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Experts on mathematical modeling

Mathematical modeling is a fundamental tool in engineering and science. It is a way of representing, through equations and algorithms, the behavior of real objects and systems. Scientists and engineers build models and then test, or validate, them through observation and experiments. Among many other purposes, WPI experts on mathematical modeling use mathematical models to study biological systems, to fine-tune medical imaging technology, to help prevent human trafficking, and develop soft robots for search and rescue missions.

Neil  Heffernan

Professor Heffernan researches how smarter technologies can help K-12 classrooms use technology more effectively and optimize student learning. His platform (ASSISTments) can run 100 different experiments comparing different... Read More

Renata  Konrad
Renata Konrad
Associate Professor-Business
The Business School

Professor Konrad recently returned from a Fulbright scholarship in Lviv, Ukraine, where she exchanged offices and homes with a professor at a Ukrainian university. She studies the application of industrial engineering and... Read More

Sarah D Olson
Sarah D Olson
Professor & Department Head, ad interim
Mathematical Sciences

Professor Olson explores development of mathematical and computational models to understand emergent phenomenon in biological systems. Applications include tissue engineering, micro-organism motility, muscle contraction, and... Read More

Cagdas  Onal
Cagdas Onal
Associate Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Robotics Engineering

Professor Onal conducts research in soft robotics, a largely underexplored area of robotics that has significance in medicine, manufacturing, and disaster response. Soft robots could potentially be deployed in search-and-rescue... Read More

Carlo  Pinciroli
Carlo Pinciroli
Assistant Professor of Robotics Engineering and Assistant Professor of Fire Protection Engineering
Robotics Engineering

Professor Pinciroli's research focuses on designing innovative tools for swarm robotics. The ultimate goal of my work is to create a resilient, easily deployable hardware/software robotic infrastructure for dangerous... Read More

Adam Clayton Powell

Professor Powell focuses his research on validated mathematical modeling of metal process development for clean energy and energy efficiency. His research group is developing new projects whose goals are to reduce vehicle body... Read More

Andrew C Trapp
Andrew C Trapp
Associate Professor
The Business School

Prof. Trapp's research areas include placement optimization in refugee resettlement, human trafficking, and foster care. Given the recent events in Ukraine he can provide insight into the following:

Bogdan M. Vernescu
Bogdan M. Vernescu
Vice Provost Research
Research

As a professor of mathematical sciences and widely published researcher, Bogdan Vernescu areas of expertise include composite materials, porous media, smart materials, applied mathematics and mathematical modeling.
As... Read More

Eric Mosher Young

Prof. Young is an expert in yeast, genetic engineering and synthetic biology. His research uses machine learning, directed evolution, gene editing, metabolic engineering, and genetic circuits to make yeast cell factories for... Read More

Haichong  Zhang
Haichong Zhang
Assistant Professor
Robotics Engineering

Professor Zhang is the founding director of the Medical Frontier Ultrasound Imaging and Robotic Instrumentation (Medical FUSION) Laboratory. The research in his lab focuses on the interface of medical imaging, sensing, and... Read More