Liberal Arts & Engineering

College graduates are being asked to perform in a multidisciplinary world in which diverse skills are required to meet increasingly diverse challenges. WPI’s Liberal Arts & Engineering (LAE) degree program prepares students to take on those challenges by providing a broader base of knowledge not only in engineering, but in other disciplines as well.

The LAE degree was created for the student seeking a career that demands engineering know-how, communication tools, and problem-solving skills. Our students graduate with a strong technical background, a broad appreciation of the humanities, and a critical awareness of social implications.

In fields such as medicine, law, public policy, international studies, business, and wherever a solid technical background would give them a unique edge, graduates of the WPI Liberal Arts & Engineering program will be uniquely prepared to solve the problems of the 21st Century.


LAE Student Wins National Award

Xuanya “Bill” Zhang ’13 authored “A Feasibility Study of Biodiesel Plant in Cartago, Costa Rica,” placing second in the Institute of Industrial Engineering (IIE) Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition at the IIE Conference in Orlando, FL.

 
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In our technology-rich society, knowledge of engineering principles and practice must be a part of any liberal arts education.

Prof. Lance Schachterle
Co-Director, Liberal Arts & Engineering

Paul Ventimiglia, '12 won NASA's 2009 Regolith Challenge, beating out 22 other teams from across the country, and earning the top prize of $500,000.  Learn more...