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All systems go

(Excerpts from President Leshin’s message to the community on June 2, 2014)

I chose to come to WPI because I truly believe that STEM education and research is critical to the future prosperity of our country, and to the health and well-being of people around the world.  And I believe that WPI approaches STEM learning and discovery the way it should be approached.  It’s not good enough to train students in STEM fields – we expect our students and faculty to use their skills to make a positive impact on the world – one project at a time.  

I humbly ask for your support as I seek to learn from you, and ultimately work with you to craft our plan to expand our global impact and enhance our reputation, while embracing all that is special about WPI.

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