Center for Global Public Safety Reception

March 8, 2018

The Center for Global Public Safety (CGPS) was introduced to the WPI community at a reception that was held at the Goat’s Head restaurant on March 8, 2018.  

The reception, which was hosted by the Office of the Dean of Engineering, began with overviews of the Center by CGPS co-directors Prof. Jianyu Liang and Prof. Milosh Puchovsky.  Then brief presentations were given by recipients of recently awarded CGPS seed grants.  

 The reception was attended by Prof. Kent Rissmiller (Dean of IGSD), Ms. Karen Bean (WPI Advancement), Thea Thoreaux (WPI Advancement), and a number of faculty and staff engaged in the CGPS seed grant program. The initiation of the CGPS seed grants was announced by President Laurie Leshin and Provost Bruce Bursten at a Celebration of Engineering Reception that was held at in Alden Hall on February 19, 2018.  

The reception was part of National Engineers Week at WPI.  It attracted a number of WPI faculty and staff, as well as some undergraduate/graduate students and post-doctoral research fellows.  The research group recipients in the seed grant competition were introduced by the Vice Provost for Research, Prof. Bogdan Vernescu.  

Center for Global Public Safety Reception

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Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering, Wole Soboyejo, welcomes the crowd at the CGPS Reception
Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering, Wole Soboyejo, describes the vision of the Center for Global Public Safety

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 Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Jianyu Liang, Co-Director for the Center for Global Public Safety, discusses about the benefits of a partnership with Tsinghua University
Jianyu Liang, Co-Director of CGPS, discusses the benefits of a partnership with Tsinghua University

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 Professor of Fire Protection Engineering, Milosh Puchovsky, Co-Director for the Center for Global Public Safety, explains the focus of the Center and what we plan to accomplish over the next five years
Milosh Puchovsky, Co-Director of CGPS, explains the focus of the Center and strategic goals for the next five years

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Department Head and Professor of Fire Protection Engineering, Albert Simeoni sitting with fellow colleagues listening to the speaker at the reception
ECE Professor, Xinming Huang;  FPE Dept Head, Albert Simeoni;  BME Professor, Songbai Ji; and CEE Professor Nima Rahbar

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 Professor of Social Science and Policy Studies, Gbeton Somasse, discusses the Global Public Safety Index seed project
Professor of Social Science and Policy Studies, Gbeton Somasse, discusses the Global Public Safety Index seed project

Celebration of Engineering Reception

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 Vice Provost for Research, Bogdan Vernescu; Director of Operations, Engineering, Pam St. Louis; President, Laurie Leshin
Vice Provost for Research, Bogdan Vernescu; Director of Operations, Engineering, Pam St. Louis; President, Laurie Leshin

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Department Head and Professor of Civil
CEE Dept Head, Tahar El-Korchi; SSPS Professor, Gbeton Somasse

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Professors conversing with each other in Alden hall
ECE Professor, John Orr;  CEE Professor Paul Mathisen

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Professors conversing with each other while sitting down in Alden hall listening to the reception
ECE Professor, John Orr;  Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Arthur Heinricher

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Laurie Leshin speaking at the reception
WPI President, Laurie Leshin

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One of the reception guest speaking at the podium.
Provost, Bruce Bursten

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A reception guest speaking at the podium.
Vice Provost for Research, Bogdan Vernescu

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A guest speaker at the reception presenting one of the slides of the slideshow.
Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering and Professor of Engineering Leadership, Wole Soboyejo