A steering committee made up of faculty members from diverse departments oversees and makes recommendations for the Communications Across the Curriculum initiative:

Kristen Billiar

Kristen Billiar

Professor and Department Head
Professor of Mechanical Engineering (Collaborative)
Office: Gateway Park 4008
Phone: +1-508-831-5384
Understanding the mechanisms by which mechanical forces regulate the development and healing of connective tissues and the pathogenesis of disease is becoming one of the foremost problems at the intersection of biomechanics and cell biology—it has spawned the field of mechanobiology. In our lab we use precisely engineered, two-dimensional and three-dimensional constructs as model systems to study the effects of external internal (cell-generated) forces on cell behavior, matrix biochemistry, and the biomechanics of soft tissues and biomaterials. ... View Profile
Jennifer deWinter

Jennifer deWinter

Professor-Arts, Communications, and Humanities
Office: FL B25a
Phone: +1-508-831-6679
Jennifer deWinter has long been interested in how culture (which is local) moves internationally. She has spent a number of years analyzing anime, comics, and computer games as part of global media flows in order to understand how concepts such as "art," "culture," and "entertainment" are negotiated. In 2003, Professor deWinter joined the Learning Games Initiative, a group of scholars and game designers dedicated to the general study of games and the use of games to teach concepts and skills in particular. ... View Profile
Daniel J. Dougherty

Daniel J. Dougherty

Professor
Office: Fuller Labs 231
Phone: +1-508-831-5621
The common thread running through my teaching and research is the use of mathematical methods---especially methods based on logic---in designing and building systems. Interesting systems are too complex to be understood by informal intuitions, and it can be very powerful to use formal tools to help understand whether the system we are actually building really fulfills our ideas about what it is supposed to do. Tools based on logic can help people build things in a way guided by specification, and indeed they can help people arrive at the right formal specification in the first place. ... View Profile
Tahar El-Korchi

Tahar El-Korchi

Professor
Department Head
Codirector, Morocco Project Center
Codirector, Panama Project Center
Office: Kaven Hall 101
Phone: +1-508-831-5518, +1-508-831-5294, +1-508-831-5530
I enjoy my interactions with students at all levels of education, research, and mentoring, whether it be in the classroom, the lab, or in project work. I especially enjoy taking them to the Morocco Project Center and sharing with them the places where I grew up. Challenging the students to achieve higher levels of discovery is a thrill for me. ... View Profile
Michael B. Elmes

Michael B. Elmes

Professor
Office: Washburn Shops 203
Phone: +1-508-831-5182
Since arriving at WPI in 1990, I have framed my role in the classroom as helping technically-minded students to become more cognizant and mindful of the complex human and behavioral dimensions of life in organizations. I have done this in a variety of ways from experiential exercises to digital storytelling to classroom-as-organization designs. ... View Profile

Brenton Faber

Professor of Writing
Office: SL 019
Phone: +1-508-831-4930
Brenton Faber studies medical writing and the human factors that influence medical diagnosis, treatment, and patient care. He is a practicing paramedic who volunteers with a rural ambulance squad and at a free urban clinic. I am currently interested in the concept of "allostasis" and "allostatic load." The terms have been used to describe a continued activation of the body’s neural, neuroendocrine, and immune systems as an adaptive response to prolonged stress. ... View Profile
J. Scott Jiusto

J. Scott Jiusto

Associate Professor
Office: Project Center 205
Phone: +1-508-831-5393
My teaching, research, and community engagement is integrated through my participation in WPIs Global Projects Program, where I help students prepare for and conduct projects in places such as London, Venice, Puerto Rico, Denmark, Washington and Worcester. Through the WPI Cape Town Project Centre (2007-15), my work was an exercise in Shared Action Learning (SAL), which as described to students and others is a way to think about and engage in partnerships for sustainable community development. ... View Profile