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 2022-2023.
Julia Nicolescu graduated from Union College in 2022 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering. This Fall she will be joining WPI as a PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering Department. During undergraduate studies, Julia’s research focused on the biomechanics of heart and brain development of embryos. Through her graduate research and future career, she will pursue a role where she can address the underrepresentation of minority groups in research, while also combating medical racism and homophobia. Julia is incredibly excited to be joining WPI as a Presidential Fellow and a Perry Initiative Fellow.
Roger Richards will be joining the Entrepreneurship Ph.D. program at the WPI Business School as a WPI Presidential Fellow. He is a business and technology strategist, entrepreneur, and innovator who specializes in leveraging innovation and technology as a success enabler to build and transform businesses globally. Roger is a serial entrepreneur and has been a founder and principal in several successful startups. He has over fifteen patents and many software intellectual property in Ai & Machine Learning, SaaS platforms, broadband communications, and biotech. He has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University where he graduated with honors, and an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin), where he graduated with highest honors. Roger is excited to be working with Dr. Rosanna Garcia to pursue his passion for and Ph.D. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.