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Patty Patria

Patty Patria

VP, Information Technology CIO
Patricia Patria is WPI’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer.  She plays a vital role in strategic leadership for the planning and delivery of major IT initiatives on campus, as well as overseeing Network Operations, Systems Services, Application Administration, Data Architecture, Enterprise Resource Planning, Support Services, Project Management, Academic Technologies, Research Computing, and IT Security. ... View Profile
Mark Taricco

Mark A Taricco

Executive Director, IT Infrastructure and Operations
Phone: +1 (508) 8316765
Mark Taricco serves as the Executive Director, IT Infrastructure and Operations at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  He is responsible for providing high quality IT services to the growing WPI community through the continued management and strategic planning of scalable and secure enterprise systems, networking, servers, virtualization and storage environments. Additionally, he oversees the ITSM, Service Support, and Desktop Services department. ... View Profile
Veronica Brandstrader

Veronica Brandstrader

Change Management & Training Manager
Phone: +1 (508) 8316931
Veronica is responsible for change management, training, and communications related to the Enterprise Transformation Program, which includes the implementation of Workday on campus. She works closely with staff also engaged in this project, as well as the Project Management Office. Outreach to faculty, staff, and students is an essential part of the effort to ensure community members are well-informed and supported as we all learn to use these exciting new tools. ... View Profile
Mary Beth Harrity

Mary Beth Harrity

Assistant CIO, Academic Technology
Office: Fuller Laboratories, Room 117
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5810
Mary Beth is the Assistant CIO for Academic Technology. She oversees the Academic Technology Center (ATC), providing leadership for the delivery of technologies used to support teaching and learning in face-to-face, online and blended courses. The ATC also provides AV and multimedia support for offices and events across campus. She holds a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. View Profile
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Siamak Najafi

Siamak Mohammed Z. Najafi

Executive Director
Office: Higgins Laboratories, 234A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5752
A WPI alumnus with his BS and MS in mechanical engineering, Sia provides vision and leadership in developing strategic plans and policies to guide and manage research computing infrastructure and support at WPI. Sia and his team support and manage research data and high-performance computer clusters to accommodate the expanding WPI research mission and meet federal guidelines for research data management. In addition, Sia acts as a liaison between the Information Technology (IT) and academic departments concerning IT planning, and support of academic and research missions. ... View Profile
Heidi Startz

Heidi Startz

Director, IT Budget & Ops
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6660
Heidi manages the Information Technology business operations, and budget planning and oversight.  As a member of the IT senior leadership team, she provides detailed staffing and financial reporting and assists with the planning and management of each IT Department’s budgets.  She manages the accounts payable and receivable for the IT Department, and tracks campus wide technology purchases and maintenance agreements.  Heidi develops business process improvements for IT financial and procurement processes, and manages the administrative staff. ... View Profile

Information Technology Administration

Lisa Atwell

Lisa D. Atwell

Office Coordinator
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5228