Letters

The Creative Side

I just wanted to take a moment to show my appreciation for the mention of my work in the most recent issue of Transformations [“Starting Point,” summer ’09]. My experiences at WPI ultimately nurtured my creative side, and helped me find my direction as a budding designer. It is nice to know that others have seen and appreciated the immense creative potential of the WPI community, students, alumni, and faculty alike. I am proud to call myself a member of the WPI community, and hope that my studies in architecture can someday help to better Tech, just as it helped better me as an individual seeking a creatively fulfilling life.

Damien Rigden ’08
Somerville, Mass.

Distinction for WPI

I received actual, physical mail from WPI and thought that congratulations are in order for a super job on the periodical. Distinct and really interesting. Keep up the great work!

Aresh Mehta ’95
Karachi, Pakistan

Thriving Robotics, Thriving WPI 

I always enjoy receiving my copy of Transformations, to learn even more about the great programs going on at WPI. In the most recent issue, President Berkey’s message resonated with me and with our efforts in state government to help grow the economy in Massachusetts. President Berkey wrote about WPI’s practice of “not lurching from field to field but evolving and expanding by design in areas where we have real leadership to provide.” He cited WPI’s robotics program as a recent example of that approach. Robotics is an important growth sector for Massachusetts. It combines our historic strengths of innovation and technology development. I believe we can emerge as a global leader in robotics if we continue to improve public and private education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, the socalled STEM fields, so that companies will have the trained and talented workforce they need to thrive here. In that regard, I know that WPI’s leadership in robotics education, and across the STEM continuum, will continue to serve our commonwealth very well and will give our next generation of young people extraordinary opportunities to learn, to innovate, and to succeed.

Timothy P. Murray
Lt. Governor of Massachusetts

Correction:

Correction:

Last summer the WPI men’s crew team competed in the Henley Royal Regatta for the first time as a varsity program. It was not, however, the first time WPI was represented in the world-renowned regatta, as the club crew team rowed there in the early 1980s. Thanks to Peter Clapp ’82 for pointing out this distinction. “I was one of the proud oarsmen in those days that went over to represent WPI at that grand occasion,” he says. “And I suspect that when this crew arrived, they found that our reputation was in very good stead.”

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