The 2001 Worcester Polytechnic Institute Lecture Series

Engineering the Future

Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Museum of Science
Sponsored in part by the Lowell Institute

Robots. Designer metals. Materials with memory.
Sound like a sci-fi movie? No, it's engineering in the 21st-century! Today's engineers are making what was once thought impossible, possible. WPI invites you to explore the world of engineering: who is involved, what they do, and how they do it.

[Get RealPlayer!] These lectures were broadcast live and then stored for streaming over the Internet by the Museum of Science. Point your browser to this page when each lecture is scheduled to start and look for a link to the streaming video (you will need Real Player to view the lectures).

Wednesday, January 17, 2001
Discovery! Creativity! Innovation! - The Real Lives of Engineers
Speaker: Richard D. Sisson, Jr.
Director of the Material Science and Engineering Program and Mechanical Engineering Professor at WPI
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Wednesday, January 24, 2001
It IS Rocket Science - Preparing for the Space Age
Speaker: Fred J. Looft
Professor and Associate Head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at WPI and Director of WPI/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Projects Program
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Wednesday, January 31, 2001
Up Close and Personal With a Robot Named Gompei
Speaker: Kenneth Stafford
Manager of Academic Initiatives at WPI and Visiting Scholar at The Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science
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Moderator: William W. Durgin, K. G. Merriam Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at WPI

Lectures are free to the public and take place at 7:00 p.m., Cahners Theater, Museum of Science

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
One of the nation's oldest technological universities, WPI occupies a unique niche within higher education. It encourages its students to demonstrate their ability to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world problems, and to gain an appreciation for how the solutions to those problems might impact the world around them.

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