WPI Professor is New Searle Professor

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WORCESTER, Mass. -- Douglas B. Walcerz of Holden, Mass., an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is WPI's newest recipient of the Russell M. Searle Instructorship in Mechanical Engineering. The one-year appointment, which includes a stipend, provides an opportunity for recognition and support of a young member of the mechanical engineering faculty. Walcerz assumed the instructorship on July 1.

Walcerz, a native of Bloomington, Ind., has been a member of the WPI faculty since 1990. He earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at Purdue University and his master's degree in mechanical engineering and doctorate in biomedical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching interests are in heat and mass transfer in biological systems, network thermodynamics, cryobiology, tissue modeling, design, bioprocessing and bioreactor design. Walcerz is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a former advisor to the WPI student chapter.

The instructorship was established in 1978 by Achsa Brown Searle in memory of her husband, Russell Mitchell Searle, a mechanical engineering major who graduated from WPI in 1915. After graduation he went to work on fire-control equipment for the Army and the Navy during World War I. After the war he worked for several companies, including the Corning Glass Works. He was executive secretary of the Washington-based National Advertising Specialty Association for 20 years before ill health forced him to retire to Florida. He died in 1968.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is an independent, technological university founded in 1865.