Major Qualifying Project

Build Your Resume while Making a Major Contribution to Society

At WPI, the Major Qualifying Project (MQP) is a high-level research project in the student's major field. Through the MQP every 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.

Learn more about some of the MQPs that our Environmental & Sustainability Studies students have recently completed.

Project Title

Passive Home Design- A Guide to Remodeling and Building Highly Energy Efficient and Eco-Friendly Homes

Project Author

  • Evan Sawyer, EV

Project Description

This guide is intended to inform a home builder, designer, or owner of the important differences between the production and design of a passive home and typical house construction. Increasingly, energy conservation and eco-friendly products are becoming more attractive to owners and builders who wish to build sustainably without sacrificing comfort or style. This building technique, when applied properly can develop homes which require no off site energy input annually. Learn more…

Project Title

Assessing People‘s Perceptions of Urban Trees: A Case Study in Worcester, Massachusetts

Project Authors

  • Anna Costello, EV
  • Jeffrey Robinson, EV

Project Description

The Asian long horned beetle (ALB) has decimated the forests of several cities along North America‘s east coast. The outbreak in Worcester, Massachusetts presented a unique opportunity to evaluate the public‘s perception of trees. The goal of this research is to communicate resident opinion to policy makers so that they may better manage and protect urban forests. Learn more…

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