Matt Cyr, '12

Hometown: Dracut, Massachusetts
Degree: BS, Biomedical Engineering

Why did you choose to attend WPI?
I was impressed with the projects, programs, academic reputation, athletics, location, and diversity of the campus.

How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
To me, this has been the largest strength of a WPI education. WPI has taught me that education is not simply about knowledge, but about gaining knowledge and using it to solve problems and to help others.

What do you think are WPI’s greatest strengths?
WPI's greatest strengths, in my opinion, are the projects program, the seven-week terms, and the diversity on campus. I have worked on countless teams completing projects for various classes. WPI has shown me that it is so rewarding and fulfilling to use your knowledge to complete a goal, but more importantly, to help others. The seven-week terms have helped me to adjust to the fast pace that is seen in any engineering company in the real world, and have allowed me to take even more classes to broaden my knowledge. The diversity on campus has allowed me to meet and work with students from all over the world and learn about their cultures and backgrounds.

How have the professors in the Biomedical Engineering Department impacted your studies and your life?
All of the faculty members in the Biomedical Engineering Department are excellent people who have showed me how knowledge is nothing without action and that teamwork is essential. In particular, Professors Gaudette, Pins, and Rolle have always been there if help is needed or to answer any of my questions and have shown a great deal of interest in my success and growth as a student and member of the WPI community.

What are your research projects?
I just finished my Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), assessing the economic and social feasibility of introducing electric vehicles to Puerto Rico, with Professors Reinhold Ludwig and Svetlana Nikitina. For my Major Qualifying Project (MQP), I will be working on studying the mechanical properties of contracting tissue rings with Professor Marsha Rolle.

What do you hope to do when you graduate? What would be your ideal job?
I plan to go on to get my master's degree and then join a prominent tissue-engineering company–or begin my own startup company in the field of tissue engineering.

Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:

  • WPI Varsity Football Team
  • Alpha Eta Mu Beta
  • Tau Beta Pi

Academic or professional awards you have received:

  • WPI Charles O. Thompson Scholar
  • WPI Dean's List, All Terms
  • Liberty League All-Academic Team 2008, 2009, 2010.

Additional comments:
The faculty and staff of the WPI Biomedical Engineering Department are all hard-working, ambitious, kindhearted, and helpful people, and they have shown me how cool it is to be an engineer.

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