In addition to being passionate about teaching, WPI professors are committed researchers and scholars with world-class credentials. They bring their research into the classroom and give students an opportunity to get involved. Like their students, they don’t just believe in making the world a better place through science and technology–they’re doing it.

WPI professors inspire and encourage their students as they drive them to higher achievement and greater success. They don’t give students the answers; they show them how to find them.

16

current faculty have been fulbright scholars 

2016-17
#1

Faculty that best combine research and teaching

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (2016)
31

current faculty members have won the NSF Career Award

National Science Foundation (2018)
93%

of full-time faculty have a PhD or terminal degree (2017-18)

Faculty Awards

WPI is proud to have some of the most talented and respected faculty in their respective fields and industries. Our faculty are regularly recognized for their successes by entities such as the National Academy of Engineering, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and many professional societies. We also recognizes excellence through a variety of award programs that provide the opportunity to acknowledge faculty and to celebrate successes and share accomplishments with the entire WPI community. 

Career Paths

One of the best-known and most coveted young faculty honors is the five-year CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Eight of these career-establishing awards have recently been bestowed on WPI researchers, along with the university's first U.S. Air Force Young Investigator Award. These rising stars represent a depth of expertise in areas such as math, chemical engineering, biology, learning sciences, and cybersecurity. 

News

Neil Heffernan and Cristina Lindquist Heffernan
ASSISTments developers Neil Heffernan and Cristina Lindquist Heffernan
May 23, 2019
Michael Timko
With a Fulbright award, Michael Timko, associate professor of chemical engineering, will learn to build a device that will advance his biofuel research.
May 22, 2019

In the News

In this article, the Telegram & Gazette reported on Eric Young, assistant professor of chemical engineering, being part of a team developing a biosecurity tool that can detect engineered microorganisms based on their unique DNA signatures. “There’s this huge change in how civilization works” thanks to the advent of GMOs, he told the T&G, “and the dream is that it’s a much more sustainable way of producing things.”

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Numerous business-related publications, including Business Insider cited a report by Assistant Professor Dimitrios Koutmos, Foisie Business School. He said he’s sounding the alarm for investors, calling his report a “cautionary note” for fans of cryptocurrency.

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