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WPI Announces Promotions and Tenure for Faculty

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/October 30, 2004
Contact: WPI Media Relations, +1-508-831-5706

WORCESTER, Mass. - Fourteen members of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) faculty have been granted promotions and/or tenure.

Padmanabhan K. Aravind has been promoted to professor of physics. He has been on the WPI faculty since 1984. His research area is quantum mechanics, the theory of geometric phases, and quantum information theory. Aravind holds a B.S. and M.S. from Delhi University in India. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Northwestern University.

Edward (Ted) A. Clancy has received a promotion to associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. He has been on the WPI faculty since 2000. His research area is in electromyography. Clancy received a B.S. in electrical engineering from WPI in 1983. He also holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After earning his Ph.D., Clancy spent nine years in industry research.

Mark L. Claypool has received tenure and a promotion to associate professor of computer science. He has been on the WPI faculty since 1998. His research activities focus on multi-media networks and the measurement of their performance. Claypool received a B.A. in mathematics from Colorado College. He also holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer science from the University of Minnesota.

Louis J. Curran was promoted to professor of humanities and arts. He has been on the WPI faculty since 1967. His achievements include over 13 international tours and concerts with other universities throughout the United States. Curran holds a B.Music in music/organ from Yale University. He received an M.Music in music/organ from the University of Tulsa. He also studied at the New England Conservatory of Music and Oxford University.

Huong Ngo Higgins has been promoted to associate professor of management and has also been granted tenure. She has been on the WPI faculty since 1998. Her research activities focus on financial analyst forecasting, international accounting, and information systems. Higgins received a bachelor of arts in French and English from the University of Saigon in Vietnam. She also holds a master of professional accountancy and a doctorate in accounting from Georgia State University.

Zhikun Hou has been promoted to professor of mechanical engineering. He has been on the WPI faculty since 1991. His research focuses on various aspects of dynamics and vibrations including random vibrations and reliability, intelligent structures, and structural health monitoring. Hou received a B.S. in applied mathematics from Fudan University in China and an M.S. in civil engineering from Tongji University in China. He also holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in applied mechanics from California Institute of Technology.

Germano S. Iannacchione has been promoted to associate professor of physics and has been granted tenure. He has been on the WPI faculty since 1998. His research activities focus on order/disorder transitions and critical phenomena. Iannacchione holds a B.S. and an M.S. in physics from the University of Akron. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Kent State University. Iannacchione was a postdoctoral research fellow at Kent State University and postdoctoral research associate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Christopher J. Larsen has been promoted to associate professor of mathematical sciences and has been granted tenure. He was a visiting assistant professor and became assistant professor in 1999. His research activities focus on variational calculus and involve the study of problems of equalibria that include both bulk and surface energy. Larsen holds a B.S. in physics, an M.S. in applied mathematics and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. He also received a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Carolina Ruiz has been promoted to associate professor of computer science and has been granted tenure. She has been on the WPI faculty since 1997. Ruizís research activities focus on studying what can reasonably be inferred from sets of data, and includes logic programming, knowledge discovery, data mining, and bioinformatics. She holds a B.S. and an M.S. in computer science from the University of Los Andes (Bogota, Columbia). She received a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Rajib B. Mallick received both tenure and a promotion to associate professor of civil engineering. Mallick has been a member of the WPI faculty since 1998. Prior to that, he was a senior research associate at Auburn University. His area of research is in highway materials and paving technology, and he has an outstanding record at securing extramural funding, with more than $900,000 in sponsored research support. Mallick earned a B.C.E. in civil engineering from Jadavpur University in India, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Auburn University.

Marcus Sarkis-Martins has been promoted to associate professor of mathematical sciences. Sarkis-Martins has been on the WPI faculty since 1998. His research area is numerical algorithms for large-scale parallel computing for partial differential equations. Sarkis-Martins received a B.S. in engineering from the Instituto Tecnolůgico de AeronŠutica, S.J. Campos in Brazil. He also holds an M.S. in mathematics from Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, a division of New York University. Sarkis-Martins was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Suzanne L. Weekes has been promoted to associate professor of mathematical sciences and has also been granted tenure. Weekes has been on the WPI faculty since 1998. Her research activities focus on numerical methods for hyperbolic equations. She holds a B.S. in mathematics from Indiana University. She received an M.S. in applied mathematics and a Ph.D. in mathematics and scientific computing from the University of Michigan.

Joe Zhu, WPI associate professor of management, has been granted tenure. He has been on the WPI faculty since 1998. Zhuís research activities focus on data envelopment analysis. He received a B.A. in mathematics from Huzhou Normal College in China. He holds an M.A. in systems engineering and a Ph.D. in management science from Southeast University in China. He also earned a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and operations research from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Alex A. Zozulya has been granted tenure and been promoted to a full professor of physics. Zozulya has been on the WPI faculty since 1998. His research focuses on optical physics. He holds a B.S. in physics from the Moscow Engineering Physical Institute. He received a Ph.D. in theoretical and mathematical physics from Lebedev Physics Institute of the U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences.

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