Meet the Team

Phone: 508-831-6030
Fax: 508-831-6032

Office of International Student Life

Colleen Callahan-Panday
Director, Int Student Life, International House

Phone: +1 (508) 8316015

Colleen has worked with international students at WPI since 2008.  She has a bachelors degree in Global Studies from St. Lawrence University, and a Master's Degree in International Education from the School for International Training. Colleen loves to learn about different parts of the world from her students, and enjoys spending time with her husband, two kids, and dog. Every few years you can spot her visiting family in Kathmandu, Nepal. Colleen works with all areas of international student advising at WPI including: * Tax advising * OPT: pre-completion, post-completion, STEM ...

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Adrienne Boertjens
Assistant Director International Student Life, International House

Phone: +1 (508) 8316017

Adrienne joined the WPI International House team in 2022, having previously worked in International Student Services and Residence Life at other institutions.  Adrienne earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from Minnesota State University Mankato, as well as a Spanish language minor while studying abroad in Costa Rica.  Adrienne then earned her Master's degree in Higher Ed Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University, during which time she interned at University of Alaska, Anchorage.  Adrienne is an avid collector of houseplants, and enjoys spending time with her 2 cats, ...

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Christine Shiao
International Student Advisor, International House

Phone: +1 (508) 8316040

Christine joined the WPI International House team in February 2023. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Christine has extensive experience working in the education field prior to being a full-time mom to her two kids. She previously worked in the Registrar's Office at other higher education institutions and as a therapist with children with special needs. She was once an international student from Hong Kong, China, and speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Christine enjoys spending time with her two kids and service dog (Genji), traveling, ...

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Office of International Faculty and Scholar Services

Tom Thomsen
Director, Intl Fac & Scholar, International House

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6031

The Office of International Faculty and Scholars, in collaboration with the Provost’s Office, oversees programs and services for international scholars, post-doctoral fellows, research scientist/engineers and international faculty.  * H-1B advising * H-1B filing for faculty and researchers * PR applications for faculty and researchers * J-1 scholar advising * Filing Labor Condition applications (LCA) and Labor Certifications (PERM) * Cross-cultural and adjustment advising * General personal or immigration issues

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