2007-2008

WPI Students to Present Globally and Locally Significant Projects at Annual Awards Competition

WPI will hold its annual President's IQP Awards competition at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008 in the Campus Center Odeum. More than 250 student teams from WPI spent the last academic year working to solve such issues as solar home system sustainability in Thailand, noise data farming in Boston, and AIDS education in Namibia, Africa. Of those, 39 teams entered their projects in the competition. Now, five finalists have been chosen to vie for the prestigious award.

What

Approximately 250 student teams from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) spent the last academic year working to solve such issues as solar home system sustainability in Thailand, noise data farming in Boston, and AIDS education in Namibia, Africa. Of those, 39 teams entered their projects for WPI's annual President's IQP Awards competition. Now, five finalists have been chosen to vie for the prestigious award. The finalists will give their presentations before WPI President and CEO Dennis D. Berkey and a panel of esteemed judges.

The Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) is one of two projects required of WPI undergraduates. Students, working in teams under the guidance of faculty advisors, address a problem at the intersection of science, technology, and society. The projects are conducted either locally or at the more than 20 project centers WPI sponsors around the world. To be considered for the award, projects must be superior in conception, execution, and presentation. The award consists of certificates of merit and honoraria for the students, and a certificate of merit for the project advisor(s).

When

Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, at 1:45 p.m.

Where

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Campus Center, Odeum (top level)
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.

January 21, 2008

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu