WPI Plans for Fall Opening Latest Information

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 feel free to email admissions@wpi.edu with questions.


Andrew B. Palumbo

Andrew B. Palumbo

Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management  & Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid

Email: abpalumbo@wpi.edu

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

Email: jcluett@wpi.edu

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 22 years, 21 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!

Regional responsibilities: Massachusetts (Worcester)

Claudia Aviles

Claudia Aviles

Assistant Director of Admissions - Diversity and Outreach Initiatives

Email: craviles@wpi.edu

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!

Regional responsibilities: Florida (Northern & Southern), Massachusetts (North Shore), New York (New York City, Westchester, Rockland, and Dutchess Counties)

Kate Bellaud

Kate Bellaud

Associate Director of Admissions

Email: kbellaud@wpi.edu

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.
Regional responsibilities: Connecticut (Northern), Massachusetts (Western, & Northern Worcester County)
Emily Bukow

Emily Bukow

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Email: eabukow@wpi.edu

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. 
Regional responsibilities: Connecticut (Eastern), Massachusetts (Cape Cod & Bristol County)

Isabella Camasura

Admissions Counselor - Diversity and Outreach Initiatives

Email: icamasura@wpi.edu

As a first-generation Filipina-American, I've reflected on the meanings of home, success, and happiness. Home for me has been all over: from Santa Ana, CA to Bristol, CT; Worcester, MA to Pine Ridge, SD; Madrid, Spain and now back in Worcester--I see the world as both a place to live and thrive in as well as my classroom. Between my two stays in Worcester, I graduated from Assumption College majoring in English Writing Mass Communications with a minor in Natural Sciences, and taught English to students ranging from 2nd grade to 2nd Bacchillerato. Both vocations lined up with my passion for getting to hear other peoples' stories, so I'm proud to identify as a successful person. Moving forward, I'm excited to continue to find happiness by helping prospective students realize their meanings of home and success, and for all of us to find happiness. When I'm not in the office, you can find me exploring, meditating, strength-training, or trying to be a decent cook!
Regional responsibilities: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts (Springfield & Greater Brockton), Mississippi, Texas

Ian Capozzoli

Ian Capozzoli

Admissions Counselor

Email: imcapozzoli@wpi.edu

Originally from Mystic, Connecticut, I am a recent graduate of Western New England University with a degree in finance and economics. In college, I worked as a tour guide and found a passion for helping students and families through the admissions process, which made the decision to pursue a career in admissions an easy one. I’m now lucky enough to call the great city of Worcester my home, and am more than happy to take advantage of the ongoing, “Worcester Renaissance.” When I’m not in the office or traveling, you can find me downtown at the DCU Center for Worcester Railers or Massachusetts Pirates games, walking my dog in Elm Park, grabbing some food on Shrewsbury Street, or talking sports with friends and family.
Regional responsibilities: New Jersey, New York (Long Island)
Julie Chapman

Julie Chapman

Director of Recruitment Partnerships

Email: chapman@wpi.edu

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.
Regional responsibilities: Massachusetts (Worcester), Rhode Island

Liz Desrosiers

Recruitment Partnerships Specialist

Email: ekdesrosiers@wpi.edu

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: Florida (Central), Maine, New York (Western & Greater Albany), Vermont
Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein '05

Director of Undergraduate Enrollment Services

Email: adam@wpi.edu

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

Tyler Gibbs

Assistant Director of Admissions

Email: tyler@wpi.edu

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

Vera Grek

Assistant Director of International Admissions

Email: vbgrek@wpi.edu

I have lived in and around Worcester for most of my life. Originally from Central MA, I graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in Spanish and minor in Russian. After graduation, I taught English in Spain for two years, and then returned to Worcester to work on the International Admissions team at WPI, using the experience I gained working in Admissions during my undergraduate years and my time abroad. 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

Geovanny Interiano

Associate Director of Admissions - Diversity and Outreach Initiatives

Email: ginteriano@wpi.edu


I am originally from New York but finished my high school career in Providence, Rhode Island. From there, I found myself in Western  Massachusetts where I attended Hampshire College as a James Baldwin Scholar. I was originally going to be an architect but   decided that the field was not for me after a series of internships. After doing a year of service in the AmeriCorps program I found   myself working in Admissions, where I have spent the last 6+ years striving to provide access to folks from underrepresented   communities. I fell in love with the field of Admissions, particularly with building relationships with students and their families and   witnessing them come into their own greatness. When I am not traveling or reading applications, you can find me hiking in the   summer or binge watching Netflix shows in the winter (cuddled up with my two cats of course).


Regional responsibilities: Connecticut (Hartford), Massachusetts (Metro West), Nevada

Eliza Laurent

Eliza Laurent

Senior Associate Director of Admissions

Email: eliza@wpi.edu

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: Massachusetts (Metro West), North Carolina
Julie Loveless

Julie Loveless

Associate Director of International Admissions

Email: jloveless@wpi.edu

I have spent my whole professional career working with international students – right after college, I taught English in Japan and South Korea, then I went on to advising international students in Boston on how to apply to college, and now I work with both international and domestic applicants to WPI.   I love learning new cultural insights from our international students at WPI, but I also enjoy hearing from all of our students about their overseas experiences as part of their projects at WPI – from working with mobile STEM education vans in Namibia to marketing snail caviar in Greece, this campus is truly globally-minded!
Regional responsibilities: District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia;  Asia, Europe, Middle East
Jara O'Connell

Kara O'Connell

Admissions Counselor

Email: kmoconnell2@wpi.edu






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 spent many years working in admissions and orientation programs. I 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.

Regional responsibilities: Delaware, Illinois, Pennsylvania, South Carolina

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.

Camila Carvalho, Class of 2022, Biomedical Engineering, ccavalcantibezer@wpi.edu, São Paulo, Brazil

Brigid Griffin, Class of 2022, Biology and Biotechnology, brgriffin@wpi.edu, Ashby, MA

Kaelyn Hicks, Class of 2022, Industrial Engineering, khicks@wpi.edu, Detroit, MI

Angelos Makras, Class of 2021, Mechanical Engineering, amakras@wpi.edu, Athens, Greece

Lonna Neidig, Class of 2022, Biomedical Engineering, lyneidig@wpi.edu, Saint Albans, VT

Alex Nieto, Class of 2022, Biomedical Engineering, anieto@wpi.edu, Denver, CO

Hezekiah Owuor, Class of 2022, Computer Science and Music, hkowuor@wpi.edu, Nairobi, Kenya

Alex Poll, Class of 2022, Chemical Engineering, apoll@wpi.edu, Toms River, NJ

Ashli Silvera, Class of 2022, Chemical Engineering, ajsilvera@wpi.edu, Mandeville, Jamaica

Christopher Tocci, Class of 2021, Biology & Biotechnology, cwtocci@wpi.edu, Bridgewater, MA

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!