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The editors of Transformations have compiled the following Web links and added content to augment the articles and features in the Fall 2002 issue and enable you to further explore the topics touched on in the magazine. These links and additional features are also presented with individual articles on this Web site. We welcome your thoughts on this material; please use our feedback form or post a message in the Transformations forum in the Alumni Café.

Starting Point (Page 1)

To learn more about the components of WPI's new marketing program, including the TV commercial and the U.S. News & World Report advertorial, visit the WPI Marketing Web site. If you have comments about the program, share them with other readers in the Marketing Forum in the Alumni Café.

Campus Buzz (Pages 4-6)

A longer essay on WPI's observance of the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks can be found in our Press Releases.

Read more about Berk Sunar, WPI's latest CAREER Award winner, in this press release and on Sunar's own web page.

The Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science at WPI has a Web site with information about this innovative public high school, its curriculum and its programs for teachers. The academy's 10th anniversary was covered in a feature article in Mass High Tech, a publication that covers the high-technology industry in the state. At its 10th commencement in May 2002, the academy honored several individuals who were instrumental in the school's founding. Here is the complete list of honorees.

The Massachusetts gubernatorial debate held in the Campus Center on Oct. 1, 2002, was chronicled in a photo essay that you will find at the official debate Web site.

Find out about the 21 varsity sports and the other facets of WPI's active athletics program, which is overseen by new athletic director Dana Harmon, at the Web site for the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics.

To learn more about the new Bioengineering Institute, overseen by director Timothy Gerrity, and to read about the activities of the Institute's affiliated research centers, visit the BEI Web site.

A Few Words (Page 7)

Shelia Tobias, noted authority on science and mathematics education, has her own Web site, where you can find out more about her books and talks and review her résumé. You can read the full text of the citation for her WPI honorary degree citation, awarded last May, here.

Explorations (Page 8)

You can find out more about the agreements WPI has entered into with three African universities by reading the WPI news release. Details about the new Namibia Project Center and the more than 20 other sites worldwide where WPI students complete projects can be found on the Web site for WPI's Global Perspective Program.

Inside WPI (Page 7)

WPI announced the appointment of Stephen L. Matson as the first Francis Manning Chair in Chemical Engineering with this news release. You can learn more about Sepracor Inc., the company Matson founded to exploit his groundbreaking research in membrane reactors, at the company Web site.

Investigations (Pages 8 and 9)

Learn more about professors Terri Camesano and Joe Zhu at their official WPI Web sites. Camesano also has a research site where you may learn more about her work on bacterial adhesion. Zhu maintains a personal site with a summary of his research interests and a list if his publications.

Winged Victory (Page 12)

This brief essay on Richard Whitcomb and his seminal advances in high-speed aviation appears on the Web site for the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission. NASA included an interview with Whitcomb, in which he described his development of the Transonic Area Rule, in a segment of its television program Destination Tomorrow. You can watch the program online. Select Program 2. Explanations of the Area Rule can be found on the Aerospace Web and in Chapter 5 of From Engineering Science to Big Science: The NACA and NASA Collier Trophy Research Project Winners, edited by Pamela E. Mack and part of the NASA History Series. The development of the supercritical wing, another aviation milestone credited to Whitcomb, is described in an online NASA publication called The High Frontier and in this article on the Aerospace Web. Air & Space magazine ran this piece to give readers a primer on winglets, another of Whitcomb's innovations. Whitcomb's achievements have won him numerous awards and honors, including an honorary degree from WPI.

On a Wing and a Fuel Cell (Page 18)

More information about the electric airplane being developed under the direction of James P. Dunn '67 can be found at www.aviationtomorrow.com, the official site for the project. You'll also find some useful information at the Web site for the Foundation for Advancing Science and Technology Education (FASTec), which Dunn oversees. The project to develop an airplane powered by a fuel cell has received a great deal of attention in the news media. Here are two articles you can find online: "Pursuing a Fuel-Cell Powered E-Plane," on Aviation Week's AviationNow site, and ""The Truly Electric Aircraft", on the Web site Aviation Today.

Covering a Century of Powered Flight

The stories on Richard Whitcomb and Jim Dunn in this issue are the initial entries in a year's worth of coverage in Transformations tied to the celebration of the centennial of powered flight. We'd like to know your ideas for people and events we should cover in upcoming issues. Please also let us know if you'd be interested in participating in aviation and space related events on campus between now and December. To do so, please fill out our online survey.

To learn more about the national celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first flight of the Wright brothers, visit the Web site of the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission Information about the first 100 years of powered flight can be found on special Web site developed by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Achieving Liftoff: A New Generation (Page 20)

To help you learn more about the issues surrounding the national "pipeline" challenge and about efforts to improve science, mathematics and technology education at the pre-college level, we've put together this list of resources. The article in Transformations includes capsule summaries of a few of the many "pipeline" initiatives aimed at getting more girls and underrepresented minorities interested in science and engineering to help address a national need to increase participation in these fields. If you'd like to learn a little bit about the full range of WPI initiatives, start here. If you find after reviewing this long list that you'd like to talk to someone at WPI to find out more, or perhaps to learn how you can help out, here's a list of WPI's pipeline contacts.

The Magic in the Molecules (Page 28)

Visit the ECI Biotech Web site to learn more about the remarkable proteins this innovative company, founded by Mitchell Sanders '88 (M.S.); '92 (P.D.), is developing molecules that may soon appear in a wide range of fascinating consumer and military applications.

Alumni Connections (Page 32)

Five remarkable individuals, notable for their accomplishments on and off the playing field, were inducted into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame at Homecoming in 2002. Read their formal citations.

Class Notes (Page 34)

The short item on Matthew Arner '98 on page 40 ("Matt Arner Finds the Humanity in Technology") was based on an essay Arner wrote about his search for an "appropriate" career. We're happy to be able to bring you the full text of this essay.

Time Machine (Page 48)

A brief item on Marian Chaffe's award-winning science fair project appeared in the July 29, 2002, issue of the Boston Business Journal.

Back Cover

Learn more about the upcoming alumni forum on doing business in China and register to attend this four-day event in Hong Kong and Singapore at the event Web site.

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