Henrique Polido, '14

Degree: BS, Computer Science

Hometown: Worcester, MA

Why did you choose to attend WPI?
I chose WPI for the hands-on work and all of the opportunities I saw available to me here. I knew my perspective would be broadened by these opportunities.

How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
It is a great advantage to learn how to work in a team early. The ability to collaborate, share information, and make a convincing argument are skills like no other. WPI provides the opportunities to develop these skills through the team projects.

What do you think are WPI’s greatest strengths?
Motivation. At WPI, it is easy to get an idea and discuss all the possibilities with friends and fellow students. There is always something new to do: building robots, making games, analyzing algorithms, playing games, listening to speakers, etc. Students are provided the activities to motivate and inspire them.

How have the professors in your department impacted your studies and your life?
I have had a lot of positive interactions with professors, mostly from being president of clubs that take a major interest in students. From various experiences, you are able to connect with professors whom you share common interests with. As busy as they are, they are always available to give important advice and talk through ideas. For instance, when I asked Professor Pollice if we could meet for an hour just to discuss our views, he was more than willing. I am so glad to see that even in the busy life of a professor, he was enthusiastic about meeting with me.

What are your research projects?
I’m currently working on a Smart mouse with Professor Putnam. The idea is to build a small robot that is going to traverse a maze autonomously. Students are in charge of designing, building, and programming the robot; it is really interesting seeing students of different backgrounds and skills using their knowledge to build the robot.

What do you hope to do when you graduate? What would be your ideal job?
I have a lot of dreams. They range from working at Microsoft to creating the first interplanetary manned space ship.

Groups or extracurricular activities you participate in at WPI:

  • ACM
  • IEEE
  • Design Club
  • International club
  • Science fiction society
  • CollabLab
  • Worcester Linux Usegroup
  • Math hour
  • Toastmasters
  • Buddhist club
  • Gay-Straight Alliance

Additional comments:
What is the point of being alive if you do not at least try to do something remarkable? WPI can help you accomplish something remarkable.

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