Presidential Medal

The WPI Presidential Medal was established in 2001 to recognize individuals who represent the ideal of the "technological humanist," a notion that has been at the heart of WPI's approach to education since its founding in 1865. Balancing theoretical studies with practical application, WPI prepares its students to take the knowledge they learn in the classroom and use it, not only to advance the frontiers of science and technology, but to serve the greater public good. This award was established to recognize outstanding individuals from all walks of life who, through their professional or personal accomplishments, exemplify the ideal of the technological humanist.


Name Title Date Presented
Tarek M.A. Al-Shawaf ’55 Founder, President, and Chairman of SaudConsult May 17, 2014  
Tim Murray  Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor May 20, 2006
Edward M. Kennedy United States Senator (D-Mass) May 20, 2005
James P. McGovern United States Congressman (D-Mass.) May 20, 2005
William R. Grogan '46 Dean Emeritus of Undergraduate Studies, WPI; A Founder of the WPI Plan May 20, 2005
Duane Pearsall Inventor of the First Practical Home Smoke Detector April 1, 2004
Richard Whitcomb Innovator of supersonic aircraft design June 5, 2003
Paul MacCready Founder and Chairman, AeroVironment Inc. November 11, 2002
Arthur C. Clarke Noted Author and Pioneer in Satellite Communications November 30, 2001
Raymond Kurzweil Inventor and Founder of the Kurzweil Companies November 30, 2001
Alison Taunton-Rigby President, Forester Biotech November 30, 2001
Joaquim Agut Executive Chairman, Terra Lycos April 20, 2001
Curtis L. Carlson '67 President and CEO, SRI International April 20, 2001
W.S. Lin President, Tatung Company April 20, 2001
Donald K. Peterson '71 President and CEO, Avaya Inc. April 20, 2001
David Walsh President and COO, Global Crossing April 20, 2001
Ronald L. Zarrella '71 President, General Motors North America April 20, 2001
Dean Kamen '73 President and Owner, DEKA Research and Development Corp. March 30, 2001

The Medal

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