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Siamak Najafi

Siamak Mohammed Z. Najafi

Interim CIO-Executive
Office: Higgins Laboratories, 234A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5752
Sia Najafi is WPI’s Interim vice president for information technology and chief information officer. He oversees Network Operations, Systems Services, Application Administration, Data Architecture, Enterprise Resource Planning, Support Services, Project Management, Academic Technologies, Research Computing, and IT Security for WPI community and plays a major role in the strategic initiatives of the university. ... 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, telecommunications, servers, virtualization and storage environments. Additionally, he oversees the ITSM, Service Support, and Desktop Services department. ... View Profile

Veronica Brandstrader

Director, Project and Change Management Office
Veronica is responsible for IT project management, change management, training, and communications.  Veronica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Extension Studies from Harvard University. She has also studied architecture, design, photography, and most recently, ceramics. Prior to WPI, she worked at Wellesley College for 15 years, and Arthur D. Little, Inc. for 10 years. View Profile
Mary Beth Harrity

Mary Beth Harrity

Assistant CIO, Academic Technology
Academic Technology Center
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
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

Business Manager
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5228