Meet the Team

Location: Boynton Hall
Office Location: 1st floor
Phone: 508-831-5222
Fax: 508-831-5774
Arne Gericke
Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies,

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5263

Arne Gericke is the Dean of Undergraduate Studies ad interim, Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, and a Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry. The research in my lab is generally concerned with the biophysical characterization of lipid mediated protein functions. We are particularly interested in studying phosphoinositide mediated signaling pathways. Phosphoinositide lipids represent only a small fraction of lipids in cellular membranes, yet their importance for cellular processes cannot be overstated. Phosphoinositides mediate physiological functions by regulating the ...

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Nicholas Blank
Director, Academic Programs,

Nick joined WPI’s Undergraduate Studies team in the fall of 2022. A graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut, he brings extensive experience as a business analyst and data manager for higher education and public schools. With a thorough understanding of the needs of students, instructors and administrators, Nick’s expertise lies in connecting constituents with their academic data for the most efficient and effective educational experience. He is excited to put his skills to use in support of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute community by creating practical analysis dashboards and ...

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Debra Boucher
Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies,

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6828

Debra Boucher is Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Prior to coming to WPI, her work positioned her work at the intersection of enrollment management, student success, and academic affairs. At WPI Debra oversees the summer session offerings and works to leverage summer activities to support strategic initiatives. She works to build systemic supports for vulnerable students, smooth the pathway for transfer students, and build collaborative systems of support for all students. In her spare time, Debra enjoys baking bread, spending time with family, ...

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Aprile J. Mero
Director of Operations,

Phone: +1 (508) 8316315

Aprile joined WPI in 2019 after a robust career at Bose. At Bose, Aprile worked in HR followed by almost 15 years in the Manufacturing Engineering Group. Most recently, she served as a Project/Program Coordinator, managing various programs, collaborating with cross functional development teams, budgeting, and visual management. Aprile is excited to use her talents for developing systems and structures that result in high quality experiences for teams and customers, such as WPI’s undergraduate students, with WPI’s Dean of Undergraduate Studies team and Summer Undergraduate Courses team. ...

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