Faculty & Staff

Power Systems Directors

Michael F Ahern
Director, Power Systems, Academic & Corporate Engagement

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6563

Mike leads WPI's Academic and Corporate Engagement group. This includes developing, fostering, and managing strategic relationships with industry in a comprehensive manner and across academic disciplines, delivering long-term, measurable outcomes that result in mutual economic value. Reporting to the Provost within Academic Affairs, the group includes Corporate Partnership Account Executives, Program Developers, and the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center. Mike also regularly serves as an adjunct instructor in WPI's Business School. He teaches an undergraduate course in Data ...

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Assistant Teaching Professor- Engineering, Academic & Corporate Engagement

Dr. Edvina Uzunovic has more than 15 years of experience with a range of responsibilities in the power systems industry. She has been a vital contributor to the overall success of several leading power industry organizations while serving different roles as a Technical Officer, Smart Grid Transmission Applications, Senior Quantitative Analyst and Senior Research and Technology Development Engineer. She is currently the Associate Director of Power Systems Engineering and an adjunct professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.Edvina has a B.Sc. from the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and ...

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Power Systems Faculty

Adjunct Teaching Professor,
Graduate Studies Online

Lalitha Devarakonda is Adjunct Professor in Power Systems Engineering Program at WPI, where she teaches a course on Power System Protection. Dr. Devarakonda received her M.Sc from Louisiana State University, LA and Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts, MA. Her Ph.D research she developed new analytical method for battery modelling. She is currently working as Substation Technical Lead Engineer at Eversource Energy. Her job responsibilities include testing and commissioning high/medium voltage substation equipment along with their monitoring and remote control instrumentation.

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Adjunct Instructor/ Lecturer,
Graduate Studies Online

Katherine is an Adjunct Professor in the Power Systems Engineering Program at WPI where she has taught courses in power systems operations and electro-mechanical energy conversion. She specializes in the operational and economic costs of wind energy diffusion and the social and political factors in technological innovation.Katherine's PhD work in systems engineering involved understanding innovation and diffusion of wind energy technology. Her background in wind energy began while working as a wind program analyst for Green Energy Ohio in 2005 and as a data analyst for The Renaissance Group. ...

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Slobodan Pajic
CPE-Adjunct Teaching Professor,
Graduate Studies Online

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6697

Slobodan Pajic received the Dipl. Eng. degree from School of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Serbia, with a major in power systems, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering with emphasis in power systems from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA.Dr. Pajic is a member of the GE Energy Consulting Systems Engineering team since 2012. Since joining he has been involved with transmission planning studies, transient stability analysis, large scale renewable integration studies, frequency response studies of Eastern and ...

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Adjunct Instructor CPE, Online and Corporate Education

Dean Sorensen received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering degree with distinction in 1984 and an M.S. in Power Systems Management degree in 2002 both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  He is an active member of IEEE and IEEE’s Power System Relay Committee (PSRC) and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Massachusetts.  Dean has 35 years of experience in the power industry serving in various engineering capacities transmission, distribution and generation primarily in the areas of power system protection and controls and power quality.  Dean has been on the faculty of ...

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Business Faculty

Jamie Peter Monat
Teaching Professor-Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Dr. Monat is a Professor of Practice and Director at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he teaches courses in Operations Risk Management, Systems Thinking, System Optimization, Operations Management, Business Practices, and Project Management. Dr. Monat has both management and teaching experience in the medical device, separations, food & beverage, consulting, and environmental industries, having served as President of Harvard Clinical Technology, President of Business Growth Specialists, Inc., as Sr. Vice-President of Pall Corporation, and in a variety of positions for Koch Membrane ...

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Walter Thomas Towner
Associate Teaching Professor, The Business School

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6013

I am interested in manufacturing and industrial engineering. My main interests lie at the intersection of manufacturing processes and the financial aspect of the business that relates to these processes. I see my mission as enabling students to become leaders in a business environment and helping them extract value from the processes that drive the organization. We do this by using tools like axiomatic design and Lean Six Sigma methods. I like to frame the lectures in such a way that the students picture themselves in the field, supporting or leading members of the organizations and having an ...

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