Daphne Gorman, '12

Degree: BS, Computer Science

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Why did you choose to attend WPI?
I really liked the collaborative environment and the project-based curricula.

How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
I feel much better prepared for the real world because of WPI. Doing projects and working with teams is how the real world is, and so I feel that coming to WPI gives me an edge over graduates of other schools.

What do you think are WPI’s greatest strengths?
WPI's greatest strength is the collaborative environment. Almost every student is willing to help out any of his/her classmates. If I don't understand the material in class, other students often offer assistance without my asking for help even if I don't know them.

How have the professors in the Computer Science Department impacted your studies and your life?
All of the professors genuinely care about all of the students in their classes. In the Computer Science department, the experience I've had with Professor Lauer is especially memorable. He is extremely knowledgeable about the material and puts in a huge amount of effort to ensure all his classes are well planned out. Additionally, he has a personal interest in how each individual student is performing, even in large classes. He makes it a point of knowing each student’s strengths and weaknesses so that he can advise them and support them in those areas. When I was discussing my post-graduation plan with him, he made a point to request that I keep him updated and let him know how my upcoming projects proceed.

What are your research projects?
The research projects I have been involved with are my IQP with Professor Nikitina and Professor Ludwig and my MQP with Professor Ludwig, Professor Makarov, and Professor Gennert, sponsored by The MITRE Corporation. For my IQP, I went to Puerto Rico and worked with the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources to determine what infrastructure within 1km of the coastline was vulnerable to the effects of climate change. My MQP involved writing a program that calculates the energy transfer between two coplanar phased antenna arrays.

What do you hope to do when you graduate? What would be your ideal job?
I hope to attend graduate school.

Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:

  • Water Polo Club President
  • Ping Pong Club

Academic or professional awards you have received:

  • Dean’s List

Additional comments:
I believe the professors here chose to come to a smaller university so that they could have a more personal impact on their students. They really care a lot more about their students than a professor at a larger school would be able to. They seem to like helping students on a more personal level and genuinely care about their students’ experiences.

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