Richard Gram has taught courses at WPI since 2007. Originally hired by the Management Department, he spent several years teaching for Corporate and Professional Education at customer locations around New England. Currently he teaches classes for the Business School and Civil Engineering. He has taught Project Management (MIS 576 and CE 580), Project Evaluation (CE 3025), Innovating with IT (MIS 500), IT Policy and Strategy (MIS 581), and Business Intelligence (MIS 584).
Prior to teaching at WPI, Rich taught courses including Database Design, Systems Analysis, and Website Development at Boston University. Prior to that Rich served in executive roles at Children's Hospital, John Hancock Insurance, Zayre Corp., and the Massachusetts Trial Court, Office of the Chief Administrative Justice, in Boston. He started out as a COBOL trainee programmer at John Hancock after earning a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Penn State University.
In student evaluations, a common theme is that students enjoy hearing from someone who learned to adapt and thrive in a wide variety of enterprises in the Boston area. As an IT executive he led several innovations including the use of cutting edge programming tools, implementing an early EHR at Children's Hospital, and implementing case management systems at the Massachusetts Trial Court. Rich also provided IT support for the Construction Division of Harvard Planning and Real Estate during a time of their expansion in Alston.
Students report that they learn well from his classroom and online management style, and also they appreciate receiving very quick feedback on their assignments.