Opening Remarks and Afternoon Greeting

Opening Remarks and Afternoon Greeting

Dr. Jean King

Peterson Family Dean of Arts & Sciences, WPI

A widely respected neuroscientist, Jean King joined the WPI community as the Peterson Family Dean of Arts and Sciences in 2017. In addition to her duties as dean, she is a professor in the Department of Biology and Biotechnology. Dr. King’s research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to identify and monitor neuronal plasticity associated with addiction, ADHD, depression, fearfulness, anxiety, autism and neurological disorders (PD and TBI) in animal models with the hope of finding clues to help us understand these conditions in humans. Dr. King has published over 60 original scientific papers in highly respected international scientific journals, over 10 chapters in books and review articles in major neurophysiology journals, and is an editor of New York Academy of Sciences Publication – Roots of Mental Illness in Children. Prior to joining WPI, she was vice provost for biomedical research at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; a tenured professor of psychiatry, radiology, and neurology; and director of the university’s Center for Comparative Neuroimaging.


Dr. Terri Anne Camesano

Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor of Chemical Engineering, WPI


Dr. Elke Rundensteiner

Founding Director of Data Science Program, Professor of Computer Science, WPI

Dr. Elke Rundensteiner, Professor in Computer Science, is the founding Director of the interdisciplinary Data Science program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) . Dr. Rundensteiner is an internationally recognized expert in big data analytics. Her recent research interests include scalable machine learning and knowledge discovery, event sensor stream analytics, intelligent decision making, and visual and computational big data analytics infrastructures. With an h-index of 55, she has authored well over 370 publications, numerous patents, and software systems released to public domain. Her work has been supported by government agencies including DARPA, NSF, NIH, DOE, and FDA, and by industry including HP, IBM, Verizon Labs, GTE, NEC, AMADEUS, Charles River Analytics, and by labs such as MITRE Corporation. Dr. Rundensteiner has been recipient of numerous honors, including WPI Chairman’s Exemplary Faculty Prize, WPI Board of Trustees’ Outstanding Research and Creative Scholarship award, Sigma Xi Outstanding Senior Faculty Researcher, and the NSF Young Investigator award. Dr. Rundensteiner holds leadership positions in the big data field, having served as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Data and Knowledge Engineering and VLDB Journal and as area chair on premiere professional big data conferences, including ACM SIGMOD, VLDB, IEEE ICDE, and others.


Kristin Tichenor

Senior Vice President, Enrollment & Institutional Strategy, WPI

As senior vice president, Kristin Tichenor oversees WPI’s enrollment division and leads the implementation of WPI’s strategic plan, Elevate Impact. Her portfolio includes graduate and undergraduate enrollment services, institutional research, the registrar’s office, pre-collegiate outreach programs and multicultural affairs. Under her leadership, WPI has seen dramatic increases in application volume, selectivity, quality and diversity. Tichenor led WPI’s adoption of a test-optional admissions policy, which is now in its tenth year.

Tichenor is an advocate for equity, access and diversity in higher education, with op-eds and articles appearing in publications such as the Washington Post and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She is founder and convener of the College Admissions Collaborative Highlighting Engineering and Technology (CACHET), a higher education forum dedicated to promoting opportunities for students in engineering and technology. She has served on the College Board’s Colloquium Planning Committee and New England Regional Council, and has been active in the National Association of College and Admissions Counseling (NACAC) and the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS).

Tichenor earned her Bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, her Master’s degree from Clark University and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Pennsylvania.