Academic Deans

Terri Anne Camesano

Terri Anne Camesano

Prof & Dean of Grad Studies
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Office: Office of the Provost
Phone: +1-508-831-5380
Arthur C. Heinricher

Arthur C. Heinricher

Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Professor
Office Of Undergraduate Studies
Office: Boynton Hall, 1st Fl
Phone: +1-508-831-5397
Arthur Heinricher is the Dean of Undergraduate Studies and a Professor of Mathematical Sciences. As dean, he is responsible for ensuring the quality and effectiveness of all aspects of the undergraduate experience at WPI, providing leadership and working with the faculty to implement new undergraduate curricular and structural changes. Together with the Dean of Students, he works to ensure an appropriate balance and synergy between academics and student life. ... View Profile
Jean King

Jean King

Peterson Family Dean of Arts & Sciences
Professor
Arts and Sciences
Office: Salisbury Labs, 121
Phone: (508) 831-4677
A widely respected neuroscientist, Jean King joined the WPI community as the Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Sciences in 2017. In addition to her duties as dean, she is a professor in the Department of Biology and Biotechnology. Dr. King’s research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify and monitor neuronal plasticity associated with addiction, ADHD, depression, fearfulness, anxiety, autism and neurological disorders (PD and TBI) in animal models with the hope of finding clues to help us understand these conditions in humans. ... View Profile
John A. McNeill

John A. McNeill

Professor
Dean of Engineering
Office: Atwater Kent 128a
Phone: +1-508-831-5567
John A. McNeill, PhD, a faculty member at WPI since 1994, has been named interim Dean of Engineering. He has just completed a year as a visiting researcher at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, working on a team developing a wearable wireless sensor for prevention of pressure ulcers (bedsores). In addition to his work in biomedical sensing, McNeill’s research interests include digitally assisted calibration of analog-to-digital converters used in low power sensor systems. ... View Profile
Kent J. Rissmiller

Kent J. Rissmiller

Dean ad interim, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division
Director, Washington Project Center
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Office: 240 Foise Innovation Studio
Phone: +1-508-831-5019, +1-508-831-5296
Kent Rissmiller completed studies in political science at Muhlenberg College (AB) and Syracuse University (PhD). Along the way, he also completed a JD at the University of New Hampshire Law School, where he worked in the Energy Law Institute. Professor Rissmiller also worked for three years as an attorney for the Public Service Commission of Nevada, where he was involved in setting rates and policies for electric and water utilities. At WPI, Professor Rissmiller teaches government, law, and public policy. He also directs the Pre-Law program and oversees the Law and Technology minor. ... View Profile
Steven S. Taylor

Steven S. Taylor

Professor & Interim Dean
Office: Washburn Shops 215
Phone: +1-508-831-5557
My research is focused in two areas: Organizational aesthetics takes seriously the idea that management is as much an art as it is a science, and applies art-based scholarship and practice to management and organizations. Reflective practice is the ability to analyze our own actions and learn from that how to be more effective, ethical, and artful as managers and leaders. At the heart of my work as a researcher and teacher, is my own practice as a playwright. My plays have been performed in England, France, Poland, Canada, New Zealand, Italy, and the USA. ... View Profile
Richard F. Vaz

Richard F. Vaz

Director, Center for Project-Based Learning
Professor of Interdisciplinary and Global Studies
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Co-Director, Bangkok Project Center
Office: Center for Project-Based Learning, 157 West Street, 1st floor
Phone: +1-508-831-5344
As Director of WPI’s Center for Project-Based Learning, I work with colleagues across campus to help advance project-based learning at colleges and universities around the nation and the globe. We also support project-based learning here on the WPI campus. Most of my scholarly and professional activity centers around experiential and international education. Through my involvement in organizations such as the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the American Society for Engineering Education, I work to promote WPI’s approach to undergraduate education as a national model. ... View Profile
Bogdan M. Vernescu

Bogdan M. Vernescu

Vice Provost for Research
Professor
Office: Boynton Hall
Phone: +1-508-831-6411
Bogdan Vernescu was appointed to the position of vice provost for research in 2016, with the goal of enhancing faculty research efforts and increasing support for research at WPI from government agencies, corporations, and foundations. His responsibilities include supervising the operation and non-financial support of WPI’s research enterprise, including oversight of university-wide research institutes and centers, and the offices that administer research sponsorship and intellectual property and innovation. ... View Profile
Suzanne L. Weekes

Suzanne L. Weekes

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, ad Interim
Professor, Mathematical Sciences
Office: Stratton Hall 207
Phone: +1-508-831-5267
Research is a core part of the undergraduate experience at WPI. As Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Suzanne Weekes increases the focus on the undergraduate research enterprise at the university to continue to advance WPI’s mission to create, to discover, and to convey knowledge at the frontiers of academic inquiry for the betterment of society. ... View Profile
Kristin K. Wobbe

Kristin K. Wobbe

Co-Director, Center for Project-Based Learning
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
Office: 157 West St. 1st floor
Phone: +1-508-831-5375
Project-based learning is an enormously powerful approach to education. I've been changed by it; I've watched students be changed by it. I've seen faculty develop a renewed sense of joy in teaching from using it. And now, after over a decade of using PBL with students, I'm embarking on a new phase of helping faculty implement PBL through the work of the Center for Project-Based Learning. The good news - working with faculty on PBL is as much fun as working with students! View Profile

Our Staff

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Deborah Baron

Administrative Assistant VI
Phone: 508-831-4681
Debbie supports the dean of Graduate Studies. In this role, she provides organizational and administrative assistance and manages a range of special projects and activities. Her responsibilities include providing financial management support, overseeing the graduate travel fund, and coordinating graduate student events. Debbie brings more than 20 years of experience in retail and business environments. She is the former owner and operator of a full-service bridal shop, and previously served as a flight attendant for United Airlines. ... View Profile
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Camille Bouchard-Chhoeuk

Camille Bouchard-Chhoeuk

Operations Manager
Office: Boynton Hall
Camille manages the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and its daily research operations and strategic initiatives; she is responsible for all non-faculty research appointments; and provides administrative support to the Vice Provost for Research.   She has a Bachelor's degree from Nichols College in Business with a concentration in Finance; an Associate's degree from Becker College in Business Administration; and is currently seeking her MBA from WPI. View Profile
<a href="/people/staff/akgold">Anna Gold</a>

Anna Gold

University Librarian
Library
Phone: 508-831-6161
Anna Gold joined the WPI community as University Librarian in 2017; she brought with her a passion for and dedication to polytechnic learning and interdisciplinary research. She began her career as a research librarian at the Library of Congress. In 1994 she joined the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she served as library director before becoming manager of NSF’s public website. ... View Profile
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Deborah Graves

Operations Manager
Office: Boynton Hall
As operations manager, Deborah Graves supports the Division of Academic Affairs in all day-to-day operations while also assisting the Provost with the development and implementation of administrative policies and procedures. She has been at WPI since 1996, and during that time, has provided invaluable insight and experience to the Provost’s senior leadership team. ... View Profile
<a href="/people/staff/aharnisch">Antje Harnisch</a>

Antje Harnisch

Assistant Vice Provost for Research
Phone: 508-831-4196
Antje is the Assistant Vice Provost for Research and in this capacity  she supports the university’s research and technology commercialization enterprises.  She assists in the administration and operations of research support services, including the set-up of centers and institutes, internal grant programs, and core instrumentation facilities.  She participates in the negotiation of major research contracts and coordinates corporate research strategy and support with the Academic and Corporate Engagement and the University Advancement divisions.     ... View Profile
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Todd Keiller

Todd Keiller

Dir Intellectual Prop & Innova
Office of Technology Commercialization
Office: 15-17 Schussler Road
As Director of Technology Commercialization, a position he’s held since 2011, Todd Keiller manages the WPI patent portfolio and is the lead in licensing technology to existing companies or startups in order to move it on a commercial pathway. Additionally, he has developed a vibrant licensing program, revised the university’s intellectual property policy, and initiated several organizations on campus, including the WPI Accelerator Fund, Tech Advisors Network IP Evaluation Group, and the Accelerate WPI program. ... View Profile
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Lynda Kelly

Lynda Kelly

Asst Dir Intellectual Prop&Inn
Office of Technology Commercialization
Office: 15-17 Schussler Road
In support of the Director, Lynda manages the day to day operations and functions of the office. View Profile
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Jeffrey L. Kilelo

Leiyan Kilelo

User Support Specialist
Office: Boynton Hall
Leiyan provides information technology support and solutions to the division of Academic Affairs by facilitating the integration of IT tools, applications, and products. He also provides technology training, as a support resource to Academic Affairs in order to maximize technology resources. He also assists with re-engineering efforts for departmental processes; coordinate efforts to evaluate, establish, implement and document office procedures and outcomes.   View Profile
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Carla Mararian

Carla Mararian

Information Analyst
Office: Boynton Hall
Carla provides information technology support and solutions to the divisions of Academic Affairs by assisting in the design, development, testing and integration of IT tools, applications and products. View Profile
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Susan M. Oppong

Susan Oppong

Operations Coordinator
Office: Boynton Hall
Phone: 508-831-4865
Susan joined the Provost office in October 2008. She provides direct academic support to the Academic Affairs Operations Manager. In her role, she supports a variety of duties such as preparing faculty appointment letters and payroll paperwork (EPAF), Banner entry for all academic appointments, TA/RA tracking, survey submissions, streamline processes, oversees and creates tutorials for all office procedures, Banner programs and forms. She maintains various tracking systems and works on special projects as needed. View Profile
<a href="/people/staff/raroy">Rachel Roy</a>

Rachel Roy

Academic Event Planner
Phone: 508-831-6992
As the academic events planner, Rachel Roy organizes and supports major events for Academic Affairs including GRIE, Project Presentation Day, the Presidential Speaker Series, New Faculty Orientation, the undergraduate awards luncheon, faculty receptions, and more. View Profile
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Kristopher Sullivan

Kristopher Sullivan

Associate VP Academic Affairs
Office: Boynton Hall
Phone: 508-831-4862
As associate vice president for academic affairs at WPI, Kristopher Sullivan is responsible for the financial oversight of the division, including strategic planning, budgeting, space management, assessment of resource allocations and effectiveness, and the development of short- and long-term funding strategies for divisional academic programs. He works closely with the provost, deans, and department heads to provide financial oversight and guidance. ... View Profile
<a href="/people/staff/cwest">Carrie West</a>

Carrie West

Executive Assistant - Global and Special Projects
Phone: 508-831-6213
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Donna Zuidema

Donna Zuidema

Administrative Assistant VI
Office: Boynton Hall
Serves as the initial point of contact for all visitors to the Provost’s Office.  Manages Provost’s Office electronic  mailbox.  Processes accounting documents such as check requests, Purchasing Card transaction logs, and expense reports.  Additionally, assists staff members with special projects as assigned and maintains the office’s supplies and equipment to keep the office functioning smoothly. View Profile

Research at WPI

At WPI, faculty members and students are engaged in cutting-edge research across a broad range of disciplines.

Graduate Research Innovation Exchange (GRIE)

Graduate students at WPI are part of a large and thriving research community. GRIE is a two-part annual research poster celebration highlighting the breadth, diversity, and quality of graduate research at WPI.

i3: Investing in Ideas with Impact

i3 is a campus-wide presentation competition all about translating research into value and real-world impact, beginning in the academic departments, moving on to semifinal events in Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and the School of Business, and concluding with a final showdown and awards presentation.