Douglas T. Petkie

Douglas T. Petkie

Department Head & Professor

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 120

Phone: 508-831-5420

It is my pleasure to work with students and colleagues to elevate the impact WPI has on the world. WPI has a dynamic and energetic environment with a strong focus on experiential learning and interdisciplinary research. The balance between theory and practice and the passion everyone shares for the WPI Plan and the Project Based Curriculum makes this a truly unique place, where you get degrees for project accomplishments rather than courses completed. ... View Profile
Padmanabhan K. Aravind

Padmanabhan K. Aravind

Professor

Associate Department Head

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 212B

Phone: 508-831-5559

In my 25 plus years at WPI, I have been actively engaged in teaching and research at a variety of levels. Our Projects Program is the place where these two activities naturally come together, and the Major Qualifying Projects (or senior theses) I have guided over the years have been among my most rewarding experiences. In the mid 1990s, I became interested in the field of Quantum Information Science, whose goal is to store information in quantum objects, such as single atoms or photons, and explore ways in which it can be harnessed to perform tasks beyond the scope of today’s computers. ... View Profile
Nancy A. Burnham

Nancy A. Burnham

Associate Professor of Physics and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 219

Phone: 508-831-5365

Nancy Burnham graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1987 with a Ph.D. in Physics. Her dissertation concerned the surface analysis of photovoltaic materials. As a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Naval Research Laboratory, she became interested in scanning probe microscopy, in particular its application to detecting material properties at the nanoscale. ... View Profile
Blake Hoag Currier

Blake Hoag Currier

Assistant Teaching Professor

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 105

Phone: 508-831-5419

It gives me great pleasure to inspire students to think outside the box, not just on the generic procedure of plugging numbers into a formula. I currently teach both undergraduate and graduate courses and am affiliated with the growing nuclear science and engineering program. I enjoy helping students understand fundamental physics principles in conferences and recently developed a graduate course in nuclear instrumentation that focuses on the practical applications of radiation detection. ... View Profile
Frank A. Dick

Frank A. Dick

Associate Teaching Professor

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 213C

Phone: 508-831-6766

Ask Professor Frank Dick, "What is teaching?" and he will tell you: "Teaching is show time! People love a good show. Make the show entertaining from start to finish, and students will remember what you say and do forever. ... View Profile
Germano S. Iannacchione

Germano S. Iannacchione

Professor

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 212A

Phone: 508-831-5631

After my physics undergraduate and graduate education, I was fortunate to hold postdoctoral fellowship appointments in physics at Kent State University from 1994 to 1996 and in chemistry at MIT from 1996 to 1998, which gave me a broad perspective on interdisciplinary research. I joined WPI as an assistant professor of Physics in August 1998, in addition to maintaining a research affiliate appointment in the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at MIT from 1998 to 1999, where this perspective both broadened and deepened. ... View Profile
Snehalata V. Kadam

Snehalata V. Kadam

Assistant Teaching Professor

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 303

Phone: 508-831-5302

My goal as teacher is to bridge diverse disciplines such as Physical and Biological Sciences. Learning and teaching bears no geographical obstacle and my academic career has taken me across three different continents, from Asia through Europe to United States of America. This experience has taught me the virtues of adaptability, which I encourage my students to learn. I embrace the reward of being a teacher as I get to oversee how learning happens. It gives me immense pleasure that I bring a positive change in student’s lives. ... View Profile
Rudra Prasad Kafle

Rudra Prasad Kafle

Assistant Teaching Professor

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 215

Hektor Kashuri

Hektor Kashuri

Assistant Teaching Professor

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 105

Phone: 508-831-5419

One rewarding and exciting aspect of an academic position is the opportunity to teach and mentor students. My teaching experience started in my native country, Albania; although the two countries and systems are different, my interaction with the students is very much the same. I want to teach my students how to use physics in analyzing facts. The emphasis is on the understanding of the underlying ideas and concepts rather than the memorization and usage of formulas. At WPI, I have also been actively involved in research. ... View Profile
David C. Medich

David C. Medich

Associate Professor

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 127

Phone: 508-831-6569

I perform experimental and computational (Monte Carlo) research in the field of applied nuclear physics with a focus on Medical and Health Physics. Presently my research group is investigating: the development of a unique technique to enable high-resolution in-vivo functional imaging using neutrons, the adaptation of a 169Yb brachytherapy source to enable localized intensity-modulated radiation therapy, the creation of a field-deployable device for radiological and topological characterization, and are analyzing the time-dependent resuspension of radioactive Am-241 into the atmosphere. ... View Profile
Marko B. Popovic

Marko B. Popovic

Assistant Research Professor

Physics

Office: 85 Prescott 213

Phone: 508-831-5392, 508-831-5378

Marko B. Popovic's research interest ranges from fundamental physics, e.g. particle physics, to human neurosensory-motor organization, engineering robotics systems that assist and augment humans, biomechatronics, and bioinspired engineering. He is the founder and director of Popovic Labs http://users.wpi.edu/~mpopovic/ where researchers study physics, biomechanics, and robotics with the goal of answering how living systems function and to synthesize systems that have resembling architecture and functionality and/or may improve life. ... View Profile
Richard S. Quimby

Richard S. Quimby

Associate Professor

Director, IPG Photonics Laboratory

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 128

Phone: 508-831-5047

Professor Quimby teaches courses and engages in research in the area of photonics, specializing in lasers, fiber optics, and the optical properties of materials. He particularly enjoys developing and teaching interdisciplinary courses that are relevant and interesting to both science and engineering students. Examples of courses he has developed at WPI include PH2501 Photonics, PH2502 Lasers, and PH2601 Photonics Laboratory. ... View Profile
L. Ramdas Ram-Mohan

L. Ramdas Ram-Mohan

Professor

Director, Center for Computational NanoScience

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 224

Phone: 508-831-5339

Izabela RC Stroe

Izabela RC Stroe

Associate Teaching Professor

Director MPED

Physics

Office: Olin Hall Office: Room 222 Lab: Room 015/014R

Phone: 508-831-5249

For me, Physics is like a sandbox. It gives me the opportunity to play and discover, test, be creative, learn something new. At the same time, I am passionate about passing the thrill of discovery to my students. Teaching is a two-way street in which both parties get enriched from each other. I welcome and embrace the partnership. I also believe that college is the biggest and best opportunity in one's life to discover one's calling and do something about it and I invite students to take full advantage of it. ... View Profile
Lyubov Titova

Lyubov Titova

Assistant Professor

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 125

Phone: 508-831-5418

Research efforts of the Ultrafast THz and Optical Spectroscopy Lab at WPI (PI- Lyubov Titova) are focused on three themes: (i) Application of terahertz (THz) spectroscopy to probe dynamics of photo-excited charge carriers in nanomaterials with applications in photovoltaics and solar fuel production; (ii) Using THz pulses and ultrafast optical techniques to study intermolecular dynamics in liquids; (iii) Investigating interactions of intense THz pulses with cells, tissues and their constituents, with a goal of development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic applications. Prof. ... View Profile
Erkan Tüzel

Erkan Tüzel

Associate Professor of Physics, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science

Affiliated with Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 130

Phone: 508-831-5391

Teaching is a learning and discovering process, both for me and my students. While introductory classes motivate me to develop better ways of explaining elementary concepts and clear misconceptions, upper-level classes stimulate my thinking of the subject material and sometimes challenge me beyond my expectations. The project-based curriculum at WPI also allows me to explore new and exciting areas in computational and biological physics with my students. ... View Profile
Qi Wen

Qi Wen

Associate Professor

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 213A

Phone: 508-831-6057

Professor Wen is an experimental biophysicist who is interested in applying physical methods to understand biological phenomena. By measuring the mechanical properties of living cells and the mechanical interaction between cells and ECM, he aims to understand how cells convert external mechanical signals to internal biochemical signals that govern cellular function, including cell morphology, migration, and differentiation. His research will help to design novel materials for wound healing, tissue engineering, and tumor treatment. ... View Profile
Kun-Ta Wu

Kun-Ta Wu

Assistant Professor

Physics

Office: OH 213A

Phone: 508-831-6057

Kun-Ta Wu is an assistant professor of physics. Before joining WPI, he was a physics lecturer at Brandeis University, where he had previously been a postdoctoral associate. In his research, he investigates interactions among miscellaneous DNA and proteins. He uses proteins such as molecular motors to generate dynamics, as well as DNA to create specific, thermal-reversible interactions. With DNA and proteins, his goal is to advance our understanding of self-organization of active matter as well as to create new bio-inspired materials. He earned a PhD in physics at New York University. View Profile
Alex A. Zozulya

Alex A. Zozulya

Professor

Physics

Office: Olin Hall 213B

Phone: 508-831-5254

Staff

Stephen Bernacki

Physics

Carol Gregoire

Administrative Assistant V

Physics

Phone: 508-831-5313

Jacqueline Malone

Jacqueline Malone

Administrative Assistant VI

Physics

Phone: 508-831-5322

Dana Parsons

Dana Parsons

Lab Manager

Physics

Phone: 508-831-5527

Affiliate Professors

First Name Last Name Title Email
Gene Cardarelli Affiliate Assistant Professor - Medical Physics

Gene.Cardarelli@hhchealth.org

David DeSantis Affiliate Assistant Professor - Medical Physics

DeSantisDave@yahoo.com

Georgi Georgiev Affiliate Associate Professor

ggeorgiev@wpi.edu

Marco Kaltofen Associate Research Engineer - NSE kaltofen@wpi.edu
Andrew Karellas Affiliate Professor - Medical Physics

Andrew.Karellas@umassmed.edu

Don-Soo Kim Affiliate Assistant Professor - Medical Physics don-soo.kim@childrens.harvard.edu
Mi-Ae Park Affiliate Assistant Professor - Medical Physics

miae@bwh.harvard.edu

Professor Emeriti

First Name Last Name Title Email Phone Extension Office Location
Harold W. Hilsinger Professor Emeritus hwh 6057 Olin Hall 213A
Michael W. Klein Professor Emeritus mwklein 6057 Olin Hall 213A
George Phillies Professor Emeritus phillies 6057 Olin Hall 213A
Adriaan Walther Professor Emeritus awalther 6057 Olin Hall 213A
Jerald A. Weiss Professor Emeritus   6057 Olin Hall 213A
John F. Wild Professor Emeritus   6057 Olin Hall 213A