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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

Paul P. Mathisen

Associate Professor and Dir. of Sustainability
Office: Kaven Hall 209E
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5343
Professor Mathisen's teaching and research concentrate in the areas of water resources and environmental engineering. He enjoys challenging himself to learn new ideas and concepts, which he can then apply to solve problems that can make a difference for other people. WPI's curriculum and projects program provide the perfect environment for fostering these opportunities. Professor Mathisen especially enjoys advising projects and working with students, since these activities always provide excellent opportunities to learn, solve problems, and make a difference. ... View Profile
Nicole Luiz

Nicole Luiz

Energy & Sustainability Manager
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. ... View Profile

Student Sustainability Interns


Maya Sun


Olivia is a senior majoring in Environmental Engineering and minoring in IMGD. On campus, she is part of the Art and Design Club, Ballroom Dance Team, and participated in the COVID-19 Innovation Challenge. As a sustainability intern she enjoys working on the 2020 Sustainability Report, updating the Office of Sustainability website, and assisting with the revisions of the 2020-2025 Sustainability Plan.

Sam Hopkins


Sam is a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Engineering. On campus, Sam is the treasurer of the Green Team and vice president of the Fencing Club. As a sustainability intern, he updated the Office of Sustainability webpage, assisted the Sustainability Ambassadors, and worked on the transportation plan.


Ema Mehuljic



Rushab is currently a graduate student studying Robotics and Aerospace Engineering. As a Sustainability Intern, he fixes and manages bikes in the Gompei’s Gears Bikeshare Program. He loves the problem solving aspect of fixing bikes and teaching people how to fix them. He is a part of Green Team and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics on campus. He enjoys designing and building robots, things with wings (Rockets and Drones).








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
Ron O'Brien 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.