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Volume 104, No. 4, Spring 2006

Creating Synergy The WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center heralds the future of research at WPI.

Tapping Solutions Dean Kamen '73 and George Oliver '82 share a sense of urgency to solve the global water problem.

Who’s Watching Your Water? Dino Eliadi ’72 and Phil Guerin ’82 safeguard Worcester’s water supply. And yes, they drink the water.

Narrowing the Universe Jo Anne Shatkin ’85 determines which contaminants we should (or shouldn’t) worry about.

Reaching Out to Water-Stressed Countries Philip Giantris ’65 believes in the global necessity for good, clean, accessible water for all.

Volume 104, No. 3, Winter 2005

The Well-Rounded Technologist WPI is integrating science and engineering with humanities and arts to produce thoughtful, knowledgeable, well-rounded, twenty-first century technologists.

Humanly Possible Don Lathrop ’56 and Erica Tworog-Dube ’00 talk about the humanitarian principles that have inspired and guided their career choices and, ultimately, the way they live their lives.

Finding Happiness Philosophy professor Roger Gottlieb shares his thoughts on religion, the environment, and his own spiritual journey.

Virtually There Music professor Frederick Bianchi’s virtual orchestra, created to simulate the sound and feel of live musicians, is revolutionizing the way we listen to music.

WPI Studies in Science, Technology, and Culture WPI’s little known university press provides a venue for faculty to publish their work.

A Dramatic Comeback Playwright Catherine Darensbourg ’02 entered WPI intending to study mechanical engineering. But her life’s path took some unexpected twists and turns. The one constant, however, has been WPI theatre.

Volume 104, No. 2, Summer 2005

The Coming Energy Crisis? Jack Siegel ’68, former EPA and DOE administrator and current principal with Energy Resources International Inc., talks about a variety of critical national and global energy and environmental issues.

The End of Fossilized Transportation Can the nation turn the tide on global warming and a costly reliance on foreign oil? David Friedman ’92, research director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Vehicles Program, shares his views.

Sun King In the 1980s, James Kachadorian ’61 designed passive solar homes that are models of energy efficiency.

Wind Power Harness the wind and you harness an untapped energy system, says Paul Gaynor ’87, president and CEO of UPC Wind Management.

Good Scoops There’s more than good taste in your favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavor—there’s also an ecologically responsible manufac-turing process, overseen by Pete Gosselin ’85.

Volume 104, No. 1, Spring 2005

Striving for Future Success WPI’s Office of Minority Affairs piques the interest of Worcester middle school students in engineering careers through innovative summer camp programs.

Filling the Gap in Oral Health Care Dismayed by the Commonwealth’s designation as a “state of decay” because of the inadequate oral health care it provides to Medicaid-eligible children, John Gusha ’80 marshalled local dentists and nonprofit agencies to form the Central Massachusetts Oral Health Initiative.

Power to the People Before Richard Hansen ’76 brought solar electrification to developing countries such as the Dominican Republic and Honduras, people used flashlight batteries to power their radios and kerosene lamps to light their homes.

Life in the Espresso Lane Starbucks coffee + a WPI chemical engineer = a bottomless cup of worldwide success. Michelle (Petkers) Gass ’90 made a career change that led her to transform the coffee giant’s Frappuccino drink line into a mini-empire.

Home (and Work) Schooled Professional WPI’s Advanced Distance Learning Network spans the globe to bring a world of career-advancing degrees to fast-track professionals.

Your World, at Your Fingertips Enter the technologically savvy mind of serial entrepreneur Robert Diamond ’56, who created the Caller ID service for your telephone and innovative tech-nologies that let you keep a virtual eye on your loved ones and your home.

Volume 103, No. 4, Winter 2004

Meet Dennis Berkey A conversation with WPI’s 15th president.

Safe Exit ECE faculty team creates technology to guide emergency personnel safely out of a building.

Up Ahead, with Kathy Notarianni The director of the Center for Firesafety Studies will build and strengthen the center’s role in fire protection engineering.

Safe or Secure? Can Your Hotel Room Be Both? In her job at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., April Berkol ensures her guests are well protected.

An Ounce of Prevention The work of WPI’s FPE graduates is evident in every aspect of daily life.

10 Burning Questions for David Lucht The former director of the Center for Firesafety Studies reflects on his rich career.

Volume 103, No. 3, Summer 2004

Keys to the City WPI's Worcester Community Project Center immerses students in the culture and history of, and the university's connection with, New England's third-largest metropolis. By Joan Killough-Miller

Hell on Wheels A paralyzing motorcycle racing accident engineers a new career for Ed Sandoz '03. By Carol Cambo

Straight Shooter Former WPI President Ed Parrish leaves New England's bleak winter days behind, along with a university that blossomed during nine years of his leadership. By Ray Bert

Game Plan So what's wrong with going to college and playing video games? WPI hopes a proposed major in Interactive Media and Game Development will be a win-win situation. By Jimmy Guterman

Volume 103, No. 2, Summer 2003

Many Small Steps, One Giant Leap An introduction to WPI's role in aviation and a timeline that chronicles 100 years of innovation. By Michael W. Dorsey

What Goes Up Must Come Down From Apollo parachutes to pilot ejection systems, Robert Rodier '51 has engineered many soft landings. By Arny Spielberg

The Unfriendly Skies WPI alumni are helping build costly air-based defense systems that can think, see and fight like never before. By Wendy Wolfson

The Next 100 Years From spacecraft propulsion to nanosatellites, WPI faculty and students are helping shape the next century of aviation. By Eileen McCluskey

Why I Fly F-16 pilot Maj. Stacey (Cotton) Bonasso '90 tells us what keeps her reaching ever higher.

Volume 103, No. 1, Summer 2003

Rise of the Black Hawk Dave Jenney '53 helped spawn the Black Hawk helicopter, a machine that changed the face of American combat. By Arny Spielberg

The View From Seven Sea Street Behind the scences with Nantucket innkeeper Matthew Parker '85, plus words of wisdom from other alumni B&B owners. By Joan Killough-Miller

What's Next? The Class of 2003 has weathered war, terrorism and corporate scandals. Find out what the future holds for some of WPI's newest alumni. By Carol Cambo

Fast Company Whether founding startups or zooming around on one of his many motorcycles, Shane Chalke '73 travels in the fast lane. By Ray Bert '93

Volume 102, No. 4, Spring 2003

The Bold Trajectory of Robert Lindberg First developing satellite technologies and X-planes, and now leading NASA's new aerospace research institute, Bob Lindberg '74 charts a daring course. By Ray Bert '93

On the Front Lines of Telemedicine With the U.S. Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC), WPI is developing battlefield technologies that will change the delivery of healthcare for all of us. By Michael W. Dorsey

The Science of Fiction Professor and novelist Gary Goshgarian '64, known to readers as Gary Braver, explores the literary what-if world of groundbreaking medical science. By Joan Killough-Miller

The Jet Set When it comes to building jet engines, Pratt & Whitney of Hartford, Conn., has discovered the best way to stay on top: forging a partnership with WPI. By Carol Cambo

A Soul-Searching Superhero Finding the connection between work and passion can be an engineer's greatest challenge. Or it can be as easy as sitting in a tree. By Nina Simon '02

Volume 102, No. 3, Fall 2002

Winged Victory Aeronautical engineer Richard Whitcomb '43 developed some of the most important principles in high-speed flight. Now, he says, there's nothing left to discover.

On a Wing and a Fuel Cell Next year, while the world looks back 100 years to the start of the Air Age, Jim Dunn '67 hopes his electric airplane will get people thinking about aviation's next century.

Achieving Liftoff: A New Generation Unless the next crop of scientists and engineers includes more women and minorities, experts say America will lose its competitive edge. In this special report we examine the "pipeline problem" and find out how WPI is part of the solution.

The Magic in the Molecules From bandages that change color to flag an infection to badges that detect biotoxins, Mitch Sanders '88 is teaching proteins some extraordinarily useful tricks.

Volume 102, No. 2, Spring 2002

More Than a Face in the Crowd - Facial recognition technology made by Viisage Technology, a company led by Denis Berube '65, is helping make the world safer and more secure.

Hearing Voices - Aviation accidents raise two big questions: what happened, and can we stop it from happening again? Cockpit voice recorder analyst Anna Cushman '91 helps find the answers.

After the Fall - Jonathan Barnett's expertise in building fire safety earned him a place on an elite team of engineers chosen to study the collapse of the World Trade Center.

Volume 102, No. 1, Winter 2002

Leveling the Playing Field -A sophisticated personal transportation system that can balance like a human being? No, it's not IT, it's the IBOT, another brainchild of inventor Dean Kamen '73.

Hitting Her Stride - Five short years ago, Christine Clifton '94 could hardly finish a marathon. Today, she is one of the best long-distance runners in the world.

Clearing the Air - When Gregory Wirzbicki '68 wrote a patent application for cleaner-burning gasoline, he didn't know he'd set off a historic battle over intellectual property.

Transformations is the successor to two previous WPI periodicals. We invite you to peruse the online archives of the WPI Journal and The Wire.

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