WPI Announces New Visiting Faculty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/Septermber 24, 1999
Contact: Arlie Corday, WPI Media & Community Relations

WORCESTER, Mass. - The following visiting professors and instructors are bringing their expertise into the classrooms of Worcester Polytechnic Institute this year:

  • Richard K. Allen of Canton, Mass., is an adjunct associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. A partner at Gadsby & Hannah, a practice limited to construction law, he earned a 1985 J.D. degree at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, N.H., and a 1980 M.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. He completed graduate research at McGill University in Montreal and holds a 1976 B.S. in civil engineering from WPI.

  • Juan C. Chaves of Shrewsbury, Mass., is an adjunct instructor in management. A Ph.D. candidate in manufacturing engineering at WPI, he earned a 1990 master's of business administration, management information systems, from the State University of New York, a 1985 master of engineering in mechanical engineering, energy conservation, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a 1983 B.S. degree in engineering mechanics from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has been an adjunct professor with tenure in mechanical engineering at the University of Costa Rica.

  • Herschel Clopper of Framingham, Mass., adjunct assistant professor of management, has earned a 1968 Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and 1963 M.S. and 1962 B.S. degrees in chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass. He studied business management in the M.B.A. program at Babson College and has been an engineer and manager at Polaroid Corp. and an assistant professor at Catholic University of America.

  • Richard J. Cournoyer of Worcester, Mass., an adjunct instructor in mechanical engineering, earned a 1999 masters of science degree, and earlier a B.S. degree, in manufacturing engineering from WPI. He has been WPI's robotics laboratory manager since 1998.

  • Jose M. Jimenez of Worcester, Mass., is an instructor in civil and environmental engineering. He is pursuing a doctoral degree in civil engineering at WPI, having earned a 1999 M.S. in civil engineering at WPI and a 1996 B.S. in civil engineering at the University of Puerto Rico.

  • Amy McGowan of Northborough, Mass., is an adjunct instructor of physics. She has 1999 Ph.D. and 1986 M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado and a 1979 B.A. in biology from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a graduate teaching/research assistant at the University of Colorado and an adjunct professor in electrical engineering at Colorado Technical University.

  • Lyle Mitchell of Worcester, Mass., is a visiting scholar in the Social Science and Policy Studies Department. A Ph.D. candidate at the Centre for Complexity and Change at the Open University in England, his work involves local venture capital and social inclusion. He will teach workshops and seminars at WPI during his stay.

  • Raphael J. Njoroge of Worcester, Mass., an adjunct assistant professor of history, earned a 1977 Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, a 1967 M.A. degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., and a bachelor of arts degree in social sciences and philosophy from Gonzaga. He has a licentiate in philosophy from Mount Saint Michael's Seminary of Philosophy and Science, has taught at Holy Cross, Worcester State and Quinsigamond Community colleges and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University.

  • Mitchell Sanders of Leicester, Mass., is an affiliate professor of biology. He earned a 1992 Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and a 1988 M.A. in biology at WPI, a 1986 B.S. in biology from Boston University and a 1995 certificate in leech neurobiology from the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass. He has been a visiting scientist at WPI and is president and CEO of Expressive Constructs Inc. in Worcester.

  • Ingrid Vargas of Quincy, Mass., an instructor in interdisciplinary and global studies, earned a 1999 Ph.D. in Latin American history from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., a 1989 M.A. degree in international relations and economics and Latin American studies from Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Queens College, City University of New York, in Flushing. She has been an adjunct professor at Pace University and at College of the Holy Cross.

  • Desheng Zong of Somerville, Mass., is an adjunct assistant professor of philosophy. He earned a 1998 Ph.D. in philosophy from Tulane University in New Orleans, La., and 1987 M.A. and 1982 B.A. degrees in history from Nankai University in Tianjin, China. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Emerson College, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Suffolk University, a teaching assistant and graduate instructor at Tulane and a full-time assistant professor at Nankai University.

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