April 21, 2005

Around Campus

Log in and Watch the Bartlett Center Rise

A new Web site offers bird's-eye views like this one of the construction of the Bartlett Center, which will be the new home for WPI's Admissions and Financial Aid offices starting next spring. The site also has details about the building's design, information about plans for a revitalized Quadrangle, the construction schedule, and the story of James Bartlett Jr. '39 and his wife, Shirley, whose generosity made the new structure possible. Visit www.wpi.edu/about/Bartlett/.

Undergraduates Among "Best in Class"

Two WPI students, Matthew J. Black '05 and Ryan M. Carey '05, were among the of top 10 engineering and science graduates in the 2005 "Best in Class" list published by Mass High Tech, the weekly journal of New England technology. The list showcases New England colleges and universities that educate some of the world's most talented students: men and women who have passions beyond math and science. Read about Black and Carey and find links to other recent news coverage of WPI at the new "WPI in the News" site, www.wpi.edu/News/Flash/.

WPI Grand Challenge Team Advances

Atlas Off-Road, a team of WPI students developing an autonomous vehicle they hope to race in the DARPA Grand Challenge, will be one of 118 teams (out of 195 entrants) to receive site visits from the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Based on the results of the visits, DARPA will select 40 teams to compete in a national qualifying event in California in the fall. Half of those teams will be selected to compete in the Grand Challenge in October. The $2 million prize will go to the team whose vehicle completed a treacherous course in the Southwest the fastest within 10 hours. There were no winners in the 2004 challenge. The WPI team consists of Dan Baggett, Brian Barnhill, Alex Cunningham, Conn Dickson, David Eger, Neal Orman, Nathan Rosenblad, Patrick Shields, Eric Twark, Eric Van Dyke, and Eric Wallhagan.

Campus Center Offers Summer Trips

The following summer trips are being sponsored by the Campus Center Office. For more information, or to make reservations, contact Donna DeChiaro at ext. 6806 or donnad@wpi.edu.

Asian Culture Showcased at Dragon Night

The WPI Chinese Student Association (CSA) will hold it annual cultural event, Dragon Night 2005, on Friday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Alden Memorial. The event will feature Chinese food, performances by the Asian Cultural Dance Group, the traditional lion dance, kung fu demonstrations by WPI's Society of Martial Arts, music performed by a CSA member on a rare ancient Chinese instrument, and a fashion show featuring traditional Asian attire. Purchase tickets ($8) in the Campus Center between 9 a.m and 4 p.m. each day or e-mail csaofficers@wpi.edu for reservations.

Summer is a Busy Time at WPI

After the graduates have received their diplomas and the residence halls have emptied, things get pretty quiet around the WPI campus, right? Hardly! Summer is a busy time at the university, with more than 70 undergraduate and graduate classes, a host of sports camps, programs for teachers, and professional development seminars and certificate programs for working professionals.

In addition, programs like Camp Reach, Frontiers, Strive, and GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Science and Mathematics) provide opportunities for middle and high school students to get hands-on experience in engineering and science and explore college life.

This year's Summer Session offers more variety, convenience, and flexibility than ever before. The number of classes has increased, classes have been scheduled at more convenient times (both day and evening), more distance-learning opportunities have been added, and the start date for undergraduate and graduate classes has been moved to the week of May 16. Some classes will end by June 16, while most others will finish by June 30. Summer Session is also a great opportunity to work on an IQP or Sufficiency. To learn more, visit www.wpi.edu/+Summer.


Grebinar Retires as Head Wrestling Coach

Phil Grebinar, head wrestling coach at WPI for the past 33 years and three-time NEWMAC Coach of the Year, announced last week that he has decided to retire from his coaching duties; he will continue as associate professor of physical education. Sean Nelligan '02, an assistant wrestling coach for the past three years, has assumed the duties of head coach.

"I know I will miss the great competition, the work ethic of WPI wrestling teams, and the relationships that are built through a total team environment," Grebinar said in a news release posted on the WPI Web site. "However, I feel the timing is right." Noted Dana Harmon, director of physical education, recreation, and athletics. "Few coaches have as loyal a following [as Grebinar]. While we will miss his coaching leadership, we are pleased that Phil will remain with the athletic department." Read more at www.wpi.edu/+athletics/Releases/.

Administrator Receives Travel Award

Entela Baolli, proposal services administrator, in the Research Administration Office, recently received a Bernard McLane Memorial Travel Award to offset the costs of attending the National Council of University Research Administrators' annual regional meeting in May. The award, which is made available to two individuals from the New England region, is based on financial need and professional benefit to the applicant.

WPI Honors Outstanding Undergraduates

Listed below are all of the undergraduate student prizes and honors awarded by @WPI to date:

Recent Grants

Biology and Biotechnology

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mathematical Sciences

Mechanical Engineering

Diversity and Women's Programs

Blaisdell, S., for "4 Schools for WIE (Women In Engineering)," from Northeastern University (NSF), $58,000.
*Co-principal Investigator
Total March grants and contracts: $1,097,313.

Correcting Our Facts

In an article in the March 24 issue about the appointment of Umberto Mosco as the Harold J. Gay Professor, it was incorrectly stated that the Gay Chair is a two-year professorship. The two-year team applied to a former honorary professorship for younger faculty members. Dr. Umberto's appointment as the Harold J. Gay Professor carries no term.

The Return of the Goat's Head

The bronze Goat's Head trophy, the coveted prize for the class that wins the annual Freshman-Sophomore Rivalry, was spotted April 14 for the first time in four years. The trophy was held aloft by a masked individual outside the windows of Forkey Commons during a WPI Jeopardy contest. Read more about the goat history, the rivalry, and the sighting at the Goat's Head Web site: www.wpi.edu/~goat.

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