Alden Bianchi, BS
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Degree earned at WPI:
BS, Math & Computer Sciences
Degrees earned from other institutions:
LLM, Boston University School of Law
LLM, Georgetown University
JD, Suffolk University
Why did you choose to attend WPI?
I had some facility with mathematics and science and felt I belonged at a school like WPI that emphasized those things.
How did your studies and experiences at WPI prepare you for graduate school?
The professors at WPI had uniformly high standards. It’s really a no fluff zone. You’re judged according to a very high standard and are held accountable. As an engineering school, you can’t purport to graduate folks who are competent in math and science without insisting that they get it right.
I am the Practice Group Leader of Mintz Levin’s Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Practice, Senior Partner. I advise corporate, not-for-profit, governmental, and individual clients on a broad range of executive compensation and employee benefits issues. I’ve also had the privilege of representing WPI from time to time in my field.
One of the highlights of my professional career was representing the Romney administration in connection with the historic 2006 Massachusetts health care reform act. This was a truly remarkable opportunity to craft the law that basically became the model for what we did federally and to work with Governor Romney as a hands-on participant in this project. I either wrote, edited, or signed-off on the entire administration bill. It was the first time in my career that I was involved in policy, as opposed to law. It was humbling to be sitting in a room working with folks making policy - where every little decision you make affects millions of people.
How do you feel your experiences at WPI prepared you for working in your field?
The branch of law that I’m in tends to get very quantitative. There is a lot of actuarial science in dealing with retirement-type benefits and even health care. These actuarial concepts come very easily to me – they’re intuitive – by reason of having spent my under graduate days at WPI.
My four years at WPI gave me the grounding and critical thinking that became the basis for everything else I did.
How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, prepared you to meet real-world challenges in grad school and the workplace?
I can’t think of a better environment to get ready for the real world. When you get to WPI, you start to realize there are a lot of very smart, very capable people on the planet with whom you are going to have to cooperate and with whom you are going to have to compete; WPI prepares you to do both.
We’re moving towards a knowledge society where one of the most useful skills is to take a morass of issues, facts, problems, and limitations, and fashion a solution out of that. These are the skills that one has to learn in order to survive at WPI. Problems don’t come neatly packaged, at all. They come in the form of a big blob. The value of the WPI education is learning to be able to sort that blob out, make sense of it, and make it work for our clients, customers, patients, whomever.
WPI prepares you for the vagaries of the real world. Reality is constantly asserting itself, and every day is a day in earth school. This is a very effective brand of earth school.
Groups or extracurricular activities you participated in at WPI:
- Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity
- Debate Team
Academic or professional awards you have received:
- Nationally recognized in the 2011 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business as a leader in the field, one of only about twelve chosen across the nation
- Listed in Woodward & White’s Best Lawyers in America
- Included in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law
- Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.
- Recognized annually since 2006 as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer by the publishers of Boston Magazine.
WPI grounds you in the skills and the mindset that you need for anything that you want to do. Coming out of WPI, you will have the tools in your tool box to succeed. The rest is up to you.