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 computer science department participate in projects at the centers listed below.

  • Silicon Valley, CA
  • Wall Street, NY
  • MIT Lincoln Laboratory, MA
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Kansai, Japan
  • Microsoft, Cambridge, MA
  • MITRE, Bedford, MA

Get to know some of our students and learn how their MQP experience has direct ties to their success.

Sarah Jaffer, MS candidate
Project: Genometry: Using Smartphones to control Interactive content on Public Displays

Lucus Scotta, '11
Project: Distributed Virtual Environment for Radar Testing