Interdisciplinary & Global Studies Division

Silicon Valley, CA C2013

Term – C 2013

Project Opportunities – MQP in CS, ECE, IMGD

Housing – Shared student apartments

Director – Professors David Finkel & Andy Klein

Preparation –1/6 unit PQP in B 2012

Application Deadline – November 3, 2011 (before 1:00 pm)



Silicon Valley, California, is home to many of the most dynamic companies in the computer industry and in other related high-technology industries.  Recent project sponsors include SRI International (a research center), eBay, and NVIDIA as well as smaller companies.  Several project center students have taken full-time positions with the sponsors and with other companies in Silicon Valley.



Students participating in the Silicon Valley Project Center will participate in a Preliminary Qualifying Project (PQP) during B-Term 2011.  During this PQP, the students will perform background research in the area of their project, learn about the company and the industry where they will be performing their project, and hold discussions with their company mentor about their project work. 


The projects will be conducted during C-Term 2013 in Silicon Valley.  The students will work full-time at the sponsor's site for approximately nine weeks, from early January through early March.  They will work with a mentor from the sponsoring company and with a WPI faculty advisor.  The project work will include the completion of an MQP report and presentation on the project to the sponsoring organization.  Admission to the Silicon Valley Project Center is based on judicial and academic standing and performance, essay response, evidence of maturity and independence, availability of projects in a specific area, qualifications relevant to the project offered, and results of an interview.


Projects may be available in Computer Science, in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and in Interactive Media and Game Development.






Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses


In calculating the extra expense to participate in an off-campus project experience compare this figure to expenses incurred while living on campus: groceries or meal plan, entertainment expenses, transportation, etc.

Travel to site (RT airfare)

$   600

Local Transportation

$   100


$   700

Dining out (10 x term)

$   400

Weekend tourist activities & incidentals

$   500

Estimated total out-of-pocket expenses


Expenses included on your WPI bill


Housing and program expenses



Estimated Total expenses

$ 4,300

Tuition and on-campus housing not included.

All above costs are estimates and are subject to change.








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