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Co-Directors

Jianyu Liang

Jianyu Liang

Professor
Office: Washburn Labs 311A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6649
Professor Liang’s research explores the physics of interfaces between the nanometer and micron scales. Her team responds to the challenging interdisciplinary nature of their research endeavor through successful collaboration with colleagues with expertise in metrology, physics, bioscience, medical science, chemistry, and fire protection engineering. Her educational effort includes novel approaches to project-based learning and global centers for science and engineering. ... View Profile

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Xinming Huang

Xinming Huang

Professor
Office: Atwater Kent 303
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5771
Being a faculty member is a privilege through which I can teach and mentor many students. My area of expertise is in computer engineering. More specifically, I conduct research on integrated circuits and embedded systems design for wireless communications, autonomous driving, and Internet of Things. I teach computer engineering courses at all levels from transistors, gates, circuits, processors, to computer systems. Courses I've taught include digital logic, VLSI design, HDL modeling, computer architecture, and reconfigurable computing. ... View Profile
Reeta Rao

Reeta Prusty Rao

Professor & Department Head-Biology & Biotechnology
Office: Life Science and Bioengineering Center 4013
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6120
My research program focuses on understanding and managing fungal diseases. We primarily study Candida albicans, an opportunistic pathogen and the most prevalent fungal pathogen of humans. It is responsible for common clinical problems including oral thrush and vaginitis, but can also lead to life-threatening systematic infections in immunocompromised individuals such as AIDS patients, resulting in 30-50% mortality rates. The estimated annual cost of treating nosocomial Candida infections exceeds $1 billion per year. ... View Profile
Pratap Rao

Pratap M. Rao

Associate Professor
Office: 50 Prescott St (Gateway II) - 4910
My research is aimed at discovering, understanding and developing advanced materials for a range of applications including solar energy conversion, catalysis, printed electronics, sensors, and functional coatings. Our lab specializes in the synthesis of nanostructured thin film materials using scalable processes. Students and researchers in my lab can expect to work on highly interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of materials science, mechanical engineering, solid state physics, and thermal sciences. View Profile
Albert Simeoni

Albert Simeoni

Professor and Department Head
Office: Gateway Park II 1203
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5162
Professor Simeoni is an internationally recognized expert in fire and wildland fire and fire science, with over 120 journal papers, conference papers, and book chapters. He has more than 20 years of experience developing experimental, analytical, and numerical techniques to better understand fire dynamics and to predict fire and wildland fire behavior. Before joining WPI, he held academic leadership positions in fire research in the UK (University of Edinburgh) and in France (University of Corsica). He has also experience as a consultant in fire science in the U.S. ... View Profile
Winston Soboyejo

Winston Soboyejo

Senior Vice President and Provost
Office: 100 Institute Road
Winston (Wole) Soboyejo was named Provost and Senior Vice President of WPI in October 2019 , after joining WPI in September 2016  as the Bernard M. Gordon Dean of Engineering . Provost Soboyejo came to WPI from Princeton University, where he was a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and a renowned materials scientist and engineer. For two years, he led WPI’s School of Engineering. ... View Profile
Michael Timko

Michael T. Timko

Associate Professor-Engineering
Office: Goddard Hall 014
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4101
Sharing that “ah hah” moment with a student struggling and suddenly mastering a difficult concept; helping expand the intellectual horizons of an aspiring engineer; tackling and solving problems that challenge the energy, economic, and environmental security with passionate students; sharing my passion for engineering science: these are the reasons that I am a professor of chemical engineering. WPI students understand the importance of translating their engineering talents into technologies and knowledge that benefit others. ... View Profile
Harold Walker

Harold Webb Walker

Schwaber Professor
Office: 212 Kaven Hall
Harold Walker is the Schwaber Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at WPI. Prior to his appointment at WPI, Professor Walker was the Founding Chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at Stony Brook University. Professor Walker also served as the co-Director of the New York State Center for Clean Water Technology at Stony Brook and was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the New York State Drinking Water Quality Council. Prior to Stony Brook, Dr. ... View Profile