WPI Celebrates Contributions of Norton/Saint-Gobain

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. - It's just giving credit where credit is due. Worcester Polytechnic Institute will celebrate the success of its unique collaboration with Worcester-based company Norton/Saint Gobain Thursday, April 22, at 4:15 p.m. As part of WPI's annual Project Presentation Day, when student projects are placed on display, the University will honor the contributions of a long-time neighbor and project partner, Norton/Saint-Gobain.

Over the past two decades, WPI's professors and students have enjoyed collaboration and support from Norton. After WPI introduced a new degree requirement, the Major Qualifying Project, Norton became the first industry to sponsor these projects by establishing and financially supporting the Norton Project Center, back in 1973. Since that time more than 80 projects have been completed through this industrial center.

But that's not all.

"In 1989, Norton/Saint-Gobain initiated another visionary program with the creation of a Norton/Saint-Gobain Professorship and an endowed Norton Graduate Fellowship," said Mohammad Noori, mechanical engineering professor and department head. "This professorship and fellowship were established to support young faculty members with their research, to promote industry-oriented research in academia and to further strengthen the industry-university partnership."

To honor these contributions, WPI will host a number of representatives from Norton/Saint-Gobain, including Thomas Kinisky, vice president of technology and research and development. On Thursday, April 22, at 4:15 p.m., WPI will make an honorary presentation to Kinisky in the University's Higgins Laboratories building, room 116. Refreshments will be served.

The Norton event will coincide with WPI's Project Presentation Day, which is held from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. It is an annual event when WPI undergraduates present their Major Qualifying Projects. For many students, it is the culmination of their undergraduate career.

For more information, please contact WPI at 508-831-5747 or 508-831-6085.