Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) today announced the appointment of five new members to the university’s Board of Trustees, four of whom are WPI alumni.
Carleen Maitland ’88, Maureen McCaffrey ’86, Patricia Newcomer-Small ’90, Elizabeth “Beth” Phalen ’85 and Navjot Singh, who will begin their service on July 1, have a variety of perspectives, professional experiences and expertise in higher education. education and business in areas such as information policy, investment management, strategic marketing and data protection.
“These exceptional leaders bring decades of service, research and innovation to their respective fields,” said WPI Acting President Winston “Wole” Soboyejo. “Furthermore, their diversity of thought and lived experience will help further inform the university’s mission to provide a transformative, project-based, research-driven education that confronts global challenges.”
“This is a critical time to join WPI’s Board of Directors, as we accelerate momentum on the issues and opportunities embedded in Lead With Purpose, WPI’s strategic plan,” said Bill Fitzgerald ’83, President of the council. “This list of new leaders will broaden our collective perspective, and we welcome their insight and knowledge.”
Carleen Maitland, ’88, PhD, (electrical engineering) is a professor in the College of Information Science and Technology at Penn State University and co-director of the Penn State Institute for Information Policy. She received a master’s degree in engineering from Stanford University in 1995 and a doctorate from Delft University of Technology in 2001. An internationally recognized expert in humanitarian computing, she has examined the sociotechnical systems that shape information flows in international aid. Maitland has worked with the UN Refugee Agency, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Save the Children and the US State Department.
Maureen McAffrey ’86 (civil engineering) is a director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Co., which manages MIT’s financial resources. She manages the planning and development of capital projects in MIT’s Cambridge commercial real estate portfolio and has overseen the development of over two million square feet of life sciences space and other developments. McCaffrey is a Registered Professional Engineer and is LEED accredited.
Patricia Newcomer-Small ’90 (chemical engineering) is chief marketing officer of FieldRoutes, a mobile and cloud-based provider for field service companies. She received her MBA from the University of Cincinnati in 1998 and has over 30 years of executive leadership experience in product development and marketing in the financial services and technology industries. Newcomer-Small is a founding limited partner of How Women Invest, a start-up venture capital firm and a sister entity to How Women Lead, a professional network of over 14,000 women. She is also a founding member and current co-chair of the WPI Women’s Impact Network.
Elizabeth “Beth” Phalen ’85 (IT) is retired president and chief data protection officer at Dell EMC. She holds a master’s degree in computer science from Brown University. She led a global team at Dell EMC that delivered an industry-leading data protection portfolio to customers around the world. Prior to EMC, she was an architect in the advanced solutions group of IBM Global Services and spent 12 years as a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation. Phalen sits on the board of the Society of Women Engineers and chairs the governance committee of the WPI Women’s Impact Network.
Navjot Singh, PhD, is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Boston office. He held several positions at McKinsey over time, including Managing Partner of the Boston office. He is currently the Global Sponsor for Talent Attraction at McKinsey. His work focuses on the unique intersection of science, medicine, business, investment and government. Singh graduated from the India Institute of Technology in 1989, earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota in 1994, and earned an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2000. He also serves on the boards of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Museum of Science and Mass High Tech Council.
These five-year director terms at WPI can be renewed twice for a total of 15 years. Three trustees – Jack Mollen, Henry Fitzgerald and Robert Martin – will complete their service on June 30, 2022; all were elected directors emeritus.