Faculty & Staff

There are many people that can support your engineering education at Wellesley. Meet them!

Wellesley Engineering Team

Amy Banzaert

Director of Engineering Studies and Lecturer in Engineering

B.S., M.S., Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Amy Banzaert is responsible for Wellesley's engineering opportunities. The founder of We-Lab, she teaches introductory engineering classes, and advises students interested in engineering-related studies in conjunction with Class Dean Alison Black.



Alison Black

Class Dean

Alison Black advises all Wellesley students who are interested in engineering, whether they are considering engineering for graduate school, enrolling in a dual degree program with Olin or MIT, pursuing the Olin Engineering Certificate, or otherwise exploring how their education can have an engineering focus.




Wellesley Engineering Studies Advisory Board


Robbie Berg Lyn Turbak

Amy Banzaert

Director of Engineering Studies and Lecturer in Engineering

Robbie Berg

Professor of Physics 

Lyn Turbak   

Associate Professor of Computer Science


Andy Mowbray head shot Rebecca Belisle

Alison Black

Class Dean                           

Andy Mowbray

Lecturer in Art; Director of 3D Arts


Becky Beslisle

Assistant Professor of Physics

profile picture, Catia Confortini


Dan Brabander Daniela Rivera portrait

Catia Confortini

Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies

Dan Brabander

Frost Professor in Environmental Science; Professor of Geosciences

Daniela Rivera

Barbara Morris Caspersen Associate Professor of Humanities; Associate Professor of Art

Richard G. French


Erin Konkle Frances Adjorlolo

Dick French

Louise Sherwood McDowell and Sarah Frances Whiting Professor of Astrophysics; Professor of Astronomy

Erin Konkle

Program Director Civic Engagement in Career Education

Frances Adjorlolo  

Career Education Advisor for Technology, Engineering, & Physical Sciences

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Jennifer  Yang Katherine L. Hall

James Battat

Associate Professor of Physics

Jenn Yang

Botanic Gardens and Paulson Initiative Post-doctoral Scholar

Katie Hall   

Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Physics

Louise Darling


Rachel H. R. Stanley Sohie Lee

Louise Darling

Assistant Professor of Natural and Biological Sciences

Rachel Stanley

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Sohie Lee

Senior Instructor in Computer Science Laboratory

The Engineering Studies Advisory Board (ESAB) provides expertise, advice, and support to the Director of Engineering Studies at Wellesley College. It is comprised primarily of faculty at the college who teaching, scholarship, and/or training have meaningful connection to Engineering Studies and also includes appropriate staff at the discretion of the Director. 

The primary responsibility of the Engineering Studies Advisory Board is to advise on the programmatic direction of engineering studies as set by the Director. Members typically meet one or twice per year, in addition to email check-ins. 

When possible, ESAB faculty members consciously invite and/or note speakers with a connection to engineering for their department talks and invite Engineering Studies to co-sponsor these talks. As needed, board members provide backup to the Director for regular events such as attending the Chairs/Directors meetings for the College and Science Center on behalf of engineering and representing engineering at College events (e.g. at Orientation and Open Campus). As appropriate, ESAB faculty members advise students with interest in engineering related to their particular field.


Olin-Wellesley Engineering Liaisons

Jean Huang

Associate Professor of Biology, Olin College           

David Barrett

Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Olin College    


Interested in opportunities at Olin College? Along with talking to at least one of us above, reach out to Prof. Jean Huang '01 or Prof. Dave Barrett, the Olin liaisons for Wellesley students.

Prof. Huang is a Wellesley Alumna who completed degrees in Biology and has current research in Microbial Diversity and Cultivation Photosynthetic bacteria, as well as Microbial Ecology and Community Interactions. Prof. Barrett completed degrees in Ocean and Mechanical Engineering and his current research focuses on Robotics.