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Joseph Sarkis

Mass Live

How will the auto industry walkout affect you? A Worcester Polytechnic Institute expert explains

“There is going to be a disruption, and the union has thought through this very carefully.” Management professor Joseph Sarkis, a supply chain expert, discusses how consumers and industries will be affected by the United Auto Workers strike. Throughout the strike, Sarkis has provided analysis regarding disruptions to manufacturing and parts distribution. He has appeared on media outlets including WCVB-TV, NECN, and Spectrum News 1.

Worcester Business Journal

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans award that will see WPI will co-design climate resilience plans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Global School will also lead knowledge sharing between NOAA climate adaptation partnership teams in the Caribbean and the Northeast. 

Military & Aerospace Electronics

“There are numerous opportunities for R&D efforts to identify threats against DOD private 5G networks,” Alexander Wyglinski, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, discusses efforts to secure military communications networks in this article on electronic warfare. 

Tomorrow is the Problem

Mimi Sheller, Dean of The Global School, discusses some of the historical and cultural underpinnings behind inequalities in power and mobilities in this podcast exploring Haiti and its future. The podcast is a project of the Knight Foundation Art + Research Center at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.


"A strike can have a definite and immediate impact on the supply chain," Joseph Sarkis, professor of management in The Business School, explains how supply chain companies, related industries, car shoppers, and people seeking repairs for vehicles may be affected by the United Auto Workers strike in this television interview on NECN.

WBUR 90.9

WBUR reports on the addition of WPI to a federal Wildlife Interdisciplinary Research Center. The work will focus on fire detection models, first responder safety, and wildfire suppression systems.

Worcester Business Journal

The Worcester Business Journal reported on the National Science Foundation's adding of Worcester Polytechnic Institute to its Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center, bringing the university on to its collaborative effort between universities and industry leaders to better understand, prevent, and respond to wildfires.

The Messenger

Berk Calli, assistant professor of robotics engineering, was interviewed by The Messenger about whether robots would soon be replacing entry-level restaurant jobs.

Chamber Exchange

David Ortendahl, executive director of corporate partnerships, talked about the upcoming Nature conference at WPI on the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce's Chamber Exchange program.

Robotics & Automation News

Imagine flexible 3D-printed robots that can crawl, dive, swim, climb, and operate where humans can't. Robotics & Automation News wrote about robotics engineering professor Markus Nemitz and his work to develop these robots.


Joseph Sarkis, professor of management in The Business School, explains in this WCVB video report, how consumers may be affected by the expanding United Auto Workers strike, which is now targeting parts distribution, in addition to new vehicle manufacturing.

Spectrum News 1

A prolonged strike could have consequences, says management professor Joseph Sarkis. He spoke with Spectrum News 1 Worcester about how the UAW strike is affecting supply chains, and how manufacturers in the auto industry are still rebounding from COVID disruptions. 

Tech Briefs

This piece in Tech Briefs highlights the work by Yan Wang, the William Smith Foundation Dean's Professor of Mechanical Engineering, to develop a greener method of manufacturing batteries for electric vehicles.

Boston Globe

“These systems have to be ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Fire protection engineering professor Milosh Puchovsky spoke with the Boston Globe about the importance of standpipes, a type of fire suppression equipment. The Globe’s article analyzes records on standpipe repairs following the failure of a standpipe during a fire at an MBTA station earlier this year.


Farnoush Reshadi, professor of marketing in The Business School, lent expertise for this article on understanding annual percentage rates. She's quoted in a question & answer section that provides insight to help people understand their loans and credit cards.

Worcester Business Journal

“When engineering meets art, there are a lot of interesting ideas.” Civil, environmental & architectural engineering professor Shichao Liu detailed how faculty at the university are teaching the skills needed to build for climate change. In this Worcester Business Journal article, he also outlined how buildings are being designed with decarbonization and resiliency in mind.

CBS Boston

Civil, environmental, & architectural engineering professor Mingjiang Tao was interviewed by WBZ-TV for this story on why so many roads were swallowed by sinkholes in recent devastating flooding. Tao explained how soaking rain undermines pavement and how other weather factors like heat waves can put stress on roads.

A hot week forced schools to make changes. How does a hot classroom affect learning? Research from Shichao Liu, professor of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering, shows an impact when the room temperature hits a certain point. He provided comments and expertise for this story in the Telegram & Gazette.

CBS Boston

Hot weather can make learning a challenge. Civil, environmental, and architectural engineering professor Shichao Liu shared his research on heat and learning with WBZ, Boston's CBS News station. Liu says reasoning performance and memory function can drop when classroom temperatures rise.

Mass Live

Yan Wang, the William Smith Foundation Dean's Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, was interviewed by MassLive about the growth and future manufacturing trends in the electric battery industry. The article highlights the work done by Wang's lab at WPI to develop a process for lithium-ion battery recycling.

New Energy and Fuel

New Energy and Fuel reported on James H. Manning professor of chemical engineering Xiaowei Teng's research into how chloride ions from seawater could be used to fuel batteries of the future.