Interactive Qualifying Project

A Chance to Solve the World’s Most Challenging Problems

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/technology and social issues and is done under the direct guidance of one or more faculty advisors, usually in teams of 2-4 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 society at large. 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. About 60% of all IQPs are completed through the Global Perspective Program at one of WPI's Project Centers in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, or Europe. Learn more about some of the IQPs students in our International Studies program have recently completed and how their IQP experiences have made a meaningful impact on the lives of people all over the globe.

Project Title:

HIV/AIDS Prevention Strategies in the Private Sector of Namibia

Project Authors:

  • Alexia D Bililies, IN
  • Allison Marie Lombardo, BIO
  • Olusope M. Otuyelu, ECE

Project Description:

The goal of this project was to develop innovative, sustainable HIV/AIDS prevention strategies that can be implemented in Namibia. To achieve this goal, WPI students examined current HIV/AIDS workplace programs in Namibian businesses by conducting interviews with wellness coordinators and other HIV/AIDS stakeholders. Using archival research, they identified innovative HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support, as well as treatment strategies in other locations. Based on their results, the students recommend that Namibian Business Coalition on AIDS ( NABCOA) implement mobile testing units, a national HIV/AIDS hotline, and periodic wellness days. Learn more... 


Project Title:

The Impact of Hong Kong's New Education System for Caritas Francis Hsu College

Project Authors:

  • Todd Christopher Bitner, BE
  • Erin Rebecca McLean, ME
  • Hilal Tetik, IN

Project Description:

This report was compiled for Caritas Francis Hsu College (CFHC) to determine the opinions and concerns of their students, teachers, and parents toward Hong Kong's upcoming educational reform. Various viewpoints and apprehensions voiced by these parties were obtained through interviews, focus groups, and questionnaires. The team presented these data together with suggestions to CFHC on how to best prepare for possible problems that could present themselves during the transition to the new educational system. Learn more...

 
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