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VOLUME 12, NO. 3     MAY 1999

In This Issue:

Crossing the Threshold

Coming together for the economy
Sen. Edward Kennedy, Rep. James McGovern and EPA Administrator Carol Browner were among leaders of government, business and education who signed the Central Massachusetts Regional Compact during last fall's economic summit in Alden Memorial. The compact launched a cooperative relationship to improve the region's economy and environment.
It's a small world, after all
WPI expanded its global network last fall when President Parrish signed cooperative agreements with National Taiwan University, Tatung Institute of Technology, Asian Institute of Technology and Chulalongkorn University during a trip to Asia. Parrish presented an honorary degree to T.S. Lin, president of the Tatung Institute in Taiwan, and joined alumni and friends in Bangkok for the second meeting of the President's International Advisory Board.
From here to the White House?
Most folks can only dream of being president. When she takes the helm of the Alumni Association during Reunion Weekend, Patricia Graham Flaherty '75 will assume the office for the second time in her life. The first female graduate to lead the Alumni Association was president of her class as an undergraduate.
WPI branches out again
WPI welcomed the public and area officials to tour its new MetroWest Campus in Southborough, Mass., in a grand opening ceremony on March 9.


Making an impact on vehicular safety
Each year, 225,000 people are involved in collisions in which a vehicle slides sideways into an object like a tree, utility pole, or guardrail. One in three is injured and one in 100 is killed. Malcolm Ray, associate professor and White Family Professor of Civil Engineering, is changing all that.

Ray conducts research on impact-resistant cars and roadside structures...
Gompei's place is No. 8 at FIRST
With Gompei '99 in fine mechanical fettle, the WPI/Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science robotic team went on to an eighth-place finish at the national FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) championship at Walt Disney World's EPCOT in April. "We've been entering this competition since it began in 1992," says Ken Stafford, team leader. "This top-10 finish..."
Project opportunities abound in Boston
WPI's Boston Project Center accepted its first students in D-Term. Fourteen juniors in five teams completed Interactive Qualifying Projects at the new residential center. The broad spectrum of topics included educational funding and assessment, archaeological inventories, and the Big Dig tunnel project...
Present, future stars shine at Commencement
One of WPI's shining stars will return to campus on May 22 as the Commencement speaker. Eric Hahn '80, who until recently was chief technology officer for Netscape Communications, will also receive an honorary doctorate in science.

After earning his B.S. in computer science, Hahn went on to found a series of highly successful software and computer technology companies - including, most recently, Inventures Group, an investment firm that encourages and supports start-up technology companies...


Alumni Campus Life Global Perspective Letters
On The Quad Sports The Faculty

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