April 10, 2014

Student, Staff, and Faculty Notes

Professor Rick Trilling

The Wentworth community would like to welcome the following people to the school:

  • Laith Tashman, associate professor, College of Engineering and Technology
  • Cidhinnia Torres Campos, director of accreditation and institutional assessment, Provost’s Office
  • Michael Oudshoorn, department chair, College of Engineering and Technology
  • Alex Schmidt, student financial service counselor, Student Financial Services
  • Edith Waldsmith, maintenance C worker, Physical Plant
  • Ricardo Chilaca, counselor, Financial Aid
  • Lisa Durken, assistant controller, Controller’s Office
  • Nicole Jensen, college access coordinator, Center for Community and Learning Partnerships
  • Luz-Adriana Mendes, associate director, Financial Aid
  • Esfandiar Kaikhosrowzadeh, lab technician, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Shannon Glaser, associate director, Financial Aid
  • Vagner Alfonso, technical support specialist, Division of Technology Services
  • Madison Scolnick, counselor, Financial Aid


In addition to the aforementioned hires, Mark Coen has also been named as one of Wentworth’s newest members. Coen has been named to the position of Registrar for the Institute. Coen has served in the Registrar’s Office at Wentworth for over six years where he proved to be responsive, flexible, motivated and pro-active in his roles. Coen and his wife Sarah have two sons.


Investigators from the department of Applied Mathematics secured a grant from the Tensor Foundation. College of Arts and Sciences assistant professors Kathleen Grace Kennedy, Rachel Maitra, and Naomi Ridge's proposal titled "Tensor Women and Mathematics Grant:  WIT2 Forum" establishes a collaborative forum for women interested in mathematics at WIT to gain an increased sense of community, retention, and overall excitement for math.  Students and faculty will engage in a number of program activities including networking sessions, professional development meetings, and group lunches.  Grant activities will include invited speakers, a networking dinner with women from industry, the annual Ada Lovelace Day Mass Wikipedia Edit, visits to Science and Mathematics Exhibitions, and a women's lunch forum.  The grant amount awarded is $4,000

Along with Assistant Professor James O’Brien, College of Arts and Sciences, Kennedy, Maitra, and Ridge also received a grant for $12,242 from the Educational Advancement Foundation/Academy of Inquiry-Based Learning in November 2013 for a project titled "AIBL Small Grant Category II:  Integrated Courses in Calculus and Physics."  The group will develop curriculum "for a synergistic inquiry-based course integrating physics and calculus, such that each subject reinforces the other.”  Their goal is to "teach calculus through the lens of physics by designing context-driven and inquiry-based course material.”


Wentworth held its 2014 Annual Awards in Watson Hall with students from various disciplines honored. The full list of winners can be found here.


The spring 2014 Distinguished Faculty Lecture took place on March 27 in Blount Auditorium. Professors Derek Cascio of Industrial Design and Rick Trilling of Business Management exhibited the work of their students, culminating with their own lectures.

Professor Cascio talk was entitled “Bringing an Idea to Life: Synthesizing with Design,” while Professor Trilling spoke on “A Proposed Model for Cross-Campus Entrepreneurship.”

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