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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.

Research led by chemical engineering professor Xiaowei Teng finds potential in using ions from seawater as a possible replacement for lithium in batteries. The published research is summarized in an article on

Recent WPI graduates Paul Pacheco and Elizabeth LeMay will be brand-new teachers in local classrooms this fall, and talked with the Telegram & Gazette about how WPI prepared them for their new careers, what they're looking forward to, and and what they're nervous about.


Provost Wole Soboyejo was interviewed for the article in Nature, "Is it time for tenure to evolve?" In the article, he discusses his own pathway towards tenure as well as WPI's move to broaden its tenure system in 2021, offering tenure to professors who focus more on teaching than research, who weren't eligible before. "Already, the institution is seeing benefits, says Soboyejo, including a substantial drop in the attrition rate for teaching-focused faculty members."


Robotics engineering professor Carlo Pinciroli shares how artificial intelligence could be used to make drones better at completing complex and dangerous missions. He tells Lifewire that advancements in AI technology could also minimize the risk of human harm during those missions.

Spectrum News 1

Purvi Shah, associate professor at the Business School and an expert on brand deletion, talked with Spectrum News 1 about the possible strategies underlying social media giant Twitter's transition to X. 

Boston Business Journal

President Grace Wang talked to the Boston Business Journal about Worcester's opportunity to provide the space, research, talent and manufacturing capability to fuel a drug manufacturing boom. 

Worcester Business Journal

President Grace Wang spoke with the Worcester Business Journal about how a more diverse cross-section of college presidents can push progress forward in other areas of higher education. 


A new ChatGPT feature will let the platform remember conversations. Computer science professor Xiaozhong Liu says that could offer users a more personalized experience.


Humanities & arts professor David Spanagel shared his insight on the history of atomic bomb development with HuffPost. Spanagel explains how the 'father of the atomic bomb', Julius Robert Oppenheimer, failed to question whether it was the right thing to do for humanity. 


Civil, environmental, & architectural engineering professor Shichao Liu shared expertise on how to keep cool indoors during hot weather, without putting undue strain on an air conditioning system.

WBUR 90.9

Turning your thermostat to a low temperature could wear down your air conditioner and won’t cool down your home any faster. Civil, environmental, & architectural engineering professor Shichao Liu explained some best practices for staying cool to WBUR.


Fire protection engineering professor Milosh Puchovsky was interviewed by GBH News about the importance of standpipe systems. He said maintenance and inspections of these systems are essential to make sure they work when needed.

Boston Globe

Efforts to put out a fire at a MBTA station were complicated by a standpipe fire protection system malfunction. The Boston Globe spoke with fire protection engineering professor Milosh Puchovsky to understand how these types of systems are used, their purpose, and how system inspections are enforced.


Computer science professor Tian Guo was interviewed about the newest efforts to improve graphic quality in virtual reality headsets. She also explained why these improvements don’t come easily.

The report was also republished by Yahoo!

Worcester Business Journal

Erin Ottmar, professor of learning sciences and psychology will research ways to improve algebra comprehension. The Worcester Business Journal reported on how Ottmar will consider the use of color and spacing in the presentation of equations.

Star Tribune

Neural signaling experts from WPI are part of the research team on a project funded by the Department of Defense. The Star Tribune in Minneapolis reported on the goals of the effort.

The Washington Post

Civil, environmental, & architectural engineering professor Shichao Liu was interviewed by The Washington Post on the hot weather gripping much of the United States. He explained why setting your thermostat to a lower temperature than normal when it’s very hot outside will not provide any additional cooling.

Spectrum News 1

Dean of Engineering John McNeill spoke with Spectrum News 1 Worcester about the new partnership that will open additional pathways to a master’s degree at WPI.

Worcester Business Journal

Innovative dual degree programs will offer a 4+1 pathway for students to earn a master’s at WPI. The Worcester Business Journal reported on the announcement that degrees will be available in mechanical engineering, and electrical and computer engineering, with more offerings expected to be available in the near future.

Mass Live

A company created by a mechanical engineering graduate launched a prototype of its electric jet ski on Lake Quinsigamond. The event was attended by community leaders including Congressman Jim McGovern, and Rosanna Garcia, professor of innovation and entrepreneurship in The Business School. WBZ News Radio also covered the launch.