The Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President leads the University’s education, scholarship and impact mission. Our team of academic leaders collaborates with students, faculty, staff, alumni and university leadership to fulfill the goals of the University’s strategic plan and our greatest aspirations for our one-of-a-kind institution.
Wentworth is committed to leading on learning and student success at the national level. Our faculty across our five schools treat the classroom, studio and lab as an incubator for new ways of thinking and as an accelerator for student potential. Guided by our values of inclusive excellence and our commitment to a transformative student experience we:
- Engage our students in high-impact, high-value learning on campus, in the field and online.
- Focus on the development and growth of our students, personally and professionally.
- Create next-generation partnerships that advance student learning, development and growth.
The Provost is also responsible for the Schumann Library & Learning Commons; Success Studio; Accelerate: Wentworth Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center; CO-OPS + Careers; Center for Corporate Education; Center for Workforce Development; Office of Military-Connected Services; Office of Institutional Effectiveness; and the Registrar.
Joe Martel-Foley, PhD
Associate Provost for Academic Innovation
Dr. Martel-Foley joined Wentworth as an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering in 2015 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2020. He co-chaired the High-Value Learning Working Group during the recent strategic planning process. He chaired the Enrollment and Admissions Subcommittee of the faculty senate and co-led the process resulting in the University electing to utilize test-optional admissions. He has taken part in a variety of student-focused efforts in advising, student success, and retention leading an advising initiative and championing the use of the Navigate advising platform. He was honored by our students with the President’s Award for Excellence in Advising. This summer, he spearheaded the launch of the Wentworth Engineering Honors Society, celebrating the achievements of students across engineering disciplines. His focus on student success and inclusive excellence also show up in his research, where he has been studying the introduction of bias education in foundational engineering courses as well as the integration of cross-college undergraduate research into coursework and design experiences. Dr. Martel-Foley received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Union College, and master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering science from Harvard University.
Susan G. Duffy, PhD
Associate Provost for Transformational Learning and Partnerships
Dr. Susan G. Duffy is the Associate Provost for Transformational Learning and Partnerships, and an Associate Professor in the School of Management.
Duffy collaborates across the university and beyond, providing overall leadership to CO-OPS + CAREERS, Accelerate: Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center, and Wentworth’s continuing education and workforce development center. She is a self-described entrepreneurial educator who builds high impact collaborations that serve an ecosystem of students, stakeholders, institutions and society.
Over the last 10 years, Duffy has served as the executive director of the Babson College Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership and faculty director of the Babson Executive Education Inclusive Leadership Portfolio. She built a sustainable and extensive portfolio of educational assets that serve diverse learners “from 14 to forever,” including a nationally recognized women’s leadership scholar program for undergraduates that has produced an illustrious group of accomplished leaders and rising stars.
In addition, she co-founded the award-winning venture accelerator, The Women Innovating Now (WIN) Lab. Most recently, Duffy partnered to develop the Women’s Leadership Academy High School Program, which was prominently featured in The Boston Globe Magazine. Across all these programs, Duffy has been a successful fundraiser with individual donors and foundations. In addition, she has created and taught executive education programs for a wide range of clients from biotech to construction; designed undergraduate and graduate courses in entrepreneurship, inclusive leadership, and social innovation; and actively served on the Babson College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Executive Committee.
Duffy has a background in the food and nutrition industry, non-profit management, and commercial construction.
David Simpson, PhD
Provost Initiatives Coordinators for Inclusive Excellence and Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering
Dr. Simpson is the Provost’s Initiatives Coordinator for Inclusive Excellence and an Assistant Professor in the Biological Engineering Program. He joined Wentworth in 2018 from the University of California, Davis where he served as the Associate Director for the Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures and Director of the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory. At Wentworth, Dr. Simpson is working to promote inclusive excellence within the academic programs through the development of new initiatives to support students, faculty and staff. Additionally, he teaches multiple courses within the Biological Engineering Program including, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, Biostatistics for Bioengineers and Genetics and Transgenics. He also serves as the vice-chair of the Faculty Senate and on the board of directors for local non-profits engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion outcomes. His current research centers on stem cell biotechnology and cardiac tissue engineering and has been featured in top-tier journals, including Circulation, Circulation Research and Stem Cells. Dr. Simpson received his bachelor’s degree in engineering science from the University of Virginia and a doctoral degree from the joint biomedical engineering program at Georgia Tech and Emory University.
Assistant Provost for Student Success
Mary McCormack is the Assistant Provost for Student Success, playing a heavy role in the development and implementation of the new Success Studio, a central hub dedicated to helping Wentworth students thrive through the provision of Academic Support and Advising Services.
McCormack previously served as the Dean of Student Success for Wheelock College. She holds a Master of Science in College Student & Development and Counseling from Northeastern University, and a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Wheelock College.
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Jane Allen is the Operations Manager for the Office of the Provost. She has 17 years of experience at Wentworth. Prior to moving to the Provost’s Office in 2006, she was the Assistant to the Chair of the Civil Engineering department. Jane provides effective administrative support to the Office of the Provost. She collaborates with other members of the academic leadership and is responsible for coordinating communications for Academic Affairs. Jane served for over ten years on the University’s commencement committee. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Sedef Doganer, PhD
Dean, School of Architecture and Design
Dr. Sedef Doganer joined Wentworth in September 2021 as the Dean of the School of Architecture and Design. She comes to Wentworth from the University of Texas at San Antonio (2008– 2021), where she served as department chair and associate dean of Design, Inclusion and Engaged Scholarship.
Doganer believes higher education is about transformation. She is passionate about student success and positively impacting students’ lives, as well as design education enriching quality of life in communities. She advocates for preparing students as global professionals, and resourceful, self-directed, strong leaders who are ready for the challenging future of our world, society and profession.
During her leadership at UTSA, Doganer partnered with faculty and staff to initiate new programs, dual degrees, and certificates in order to better prepare students as future professionals and practitioners in a rapidly changing workplace. Her work helped build a great sense of community within the school and beyond, leading to higher engagement, more trust and stronger relationships between colleagues, alumni, professional community and our partners. She additionally initiated international collaborations, projects, and workshops with Mexico, Turkey, Colombia, Turkmenistan, and South Korea.
Doganer studies the nexus of architecture and tourism, and her recent research focuses on heritage tourism, historic preservation, cultural heritage management, and community-based, sustainable tourism development in an interdisciplinary fashion. She is the author/coauthor of 44 papers in journals, books and conference proceedings. Doganer received bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in architecture from Istanbul Technical University.
Dean, School of Computing & Data Science
Durga Suresh-Menon is the Dean of the School of Computing and Data Science. Her nearly 20 years at Wentworth are marked by significant accomplishments and collaborations, along with a deep-seated commitment to serving students and the overall community. As a professor, she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the President’s Award for Excellence in Service, and was named Wentworth Woman of the Year. She has been a faculty mentor, a senator, a search committee chair, member of the community standards board, and graduate coordinator. As Special Assistant to the Provost for Graduate programs, Durga acted as an architect to the restructuring of graduate programs and provided strategic guidance to the University. She was instrumental in revamping and launching the master’s degrees in civil engineering, applied computer science, and project management as 4+1 programs. She led the effort for the University to be certified for Integrated Path to Architecture licensure. She was also instrumental in creating a new portfolio of graduate scholarships, academic excellence and diverse leaders.
José Sánchez, PhD
Dean, School of Engineering
Dr. José R. Sánchez joined the Wentworth community in July 2020 as the Dean of the School of Engineering. He has devoted his career to providing students with transformative experiences in the classroom to ensure that they are lifelong learners. Dr. Sánchez comes to Wentworth from the University of Indianapolis (UIndy), where he launched seven innovative engineering programs and served as the Founding Director of the R.B. Annis School of Engineering and Associate Dean in the Shaheen College of Arts & Sciences. Before his time at UIndy, he spent from 2002-2016 at Bradley University, where he served as a teacher-scholar in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. In 2011, he was the recipient of the university-wide Caterpillar, Inc. Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching. His research interests lie in embedded systems and signal processing, emphasizing medical diagnostics and musical instrument modeling, and engineering education research. Dr. Sánchez is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Additionally, he is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the Project Management Institute, and Tau Beta Pi. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from Bradley University and his doctoral degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Abigail J. Charest, PhD, PE
Dean, School of Management
Abigail J. Charest, PhD, PE, has more than 20 years of interdisciplinary expertise including experience in academia, contracting, consulting, project management, and horizontal construction. She most recently worked to expand interdisciplinary program options for Wentworth graduate programs and research in sustainable infrastructure.
During her seven years at Wentworth, Charest has championed the concept of interdisciplinary learning and sought to create opportunities for cross-discipline electives. She is also the Blittersdorf endowed professor, which supports expanding topics of sustainability into the curriculum. To that end, she has developed seven courses over the years to incorporate learning about the environment and infrastructure, such as “Green Engineering” and “Sustainable Infrastructure.”
Charest has also increased undergraduate and graduate research opportunities for students. This work has included leading a sustainable infrastructure research group and creating a new undergraduate course in “Applied Research.” She has been impactful in graduation education, leading efforts to create three new graduate degrees, one of which is Architectural Engineering, an interdisciplinary program combining courses in construction management, architecture, and engineering. This particular work involved collaboration with faculty in the School of Management.
Charest started her professional career in contracting where she was involved with the construction of wastewater treatment facilities. She went onto consulting where she became a project team leader and managed projects, such as comprehensive water resources management planning and wastewater infrastructure improvements. Charest holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is also a licensed professional engineer (PE) in Massachusetts.
Lizzie Falvey, PhD
Interim Dean, School of Sciences and Humanities
Lizzie Falvey has worked at Wentworth for eight years and has served as an Associate Professor in Media Studies and more recently as an Associate Dean of the School of Sciences and Humanities. She is the current Interim Dean of the School of Sciences and Humanities.
Falvey co-led the development of the Women's Caucus, a faculty advocacy and affinity group, and has spearheaded the Women's Leadership Initiative, which focuses on developing leadership skills for cohorts of women students.
In her current role as Interim Dean, she oversees two majors in Applied Science and Computer Science and Society and is working to develop an integrated mission for the Sciences and Humanities and Social Sciences. She holds a PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.