Jonathan Dorich, '14

Hometown: Narragansett, Rhode Island

Degree: BS, Robotics Engineering

Why did you choose WPI?
It is one of the few universities with a robotics engineering major, and it has a great reputation among businesses and other universities. From the few visits I made to campus, I found that WPI would be a great fit for me—especially given the many amazing opportunities available to all students.

How has WPI’s philosophy of Theory and Practice, and working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
It’s a great way to learn. Theory gives you the reasoning and the knowledge to be able to design and understand concepts, while Practice provides hands-on experience that can be used in your future career. Many departments recommend that students work in teams for labs or projects, which furthers learning and helps each student be more prepared for the real world.

What do you consider WPI’s greatest strengths?
The best part of WPI is the many opportunities for success and growth that are available to each student. From the programs the Career Development Center offers, to the IGSD international projects, to all the clubs and groups that students can thrive in, there is something for every student.

How has the Robotics Engineering faculty positively impacted your success as a student?
The best experience I have had with a faculty member was in Professor Sergey Makarov’s classroom. During lecture, it was impossible to not stay focused because he was so enthusiastic about the material. He was extremely helpful by showing up at every three-hour lab and holding a help session before every test. And during lab, he would make sure every student understood how to do the lab.

What are your research projects?
Currently I am participating in the 2012 RASCA-AL Robo-Ops Competition with Team Oryx and Professor Taskin Padir. Our team is building a small rover that will be used to search for and acquire specific rocks over a large terrain course.

What do you hope to do when you graduate?
My plan after graduation is to get my MS in electrical and computer engineering or robotics engineering by either going directly into a master’s program or finding a job that will assist me in pursuing my master’s degree.

Groups or extracurricular activities in which you participate at WPI:

  • Recording Club
  • IEEE
  • Concert Band
  • Robo-Ops (Team Oryx)
  • Engineers Without Borders

Academic or professional awards you have received:

  • Charles O. Thompson Scholar

Additional comments:

  • Pursuing a double major in robotics engineering and electrical and computer engineering.
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