Faculty Profiles

pexels-photo-256520Various WPI faculty from the Foisie Business School, Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science, Data Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering contribute time and expertise in a variety of ways to the WPI FinTech Collaborative, including as faculty advisors to student teams from the:


jabrahamJON 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 Mathematical Sciences and Actuarial Mathematics students for the Wall Street/FinTech Project Center.


myblaisMARCEL BLAIS | myblais@wpi.edu

“I particularly love engaging graduate students in areas of financial mathematics; the material is exciting, cutting edge, and fun to apply and relate to current events and states of financial markets. I also enjoy teaching upper-level optimization electives and calculus, because I am able to show undergraduate students why the mathematics we study is important and relevant. “

Marcel is an Associate Teaching Professor and Associate Department Head of Mathematical Sciences.  Marcel is also an affiliated faculty member in Data Science.  Currently, Marcel is involved in the study of liquidity modeling in mathematical finance. He recently began the study of leveraging and volatility derivatives, which has been of particular interest to him.

Marcel is the Associate Director of the Center for Industrial Mathematics and Statistics, and he serves as the Co-Coordinator of the WPI FinTech Collaborative.  He advises Financial Mathematics and Data Science graduate students involved in FinTech-related projects for the WPI FinTech Collaborative and for the Center for Industrial Mathematics & Statistics.


ciaraldiMICHAEL 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 Return Challenge, 2010), and Prometheus (Rookie of the Year at the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, 2010).

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


djamasbiSOUSSAN DJAMASBI | djamasbi@wpi.edu

“I enjoy teaching because it’s a dynamic and innovative process that challenges me to continually evaluate and adjust my teaching strategies to prepare my students for today’s global and competitive business environment. Teaching is also one the most rewarding experiences in my career because it allows me to witness my students’ growth and accomplishments.”

Soussan is an Associate Professor of Information Science in the Foisie Business School at WPI, and she is the Director of the User Experience and Decision Making (UXSM) Research Laboratory.

Soussan teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as advise IQPs and MQPs.  Her research focuses on the use and impact of technology in organizations. She uses subjective measures (e.g., surveys), objective measures (e.g., performance on a task), and physiological measures (e.g., heart-rate variability, eye-tracking) to study how people use a technology and thus gains insight into designing more effective and successful systems.

The research that Soussan does can be categorized into two areas: Decision Science and User Experience. In one, she studies factors that can influence the effectiveness of systems used for organizational decision making. In the other, she investigates factors that play a critical role in user experience.

Soussan advises the WPI FinTech Collaborative on user experience and other related matters.


mjginzbergMICHAEL GINZBERG | mjginzberg@wpi.edu

“Prior to coming to the Foisie Business School, I spent 30 years in academic leadership positions, including serving as Dean at three other major research universities and developing business programs in the emerging economies of Central and Eastern Europe. “

Michael is a Professor in the Foisie Business School.  Michael has also served as the Dean of the Foisie Business School.  His focus as a Professor is on technology management, along with corporate governance and risk management.  Michael earned his PhD at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and he is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems.


xhuangXINMING 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 a Faculty Advisor for Electrical & Computer Engineering students in the Wall Street/FinTech Project Center.


rkonradRENATA 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 Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering in the Foisie Business School 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 a Faculty Advisor for IE students in the Wall Street/FinTech 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 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 a Faculty Advisor for ECE students in the Wall Street/FinTech Project Center.


rcpaffenrothRANDY CLINTON PAFFENROTH | rcpaffenroth@wpi.edu

“I enjoy problems most when mathematical results lead to efficient software implementations for big data. I am looking forward to working with students at all levels and backgrounds who share an interest in mathematics, software, or data. “

Randy is an Associate Professor of Computer Science.  He is also an affiliated faculty member in Data Science.  Randy’s research focuses on compressed sensing, machine learning, signal processing, and the interaction between mathematics, computer science and software engineering. His interests range from theoretical results to algorithms for tackling practical applied problems.

Some problems that have captured Randy’s interest include network analysis for cyber defense, and signal processing and inference for arrays of chemical sensors.

Randy participates in the WPI FinTech Collaborative in connection with computer science, data science, and other related matters.


cshueCRAIG SHUE | cshue@wpi.edu

“I am interested in computer networking and security. Given the significance of the Internet in our economy and society, I am interested in improvements and studies that can have a real-world impact.  I love teaching computer science and security at WPI. Our students are enthusiastic about mastering the technical details of systems, networks, and software, making it a thrill to work with them. “

Craig is an Associate Professor of Computer Science.  He is also an affiliated faculty member in Cybersecurity.  Craig’s work has included building network architecture and Internet-scale measurements to identify security weaknesses and under-provisioned systems that could cause widespread website outages if attacked, or if they simply failed. In he research work, he is exploring ways to change the traditional computer network communication model.  He is researching software-defined networking and the impacts it can have on communication and security.

Craig is now interested in exploring future directions in computing from a systems, networking, and security standpoint. For example, how will the Internet of Things or the Bring Your Own Device phenomena affect future networks? What will this mean for network provisioning and security? He is interested in working on projects, theses, and dissertations in these directions.

Craig also works with students in extra-curricular settings, including as an advisor for the WPI Cyber Security Club and as the coach for the WPI Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition Team.

Craig advises the WPI FinTech Collaborative on cybersecurity and other related matters.


ssturmSTEPHAN STURM | ssturm@wpi.edu

“I look forward to sharing with students my passion for probability theory, stochastic processes, and their applications in financial and actuarial mathematics. I like to contribute in particular to the professional Master’s Program in Financial Mathematics, and I enjoy advising students working on MQPs, master’s and doctoral theses in my areas of expertise. “

Stephan is an Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences.  He is also an affiliated faculty member in Actuarial Mathematics.  Stephan is an applied mathematician specializing in the field of financial mathematics and engineering. Currently, he is most interested in problems involving modeling with stochastic volatility and the implied volatility surface. Another topic of his research interests lies in delegated portfolio optimization and the role played by incentive schemes paid to fund managers.

Stephan was previously a a postdoctoral scholar and lecturer with the  Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University.

Stephan advises Financial Mathematics graduate and Mathematical Science undergraduate students involved in FinTech-related projects for the WPI FinTech Collaborative and for the Center for Industrial Mathematics & Statistics.  He also plays an active role in ongoing work related to FinTech in the Boston area and through various global initiatives.


kmsweeneyKEVIN 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 in Finance with the Foisie Business School at WPI.  Kevin teaches courses in finance, strategy, FinTech, economics, and globalization.  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 the Principal of Sweeney Strategic Consulting, where he advises for-profit and non-profit organizations regarding finance, strategy, and FinTech matters.

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.  He also served as Senior Vice President & COO of MassMutual International, Inc.

Kevin is the Director of the Wall Street/FinTech Project Center, and he serves as the Co-Coordinator of the WPI FinTech Collaborative.  He advises Management and Management Engineering students in the Wall Street/FinTech Project Center, and he advises graduate students in other FinTech-related projects for the WPI FinTech Collaborative.


gwang2GU WANG | gwang2@wpi.edu

“I enjoy teaching financial and actuarial mathematics courses as a way of sharing my knowledge with students, and improving my understanding of the subjects. I look forward to working with students on MQP projects, master’s and doctoral theses in financial and actuarial mathematics.”

Gu is an Assistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences.  He is also an affiliated faculty member in Actuarial Mathematics.

Gu’s research is in the field of Mathematical Finance, which aims at building probabilistic models that provide insights into the behavior of financial market participants, and developing the underlying mathematical theories. He work focuses on the optimal investment and consumption policies in various market settings.

Before joining the WPI faculty, Gu was a Postdoctoral Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Gu also plays an active role in ongoing work related to FinTech in the Boston area and through various global initiatives.


WILSON WONG | wwong2@wpi.edu

“It is always exciting for me to see students come up with creative software features that take their applications to the next level!”

Prior to entering academia, Wilson worked as Chief Technologist, Director of Information Systems, and Director of Technical Operations at various corporations in the information systems and software field.

For the past 16 years teaching in university courses, he has aimed to impart this industry experience in his software engineering and databases courses by incorporating real life projects, examples, and whenever possible, collaborations with business organizations such as the U.S. Department of Treasury, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital.


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