August 11, 2021

WPI has named Arne Gericke, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, associate dean of undergraduate studies. The appointment was effective as of July 1, 2021.

“Arne is a fierce advocate for undergraduate students and the central role of faculty in supporting and challenging our students,” says Art Heinricher, dean of undergraduate studies. “He is also committed to making the promise of a WPI education accessible to more students, by creating more pathways to a WPI degree, including students in the community college system.”

Gericke has headed WPI’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for the past 10 years. His lab generally focuses on the biophysical characterization of lipid mediated protein functions. 

"At WPI we highly value the involvement of undergraduate students in research and it is one of my most important goals as associate dean to significantly expand the number of paid summer research positions available to our students," Gericke says.“I am looking forward to bringing my expertise to this exciting position and to helping the Undergraduate Studies team to enhance the experience for our students even further.”

Gericke received undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Hamburg in Germany and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in biophysical chemistry at Rutgers University and the Max Planck Group for Liquid Crystal Research at the University of Halle, Germany.