Major Qualifying Project

The Major Qualifying Project (MQP) is a high-level research project in the student's field. Through the MQP, every WPI student has the chance to experience the kind of real-world problem solving that will soon characterize their professional careers. With an MQP on their resume, WPI students have a leg up on the competition when it comes to launching careers or gaining admission to the best graduate schools.

The MQP involves problems typical of those found in the student's professional discipline and addresses challenging research issues. These qualifying projects are far from trivial; each requires a substantial part of an academic year, culminating in a project report and poster on Project Presentation Day.

Faculty and students in the Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) department participate in projects at the Stantec and Panama City Project Centers.

Meet some of our CEE students, and learn about the real-world problems their MQPs address.

Danielle Antonellis, ‘12
Project: Spalling Predictions and Associated Capacity Losses from Hydrothermal Effects

Mark Arnold, ‘12
Project: Mixed-Use Academic/Parking Structure Design

Emily Dudley, ‘12
Project: A Chlorination System for the Scum Manhole at the Sturbridge Wastewater Treatment Plant

Ryan Worsman, ‘12
Project: Development of 32 Prescott Street at Gateway Park