Our Faculty

rsz_jon_abraham (1)JON ABRAHAM | jabraham@wpi.edu

“I particularly enjoy the academic cycle – getting a fresh start every fall term, and seeing a new batch of enthusiastic first year students arriving on campus. It is really rewarding watching them learn and grow, and moving on to begin building their own successful careers.”

Jon is a Professor of Practice in Mathematical Sciences, and he is the Coordinator of the Program in Actuarial Mathematics.  Teaching has evolved into a second career for Jon. After working for over 25 years as an actuary, he came to WPI a few years back, and he has loved every minute of it.  Jon provides insight to his students about working as an actuary, and he conveys a real world sense of urgency and connection to what he does in the classroom.

Jon advises Math and Math & Actuarial Science students for the Wall Street Project Center.


MICHAEL CIARALDI | ciaraldi@wpi.edu

“The greatest thing about working at WPI is the chance to work with the students on so many different projects, so it is always interesting.”

Mike is a Professor of Practice at WPI in Computer Science and Robotics Engineering.  Mike’s interests include curriculum creation, software development, user interface design, networking, and embedded systems. His work at WPI has taken me across the country (New York, Florida, California) and overseas (Japan and Italy).

In addition to his work with the Wall Street Project Center, Mike has advised students in a variety of areas related to project-based learning.  Some of the projects he has advised have included Moonraker (winner of the NASA Lunar Excavation Challenge, 2009), Oryx (winner of the NASA Sample Retrun Challenge, 2010), and Prometheus (Rookie of the Year at the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, 2010).

Mike advises Computer Science students in the Wall Street Project Center.


XINMING HUANG | xhuang@wpi.edu

“Being a faculty member is a privilege through which I can teach and mentor many students.”

Xinming is a Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering.  Xinming’s area of expertise is in computer engineering. More specifically, he conduct research on circuits and systems design for reconfigurable computing, wireless communications, and signal processing. Xingming teaches computer engineering courses at the levels of transistors, gates, circuits, processors, and systems. Courses he has taught include digital logic, VLSI design, HDL modeling, computer architecture, and reconfigurable computing.

Xingming’s experience in industry has helped him with both teaching and research. Before he returned to graduate school, he worked as an applications engineer. After completing his PhD at Virginia Tech, he became a member of the technical staff at the wireless advanced technology laboratory of Lucent Technologies, where he worked on ASIC design for wireless communication systems for several years.

Xinming works closely with students to solve technical problems using innovative new ideas, new architectures, and new algorithms. In his lab, he emphasize critical thinking skills and practical experience on hardware design. His goal is to train students to be more creative and equipped to solve state-of-the-art problems.

Xinming is the Faculty Advisor for Electrical & Computer Engineering students in the Wall Street Project Center.

rsz_3dsc00387RENATA KONRAD | rkonrad@wpi.edu

“The application of Industrial Engineering and mathematical knowledge has always been a rewarding challenge for me. One of my favorite things about WPI is its emphasis on theory and practice. In this spirit, I believe research complements teaching. I particularly enjoy project advising, as it provides me a learning opportunity taught by my students. Through projects, I learn about different problems facing industry, and with the students explore possible solutions. I find that the process, though painful at times, promotes maturity, initiative, and creativity.”

Renata is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering in the Robert A. Foisie School of Business at WPI.  Over the past several years, she has focused her research in the healthcare industry. Current projects include evaluating anti-human trafficking efforts, computationally characterizing episodes of care from health insurance claim records and examining the impact of physician incentives on patient outcomes. She has previously worked on projects related to mental health, patient flow and practice guidelines.

Renata draws on a variety of Industrial Engineering techniques including optimization and simulation.  Renata is a member of the Healthcare Delivery Institute (HDI), and she regularly works with the New England Veterans Engineering Resource Center.

Renata is the Faculty Advisor for IE students in the Wall Street Project Center.

ludwigREINHOLD LUDWIG | ludwig@wpi.edu

“I came to WPI over 20 years ago after graduating from Colorado State University. My research includes electromagnetic and acoustic nondestructive evaluation (NDE), and for the past 15 years instrumentation for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).”

Reinhold is Professor and Associate Department Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering.  He is also the Co-Director of  MITRE Project Center.  As director of the RF Electronics and Medical Imaging Laboratory, he focuses on designing radiofrequency (RF) coils and electronic circuits for pre-clinical (animal) and clinical (human) MR scanners.   Reinhold has extensive prior experience in start-up ventures and related investing.

Reinhold is the Faculty Advisor for ECE students in the Wall Street Project Center.


KEVIN SWEENEY | kmsweeney@wpi.edu

“By applying the tools of corporate finance and strategy in a practical and realistic context through project-based learning, I try to help my students develop their personal capacity to drive, monitor, communicate and evaluate real-life leadership decisions.”

Kevin is a Professor of Practice and the Area Head of Finance & Accounting with the Foisie Business School at WPI.  He is also the Director of the Wall Street Project Center. Kevin teaches courses in finance, strategy, economics, social responsibility, and globalization., and he serves as the Faculty Coordinator of the WPI FinTech Collaborative.  In addition to his teaching at WPI, Kevin serves as a visiting Lecturer in finance at the Columbia University School of Professional Studies.

Kevin serves on the Board of Directors of Western New England Bancorp (NASDAQ: WNEB). WNEB operates as a bank holding company for Westfield Bank, a federally chartered stock savings bank that provides various community banking products and services to businesses and individuals in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He is chair of the Finance and Risk Management Committee and a member of the Compensation and Governance Committees. Kevin is also a Director of Common Capital, a private Community Development Financial Institution with a mission to strengthen Western and Central Massachusetts by funding small businesses.  Finally, Kevin is also the Principal of Sweeney Strategic Consulting, where he advises for-profit and non-profit organizations regarding critical financial, strategic, and operational decisions.

Kevin previously worked for nearly two decades as a practitioner and senior executive in finance, corporate development, international management, and law with the Fortune 100 global financial services firm MassMutual Financial Group.  He was most recently a Managing Director of MassMutual Capital Partners LLC, where  he was responsible for strategic mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and other transactions for MassMutual and its affiliated companies.

Kevin advises Management and Management Engineering students in the Wall Street Project Center.

rsz_1zeng-profileAMY ZENG | azeng@wpi.edu

“Teaching is the most influential of all professions in the world – it touches minds of every sort and provides profound impacts on one’s life. I like WPI’s project-based educational model, which enriches not only learning but also teaching. I find it exciting and fulfilling to work with students on searching solutions and better ways of doing things for project sponsors. The students and I grow stronger together, professionally and socially.”

Amy is Assistant Dean and Professor in the Foisie School of Business.  She is also Director of the Industrial Engineering Program and Co-director and China Project Center

Amy’s research is strongly rooted in business practices and achieving a nice balance between theory and practice is her research focus. She gets inspired by new practices that provide her with new research ideas and directions, and she especially feels excited to receive feedback and inquiry from industry practitioners about her publications.

Amy has been working on two areas at the forefront of today’s supply chain management – disruption management and global aspect. In the former, she focuses on supply-base management and tactics under disruption risks, because over 75 percent of supply chain failures are caused by suppliers. In the latter, her  interest concentrates on global supply chain design and analysis for industries such as agriculture, aviation, retail, and third-party logistics providers.

Amy coordinates with faculty of the Industrial Engineering Program to arrange faculty advisors for IE students for the Wall Street Project Center.


If you are a firm or organization in the investment and financial services sector that could benefit from a creative, problem-solving team of students focused on issues related to the intersection of finance and technology, please contact us to learn more.  Or, if you are a WPI student interested in participating in the Project Center, please let us know.

Contact the Center Director: Kevin Sweeney (Email: kmsweeney@wpi.edu | Mobile: 413-427-7416)

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