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Atwater Kent Laboratories

Atwater Kent Labs

100 Institute Road, Worcester MA, 01609

Built in 1907 and named for a radio pioneer and member of WPI’s class of 1900, Atwater Kent Laboratories was the first building in the country dedicated to education in electrical engineering. Seen from the air, it resembles the letter E (for electrical engineering). From the ground, it is equally impressive, most notably for its large brick arch that once served as an entrance for an electric railway test car.

Today Atwater Kent houses the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Robotics Engineering and is packed with labs and workstations focused on research in areas including wireless information networks, cryptography and information security, analog and digital microelectronics, network operations, computer vision, human-robot interaction, soft robotics, and machine learning.

COVID-19 Building-Specific Safety Measures

  • Cleaning: Daily enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces in classrooms, hallways, stairs, elevator, bathrooms, and meeting spaces. Daily fogging of spaces with a disinfectant cleaning solution. 
  • Cleaning Supplies: Provided in centralized locations on each floor and in classrooms so individuals can clean their own workspace and equipment. 
  • Hand Sanitizer: Provided at entrances, in classrooms, and throughout public areas. Departments may be providing hand sanitizer at additional locations in office suites. 
  • Signage: To inform social distancing practices, occupancy limits, and cleaning requirements throughout the building. 
  • Bathrooms: Bathrooms have reduced occupancies required — some will be single-use occupancy to maintain social distancing. Drinking fountains have been shut off for your safety — where available, water bottle filler stations remain operational.
  • Classrooms and Teaching Labs: Classroom capacity has been reduced to maintain 6’ social distancing, daily enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces, cleaning supplies provided for students and faculty to clean personal space, where possible directional flow in and out of classrooms are indicated. 
  • Ventilation: Windows may be opened for ventilation. If you open a window, be sure to shut off the air conditioner in that space.  Ventilation systems have been inspected, filters changed, and adjusted to increase ventilation rates.
  • Clear Barriers: Clear plexiglass barriers have been installed at classroom teaching stations and service desks in department offices to help reduce transmission. 
  • Building Access: The building will remain locked during business hours and is accessible with your WPI ID card. Campus visitors must register in advance and be escorted by the department. 

Offices and Departments

Title Email Phone
Electrical & Computer Engineering 508-831-5231