Teaching Innovation Grant Recipients for 2023

The Educational Development Council, Academic Technology Center, Morgan Teaching and Learning Center, and Undergraduate Studies are pleased to announce Teaching Innovation Grants for 2023, awarded to 12 projects involving 28 faculty and staff. This year’s awards feature a learning community on GPT in the curriculum, multiple innovations in laboratory learning and visualization, creating tools for students to map global experiences in the curriculum, testing use of a math preparation program to provide broader access to a WPI education, and much more. Recipients of the three different types of grants— a Professional Learning Community, Independent Projects, and Summer Sandbox Grants—are listed below. Congratulations to all of the grant winners! Please visit this webpage to learn more about their projects.

Professional Learning Community

Investigating the Role of GPT in the Curriculum

Farley Chery, Associate Professor of Teaching, Interactive Media & Game Development

Tim Loew, Executive Director, Massachusetts Digital Games Institute (MassDigi)

Stacy Shaw, Assistant Professor, Social Science and Policy Studies

Gillian Smith (co-facilitator), Associate Professor and Director, Interactive Media & Game Development

Yunus Telliel (co-facilitator), Assistant Professor, Humanities & Arts


Independent Project Grants

Developing a Mobile App to Visualize Gradient Fields in Complex Structural Geometries

Mehul Bhatia, Assistant Teaching Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering


Lab on Cart: Developing a Low-Cost Fluid Visualization Setup for Experiential Learning, Class Demonstration and Outreach

Alireza Ebadi (PI), Assistant Teaching Professor, Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Ahmet Can Sabuncu, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Mechanical & Materials Engineering


The Methods to our Madness: A “How to” Podcast Exploring Qualitative Research

Courtney Kurlanska (PI), Assistant Professor of Teaching, The Global School

Laura Roberts, Assistant Teaching Professor, The Global School


Purposeful Pathways for Students: Mapping my Global WPI Experience

Sarah Stanlick (PI), Assistant Professor, The Global School

Esther Boucher-Yip, Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Joe Cullon, Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Laureen Elgert, Department Head and Professor, The Global School

Rebecca Moody, Assistant Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts

Gbetonmasse Somasse, Associate Professor of Teaching, Social Science & Policy Studies


Summer Sandbox Grants

A Student Toolkit: How to Read Art  

Esther Boucher-Yip (PI), Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Michelle Borowski, Adjunct Instructor, Humanities & Arts


Teaching Speculative Fiction Across Delivery Modes  

Jim Cocola, Professor, Humanities & Arts


March CADness! An Annual Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Competition 

Alireza Ebadi, Assistant Teaching Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering 


Women in Humanities and Arts 

Ingrid E. Matos-Nin, Teaching Professor, Humanities & Arts


Course Redesign: ECE2029 Introduction to Digital Circuit Design  

Koksal Mus, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Electrical & Computer Engineering


Integrated Lecture-Lab for Introductory Physics 

Benjamin Pollard (PI), Assistant Teaching Professor, Physics

Thomas Patrick Noviello, Instructor, Physics

L Dana, Teaching Lab Manager, Physics

Kateryna Friedman, Assistant Research Professor, Physics


WPI Math Readiness Program 

Carly Thorp (PI), Professor of Practice, Mathematical Sciences

Debra Boucher, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Jennifer Cluett, Dean of Admissions