Meet the Team
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Projects are the reason I came to WPI. As a longtime experiential educator and true believer in the transformational power of hands-on learning, I was eager to engage with faculty and students as part of WPI’s project-based curriculum. In my former role leading WPI’s Global Projects Program, I watched teams come together, start projects, learn new things and new ways of working together, travel to our project centers, sometimes have to change their approach, sometimes struggle, and almost always accomplish things they never thought possible at the start of the project. As the ...view profile
SWEET Alumni Fellows
Name: Kate Amrein
Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Nashua, NH
Professional Interests: Biochemical engineering and pharmaceutical operations in biotechnology
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: I believe that doing so creates a successful and enjoyable work environment for all the members. Working in a team where you can speak freely about ideas and respect each other allows you to learn and grow as an individual. Having team experience in academics and athletics, I've seen that fostering equitable and effect teamwork can transcend the boundaries of a classroom and has learnings that can be applied to everyday life! I'm looking forward to working with teams to create such a work environment!
SWEET Student Fellow Managers
Name: Theron Howe
Major: Civil Engineering, Minor in International and Global Studies
Hometown: Methuen, MA
Academic Interests: I'm currently on the exec board for The Alliance, I work at the Center for Wellbeing and I have a strong interest in international development and global affairs.
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: No matter where we are, teamwork and social communicate will always be prevelant. It's really important to be able to develop that through our time in college so that we can most effectively work with others to solve any type of problem that might pop up!
Name: Grace Magnotta
Major: Mechanical Engineering , Minor: INTL global studies
Hometown: Broomall, Pennsylvania
Academic Interests: Alpha Gamma Delta, Cheerleading, Rho Lambda, Order of Omega, FRN
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: A good team dynamic can make all the difference
SWEET Student Fellows
Name: Joan Albert
Major: Computer Science major, Data Science minor
Hometown: Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Academic Interests: I am interested in music (playing, performing, composing, and producing). I am the secretary of the Promotion of Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and a member of the WPI Japan Association (WooJA) and The Alliance.
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: WPI is all about project-based learning. We do so many group projects here, and I want to help make that process as smooth as possible because everyone deserves to have a great group project experience.
Name: Araceli Baeza
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Vigo, Galicia, Spain
Academic Interests: AEMB DEI Chair, SHPE, Call Center, Basketball
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: It one of the most important skills to learn to be successful with any type of role whether in sports, academics, or work life
Name: Kendall Begin
Major: Environmental Engineering
Hometown: Groveland, Massachusetts
Academic Interests: I'm currently on exec for Art & Design Club and an editor for Tech News, I'm also involved in the Gender & Leadership Opportunity Workshop (GLOW).
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: From first hand experience, I know how difficult working on a team can be when it's uncomfortable, inequitable, and there's poor communication. I think by giving resources and having support available for teams, it can help create a more open environment at WPI to discussing issues with teamwork as they happen, prevent students from being put in uncomfortable situations, and foster some really amazing project work and solutions.
Name: Abbey Blauser
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Academic Interests: Alden Voices, WMME
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: Everyone deserves the opportunity to be on a team where they are appreciated and productive.
Name: Slater Campbell
Major: BS/MS in ECE, minoring in CS
Hometown: Lincoln, Massachusetts
Academic Interests: I am very interested in sustainability and both my IQP and MQP have been in this area.
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: Throughout my time at WPI I have had plenty of good and bad teamwork experiences, and I would have greatly benefitted from more support surrounding team skills. I want to help improve this experience for other students!
Name: Marissa Desir
Hometown: Taunton, Massachusetts
Academic Interests: Black Student Union, Step Team, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Student Supervisor for Gordon Library
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: Teamwork is the foundation of all relationships, whether they are personal or work related. Once effective teamwork is established, your interactions with the world become easier!
Name: Diana DiTullio
Hometown: Stoneham, Massachusetts
Academic Interests: Chemistry TA and Alpha Xi Delta
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: Working on a team is such an important part of life that I would like to help people better their teamwork skills!
Name: Lauren Flanagan
Major: Data Science and Computer Science (double-major)
Hometown: Douglas, Massachusetts
Academic Interests: Data Science Club, Cooking Club
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: The experiences we have now in teams will be applicable to many aspects of life after college (jobs, relationships, etc.).
Name: Sarah Francis
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Plymouth, Massachusetts
Academic Interests: Audiophiles acappella, PAWSI care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: Teamwork and effective communication are foundational skills that can be used in many areas of life!
Name: Gavin David George
Major: Business with a concentration in FinTech / Minor in Data Science
Hometown: Salem, New Hampshire
Academic Interests: Varsity Baseball, Sigma Phi Epsilon, IFC
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: We our known for our reputation of being a collaborative and group-work institution.
Name: Alice Kelly
Major: Aerospace Engineering, minor in Astrophysics
Hometown: Wethersfield, Connecticut
Academic Interests: Varsity Women's Basketball, High-Powered Rocketry Club (HPRC), Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: Learning to be diplomatic and productive in teams is valuable to every aspect of life. SWEET works to ensure that WPI students stand out and excel in any group they participate in, whether it's work, family, or social related.
Name: Mira Kirschner
Major: Double majoring in Psychological Science and Biology/Biotechnology
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Academic Interests: SEED Lab, Active Minds, Bowling Club, Psychology Society
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: It’s important to know how to work well with other people and it’s a chance to make new friends. It can make projects more bearable and fun as well as enhance learning.
Name: Helen Le
Major: RBE/CS Double Major
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Academic Interests: Rock climbing, Sailing, Fencing, Tech News, VSA, Pan-Asian
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: In my time at WPI I've been involved with many group projects, as well as exec boards, so I have a lot of experience in what works and what doesn't, so I really want to share what I've learned and help others to create and foster better teams.
Name: Jake Letourneau
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hometown: Little Compton, Rhode Island
Academic Interests: HPRC, Sigma Phi Epsilon
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: The engineering field operates around the idea of teamwork, and I have been part of teams that do not work well together. I know I am not the only one who has experienced this, which is a problem. I would like to do my part in ensuring that teams can find a way to work equitably, and thus making the WPI experience what it is truly designed to be.
Name: Anastasia Mina
Major: Biomedical Engineering & Professional Writing
Hometown: Ashland, Massachusetts
Academic Interests: Crimson Key Tour Guide, WPI Writing Center Tutor, Society of Women Engineers Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair, Rho Lambda Honor Society
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: Everyone should have at least one positive team experience before they leave WPI! Learning to collaborate with others, especially those who we may find difficult, is an essential skill for all engineers to have. Learning how to make the process of working in a team, identifying others' strengths, and leveraging those strengths a bit easier, is so filling and valuable. Some of my biggest moments of growth here at WPI involved learning how to navigate working with people who's communication and leadership styles clashed with my own.
Name: Emma Pellerin
Major: Chemistry, Minor in Astrophysics
Hometown: Hollis, New Hampshire
Academic Interests: I love astronomy and playing volleyball.
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: Everyone at some point will have to work on a team. Educating people on good communication will create a better overall experience for everyone.
Name: Lydia Ellen Tonani
Major: Major in Mechanical Engineering, Minor in Environmental Engineering (IDM)
Hometown: Holliston, Massachusetts
Academic Interests: I’m interested in Earth and space environments, and I’m involved in the Peer Learning Mentor Program and the WWPI Radio.I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: Teamwork is crucial for students to succeed academically and professionally, and I enjoy helping students achieve their goals.
Name: Jay Yen
Major: Major: Robotics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Greenbelt, Maryland
Academic Interests: Ballroom Dance Team, Engineering Ambassadors, Robokids
I care about fostering equitable and effective teamwork at WPI because: Good teamwork is essential in today's world.