Ryan Smith Madan

Ryan Smith Madan

Associate Teaching Professor

Director, Writing Center

Humanities & Arts

Office: Salisbury Labs 002

Phone: 508-831-6561

When new acquaintances find out I teach writing, it’s not unusual for them to lament a broad decline in the nation’s writing skills. How does it make me feel, they ask, that students, say, don’t know the difference between adjectives and adverbs? Or, can I believe it that people hardly even know what apostrophes do, let alone where to put them? As someone who treasures good, careful prose, I’m sympathetic to these worries. But as an educator, I think it’s important to steer the conversation in a different direction. ... View Profile

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Graduate Tutors

Michael DedekMichael Dedek
Education:
PhD in English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition (Northeastern University); B.A. in English and Mathematics (University at Buffalo)
Academic writing experience: business administration, criminal justice, engineering and technical professions, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences.  
Fun fact: I have played guitar since I was 12

 

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Tutors

Kelly BordenKelly Borden
Year: Senior
Major: Biomedical Engineering and Professional Writing
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: Psychology, Genetics
GPS: N/A
HUA Depth: Writing & Rhetoric
IQP: Santa Fe, A'17
Extracurriculars: The Towers (Features and Entertainment Editor), Habitat for Humanity, Alpha Xi Delta
Hometown: Livermore, CA
Fun Facts: I can say the alphabet backwards in three seconds.

 

Ryan Cudemus-BrunoliRyan Cudemus-Brunoli​
Year: Senior
Major: Professional Writing
Minor: Material Science
Other Academic Interests: Rhetoric, Linguistics
GPS: N/A
HUA Depth: Writing & Rhetoric
IQP: London, D’18
Extracurriculars: Writing Tutor, Sigma Pi
Hometown: West Hartford, CT
Fun Facts: I’m trying to teach myself German. Trying.

 

Trevor DowdTrevor Dowd
Year: Sophomore
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Writing
Other Academic Interests: Data Analytics
GPS: N/A
HUA Depth: Writing & Rhetoric
IQP: Upcoming: Cape Town B’18
Extracurriculars: Men's Varsity Crew
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Fun Facts:  I went to high school down the road from the US Capital building.

 

Jacqueline ForsonJacqueline Forson
Year: Senior
Major: Biology and Biotechnology
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: Molecular Biology, Genetics, Environmental Studies
GPS: N/A
HUA Depth: English/Writing
IQP: Worcester Project Center, Summer'17
Extracurriculars: Chemistry Club
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Fun Facts: I was granted a Provisional Patent for an assistive writing device that helps relieve pressure in arthritic hands.

 

Caroline FlynnCaroline Flynn
Year: Senior
Major: Chemical Engineering & Professional Writing
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: Chemistry, Environmental Studies
GPS: Heal the World
HUA Depth: Writing & Rhetoric
IQP: N/A
Extracurriculars: Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, Chi Omega, Crimson Key, AIChE
Hometown: Norwell, MA
Fun Facts: I’ve been swimming competitively for 12 years.

 

Faye GauthierFaye Gauthier
Year: Junior
Major: Architectural Engineering
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: Business, Writing
GPS: N/A
HUA Depth: History
IQP: Upcoming: Cape Town B’18
Extracurriculars: Varsity Track & Field, Alpha Xi Delta
Hometown: West Warwick, Rhode Island
Fun Facts: I’ve been throwing competitively for over 8 years. 

 

Erin HeinleErin Heinle
Year: Senior
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: Medicine, Sustainability, U.S. History
GPS: Technology and the Developing World
HUA Depth: Writing & Rhetoric
IQP: N/A
Extracurriculars: Phi Sigma Sigma Women’s Fraternity, Student Government Association, Community Advisor, SocComm, Society of Women Engineers.
Hometown: Beaver, PA
Fun Facts: I’ve been to Russia six times and I have four siblings (the oldest one also attended WPI).

 

Sydney HurleySydney Hurley
Year: Senior
Major: Biomedical Engineering and Professional Writing
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: Writing
GPS: N/A
HUA Depth: Writing & Rhetoric
IQP: Santa Fe, A'17
Extracurriculars: : Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority, Community Advisor, Women’s Club Soccer
Hometown: Averill Park, NY
Fun Facts: I ran a half marathon in the rain.

 

Fareya IkramFareya Ikram
​Year: 
Junior
Major: Computer Science
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: Business, Data Science
GPS: N/A
HUA Depth: Writing & Rhetoric
IQP: Upcoming: Hangzhou, B'18
Extracurriculars: WICS, Class Board 2020
Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA
Fun Facts: I have family in 6 different states and extended family in 6 different countries.

 

Natasha LeveyNatasha Levey​
Year: Junior
Major: Computer Science and Professional Writing
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: Cell Biology and Psychology
GPS: N/A
HUA Depth: Writing & Rhetoric
IQP: Upcoming: Namibia, D’19
Extracurriculars: Pep Band, Church
Hometown: North Bellmore, Long Island (but I live in Northborough, MA and I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa)
Fun Facts: I found a missing person during the summer of 2017.

 

Matthew LundMatthew Lund
Year
: Senior
Major: Mechanical Engineering and Physics
Minor: Writing
Other Academic Interests: Philosophy, Fusion Physics, Poetry
GPS: N/A
HUA Depth: Writing & Rhetoric
IQP: Bar Harbor E'17
Extracurriculars: Club Rugby, Running, Chess
Hometown: Colchester, CT
Fun Facts: I eat and grow some of the hottest chili peppers on the planet

 

Shion MatsumotoShion Matsumoto
Year: Senior
Major: Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: Biomaterials, Nanotechnology
GPS: N/A
HUA Depth: Writing & Rhetoric
IQP: Cape Town, B'17
Extracurriculars: Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (Co-president), Outing Club Climbing Team, Undergraduate Research Volunteer
Hometown: Kyoto, Japan
Fun Facts: At one point, all four of my family members (including me) lived in separate continents.

Karen MushrallKaren Mushrall
Year: Senior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: Sustainability, Alternative Energy
GPS: Biosphere, Atmosphere, and Human Fears
HUA Depth: Writing and Rhetoric
IQP: WPI, '17
Extracurriculars: Varsity Field Hockey
Hometown: Mariaville, ME
Fun Facts: I've lived in four different states (including Hawaii).

 

Miles NallenMiles Nallen
Year:
 Senior
Major: Mechanical Engineering and Professional Writing
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: Material Science Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Business
GPS: N/A
HUA Depth: Writing & Rhetoric
IQP: Hangzhou, B'17
Extracurriculars: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, ETHOS, Exploradreams, Men’s Club Rugby
Hometown: Hampden, MA
Fun Facts: I’ve been sailing since I was seven years old.

Mitchell PastizzoMitchell Pastizzo
Year:
 Senior
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: English, Writing, History
GPS: N/A
HUA Depth: English/Writing
IQP: N/A
Extracurriculars: Navy ROTC
Fun Facts: I traveled through 25 different states last summer alone.

 

Rachel PetersonRachel Peterson
Year: Senior
Major: Biomedical Engineering and Professional Writing
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: Biomaterials and tissues, medical research policies, rhetoric in scientific writing
GPS: Heal the World
HUA Depth: English and Writing
IQP: Cuenca, Ecuador C’18
Extracurriculars: Alpha Xi Delta, Varsity Crew, Nordic Ski Team, Sleep
Hometown: Hastings, MN
Fun Facts: I grew up on a farm and raised goats, pigs, and ducks. My ducks have won Grand Champion at the Minnesota State Fair Poultry show for the last two years.

Jackson PerryJackson Perry
Year: Senior
Major: Mathematical Sciences
Minor: Psychology
Other Academic Interests: Computer Science
GPS: N/A
HUA Depth: Writing and Rhetoric
IQP: Teaching Practicum at Doherty High School, 2017-18
Extracurriculars: Men's Varsity Swimming, Newman Club
Hometown: Cumberland, RI
Fun Facts: I've gotten 42 stitches for 3 different injuries in just the last year.

 

 

Carla Romo Carla Romo
Year: Senior
Major: Chemical Engineering
Minor: N/A
Other Academic Interests: Biochemistry, Pharmaceutics, Chemistry
GPS: Livable Cities
HUA Depth: Writing and Rhetoric
IQP: Boston A’17
Extracurriculars: International Student Council, AICHE
Hometown: Quito, Ecuador
Fun Facts: I’m from one of the highest cities in the world, Quito, at 9,350 ft.

 

Madison RyanMadison Ryan
Year: Junior
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Minor: Writing
Other Academic Interests: Environmental Studies, Business 
GPS: Ignorance Is Not Bliss
HUA Depth: Writing & Rhetoric
IQP: Upcoming: Melbourne D’19
Extracurriculars: PAWS, Spikeball Club, BMES
Hometown: Adams, MA
Fun Facts: I have a cat, a dog, and a chicken