The WPI Admissions team is made up of many people who look forward to making your visit memorable, informative, and fun! See below to learn more about who you’ll be meeting at WPI.   For general information, please contact our office at 508-831-5286 or admissions@wpi.edu and our welcome staff will be happy to assist you!

Admissions Staff

The Admissions staff looks forward to meeting you on campus and around the world. Learn more about our staff and regional responsibilities below. Please note that New England states are managed by the entire staff. Please email admissions@wpi.edu with questions.

 

Andrew B. Palumbo

Andrew B. Palumbo

Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid

I’m originally from Sutton, MA, and lived in Central Massachusetts until leaving to attend Union College where I earned a BA in History. After testing the waters in private industry, I returned to my alma mater as an admissions professional before going on to lead admissions teams at three other colleges and universities in the Northeast. I joined WPI in 2015 and have the pleasure of working with both the admissions and student aid & financial literacy teams. My father is a WPI alumnus, and I have always loved this school and the Worcester area. Far and away, my favorite part of working at WPI is getting to know and work with our students. The unique nature of the academic experience and the visionary implementation of the WPI Plan—almost a half-century ago—truly sets our students apart. I am fascinated by the depth, breadth, and creativity of our students as they tackle their GPS, IQP, MQP, and other projects during their time at WPI. It’s no surprise that, upon graduation, our alumni are prepared to design the career paths and lives that they choose.


Jennifer Cluett

Jennifer Cluett

Director of Admissions

Born in Texas, I grew up in Walpole, MA and graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME. I have been working in Admissions and Enrollment Management for the past 20 years, 19 of those with WPI. I always tell people I have the best job in the world—I get to work with a fabulous team of Admissions professionals, have the opportunity to interact with our engaged and innovative current students who seek to make the world a better place, and meet countless prospective students, parents and guidance counselors who want to learn more about WPI. In addition, I have the privilege of collaborating with faculty and staff across campus on special events, including serving as a liaison to NASA for the annual TouchTomorrow science festival, which draws 10,000 people to campus for a family friendly day of STEM hands on activities, demonstrations, presentations and exhibits. When I'm not at work, you are likely to find me at a soccer field, basketball court, softball diamond or dance studio where my three busy kids keep me on my toes!


Julie Loveless

Claudia Aviles

Assistant Director of Admissions

While I am new to the Worcester area, I am so exited to join the admissions team at WPI. I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York and graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine with a degree in American Studies and Education. My time at Colby was instrumental in helping me find my passion for social justice work, specifically increasing access to higher education for underserved students. After graduating college, I completed a fellowship in Thessaloniki, Greece, where I worked with first-generation students in the college admissions process. Most recently, I worked in admissions at the non-profit organization, Prep for Prep, which helps talented students of color prepare for and enroll at some of the top independent schools in the country. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring a new part of the country (or world), and trying new foods. I am looking forward to getting to know the Worcester area and being able to call it my new home!


Kate Bellaud

Kate Bellaud

Associate Director of Admissions

I grew up in Massachusetts, attended college in Vermont and love living in New England. I have spent over 15 years working in higher education with a specific focus on undergraduate admission. I find helping students and their families navigate the college admission process to be incredibly rewarding. I am constantly amazed by the students I meet and all of the creativity and leadership they demonstrate in and out of the classroom. My family moved to the Worcester area eight years ago and we really enjoy living here. There is so much to do for all ages.  While I love reading a good book and getting together with family and friends, time outside of work is typically spent helping my two boys with homework or taking them to the hockey rink. They enjoy visiting me on campus and talking about what their college experience might be like one day.
Emily Bukow

Emily Bukow

Assistant Director of Admissions

Originally from Massachusetts, I attended college in New Hampshire, where I was a student tour guide. As a guide, I discovered how sharing stories from my own undergraduate experience and college search process had the potential to help other students with their college search. After graduation, I spent some time working in the corporate world before deciding to go back to school. In 2005, I completed an M. Ed. in Administration of Higher Education, landed my first job in undergraduate admission, and never looked back. Working with students and helping them navigate the college search process is incredible, but watching a student transform from an applicant to a college graduate is truly rewarding. When I am not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends either walking a local rail trail or dining at one of the many Worcester area restaurants.
Julie Chapman

Julie Chapman

Director of Recruitment Partnerships

Originally from Westborough, MA, I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire. As a City Year Boston corps member and education volunteer at the New England Aquarium, I discovered I really enjoyed mentoring high school students as they began the college search process. I have been at WPI and lived in Worcester for over 10 years and have loved every minute of it. Worcester is a great college town! I'm a fan of the restaurants, the Hanover Theatre, the art museum, the Ecotarium, and the many state parks within a half hour from home. When I'm not hanging out in the Admissions Office, I'm probably still on campus with my little boys. Robots, rockets, video games, racecars, NASA events...they think WPI is the coolest place ever!  And I do too.
Liz Desrosiers

Liz Desrosiers

Admissions Counselor

I have lived in the Worcester area my whole life. I graduated from Keene State College in 2011 with a BA degree in Psychology and a minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies. It was at KSC that I worked as a tour guide and fell in love with Admissions and everything about the process. After college graduation and working in the business world for several years, I realized that higher education was my calling. I love having the opportunity to meet with prospective WPI students and learn about their passion for our campus and curriculum. I love everything Disney and am a huge movie buff of all genres. I am so happy to be working at WPI and cannot wait to meet you all!
Regional responsibilities: New York, Florida (central)
Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein '05

Director of Undergraduate Enrollment Services

I earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from WPI and have worked in the Admissions Office since 2007. While my job focuses on working with students before arrival at WPI, my favorite time on campus is at graduation when we celebrate the completion of their years of hard work. When not working you are likely to find me listening to Bruce Springsteen (usually while working too), watching Seinfeld or sports, running or at the gym, or traveling.
Regional responsibilities: Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Tyler Gibbs

Assistant Director of Admissions

I grew up in Rutland, Massachusetts and have returned to central MA after graduating from American University in Washington, DC with a degree in CLEG (Communications, Law, Economics, and Government) and a minor in Education Studies. After being very involved in the Admissions office all throughout my undergraduate career I am excited to start my career in Admissions here at WPI. I’m looking forward to working with students and families through the college admissions process. When I’m not at work, you can find me spending time with my friends and family, on the golf course, juggling, or talking politics.
Regional responsibilities: California (southern), Colorado, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma

Vera Grek

Assistant Director of International Admissions

I have lived in and around Worcester for most of my life. Originally from Auburn, MA, I graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 2014 with a degree in Spanish and minor in Russian. After graduation, I taught English in Spain for two years, and have now returned to Worcester to work as an International Admissions Counselor, using the experience I gained working in Admissions during my undergraduate years and my time abroad. I am looking forward to working with international students and helping them navigate the college admissions process in the United States. In my free time, I enjoy anything that involves travel or food (both cooking and eating!), especially if it is with my family and friends.
Regional responsibilities: Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin; Africa, Latin America, Oceania
Evangeline Hodgson

Evangeline Hodgson

Assistant Director of International Admissions

A passion for higher education and global interactions brought me to the international admissions team at WPI. I completed a dual BA in International Studies and Art History at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), located in my lovely Midwestern hometown, where I also worked for over two years at the IUPUI Honors College. In the past several years I have pursued an eclectic array of international experiences, from studying abroad in Ghana and Jordan to teaching English in Peru and Thailand. I completed an MA in International Relations at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, after which I continued living in Eastern China working as a college guidance counselor at an AP curriculum high school. In addition to my role representing WPI at home and abroad, I am an avid traveler, tea addict, thrift shop aficionado, and art geek.
Regional responsibilities: Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, New Mexico; Asia
Eliza Laurent

Eliza Laurent

Associate Director of Admissions

Originally from the surrounding area and a graduate of Babson College, I have never gone very far from home. I have been at WPI for nearly 10 years now and I continue to appreciate how inspiring this community is. Project Presentation Day where all of the seniors present their hard work and research over the past year. The work the students are doing here is so incredible! When I am not on campus, I am outside doing something! Whether it is playing golf with my husband in the warm weather, running around with my two boys, or playing paddle tennis with friends in the winter, New England is a wonderful place to be active no matter the season.
Regional responsibilities: North Carolina
Julie Loveless

Julie Loveless

Associate Director of International Admissions

After growing up in Northampton, MA, and graduating from college in New Hampshire, I took a leap and moved to Asia to teach English. While there, I discovered that I love working with college students, so I came back to the States and counseled international students on the college admissions process. I wanted to see how admissions worked from the inside so I came to WPI, where I'm working with both international and domestic applicants. In my free time, I like to cook, garden, travel, camp, hike, or catch a concert.
Regional responsibilities: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia;  Europe, Middle East
Julie Loveless

Kara O'Connell

Admissions Counselor

 

 

 

 

 

Originally from Medfield, Massachusetts, I came to Worcester in 2014 to begin my own college journey as an undergraduate student at Assumption College. At Assumption, I earned my BA in English Writing and Mass Communications and fell in love with higher education. I spent many years working in admissions and orientation programs and began to realize a true passion for helping students understand the college process and find the perfect fit for their educational goals and needs. When I'm not working, you can find me relaxing on the beach, attending concerts, and learning about all things environmental conservation. I love spending time with family and friends, and I've never met a dog I didn't love. I am thrilled to start my professional career here at WPI in the city that has become my home!

Regional responsibilities: Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
Katie Phung

Katie Phung

Assistant Director of Admissions

Originally from Rhode Island, I am a recent graduate of Bryant University with a business and liberal arts background. During my time as a student, I discovered my passion for higher education and student affairs through campus involvements. Now, it is my turn as an Admissions professional to help prospective students find their passion whether that is engineering, computer science, humanities and the arts or something in between. When I am not in the office or traveling, you can find me spending time with my family and friends, staying active at the gym or reading.
Regional responsibilities: California (northern), Illinois
Stephanie Rudzinski

Stephanie Rudzinski

Associate Director of Admissions

Born and raised in Lawrence, MA, I came to Worcester several years ago for college, intrigued by the many things the city has to offer. With all the museums, festivals, theatrical performances and sporting events, there certainly is plenty to do! I graduated with a degree in English from Assumption College in 2009 and have worked in admissions for the last few years. I absolutely love what I do. Working with students and their families through the college process is incredibly rewarding, and I am so impressed by everything our students are doing. When I am not in the office or traveling, you can find me exploring the many Worcester restaurants with my husband, playing with our dogs in several area parks, or exploring Mt. Wachusett. Worcester is a great place to be!
Regional responsibilities: Maine, Nevada

Admissions Associates

The WPI Admissions Interns are a terrific group of undergraduate students you are likely to encounter during your visit to WPI. Admissions Interns are all former tour guides who have chosen to take their involvement with the Admissions Office to the next level. All interns are selected among a highly competitive applicant pool, and they are well trained to answer questions about WPI. But because they are current students, they are some of the best individuals to give you a glimpse of what it's really like to be a WPI student! We encourage you to get to know the interns below and contact them with any questions you may have.

Amani Campbell

Class of 2020

Hometown: Mandeville, Jamaica
Major: Mechanical Engineering


Ashley Choi

Class of 2019

Hometown: Clifton,VA
Major: Chemical Engineering


Caroline Flynn

Class of 2020

Hometown: Norwell, MA
Major: Chemical Engineering

Jean Philippe Miralda

Class of 2019

Hometown: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Major: Industrial Engineering


Stephanie Sontgerath

Class of 2019

Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA
Major: Chemical Engineering


Max Spiegelhoff

Class of 2020

Hometown: Victor, NY
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Shea Sullivan

Class of 2020

Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY
Major: Biotechnology


Joshua Usiskin

Class of 2019

Hometown: Mendham, NJ
Major: Chemical Engineering

Crimson Key

Crimson KeysThe Crimson Key ambassadors are a group of students who volunteer their time to giving tours and sharing their stories to prospective students and families. There is a rigorous selection process to become a Crimson Key member and the students who are selected are excited to be a part of this organization. There are 86 current members who come from 14 different states and 9 countries around the world. Your visit to campus will include a tour with a Crimson Key member so be sure to ask about their story and how they ended up at WPI!

Targeted Domestic Recruitment Interns

The Targeted Domestic Recruitment interns are a wonderful group of undergraduate students attending WPI. These students come from diverse backgrounds and are an excellent resource for women, students of color, and/or first-generation students. TDR Interns serve as a support network for students to offer advice, feedback, and answer questions. These interns also assist in the planning and execution of specific overnight programs for prospective and enrolled students and perform outreach to prospective students during the application process. As you can see from their biographies below, these students have fantastic experiences at WPI and are excited to share their experiences with prospective students!

Waleria Duarte

Class of 2020

Major: Industrial Engineering; minor in Spanish
Hometown: Miami, FL
Activities: Alpha Gamma Delta Women's Fraternity, Secretary for Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Resident Advisor, Society of Women Engineers, Global Humanitarian Alliance

Alyssa Konsko

Class of 2019

Major: Architectural Engineering
Hometown: Orefield, PA
Activities: Chi Omega Sorority, Club Ski Racing team