Strage Innovation Awards

The Strage Award, established in 2005 through the generosity of Henry and Alberta Strage helps encourage WPI undergraduate students who are interested in innovation and turning new ideas into viable new projects or ventures. Students’ ideas are evaluated by a panel of judges.

Henry Strage earned his BS in chemical engineering (class of 1954) and received a PhD (honorary) from WPI in 2011. Henry Strage is a former senior director of McKinsey & Company. During his 30 years of active service, he directed major studies for global enterprises in the pharmaceutical, engineering, energy, chemical, financial, high technology, and electronics industries. His assignments involved work on a broad range of top management problems while concentrating on international strategy, marketing, global management, industrial restructuring, and cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Read more about Henry Strage '54

The award will be given annually. The prize amount is up to $5,000. The objective of the competition is to develop student knowledge and practical experience in the translation of creative ideas into viable new products, ventures, or licensing opportunities. It may be given to an individual or team involved in submitting their commercial, philanthropic, or social venture ideas. 

Location: Innovation Studio

Strage Innovation Award Application Deadlines 2022

The 2022 competition will open for applications from WPI undergraduate students on February 9th, 2022

Read the  Application Guidelines and keep the following deadlines in mind.

Intent to Participate form & Written Proposals are due no later than Thursday, March 24th, 2022 at 11:59pm

Students will be notified if selected to make a full presentation to the judge panel

Competition Day will be on April 15th, 2022 at 10 am via Zoom 

Supporting Documents

Applicants are welcomed to work in advance with faculty members, the I&E team, outside consultants, lawyers, accountants, or other relevant parties, but the team must be composed of full-time WPI undergraduate students only. If you have questions about this, contact Jasmine Jones at

If you are interested in applying for the Strage Innovation Award, these guidelines will help you take the appropriate steps though the application process.

Judging Criteria

Application Guidelines

Frequently Asked Questions

Help, Advice and Support for Applicants

Statement of Originality and Source of Idea (SOSI) Form

Read About Past Strage Award Winners

The Strage Innovation Award winners are a diverse group. Read about award winners from 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.