WPI Journal

Spring 1996

Contents

An Electric Century Overcoming fierce faculty opposition, a physics professor held tight to his dream and propelled WPI into the Electric Age a century ago. Here is the remarkable story of the founding of WPI's electrical engineering program.
by William R. Grogan '46
Alumni Speak Out Did you know that 96 percent of graduates would recommend WPI to prospective students? That's just one of the findings of a recent wide-ranging survey of WPI graduates. Here's what else our alumni had to say.
by Michael W. Dorsey
A Mechanical Marvel Over the past 128 years, the Mechanical Engineering Department has had several homes on campus. But none can match the beauty and functionality of the recently renovated and expanded Higgins Laboratories.
by Roger N. Perry, Jr. '45 and Michael W. Dorsey
The Wizard of Asheville For generations of WPI students, John van Alstyne's inspiring teaching and compassionate counsel represented a special sort of magic. Now a children's book and illustrator have turned Van A into a real wizard.
by Roger N. Perry, Jr. '45
Departments
Advance Word Happy Birthday, Mr. Salisbury
by Michael W. Dorsey
Explorations Students Expand the Frontiers of Medicine
by Bonnie Gelbwasser
Letters It's Time to Give WPI A New Name; Proud of Sacco's Achievement; Stealing the Goat Was a "Serious Act"; It Was Alpha Phi Omega.
Final Word Big Character Has Big Plans
by Joan Killough-Miller


On the cover: The interior of Atwater Kent Laboratories as it looked not long after its completion in 1907. The huge building was constructed for the Electrical Engineering Department, then just 10 years old. This year WPI celebrates the department's centennial. See An Electric Century.
Back cover: The new addition to Higgins Laboratories. WPI recently rededicated a complete restored Higgins Labs, home to mechanical engineering for more than half a century. See A Mechanical Marvel.
Entire contents ©1996, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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