical engineering, solid state physics, and thermal sciences. View Profile
Ahmet Sabuncu

Ahmet Can Sabuncu

Assistant Teaching Professor
Dr. Sabuncu holds a Ph. D. in Aerospace Engineering from Old Dominion University. Dr. Sabuncu’s professional interests is thermo-fluids engineering including microfluidic applications. He is also interested in dielectric spectroscopy of cells and tissues since 2009. His research in engineering education focuses on development of online laboratory exercises and use of Internet of Things & artificial intellegence in engineering education. ... View Profile
Brian Savilonis

Brian James Savilonis

Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 108
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5686
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

Christopher Scarpino

Instructor
Office: Higgins Labs 153
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4927
Christopher Scarpino is an adjunct instructor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute 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

Satya Shivkumar

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 227
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5048
Richard Sisson

Richard D. Sisson

George F. Fuller Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 246B
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5335
Richard D. Sisson, Jr. is the George F. Fuller Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Heat Treating Excellence at WPI. 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. Professor Sisson received his BS in metallurgical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1969, MS in 1971. In 1975 he earned a PhD in materials science and Engineering from Purdue University. ... View Profile

Winston Soboyejo

Senior Vice President and Provost
Joe Stabile

Joe Stabile

Instructor
Office: Higgins Laboratories, 150
Phone: +1 (508) 5610029
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

Yan Wang

Professor- Engineering
Office: Washburn Shops 311b
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5453
I am William Smith Foundation Dean's Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Here at WPI, my main responsibilities are teaching and research. I have taught Introduction to Materials Science, materials processing and materials for electrochemical energy system. I enjoy teaching and interacting with students because I like to impart my knowledge/experience to the students. At the same time, I can also absorb different knowledge and culture from the students. ... View Profile
Sarah Jane Wodin-Schwartz

Sarah Jane Wodin-Schwartz

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Higgins Laboratories, 106
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6037
Prof. Wodin-Schwartz joined WPI in August 2015. While at UC Berkeley, Prof. 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, Prof. Wodin-Schwartz spent two years at the technical consulting firm Exponent Inc. ... View Profile
Xiangrui Zeng

Xiangrui Zeng

Assistant Professor
Office: 85 Prescott Street, Room 312
My research covers a variety of topics in automotive dynamic system and mobility cyber-physical system modeling, analysis, estimation and control. Specifically, my current work is focused on data-enhanced intelligent optimal control for connected and automated vehicles and advanced algorithms for transportation network cyber-physical systems. ... View Profile
Yihao Zheng

Yihao Zheng

Assistant Professor
Office: Higgins Labs 150, 100 Institute Road, Worcester MA, 01609
My research focuses on medical and manufacturing innovation. I apply manufacturing science and technology to enhance healthcare. I contribute fundamental knowledge of tissue mechanics and imaging properties, provide novel computational modeling methodologies to simulate and understand manufacturing and surgical processes, and develop medical devices and clinical manufacturing systems to tackle unmet clinical needs. “Intuition makes an engineer outstanding. ... View Profile
Yu Zhong

Yu Zhong

Associate Professor
Office: WB 312
We are currently hiring!! Dr. Yu Zhong joined WPI as an Associate Professor. He received his Ph.D. from Penn State (2005). After a short-term working as Research Associate, he joined Saint-Gobain High Performance Research Center in Northborough, MA. He had spent his 8-year career there working as an internal technical consultant focusing on the application of thermodynamics and kinetics to various materials R&D projects. In 2013, He moved to Florida International University (FIU) as Assistant Professor. ... View Profile

Administrative Staff - Mechanical Engineering

Patricia Howe

Patricia Howe

Operations Manager
Office: Higgins Labs 123
Phone: +1 (508) 8685949
Barbara Furhman

Barbara Furhman

Administrative Assistant VI
Office: Higgins Labs 130
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6046
GlorieAnn Minnich

GlorieAnn K. Minnich

Grants Specialist-Other
Office: Washburn Shops 224
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6088
Payton Wilkins

Payton L. Wilkins

Administrative Assistant VI
Office: Higgins Labs 130
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5236
Shelly Woods

Shelly Woods

Administrative Assistant VI

Administrative Staff - Lab Managers

Edward Burnham

Edward H. Burnham

Research Data Scientist
Office: Higgins Labs 249
Peter Hefti

Peter Hefti

Lab Manager I
Office: Higgins Labs 033
Phone: +1 (413) 3558898

Boquan Li

Mgr, Materials Char. Labs
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6025

Administrative Staff - HAAS Technical Center

Ian Anderson

Ian Alexander Gallo Anderson

Sr. Instructional Lab Tech
Office: Washburn Shops HAAS

Torbjorn Stansen Bergstrom

Operations Manager
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5122
James Loiselle

James Thomas Loiselle

Sr Instruct Lab Technician
Office: Higgins Labs 004

Administrative Staff - Metals Processing Institute

Carol Garofoli

Carol Garofoli

Director of Operations
Office: Washburn Shops 330
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5592
Renee Brodeur

Renee Louise Brodeur

Assistant Director
Office: Washburn Shops 318
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5003
Michael Collins

Michael Davies Collins

Lab Manager
Office: Washburn Shops 113
Phone: +1 (508) 8316295
Maureen Plunkett

Maureen Rose Plunkett

Administrative Assistant VI
Office: Washburn Shops 326
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5992

Faculty Emeriti

Faculty Name Title WPI Email
Diran Apelian Affiliate Professor dapelian@wpi.edu
Ronald Biederman Professor Emeritus rrb@wpi.edu
John M. Boyd Professor Emeritus jmboyd@wpi.edu
Allen H. Hoffman Adjunct Teaching Professor ahoffman@wpi.edu
J. A. Mayer, Jr. Professor Emeritus  
Robert L. Norton Professor Emeritus norton@wpi.edu
Ryszard J. Pryputniewicz Professor Emeritus rjp@wpi.edu