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Erin Bell

Erin Koontz Bell

Interim Director - Global Operations
Office: Project Center, 2nd Floor
Erin is the primary faculty contact for off-campus programs in the Americas, Africa and Pacific. She also administers the IQP application process. Erin studied abroad in Aix-En-Provence, France, where she developed her passion for learning about new cultures through travel. Since then she has been fortunate to visit every continent (except Antarctica!) through work, volunteer, and personal travel. She holds a BA in French from Muhlenberg College and an MS in Global and International Education from Drexel University.  View Profile

Gary Collins

Associate Director for International Risk Management
Gary Collins is WPI's designated point-person for international health, safety and security concerns. He also manages incidents which occur while you travel. Please contact him if you have any questions related to your travel.  View Profile
Dawn Farmer

Dawn Fusaro Farmer

Administrative Assistant
Phone: +1 (508) 8315547
Deborah Fusaro

Deborah Fusaro

Program Coordinator
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6941
As Program Coordinator, Global Projects Program,  Deb is the student contact for IQP, MQP, ISRP, and Humanities Projects in the Americas, Africa and the Pacific regions and is responsible for preparing students for off-campus projects, and collecting and maintaining student and faculty travel information and documentation. She works with the Assistant Director of the Global Projects Program in coordinating the IQP application process. Deb earned a BS in Business Management from Boston College. ... View Profile

Julie Richard

Assistant Director
Julie is the primary faculty contact for off-campus programs in Europe, Asia and the Middle East & Northern Africa. She administers the off-campus MQP application process as well as IGSD incoming and outgoing exchange programs.  Julie spent the fall of her junior year abroad in Perugia, Italy and after graduation spent four months volunteering in South East Asia.  She has since returned to Vietnam eight times to volunteer at a local orphanage.  Julie holds a BA in Psychology from Stonehill College and a MA in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. View Profile
Kent Rissmiller

Kent J. Rissmiller

Dean of IGSD ad interim
Office: 240 Foise Innovation Studio
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5019
Kent Rissmiller completed studies in political science at Muhlenberg College (AB) and Syracuse University (PhD). Along the way, he also completed a JD at the University of New Hampshire Law School, where he worked in the Energy Law Institute. Professor Rissmiller also worked for three years as an attorney for the Public Service Commission of Nevada, where he was involved in setting rates and policies for electric and water utilities. At WPI, Professor Rissmiller teaches government, law, and public policy. He also directs the Pre-Law program and oversees the Law and Technology minor. ... View Profile
Candace Ruta

Candace Carolyn Ruta

Program Coordinator, GPP
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6209
Candace is responsible for recruitment, general administration, orientation, and visas for the Global Projects Program.  She previously worked for a mid-sized program provider based in Western Massachusetts, where she was responsible for the admissions, advising, pre-departure, and visa process for programs primarily in Italy.  She also advised on programs in Costa Rica, Czech Republic, France, Ghana, and South Africa.  Candace earned her BS in Interdisciplinary Studies from Fitchburg State College (now Fitchburg State University), and went on to work in Residence Life before m ... View Profile