WPI Students Vie for Presidentís IQP Awards

Students Present Their Projects From Namibia, Puerto Rico and Thailand

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Students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute complete academic projects all over the world as part of the universityís undergraduate curriculum. The best of these projects will be presented to the WPI community and judged for WPIís annual Presidentís IQP Awards.

An IQP, or Interactive Qualifying Project, is a required WPI student investigation and report examining how science and technology interact with societal structures and values. The IQP is one of three rigorous academic projects WPI undergrads must complete. Many of these projects are done at one of WPIís more than 20 global project centers on five continents. In fact, WPI sends more science and engineering students abroad for academic projects than any other American university.

This yearís award finalists encompass student work done for government agencies and nonprofit organizations in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. Locations and project titles of the five finalists are

  • Bangkok, Thailand - The Development of an Irrigation System in the Village of Nong Din Dam
  • Bangkok, Thailand - Increasing Awareness of Lahu Culture through Solar Technology
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico - Noise Monitoring in San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Windhoek, Namibia - Development of Communal Washing Facilities for the Northwest Settlements of Windhoek, Namibia
  • Windhoek, Namibia - Energy Efficiency Guidelines for Low-Cost Housing


Seventeen students, hailing from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont, completed the projects.

WPI President Dennis D. Berkey will head the awardís panel of judges, which includes

  • Scott Allen, Boston Globe staff reporter
  • Alma Clayton-Pedersen, Association of American Colleges and Universities vice president for Education and Institutional Renewal
  • Chris Corpuz, technology and investment management entrepreneur
  • Gordon Streeb, Carter Center associate executive director for Peace Programs


Wednesday, December 1, 2004
1:45 p.m.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Higgins Laboratories, Room 116
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.