Congratulations to WPI Arts & Sciences faculty members who were recently promoted in academic rank. This distinguished group of scholars and educators have made significant accomplishments and exemplify dual commitment to exceptional teaching and innovative and meaningful scholarship that we value so highly here at WPI.
Joseph Beck has been promoted to associate professor of computer science and awarded tenure. Beck, who is affiliated with WPI’s Learning Sciences and Technologies Program, conducts research on educational data mining, a new discipline that develops techniques for analyzing large educational data sets to make discoveries that will improve teaching and learning.
Marcel Blais has been promoted to associate teaching professor of mathematical sciences. Blais, who teaches in WPI’s Financial Mathematics Professional Master’s Program, studies liquidity modeling in mathematical finance, and recently began focusing his research on the study of leveraging and volatility derivatives.
Ulrike Brisson has been promoted to associate teaching professor of German. Her research interests include 19th century literature, literary translations, language pedagogy, and travel literature. She is the co-editor of the 2009 book Not So Innocent Abroad: The Politics of Travel and Travel Writing.
Kathryn Fisler has been promoted to full professor of computer science. The director of WPI’s Cybersecurity Program, Fisler conducts research in the areas of software engineering, security policy analysis, and software development for computer science education.
Peter Hansen has been promoted to full professor of history in the Department of Humanities and Arts. With research interests in modern European and global history, international studies, imperial and postcolonial studies, and modernity, Hansen has been recognized as one of the world’s leading cultural historians of mountaineering.
Neil Heffernan has been promoted to full professor of computer science. The co-director of WPI’s Learning Science and Technologies Program, Heffernan conducts research on intelligent tutoring systems and educational data mining, among other areas.
Lorraine Higgins has been promoted to associate teaching professor of humanities and arts. Higgins, who teaches and studies rhetoric, is the director of WPI’s Communication Across the Curriculum program and the WPI Writing Center.
Germano Iannacchione has been promoted to full professor of physics. The head of WPI’s Department of Physics since 2006, Iannacchione is an expert in the area of experimental soft condensed matter physics.
Ingrid Matos-Nin has been promoted to associate teaching professor of Spanish in the Department of Humanities and Arts. In her scholarship on women’s studies and women in literature, she has conducted research on the role of women and the supernatural in literature from the Middle Ages to the colonial period in Hispanic America.
Brian Moriarty has been reappointed a professor of practice in interactive media and game development. An award-winning game designer, creative director, and multimedia producer, Moriarty had worked in game development and multimedia for more than 25 years before joining the WPI faculty in 2009.
Britton Snyder has been reappointed a professor of practice in interactive media and game development. Before joining the WPI faculty in 2009, Snyder spent a decade as an artist in the field of video game development, specializing in high-resolution, three-dimensional models and textures for computer games.