Meet the Team

The Office of Sustainability is here to help those in the WPI community looking to have a bigger part in sustainability on campus or in their lives.

From our office staff who run the day-to- day operations, to our volunteer WPI Eco-Reps who can answer any questions that you have about sustainability efforts in your on-campus building, to our Sustainability Advisory Committee who provides leadership and coordination for WPI's campus-wide efforts, feel free to reach out to us on how you can get involved.

Our Staff

Paul P. Mathisen
Associate Professor and Dir. of Sustainability, Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering

Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5343

Professor Mathisen is the Director of Sustainability at WPI and is also a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.  As Director of Sustainability, Professor Mathisen works to promote sustainability and engage the community in WPI’s academic programs, research, operations and facilities, with consideration to areas such as water, energy, transportation, and waste management. His research emphasizes the analysis and modeling of environmental systems, with an emphasis on areas such as water resources protection, resilience and climate change adaptation, ...

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Nicole E Luiz
Energy and Sustainability Manager, Facilities Management

Phone: 508-831-4149

Nicole Luiz is a WPI Alum from the class of 2018, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Sustainability Engineering. As a student at WPI, Nicole was an active Sustainability Intern, working closely with the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Department. After graduation, Nicole pursued a career in Energy Engineering, where she developed and implemented energy efficiency projects. Her primary client base was colleges, universities, and private K-12 schools. In addition to energy efficiency projects, Nicole supported the development of Sustainability and Climate Action ...

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Student Sustainability Interns

Shannon Henderson


Shannon is a Senior majoring in Environmental Engineering and minoring in Creative Writing. She became an intern because she is passionate about sustainability and making a long-term, meaningful impact on-campus. She enjoys managing the Sustainability Ambassadors program, exploring how social justice applies to sustainability, and helping WPI meet the goals in our 2020-2025 Sustainability Plan.

Adrianna Tagayun


Adrianna is a junior in chemical engineering with a high interest in sustainability and SDG efforts. On campus, she's a member of the Society of Women Engineers and Newman Club, as well as having hobbies in dancing and writing. As a sustainability intern, she's currently helping with Sustainability Leadership Program operations, reviewing our SDG assessment, and is eager on assisting fellow interns in sustainability activities.


Paige Agostini


Paige is a sophomore studying Chemical Engineering with an environmental concentration and minoring in biochemistry. She is the public relations chair of Green Team, a Community Advisor, and is involved in SWE and the Outing Club. She is currently working on the Office of Sustainability's social media presence, as well as analyzing and inputting the university's waste and energy data into SIMAP. She looks forward to community outreach and researching environmental injustice with other sustainability interns and the Office of Sustainability. 

Sustainable Operations Advisory Committee

The purpose of the WPI Sustainability Advisory Committee, led by Director of Sustainability Paul Mathisen, is to provide leadership and coordination for WPI's campus-wide efforts in energy and resource conservation, economic security, and social well-being. We are an educational institution; thus, these goals are interwoven with our academic goals in teaching about the practices of sustainable design and the impacts of behavioral changes, as well as in conducting research in the reduction of environmental impacts and in methods of enhancing sustainability. The committee is drawn from, and works with, all segments of the WPI community: students, faculty, and staff. Further, since WPI is an active member of the local, regional, and world communities, the work of this committee will have impacts beyond the WPI campus.

Name Position
Paul Mathisen Director of Sustainability
Eric Beattie VP, Campus Planning & Facilities
Siamak Najafi Executive Director, Information Technology
Greg Snoddy Dean of Students
Emily Perlow Associate Dean of Students
Adam Heppe Director of Facilities
Nicole Luiz Energy & Sustainability Manager
John Orr Former Director of Sustainability
Christine Sharry Assistant Dean of Student Activities
Julie Loveless Senior Assistant Director, Admissions
Mimi Sheller Dean, Global School
Joe Kraskouskas Director of Dining Services
Kathy Loftus Global Leader of Sustainable Engineering, Energy Management, Whole Foods Market
Anna Gold University Librarian
Kola Akindele Assistant VP - External Relations & Strategic Partnerships
Curtis Abel Innovation and Entrepeneurship
Rory Flinn Assistant Dean, Graduate Studies
MaryBeth Harrity Assistant CIO, Academic Technology
Rachel LeBlanc Strategic Initiatives & Institional Research
Derren Rosbach Associate Teaching Professor, DIGS
Chrys Demetry Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Director of Morgan Teaching and Learning Center
Sarah Strauss Professor, DIGS
Diane Dubois Operations Manager, Library
Ex Officio Winston Soboyejo​ Provost
Ex Officio Mike Horan Chief Financial Officer

Want to get involved?

​The Office of Sustainability regularly meets with student leaders in sustainability organizations to stay connected and support our impressive network of student groups. These meetings have brought about new initiatives in the Office of Sustainability and formed bridges between the community's efforts to advance sustainability on campus. For more information on the Office of Sustainability, you can contact their alias To learn more about these students and their activities, please visit the Community Engagement page, or contact Enactus at to learn about problem solving and innovation through competition and entrepreneurship.