Meet The Team

Phone: 508-831-5136
Fax: 508-831-5483

Information Technology Services Senior Leadership Team

Vijay Menta
Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, Information Technology

Vijay Menta is WPI’s 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. Vijay joined WPI from Middlebury College where he was the Vice President & CIO. While there, he directed the completion of the Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project for the ...

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Mary Beth Harrity
Associate CIO, Academic Technologies, Academic Technology Center

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5810

Mary Beth is the Associate CIO for Academic Technologies. She provides leadership to the Academic Technology Center (ATC) in the delivery of technologies used to support teaching and learning in face-to-face, online and hybrid courses as well as event related AV and multimedia support across campus. Mary Beth also oversees the Desktop Services team in the delivery of endpoint device management, academic software distribution and technical support and procurement of IT equipment. She holds a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at ...

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Siamak Najafi
Associate CIO, Academic Research Computing and Infrastructure Services, Information Technology

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5752

Sia Najafi is Executive Director of Academic and Research Computing group. 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.Sia is a WPI alumnus with his BS and MS degrees in mechanical engineering.

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Heidi Startz
Director, IT Budget & Ops, Information Technology

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. Heidi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer ...

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