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Academic Deans

Terri Camesano

Terri Anne Camesano

Dean of Graduate Studies
Office: 60 Prescott St. (currently remote, please contact via email)
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5380
Terri A. Camesano has been the Dean of Graduate Studies at WPI since 2014, and was the inaugural full-time Dean of Graduate Studies. In her current role, she oversees Graduate Admissions, Graduate Student Professional Development, Online Graduate Education, and Professional Education. Dean Camesano is also the primary advocate for our 2000+ graduate students, and oversees Master's, PhD, and Certificate programs in all areas of Engineering, Arts & Sciences, and Business. Dean Camesano is also faculty in Chemical Engineering, and has been at WPI since 2000.  View Profile
Arne Gericke

Arne Gericke

Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Office: Life Sci. & BioEng Room 254
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5263
Arne Gericke is the Dean of Undergraduate Studies ad interim , Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, and a Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry. The research in my lab is generally concerned with the biophysical characterization of lipid mediated protein functions. We are particularly interested in studying phosphoinositide mediated signaling pathways. Phosphoinositide lipids represent only a small fraction of lipids in cellular membranes, yet their importance for cellular processes cannot be overstated. ... View Profile
Debora Jackson

Debora Jackson

Dean of WPI Business School
Biography of Rev. Debora Jackson, DMin, MDiv, ME, MS, BS The Reverend Dr. Debora Jackson is Professor of Practice and Dean of the Business School at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, a premiere STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) based institution recognized for project-based education that integrates the theory and practice of management. In response to changing industry needs, Dr. ... View Profile
Jean King

Jean Adelina King

Dean of Arts & Sciences
Office: Salisbury Labs, 121
Dr. Jean King is the WPI Peterson family Dean in the School of Arts and Sciences. She also serves as a Professor of Biology and Biotechnology, affiliate Professor in Biomedical Engineering Department, Professor in the Neuroscience Program and Director, NeuroTech Suite at WPI. Prior to joining WPI, she was vice provost for biomedical research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; a tenured professor of psychiatry, radiology, and neurology; and director of the university’s Center for Comparative Neuroimaging. ... View Profile
John McNeill

John A. McNeill

Dean of Engineering
Office: Atwater Kent 128a
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5567
John A. McNeill was named the Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering in June 2021. McNeill joined WPI in 1994 after nearly a decade in industry and served as the interim Dean of Engineering from September 2018 until being appointed Dean. ... View Profile
Mimi Sheller

Mimi Sheller

Dean of Global School
Office: Innovation Studio 240A
Dr. Mimi Sheller is the Dean of The Global School. Prior to joining WPI, she was tenured Professor of Sociology, Head of the Sociology Department, and founding Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Dr. ... View Profile


Deborah Baron

Deborah A Baron

Operations Manager
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4681
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 M. Bouchard-Chhoeuk

Director of Operations
Office: Boynton Hall
Camille manages the daily research operations and strategic initiatives of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. She also oversees the recruitment of all non-faculty researcher appointments.   She has a Bachelor's degree from Nichols College in Business with a concentration in Finance, and has a Master's in Management from WPI. View Profile
Anna Gold

Anna K. Gold

University Librarian
Office: Gordon Library, 306F
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6161
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
Deborah Graves

Deborah J. Graves

Operations Manager
Office: Boynton Hall
Phone: +1 (508) 8315612
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
Antje Harnisch

Antje Harnisch

Assistant Vice Provost for Research
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4196
Antje is the Assistant Vice Provost for Research and in this capacity, she supports the university’s research and technology commercialization enterprises. ... View Profile
Todd Keiller

Todd S. Keiller

Dir Intellectual Prop & Innova
Office: 15-17 Schussler Road
Phone: +1 (508) 8314907
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

Associate Director, Office of Technology Commercialization
Office: 15-17 Schussler Road
Phone: +1 (508) 8316788
In support of the Director, Lynda manages the day to day operations and functions of the office. View Profile
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Carla Mararian

Carla J. Mararian

Director of Academic Affairs Technology
Office: Boynton Hall
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6674
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
Aprile Mero

Aprile J. Mero

Director of Operations
Phone: +1 (508) 8316315
Aprile joined WPI in 2019 after a robust career at Bose. At Bose, Aprile worked in HR followed by almost 15 years in the Manufacturing Engineering Group. ... View Profile
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Susan M. Oppong

Susan M. Oppong

Operations Coordinator
Office: Boynton Hall
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4865
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
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Kristopher Sullivan

Kristopher Sullivan

Associate VP Academic Affairs
Office: Boynton Hall
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4862
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
Rick Vaz

Rick Vaz

Office: Center for Project-Based Learning, 157 West Street, 1st floor
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5344
As a Senior Fellow in WPI’s Center for Project-Based Learning, which I established in 2016, 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 has centered around experiential and international education. ... View Profile
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Bogdan Vernescu

Bogdan M. Vernescu

Vice Provost Research
Office: Boynton Hall
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6411
Bogdan Vernescu is currently Professor of mathematical sciences and the Vice Provost for Research. His research is in applied mathematics for multiscale materials sciences, focusing on the characterization of material properties of composites, porous media, suspensions, emulsions and electrorheological/magnetorheological materials. He has published over 60 research papers, a monograph and a proceedings volume. ... View Profile
Carrie West

Carrie West

Senior Executive Administrator
Phone: 508-831-4678
Kristin Wobbe

Kristin K. Wobbe

Director, Center for Project Based Learning
Office: 157 West St. 1st floor
Phone: +1 (617) 6975267
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
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Donna Zuidema

Donna Zuidema

Executive Assistant to the Provost
Office: Boynton Hall
Phone: +1 (508) 8315903
Donna Provides support to both the Provost and the Academic Affairs Operations Manager.  In her role as Executive Assistant to the Provost, she coordinates a range of special administrative duties and projects as assigned. 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.