WPI Board of Trustees Honor Three Professors

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WORCESTER, Mass.-- Devotion to undergraduate education, excellence in scholarship and research that keeps professors in touch with the cutting edges of their fields, and personal attention to students--these are the qualities that make a WPI education so powerful. At the annual Faculty Convocation in April, the Board of Trustees honored three professors for their contributions to the University.

Alexander E. Emanuel of Southborough, Mass., professor of electrical and computer engineering, was honored with the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Academic Advising. According to the accompanying citation, "The academic advisor has the job of assisting students in selecting courses and projects that will help them realize their fullest potential. Alexander Emanuel goes above and beyond this duty."

"[Prof. Emanuel] brings a human dimension to advising," said one student. "He is not only a professor, he is a friend and a mentor--all of which truly describe the role of an advisor."

A native of Romania, Emanuel received a B.S. and an M.S. in electrical engineering and a D.Sc. in engineering from Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He spent several years as an engineer in Romania, Israel and Massachusetts before joining the WPI faculty in 1974. A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Emanuel is a member of numerous scientific and professional societies. His research interests encompass power quality, power electronics, electromagnetic design and high-voltage-technology.

Emanuel now holds all three of these trustees' awards. In 1982 he received the Trustees' Award for Outstanding Teaching; four years later he was cited for outstanding creative scholarship. In 1999 he was honored by E Source, an energy information service company, and Power Quality Assurance Magazine with the John Mungenast International Power Quality Award.

Physics Professor Stephen N. Jasperson of Holden, Mass., received this year's Trustees' Award for Outstanding Teaching. He was cited for always treating students with respect and for promoting learning in many different settings: lecture halls, classrooms, laboratories, one-on-one conferences and project meetings. Students feel that he takes personal responsibility for their successes and failures.

A Wisconsin native, Jasperson earned a B.S. at the University of Wisconsin and an M.A. and Ph.D. at Princeton University. He joined the WPI faculty in 1970, following a two-year appointment as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois. He was head of WPI's Physics Department from 1984 to 1994. His research and teaching interests focus on optical properties of solids and thin films; his advising interests include computers and education, introducing new teaching materials, and education and technological literacy.

Barbara E. Wyslouzil of Lexington, Mass., associate professor of chemical engineering, was honored with the 2001 Trustees' Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship. She was cited for establishing a preeminent research program to determine the structure of multicomponent nanodroplets and nucleation. Her work with Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS) holds the promise of being able to accurately measure both composition and concentration gradients in aerosol droplets--a feat that has not previously been accomplished. "Her work is critically important to the understanding of chemical processes in the atmosphere and to environmental quality."

Wyslouzil holds a B.Sc. from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, an M.Sc. from the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. A member of the faculty since 1993, she received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award in 1995.

Founded in 1865, WPI was a pioneer in technological higher education. Early on, it developed an influential curriculum that balanced theory and practice. Since 1970, that philosophy has been embodied in an innovative outcomes-oriented undergraduate program. With a network of project centers that spans the globe, WPI is also the leader in globalizing technological education. WPI awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, most of WPI's academic departments offer masterís and doctoral programs and support leading-edge research in a broad range of areas.