Vera Tice

Managing Director HDI

Healthcare Delivery Institute

Phone: 508-831-4919

Vera Tice is the Managing Director and co-founder of the Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI) at WPI. She is responsible for the overall strategy and leadership of the Institute. Tice’s career has been focused on healthcare and medical innovation, both in the U.S. and globally, and enabling personalized, connected healthcare. She has an accomplished record of building, leading, advising, and driving change and results in technology businesses exploring and bringing healthcare innovations from concept to market. She is also an industry expert and advisor to private, public, and government organizations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom who are investing in innovation and research to advance healthcare and improve human health. Tice joined WPI from industry in 2011 to startup, grow, and lead the new university-wide, interdisciplinary healthcare delivery research and innovation institute. Prior to WPI, she held executive-level, senior management, and engineering leadership positions at both startup and Global 500 technology companies in the healthcare, medical device, and mobile telecommunications industries and led her own consulting business. These include two startups in the digital health and home health, hospice, and private duty care space, Hewlett Packard’s Medical Products Group (now Philips Healthcare), and Nokia. Tice holds a master of science in electrical engineering with a computer engineering concentration from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor of engineering with high honor in electrical engineering with a computer engineering concentration from Stevens Institute of Technology. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and was recognized by Stevens Institute of Technology with the Harold R. Fee ’20 Stevens Alumni Achievement Award. 

Susan Milkman

Administrative Assistant VI

Healthcare Delivery Institute

Phone: 508-831-6199

Sue Milkman has over 25 years’ experience in administrative support at WPI. She supports the Healthcare Delivery Institute and is currently the Faculty Staff Advisor for Alpha Gamma Delta Zeta Zeta Chapter. Outside of WPI, she has been involved with the Hardwick Youth Center for the past 10 years.

HDI Faculty Steering Committee

Christopher R. Lambert

Associate Teaching Professor

Bioengineering Institute

Office: Gateway Park 3001

Phone: 508-831-5443

Christopher R. Lambert, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor with appointments both in the Bioengineering Institute and the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. He is the Associate Director of the WPI Bioengineering Institute. He is co-founder of Active Surface Technologies a research company dedicated to the development of specialized molecular films. Professor Lambert earned a Ph.D. from the University of Paisley in Scotland, and spent two years in a post-doctoral position at the Center for Fast Kinetics in Austin, Texas. ... View Profile

Soussan Djamasbi

Associate Professor

User Experience and Decision Making (UXDM) Research Laboratory

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 216A

Phone: 508-831-5266

As an associate professor of management information systems, I teach both graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as advise IQPs and MQPs. I enjoy teaching because it's a dynamic and innovative process that challenges me to continually evaluate and adjust my teaching strategies to prepare my students for today’s global and competitive business environment. Teaching is also one the most rewarding experiences in my career because it allows me to witness my students' growth and accomplishments. Similarly, research is a dynamic and innovative process, and I truly enjoy it. ... View Profile

Diane M. Strong


Director, Management Information Systems Program

Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 219

Phone: 508-831-5573

WPI provides an environment that values both teaching and research, which is ideal for me. I enjoy teaching at WPI because students are interested in learning and willing to work hard. My teaching focuses on how business, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations can best use computing technologies, such as database systems, electronic health records systems, and mobile apps. Students in my classes learn to design computing applications that meet the needs of organizations. ... View Profile

Emmanuel O. Agu

Associate Professor

Coordinator, Mobile Graphics Research Group

Computer Science

Office: Fuller Labs 139

Phone: 508-831-5568

Emmanuel Agu is currently an associate professor in the computer science department at WPI having received his Masters and PhD in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research interests are in the areas of computer graphics, mobile computing, and wireless networks. He is especially interested in research into how to use a smartphone as a platform to deliver better healthcare. ... View Profile

Gregory S. Fischer

Associate Professor

Director, Automation and Interventional Medicine Laboratory (AIM Lab)
Director, PracticePoint

Mechanical Engineering

Office: 85 Prescott 234

Phone: 508-831-5261

Professor Fischer is a faculty member in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Engineering with an appointment in Biomedical Engineering at WPI. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 from Johns Hopkins University, where he was part of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Computer Integrated Surgery. At WPI he has been an integral part of developing the Robotics Engineering program and teaches primarily junior-level and graduate courses in Robotics. ... View Profile

Isa Bar-On


Mechanical Engineering

Office: Washburn Shops 224

Phone: 508-831-5127, 508-831-5633

My favorite activities involve guiding students in projects and research. I like to give them independence and to learn from their work. I enjoy challenging them and myself to find better answers, explanations, and solutions. I am very interested in socio-technical systems, such as the healthcare system or the energy delivery system. Over the past years, my research has focused on developing models in support of an improved healthcare delivery system. ... View Profile

Krishna Kumar Venkatasubramanian

Assistant Professor

Collaborative Appointment with ECE Department

Computer Science

Office: Fuller Laboratories, 137

Phone: 508-831-6571

My research interests are in Security for Medical Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT). ... View Profile

Carolina Ruiz

Associate Professor

Computer Science

Office: Fuller Labs 232

Phone: 508-831-5640

Carolina Ruiz's research interests are in data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Together with her graduate and undergraduate students, colleagues in computer science and biology, and medical doctors, Ruiz investigates and develops data mining algorithms for genomics and for clinical medicine. In addition to being a faculty member in computer science, she is a founder and active member of the bioinformatics and computational biology program at WPI. She enjoys teaching courses, and advising undergraduate and graduate research projects in data mining and machine learning. View Profile

Sharon Johnson


Foisie Business School

Office: Washburn Shops 223

Phone: 508-831-5183, 508-831-5218

I enjoy teaching at WPI because students bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to their learning, and I am often inspired by their optimism. My teaching also reflects topics that motivate me:  detailed process design in our Industrial Engineering program, improving healthcare delivery as part of the Health Systems Innovation certificate, and exploring the implications of operational excellence in our MBA program. ... View Profile