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 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 Luiz
Energy and Sustainability Manager, Facilities Management

Phone: +1 (508) 8314149

Nicole leads the development and implementation of energy efficiency projects on campus that are working towards the goals set in the 2020-2025 Sustainability Plan. In addition, she works with students in sustainability and supports various programs run by the Office of Sustainability. Nicole Luiz is a WPI Alum from the class of 2018, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Sustainability Engineering. She has a background in working with colleges and universities on energy efficiency work and climate action planning.

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Student Sustainability Interns

Adrianna Tagayun


Adrianna is a senior 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 Solutions Collaborative, 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. 


photo of Meghan Doane


Meghan is a Junior majoring in Environmental Engineering and minoring in Sustainability Engineering. On campus, she is an active member of the Social Committee and the Vietnamese Student Association. Outside of school, she enjoys anything outdoors ranging from snowshoeing to kayaking. For the Office of Sustainability, she is currently helping with the EcoReps and finding ways to promote sustainability programs on campus.




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
Denis Brown Director of Dining Services
Kathy Loftus Vice President Strategic Construction Projects, Retail Business Services and Green Building Initiative board chairperson
Anna Gold University Librarian
Kola Akindele Assistant VP - External Relations & Strategic Partnerships
Curtis Abel Innovation and Entrepreneurship
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 Arthur Heinricher Interim Senior Vice President and 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.