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.

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.
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.
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 17 years, 16 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!
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
Adam Epstein

Adam Epstein '05

Director of Innovation and Assessment

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. Like xkcd? Me too: #214.
Regional responsibilities: Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

Tyler Gibbs

Admissions Counselor

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: New Jersey, New York, Ohio

Vera Grek

International Admissions Counselor

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, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, West Virginia; 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: Indiana, Kansas; Asia
Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson

Assistant Director of Admissions

I grew up in rural Upstate New York and graduated from Colgate University in 2013 with a BA in Political Science and Religion. Like many in Admissions, I worked as a tour guide at my alma mater. I came to Worcester in 2013 for admissions work and I love the city! It has so much to offer, but especially delicious food (one of my favorite things). I am incredibly excited to continue my Admissions career at WPI. Being a first generation college student myself, I love helping students and families navigate the college search process. When I’m not at work, you will find me at a rock concert or reading a good book.
Regional responsibilities: Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas
Eliza Laurent

Eliza Laurent

Associate Director of Admissions

I came to the Admissions Office in 2009 after having worked in a corporate setting for nearly 4 years and I have never looked back. One of my favorite events on campus is Quadfest, when all of the students are enjoying the warm springtime weather. But when I am not on campus, I am outside doing something! Whether it is playing golf with my husband in the warm weather 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
Cortney Lima

Cortney Lima

Assistant Director of Admissions

I was born, raised, and currently live in Pawtucket, RI. I came to Worcester in 2009 where I attended Assumption College and graduated with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Education. I can remember the college process as if it was yesterday. Since I was the first in my family to go and graduate from college, the process was new and exciting but also very challenging. From this experience and my involvement in admissions as an undergraduate, I knew admissions is where I wanted to be. If I am not at work, you can find me in a pool swimming, outside running, or eating a delicious meal from one of the many restaurants in Worcester or Providence.
Regional responsibilities: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee
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
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.
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), New York City
Stephanie Rudzinski

Stephanie Rudzinski

Senior Assistant 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: Arizona, California (southern), Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada

Admissions Interns

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.

Scott Cazier

Class of 2017

Scott is a senior from Wheat Ridge, Colorado majoring Robotics Engineering with an interest in medical applications, and he is minoring in History. In addition to his time in the Admissions Office, Scott participates in a little robotics related research and is a member of the Men's Varsity Rowing Team. In his spare time Scott enjoys reading, outdoorsy activities such as swimming and hiking, and traveling.

Elizabeth Fitch

Class of 2016, MS Class of 2017

Elizabeth is a graduate student originally from Princeton, MA. She majored in Management Engineering with a minor in Management Information Systems as an undergraduate. In addition to serving as an Admissions Intern, Elizabeth is an active member of the Women's Fraternity Alpha Xi Delta, and enjoys working with WPI Summer and K-12 Outreach programs.  In her spare time, Elizabeth loves photography, going to the beach, and traveling.

John Mastroianni

Class of 2017

John is a senior from Farmington, Connecticut majoring in Industrial Engineering and minoring in Business. In addition to his involvement in the Admissions Office, John is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, plays trumpet in the Symphonic Association music ensembles, and is actively involved in Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. In his free time John enjoys reading, cooking Italian cuisine, and playing badminton.

Megan Mueller

Class of 2017

Megan is a senior from West Linn, Oregon. She is majoring in Mechanical Engineering as well as minoring in Architectural Engineering. Along with working in the admissions office as an intern, Megan has done 2 Co-ops working for the Walt Disney Company in both Operations and Engineering Services at Magic Kingdom. She is also a member of the Alpha Phi Women’s Fraternity. Outside of school, she loves to play piano, bake, travel, and carve pumpkins.

Travis Norris

Class of 2018

Travis is a junior, double majoring in Robotics Engineering and Professional Writing. He is originally from Austin, Texas, but is involved on campus in improv comedy, and combat robotics. Outside of WPI, Travis volunteers with Nashoba Valley Young Life, and enjoys trying local restaurants. If you need a lunch recommendation, don’t hesitate to ask.

Julia Scott

Class of 2017

Julia is a senior from Mystic, Connecticut, majoring in Environmental Engineering and minoring in Music. Besides her involvement in Admissions, Julia is also active in Newman Club (Catholic Ministry), the American Academy for Environmental Engineers and Scientists, Dance Team, and as a sister of Alpha Xi Delta. In her spare time she loves to sing, play piano, cook, read, and spend time on the water.

Jason Zhao

Class of 2017

Jason is a senior originally from Qinhuangdao, China. He is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in German Language. Besides his role as an Admissions Intern, Jason serves as a Community Advisor for freshman students and a global ambassador at The Project Center on campus. He is also active in several cultural clubs and professional societies.  In his spare time, Jason enjoys Chinese food, tennis, traveling and flying.

Crimson Key Tour Guides

Crimson KeysThe Crimson Key tour guides 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!

Shanel Chisholm

Class of 2017

Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Activities: Greek Life, Panhellenic Council, Connections Program
I decided to come to WPI because of the theory and practice based curriculum, combined with the project experience and the ability to mold my major to my interests. In my time at WPI, the supportive community, friends, faculty and staff have been very impactful. Being a senior, I have seen how WPI has become my home away from home.

Antoine Crews

Class of 2017

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Activities: Residential Advisor, Engineering Ambassador, Colleges Against Cancer, National Society of Black Engineers 
I chose WPI after attending an overnight session. I knew immediately after spending time with current students that WPI was place I could call home for my undergraduate degree. The professors during the session were animated and cared deeply about the students' education. These Ideals were clearly shown as the professors set time in their schedules for office hours for student to ask questions. My experience during my overnight stay and interactions with professors, solidified that WPI was the best university for me.

Kenuel Lopez Rivera

Class of 2017

Major: Civil Engineering
Hometown: Central Falls, RI
Activities: Big Brothers Big Sisters, Connections Program, Greek Life, Legacy Leader, Student Support Network
I decided to attend WPI after an Open House here during the second semester of my senior year in high school. Everyone seemed so welcoming and it just seemed like the right place to go. After going through the Connections pre-orientation program, where I met a few of my closest friends, it really supported my decision for coming here. The Connections program was just a great opportunity to meet friends and get comfortable with the campus before school actually started. So far I have been happy with my choice and if given a second chance, I would choose WPI once again.

Hannah Navarro

Class of 2017

Major: Management Engineering, Civil Concentration
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Activities: Greek Life, Panhellenic Council, Connections Program
I decided to attend WPI after receiving a 2-page long email from an alumni sharing her time at WPI. Unlike other technical schools with the “stereotypical” environment, WPI has such a balanced and welcoming community. The opportunities I have had at WPI are incredible. Since the day I moved in for the Connections Program, that being the first day I saw WPI, I knew WPI was meant to be my new home. And I haven't regretted it since.

Gretchen Siewert

Class of 2017

Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Portland, OR
Activities: Exploradreams Mentoring Program, Crimson Key Tour Guide, Society of Women Engineers
I chose WPI based on a variety of qualities, ranging from exceptional academics to the friendly campus environment. When I got to campus on move-in day freshman year, I immediately knew I made the right choice. Despite everyone being from various backgrounds, we all come together as a close knit community that is always there for each other. Whether I need help from a Professor on a project or I just want someone to laugh with, I always know I have others to rely on.

Marisa Sposato

Class of 2018

Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Flemington, NJ
Activities: Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, Habitat for Humanity, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
I first visited WPI the fall of my junior year in high school while visiting family in Rhode Island just to check it out. I really liking the idea of the term schedule and all of the projects I would have the opportunity to take part in. After seeing and applying to multiple other schools that were all very different from WPI, I was really lost in what I thought I wanted in a college. I then attended the Athena Overnight Program followed by the Closer Look Open House the April of my senior year in high school and absolutely fell in love with WPI. The campus was beautiful and everyone here was so nice they would go out of their way to help you if you needed it. This still holds true today as I have built lifelong friendships that stemmed from the New Student Orientation program upon arriving to campus the August of my first year. Though the classes are rigorous, I am never alone; my classmates and I frequently work together on the assignments we are given to complete. This collaborative environment has really made my time here at WPI special; I have not ever second guessed my decision to come here.

Ivanna Stuart

Class of 2018

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Activities: National Society of Black Engineers, Connections Program, Greek Life, Student Government Association
The close knit community and opportunity to travel abroad while still being a STEM major drew me to WPI. This school has strong academics and great faculty but the people and friends I've made here are truly the reason it's made such an impact on my life. Even before my first day of classes freshman year, I was introduced to a support system through the Connections program. The multicultural students on campus have become my brothers and sisters, helping me strive to stay on top of my school work and continuing to navigate through my new life so far away from home.