WPI Welcomes 16 New Educators and Researchers to its Full-time Faculty Ranks

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Mon, Nov 28, 2011

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WPI Welcomes 16 New Educators and Researchers to its Full-time Faculty Ranks

New faculty class continues a historic investment in talent that has brought nearly 80 new full-time faculty members to campus over the last five years.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) welcomed 16 new educators and researchers to its full-time faculty ranks this fall, continuing a historic investment in talent that has brought nearly 80 new full-time faculty members to campus over the last five years.

“With their diverse expertise—everything from computer and network security, to neural tissue engineering, to sustainable development—these talented men and women will energize our vibrant graduate research enterprise and help continue WPI’s nearly 150-year heritage of turning theory into practice to meet some of the world’s most pressing needs,” said WPI Provost Eric Overstrom. “They’ll also play a critical role in helping meet an unprecedented demand for WPI’s undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, the life and natural sciences, the humanities and arts, business, and the social sciences.”

Karen Hebert-Maccaro, associate dean and professor of practice in the School of Business, has helped lead the launches of innovative blended-learning programs at two institutions, including WPI’s new part-time, technology-focused Innovator’s MBA program, which features a blend of online and in-person classes. Hebert-Maccaro’s expertise includes leadership development, management of innovation, talent management, and innovative pedagogy. Before joining the WPI faculty, she was a visiting assistant professor at Babson College. She holds a BA from the University of Massachusetts, an EdM from Boston University, and a PhD from Boston College.

Adrienne Hall Phillips, assistant professor in the School of Business, conducts research on consumer behavior, business-to-business marketing, and small business. She is currently studying customer loyalty in the financial services industry, factors influencing small business start-ups, and small business disaster recovery. A paper she authored received a best paper award in the selling and sales management track at the 2009 American Marketing Association Summer Conference. Prior to starting her graduate work, Phillips worked for Johnson & Johnson as a senior product development scientist. She received a BS in chemical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and an MS and a PhD in consumer behavior from Purdue University.

William Stitt, professor of practice in the School of Business and executive director of WPI’s new Innovator’s MBA, joins WPI after a 16-year full-time career teaching technology-intensive creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, most recently as a senior lecturer at Babson College. He was the recipient of multiple student-based and faculty-based teaching awards at Babson and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was director of the Center for Technological Entrepreneurship. Stitt was a member of management team that created a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He earned a BS in mechanical engineering at Rensselaer and an MBA at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Andrew Trapp, assistant professor in the School of Business, joins WPI after completing a doctoral fellowship in sustainable engineering at the University of Pittsburgh through the U.S. Department of Education’s Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. His research interests include discrete optimization, stochastic (integer) programming, and application of operations research techniques in biomedicine and health care, sustainability, renewable energy, and the environment. He holds a BS in applied mathematics from Rochester Institute of Technology, an MS in computer science and operations research from Bowling Green State University, and a PhD in industrial engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Read more about the other new educators at http://www.wpi.edu/news/20112/2011fac.html

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