The WPI Presidential Fellowship launches the PhD career of highly talented students to WPI. Students selected are US citizens pursuing a PhD in STEM or business, and demonstrate leadership in their field. Five students have been selected in 2021-2022.
Darren Cole seeks to blend emerging technologies with contemporary art practices through the form of site-specific research. As a film and video professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design he created performance based work using 16mm film and interactive video. He was the first ever Digital Storyteller at Boston City Hall, Art New England Magazine nominated him as one of the top emerging artists of 2019, and he is currently a Revolutionary Spaces Artist Fellow. Darren is excited and honored to join the IMGD program as a WPI Presidential Fellow this coming fall.
Steven Hyland will be joining the Robotics Engineering Ph.D. program in fall 2021 as a WPI Presidential Fellow. After graduating from Columbia University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Steven worked for two years as an Implementation Field Engineer for Seegrid, integrating Autonomous Mobile Robots across U.S. manufacturers. After experiencing many of the shortcomings of industrial automation, he wishes to be at the forefront of robotics research in human-robot interaction. Steven’s goal is to design and create robots that allow for humans to work more efficiently and safely, while offloading mundane tasks to those same robots.
Timothy Jones will be pursuing his PhD in Robotics Engineering as a WPI Presidential Fellow. Timothy graduated from Bethany College in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. His research interests include human augmentation and novel actuators.
Brianna Raphino received her Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2020 from Merrimack College. Upon graduating she joined WPI as a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering and this upcoming fall she will be collaborating with Dr. Yihao Zheng in the MedMan Lab as a WPI Presidential Fellow and GEM Fellow.
Timothy Woodard received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of California Riverside (UCR) in 2020. During his time as an undergraduate he worked in research focused on renewable energy production and integration. He spent his time in lab performing reactions that would produce renewable energy from different types of biomasses with the goal of understanding the fundamentals of how biomass can be broken down by chemical and biological processes. He will be joining WPI to pursue his PhD in chemical engineering. During his time in the program, he will be working with Dr. Michael Timko in the energy research group as a WPI Presidential Fellow. He aspires to contribute to the higher utilization of sustainable processes by creating environmentally friendly and economical alternative methods for creating fuels and chemicals.