New Faculty

Mel Henriksen, M.S.
Assistant Professor (Semester Hire)

henriksenMel Henriksen has been an adjunct professor of Applied Mathematics at Wentworth since 2012 and an administrator at the Academy at Foxborough, a private Christian elementary and middle school since 2011. He has been instrumental in advancing the general use of technology in the classroom as well as the back-office and in the use of one-to-one mobile devices in the upper elementary and middle school classrooms. 

Prior to teaching and education administration, Henriksen held positions of increasing responsibility in engineering and engineering management focusing on the development and commercialization of clinical diagnostic and research instrumentation. He began his engineering career while an undergraduate, designing medical disposables. After graduate school he designed mechanisms for clinical instruments at Beckman Instruments and then managed the mechanical engineering department at Behring Diagnostics in the design of clinical immunoassay systems and related disposables. For thirteen years, he was Vice President of Research and Development at CompuCyte Corporation, a developer and manufacturer of Laser Scanning Cytometry systems for pharmaceutical development and life sciences research.  Henriksen has authored or co-authored a number of articles and scientific posters on laser scanning cytometry and its application to life sciences research. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Engineering from the University of California, Irvine.

Barry Husowitz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

husowitzBarry comes to Wentworth with a vast background in theoretical physics and the computational sciences.  As a masters student he studied the effects of chemical substitution on the properties of complexes stabilized by hydrogen bonds using ab initio quantum chemistry methods.  As a Ph.D. student he developed classical density functional models to examine various phase phenomena.  His postdoctoral work at the University of Massachusetts in Professor Peter Monson's group involved developing coarse-grained Monte Carlo simulations to study the self-assembly of polymers for anhydrous proton transport applications.  Furthermore, at Yale his research involved using support vector machines a machine learning technique to design chemicals that are safer for the environment and humans.

Barry’s research interests include applications of density function theory to study various condensed matter physics problems, monte carlo and molecular dynamic simulations of complex fluids, and machine learning approaches to study various engineering processes.  He uses his vast background in theoretical physics and the computational sciences to help students think critically about the role that mathematics plays in engineering and the sciences.  He hopes to spark their interest in mathematics, present current research problems and topics in his classroom, and provide a learning environment that facilitates meaningful learning.

Grace Kennedy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

kennedyK. Grace Kennedy attended college at The University of the South, informally known as Sewanee, where she majored in mathematics and French literature. Then she received her masters in mathematics from the Université de Picardie in Amiens, France. Kennedy finished her PhD in topology at the University of California, Santa Barbara this summer where she was also nominated by one of her students for the Graduate Student Association Excellence in Teaching Award. She is excited to join the faculty at Wentworth Institute of Technology this fall. Early June, Kennedy was notified that she was accepted as a Project NExT fellow and will participate in Project NExT activities in the coming years.

At UCSB, Kennedy wrote her dissertation in knot theory on a new algorithm for calculating the multivariate Alexander polynomial on tangles. In the future, she is interested in understanding the relationship of this research to the representation theory of Lie algebras and quantum Lie groups. With her PhD, Kennedy was also awarded the Certificate of College and University Teaching.

Rachel Lash Maitra, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

maitraRachel Lash Maitra comes to Wentworth from Albion College, where she was Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics. Previously she was a postdoctoral researcher in quantum gravity at Utrecht University (The Netherlands).

Maitra's research concerns the quantization of gauge theories such as those used to describe the strong nuclear force as well as general relativity. With collaborators, she has applied new series expansion techniques to nonlinear problems in quantum mechanics, and extended these methods to scalar field theories. Current work involves the construction of a series expansion for a ground state in Yang-Mills theory. Maitra also works on quantum cosmological models as a means of obtaining insights into quantized general relativity. She earned her PhD in mathematics from Yale University.

Mark Mixer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

mixerMark Mixer earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Northeastern University in 2010, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 2003.  After receiving his doctorate, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at l'Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium and then at the Fields Institute in Toronto where he specialized in discrete mathematics, including combinatorics, graph theory, group theory, and geometry.  Last year he returned to Massachusetts to teach at Williams College in the Berkshires. He is excited to be back in Boston, and looks forward to working with the Wentworth students in the 2013-2014 year. 


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