A Message from the Vice Provost for Research

Welcome to WPI's research site.

This site is a focal point for information and news about WPI's graduate research programs and about the accomplishments of the university's distinguished faculty. As you review the site's contents--from the descriptions of WPI's major research focus areas, to the videos on our "Research at WPI" microsite, to our research news releases and research magazine--you will see that WPI's approach to research is distinctive in two ways.

First, much of our research is interdisciplinary. The questions researchers are asking today--and the questions being asked of researchers--are highly complex and challenging. It often takes teams of scientists and engineers, from more than a single discipline, to attack them. Because of its traditionally low barriers to cross-departmental education and research, WPI has long been known as a place where interdisciplinary work thrives.

Second, most of the research done at WPI has important practical applications. Our faculty and students are drawn to problems that are both interesting and important to society. Even researchers who are addressing fundamental questions are aware of and motivated by the potential for their work to make a difference to humanity. The tradition of applying theory to solve meaningful problems and developing solutions that can change the world in positive ways goes back to WPI’s founding. It is deeply ingrained in our culture.

Collaborating across disciplines and working in modern facilities (including the gleaming new 125,000-square-foot Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center, a beehive of cutting-edge work at the intersection of the life sciences and engineering), WPI faculty and graduate students are working every day to solve some of the most pressing issues of our time in a broad range of fields, including healthcare, energy, sustainability, and educational assessment. I invite you to explore this site to see for yourself how WPI researchers are making a difference and making the world a better place.

Michael B. Manning
Vice Provost for Research 

 
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