Meet the Team

Director for Team Learning,
The Global School

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4944

 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 ...

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SWEET Alumni Fellows

Name: Kate AmreinImage removed.

Major: Chemical Engineering

Minor: Biology 

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

Theron Howe

Name: Theron Howe

Major: Civil Engineering, Minor in International and Global Studies

Minor: Economics

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

Major: Biochemistry 

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

Major: Biochemistry

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.