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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 joined WPI in 2015 and work with the Admissions team as well as Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs and the Office of Student Aid & Financial Literacy. My father is a WPI alumnus, and I have always loved this school and the Worcester area having grown up in Central Massachusetts. 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— 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*


Claudia Aviles

Claudia Aviles

Assistant Director of Admissions - Diversity and Outreach Initiatives

Email: craviles@wpi.edu

While I am not native to the Worcester area, it has gradually started to feel like home. 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. After graduating, I completed a fellowship in Thessaloniki, Greece, where I worked with first-generation students in the college admissions process and then at the non-profit organization, Prep for Prep in NYC. My personal and professional experiences have been instrumental in driving me to this field, where I strive to increase access to higher education for underrepresented students. In my free time you can find me catching up with my family/friends, exploring a new part of the country (or world), and binge watching a new series on Netflix. 

Regional responsibilities: California (Bay Area & San Jose), Massachusetts*, New York (New York City, Westchester, Rockland & 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 20 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. At WPI, we have a collaborative campus community and I really enjoy working with our current students who are the best ambassadors for the WPI Plan. When not in the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and exploring the greater Worcester area which is full of great restaurants, outdoor activities and events. 
Regional responsibilities: Connecticut*, Massachusetts*
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*, Massachusetts*

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, Louisiana, Massachusetts*, Mississippi, Texas

Ian Capozzoli

Ian Capozzoli

Admissions Counselor

Email: imcapozzoli@wpi.edu

Originally from Mystic, Connecticut, I graduated from Western New England University with a degree in finance and economics in 2017. 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 playing rugby for Worcester RFC, downtown at the DCU Center for Worcester Railers and Massachusetts Pirates games, walking my dog in Elm Park, or talking sports with friends and family.
Regional responsibilities: Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York (Long Island)
Emily Castillo

Emily Castillo

International Admissions Counselor

Email: ecastillo@wpi.edu

Originally from the Northshore of Massachusetts, I graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in International Studies and Chinese. In college I was heavily involved in residence life and student affairs, which led me to work at WPI in admissions. I have always been passionate about seeing the world and international relations.  I also love Worcester and everything it has to offer including the diverse population and the variety of unique restaurants. With this, I am excited to work with international students in their journey to Worcester and WPI. I love learning languages, as I am also fluent in Spanish and have a professional understanding of Mandarin Chinese.  Outside of work, I love dancing, K-Pop, baking, traveling and hanging out with my puppy Luna.
International Responsibilities: Asia

 

Julie Chapman

Julie Chapman

Director of Recruitment Partnerships

Email: chapman@wpi.edu

From Westborough, MA, I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire. Early in my career I discovered I really enjoyed mentoring high school students as they began the college search process. Additionally, I love my role working closely with students seeking to transfer to WPI. It is incredibly rewarding to help students find their way to our university, and to know they will graduate with amazing, life-changing experiences through WPI’s project based learning approach and meaningful work through WPI’s Global Projects Program. I have been at WPI for nearly two decades, and was a proud Worcester resident for many years. There is so much to do in and around Worcester: I'm a fan of the many wonderful restaurants, the Hanover Theatre, the Worcester Art Museum, and the Ecotarium. Worcester is a great location in the heart of New England, and a fantastic college town! While not on campus, I can be found cooking, watching far too many shows and movies, reading, and enjoying time with my husband and two active boys.
Regional responsibilities: Massachusetts*, New Hampshire, Rhode Island

Liz Desrosiers

Recruitment Partnerships Specialist

Email: ekdesrosiers@wpi.edu

I have lived in the Worcester area my whole life. I graduated from college in NH in 2011 with a BA in Psychology. It was in college, 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 truly enjoy having the opportunity to meet with prospective students and learn about their passion for our campus and unique curriculum. I love everything Disney, am a huge movie buff of all genres, and can be found enjoying live music with my husband at many of the local venues, but especially downtown at the Palladium (less than a mile from campus)! I am so happy to be working at WPI and cannot wait to meet you all.
Regional responsibilities: Florida (Central & Northern), Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts*, New York (Western & Greater Albany), Oklahoma, Vermont
Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein '05

Director of Undergraduate Enrollment Systems and Operations

Email: adam@wpi.edu

I earned both bachelor's and master's degrees from WPI and have worked with 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 (Northern, Central, Southern, Los Angeles & San Diego), Colorado, New Hampshire, Ohio
Vera Grek

Vera Grek

Assistant Director of International Admissions

Email: vbgrek@wpi.edu

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).
Regional responsibilities: Arkansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wisconsin;
International responsiblities: 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*, Florida (Southern), Georgia, Massachusetts (City of Worcester), Nevada
 
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
International responsibilities: 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 University. 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 enjoying the outdoor spaces of Worcester, trying new vegetarian restaurants and recipes, or hanging out with my cat, Blue.

 
Regional responsibilities: Connecticut*, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina
 
Andreas Armenis

Andreas Armenis

Assistant Director of Pre-Collegiate Outreach & Admissions

Email: aarmenis@wpi.edu

In 2019 I joined the Undergraduate Enrollment Services division in a hybrid role serving Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs and Undergraduate Admissions at WPI. Although I am originally from Lynnfield, MA, I spent much of my collegiate and higher education journey in Rhode Island. As a first-generation graduate of Hellenic heritage, I hold a B.A. in International Business Management and an M.S. in Human Development concentrating in College Student Personnel. I have served in the higher education setting in a variety of capacities, but what sustains my appreciation for this industry is working with and supporting the students I serve. In this unique role, I have the privilege of seeing students grow through our pre-collegiate offerings to amazing candidates for undergraduate admission. Being a member on their journey in STEMexploration is by far one of the luckiest components of my role. 

Regional responsibilities: Massachusetts* 

*** Several of our counselors share territories within states marked with an asterisk. If a specific area is not noted, please contact our office to find the counselor responsible for your high school.***

 

 

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!