Commencement season is here! This year features several ceremonies (six in person and one virtual), but whether students are celebrating on the Quad or at home, one thing’s for sure: they did it, and we couldn’t be prouder of their resilience, grace, and flexibility. Congratulations, Class of 2021—thanks for showing us what it means to be the GOAT.
From the WPI Journal: Living the Sweet Life
Leila Carvajal Erker ’96 grew up around chocolate, spending much of her childhood shadowing her father at his cocoa processing plant in Guayaquil, Ecuador before making the business her own. Now, she’s using a fusion of tradition and science to help the world’s chocolatiers build a better bar. Discover more alumni stories in the WPI Journal.
Inhibiting COVID-19 with Artemisia annua
A team of researchers that includes biology professor Pamela Weathers, as well as researchers from Columbia University and the University of Washington, has found that extracts from the leaves of the Artemisia annua plant inhibit the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and two recent variants. Read more, and sign up for the research newsletter for the latest research news.
At WPI, I enjoy teaching all courses fundamental to applied mathematics, scientific computing, and modeling. I look forward to mentoring students interested in working on areas in Mathematical Biology, Computational Biofluids, and Scientific Computing. I specialize in Mathematical Biology, understanding emergent properties of complex systems. The goals of these models are to understand the underlying biological processes and make predictions. Please visit my website to learn more about recent research projects.
Andrew R. Teixeira
Andrew is a classically trained chemical engineering with with specialties in the fields of chemical reaction engineering and materials science. He received his B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2009, and continued to pursue his Ph.D. with Professor Dauenhauer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2014, before finally completing his postdoctoral studies with Professor Jensen at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016 when he joined the department of chemical engineering here at WPI.
Emmanuel Agu is currently an associate professor in the computer science department at WPI having received his Masters and PhD in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research interests are in the areas of computer graphics, mobile computing, and wireless networks. He is especially interested in research into how to use a smartphone as a platform to deliver better healthcare.
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