Interactive Qualifying Project

The Interactive Qualifying Project, or IQP as it is known on campus, is WPI's most distinctive academic requirement and is unique in higher education. The IQP challenges students to address a problem that lies at the intersection of science or technology with social issues and human needs and is done under the direct guidance of one or more faculty advisors, usually in teams of two to four students.

The objective of this interdisciplinary requirement is to enable WPI graduates to understand, as citizens and as professionals, how their careers will affect the larger society of which they are part. Generally, these projects involve some analysis of how technology affects, and is affected by, individuals and communities. Many of the projects are proposed by external agencies or organizations, and most are done in teams. About 60 percent of all IQPs are completed through the Global Projects Program at one of WPI's Project Centers in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, or Europe.

Learn about a few of our Environmental Engineering students and the important work they’re doing across disciplines here.

Author: Adam Cadwallader, ’13
Project: Supporting urban beekeeping as a livelihood strategy in Cape Town, South Africa.

Author: Cassandra Stacy, ’13
Project: Developing a computer model to manage pedestrian traffic in Venice, Italy.

Author: Ian Weyburne, ’13
Project: Creating protocols for environmental and fire safety in marinas and ports in San Jose, Costa Rica.