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 2019-2020.
Sara Amato received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Assumption College in 2019. Sara has completed various research opportunities for undergraduate students. During the summer of 2017, Sara received an Honors Program Fellowship to conduct mathematics research at Assumption College. The following summer, she participated in the Research Experience for Undergraduates in Industrial Mathematics and Statistics at WPI. Most recently, she has become a member of the Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE) Program. In addition to mathematics, Sara enjoys running, hiking, and traveling. Sara is particularly interested in the applications of mathematics to biology and is excited to join the Ph.D. program in Mathematical Sciences in the Fall of 2019 as a WPI Presidential Fellow.
Charles Bales will be joining the Robotics Engineering PhD program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute as a WPI Presidential Fellow this upcoming Fall. He recently obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tulsa, where he had participated in multiple undergraduate research programs. He has also taken part in several internship experiences abroad in the UK and Spain, including research at the 5G Innovation Center in Surrey.
Elizabeth Belden will be joining the Ph.D. program in Chemical Engineering as a WPI Presidential Fellow. She recently graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY with a B.S in Chemical Engineering and a minor in Chinese. She has participated in research developing analytical approximants to solve complex chemical engineering and mathematical problems. She gained industry experience at UTC Aerospace Systems and Loureiro Engineering Associates during her undergraduate career.
Kelsey Butler holds a BA in psychology from the University of Vermont and a BS in chemistry from Castleton University. She has research experience in biochemistry and pharmacology and tries to approach projects from a multidisciplinary perspective. Her current research interests center around medicinal chemistry. This fall she will be enrolling in a joint PhD program with WPI and UMass Medical School as a WPI Presidential Fellow.
Alexander Moore will be joining the PhD program in Data Science Engineering in the Fall of 2019 as a WPI Presidential Fellow. He plans to focus on statistical modelling, but Alexander is eager to delve deeper into the computer science elements of data science. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Reed College. During his undergraduate career, Alexander wrote his senior research on the use of modified neural networks to impute complex survey data. Previously, Alexander was on-track to become an actuary after working for Milliman, where he developed automation software for healthcare claim re-pricing, but he gravitated into machine learning after he became disillusioned with actuarial practice.