The student projects component is one of the most distinct and beneficial features of a WPI education. Through specific work for corporate, government, or foundation sponsors, among other partners, students in the Chemical Engineering Department get hands-on experience, either on campus or at one of our project centers worldwide.
Chemical Engineering-related project centers include:
- Washington, DC, headed by David DiBiasio
- Nancy, France, headed by Terri Camesano
- Shanghai, China, headed by Susan Zhou
- Gallo, Modesto, Calif., headed by Henry Nowick and Nikolaos Kazantzis
These projects allow students to apply both chemical engineering and humanities principles to a real-world problem-while benefiting the world at large.
Great Problems Seminars
At WPI we believe that the best way to learn is by doing. That’s why WPI students are engaged in project work from the day they arrive on campus. All first-year students take Great Problems Seminars, a two-course introduction to university-level research and project work that addresses some of the most pressing societal issues of our time. Learn more…
Humanities and Arts
The Humanities and Arts requirement encourages budding chemical engineers to find their inner artist, musician, or philosopher–on campus or abroad–and prepares them for what lies ahead in their careers and education. Learn more…
Interactive Qualifying Project
The Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) has been called the most innovative element of WPI's undergraduate curriculum, requiring students to work in teams to find solutions to societal problems using science and technology. Learn more…
Major Qualifying Project
The Major Qualifying Project (MQP) is completed by every WPI undergraduate, generally in the senior year. Usually undertaken in teams, this capstone project is integral to WPI's project-enriched education, which offers exceptional preparation for successful and rewarding lives and careers.