Engineering

WPI is one of the nation’s premier engineering- and science focused universities—and it shows in the breadth and depth of our academic programs and the success and influence of our students and alumni. Almost anything you can imagine engineering you can learn to do here. From cleaner water to spacecraft, robots to video games, fuel cells to better ways to run a business, WPI can help you realize your passion.

Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace engineering offers challenging and exciting opportunities to analyze and design airplanes and helicopters, and rockets and spacecraft. WPI's Aerospace Engineering Program provides a comprehensive aerospace engineering education, balancing technical, mathematical, and basic science courses with project work to prepare you for success. 

WPI, you will work with your professors in specialized laboratories to get practical experience in the work of aerospace engineering. Our research resources include wind and water tunnels, space simulation chambers, autonomous aerospace vehicles and robotic systems, and computational labs for analysis and design. Your senior year will include a major project related to aerospace engineering, giving you a chance to delve into a topic of choice and become an expert. 

WPI's Aerospace Engineering Program will prepare you with the skills and experience to start your career in aeronautics or astronautics. Learn to design the next generation spacecraft propulsion systems, develop pilotless and micro-aircraft, analyze and improve aircraft and spacecraft control systems, create innovative wind energy systems, or tackle any number of other areas of interest. Learn more...

Architectural Engineering

Architectural engineers focus on the planning, design, construction, and operation of buildings and, particularly, on the parts of a building that support the functioning of the inner space and the undertaking of human activities, including environmental protection, comfort, and security. While architects design buildings for meeting occupants’ spatial, use and aesthetic needs, architectural engineers make sure that these buildings are structurally sound, provide constant environmental comfort to occupants in winter and summer, power their lights, computers and machines, and, lastly, provide a safe escape in case of fire.

One of the major focuses of WPI's program is the use of energy in buildings, which is addressed through courses and projects that incorporate engineering science and design fundamentals that relate to those building parts, e.g., heating and air conditioning, plumbing and electrical systems, etc. which impact the consumption of energy and natural resources.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the architectural engineering discipline, the Architectural Engineering major takes advantage of courses offered by the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Humanities and Arts. Learn more...

Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical engineering is a broad discipline with important applications for enhancing medicine and healthcare, from stem cell delivery methods to robotic surgical systems. WPI's Biomedical Engineering Program integrates physical, chemical, mathematical, and computational sciences, and engineering principles with the study of biology, medicine, behavior, and health.

At WPI, you work with your advisor to help you choose the courses that will best prepare you for your career of choice in healthcare or for professional programs in biomedical research or medicine. Your projects and lab work give you essential hands-on experience to become an expert. From your first day of classes, you will be working in the top tier bioscience facilities at the George I. Alden Life Sciences and Bioengineering Educational Center and at Gateway Park, our mixed-use, life sciences complex. Our many laboratories have specialized equipment and resources for bioinstrumentation, biomaterials/tissue engineering, biosensor, and nuclear magnetic resonance research.

From regenerative medicine and tissue engineering to medical imaging systems, biomaterials design to advanced medical systems, your WPI education will expose you to knowledge and discoveries in such areas as bioengineered skin andorgans, 3-D ultrasound, biocompatibility properties of implantable artificial materials, and smart physiological sensors.  Learn more...

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering is a dynamic and varied field that contributes to a better society through advances in new materials, biomedicine, alternative energy, pollution abatement, resource conservation, and sustainable development. WPI's Chemical Engineering Program combines project experiences and course work across mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology.

At WPI, your professors will help you become an expert through hands-on work in our research facilities, which include laboratories for materials characterization, bioreactor engineering, catalyst and reaction engineering, and fuel cell research. Here you will also find faculty members committed to helping you develop the self-confidence and communication and problem-solving skills to emerge from your undergraduate studies ready to lead.

WPI's Chemical Engineering Program will prepare you for success in a broad range of areas, including material technologies and processes, energy and transportation technologies, medical technologies, and environmental technologies. From nanomaterials to biomaterials, membrane reactors to soil and water remediation, your WPI education will prepare you to solve real-world problems. Learn more...

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Civil and environmental engineering is concerned with the sustainable, eco-friendly design and construction of the infrastructure that improves quality of life. WPI's civil and environmental engineering program is project-enriched, and provides the range of course work and hands-on experience to prepare you to solve real-world problems.

At WPI, you have the flexibility to specialize or create a broad program with sub-disciplines. Your academic advisor will help you customize an academic approach that works for your career goals, whether you want to design complex structures, test and design pavement solutions, develop alternative energy techniques, or contribute to better water quality and treatments.

WPI's Civil and Environmental Engineering Program will prepare you with classes and laboratory research in structural engineering, transportation engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental and hydraulic engineering, urban and environmental planning, and construction engineering and project management.  Learn more...

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Electrical and computer engineering spans the breadth and depth of such areas as microelectronics, advanced integrated circuit design, analog and digital design, advanced computer and embedded systems, and all forms of communication and signal processing systems. WPI's program immerses students in the basics of the discipline as well as providing study on state-of-the-art concepts and technologies.

At WPI, you will also have the chance to study wireless networks and localization technologies, all forms of healthcare monitoring for quality-of-life improvements, and the development of robots for use in law enforcement, firefighting, and personal assistant roles. In both course work and projects, creativity and tenacity are essential to finding new solutions to emerging needs and improvements to existing applications.

WPI's Electrical and Computer Engineering Program will prepare you to make a difference as you choose, whether your interests are in information technology, computer design, personal and wireless communications, robotics, imaging technologies, cryptography, electric power generation or transmission, biomedical instruments and diagnostic systems, or mechanical electrical interfaces. Learn more...

Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers protect public health and the natural environment. WPI's environmental engineering program provides a foundation in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, engineering science, and design principles. Advanced course work covers water quality and resources, air and land environmental systems, and environmental management.

At WPI, you will achieve a fundamental understanding of the interrelationships between human activities and their surroundingenvironment. Through course work, extensive laboratory experience, and projects, the program encompasses the humanistic and social aspects of engineering decisions, public health management, and environmental preservation.

WPI's Environmental Engineering Program offers students the chance to explore the human, economic, legal, and political issues surrounding environmental engineering problems. From water and wastewater treatment design to air emission modeling, brownfield redevelopment to watershed assessment and protection, the project-enriched curriculum at WPI gives you problem solving experiences in collaboration with government agencies, industrial and municipal sponsors, and research programs.  title="Environmental">Learn more...

Fire Protection Engineering

Fire protection engineering, a graduate program at WPI, offers undergraduate students majoring in a traditional engineering  or science discipline the opportunity to complete a master's program with just one additional year of schooling. Fire protection engineers apply science, engineering, and management principles to protect life, property, business operations, and the environment from fire.

WPI was the first American university to offer graduate programs in fire protection engineering, and our program remains one of two focused on this rewarding and lucrative profession. Our five-year BS/MS program brings together talents from many disciplines, including mechanical, chemical, civil, and electrical engineering, as well as computer science, physics, business, and mathematics.

WPI's graduates have exceptional versatility in the job market. Opportunities consistently exceed the number of fire protection engineering graduates, and starting salaries are generally above average. Fire protection engineers may be called upon to perform fire safety evaluations of buildings and industrial complexes, design systems that automatically detect and suppress fires and explosions, conduct research on consumer products, determine fire and smoke behavior with computer modeling, and investigate fires and explosions.  Learn more...

Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical engineers are involved in the design and construction of everything from aircraft carriers to household appliances, automobiles to microscopic nanomachines. WPI's Mechanical Engineering Program gives students a solid foundation in mathematics and science, computer science, cultural and social studies, and engineering fundamentals—and requirements for projects that will hone your expertise in specific areas.

At WPI, you can concentrate your studies in aeronautics, astronautics, biomechanical, engineering mechanics, manufacturing, materials science and engineering, mechanical design, robotics, or thermal-fluid engineering. Your academic advisor will help you select a course of study to meet your career goals.

WPI's mechanical engineering faculty, staff, and facilities ensure an outstanding experience. Our facilities include labs for holographic studies, laser micro-mechaTronics, neuroImaging, and computer-aided manufacturing. Also on campus is the Metal Processing Institute, the largest university industry alliance in North America. Real-world application of the scientific principles and engineering methods is an essential component of mechanical engineering at WPI.  Learn more...

Robotics Engineering

Robotics engineers have the chance to influence many aspects of business and life. In manufacturing, robots can perform tasks faster, cheaper, and safer than human workers. In medicine, the accuracy and precision of surgical procedures can be increased using robotics. Robots can travel into space, under water, or into volcanoes to bring back precious data that would otherwise be impossible to retrieve. In our homes, robots can perform mundane chores and simplify our lives.

WPI established the nation's first undergraduate robotics engineering degree program. Here you will learn to design, build, and operate robots as part of an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, and computer science. The mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering component focuses on how to build the robot's body, and the computer science component will teach you how to control the robot's behavior.

WPI's Robotics Engineering Program will have you building robots during the first year of study. By the time you graduate, you will have been constructing and operating robots for years, and you'll understand how to apply that experience to solve real-world problems.  Learn more...