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Worcester Polytechnic Insitute

Founded in Worcester, Mass. in 1865, WPI is one of the nation's earliest technological universities. From our founding days, we've taken a unique approach to technological education.

Where science and technology meet real world problems.

We believe that students should understand how to apply knowledge – not just how to cite facts and theories. Our undergraduate and graduate students emerge ready to take on some of the most difficult challenges in science and technology – and, more importantly, understand how their work can truly impact society and improve our lives.

A national model for education.

According to William Wulf, President of the National Academy of Engineering, "The kind of engineering education at WPI is a model of what engineering education should be." And we have received recognition from a number of other institutions and individuals for our high quality and unique approach to education.

Outstanding academics, faculty and research programs.

WPI's 18 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including the M.S., M.E., M.B.A. and Ph.D. We have world-class faculty who work with our students in a number of cutting-edge research organizations that are discovering innovations in biotechnology, nanotechnology, information security and more.

If you find our fresh perspective on science and technology education exciting, we hope you'll join us -- whether you want to pursue a degree or just upgrade your skills.

Learn more about WPI by visiting the following pages:

WPI: Atwater Kent Laboratories

Built in 1907, Atwater Kent Labs was the first building in the country dedicated to education in electrical engineering. Seen from the air, it resembles the letter E. Named for the radio pioneer who was a member of WPI's Class of 1900, the building houses the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Social Science and Policy Studies; the latter offers programs in economics, economics and technology, and society and technology.

Once, the building had vast open bays where students operated huge motors, switches--even an electric street railway test car. Today, as the home of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, it is packed with workstations, lasers, ultrasonic imagers, power analyzers, wireless transceivers, and the other up-to-date tools.

Among the many electrical and computer engineering laboratories in the building are those designed for work wireless information networks, computational engineering in EM/acoustics, machine vision, cryptography and information security, ultrasound, analog and digital microelectronics, nondestructive evaluation and electromagnetics, and network operations.

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