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Goddard Hall

Goddard Hall

100 Institute Road, Worcester MA, 01609

In 1965, Goddard Hall was constructed to provide a new home for the burgeoning departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Chemical Engineering. The building was funded by a gift from the F. W. Olin Foundation and named after Robert Goddard, the famous 1908 WPI graduate who is known as the father of modern rocketry. Its exterior features a 10-foot-tall WPI seal cast in stone.

In 2008, the George I. Alden Trust funded a major renovation of Goddard Hall, enabling the creation of the George I. Alden Life Sciences and Bioengineering Educational Center. The 21,300-square-foot center features four floors of open, technology-rich spaces for undergraduate biology, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering programs. The layout also promotes collaborations across disciplines and among students through shared work spaces, tutorial spaces, and study lounges. 

COVID-19 Building-Specific Safety Measures

  • Cleaning: Daily enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces in classrooms, hallways, stairs, 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: 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


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With a Fulbright award, Michael Timko, associate professor of chemical engineering, will learn to build a device that will advance his biofuel research.
May 22, 2019
Professor Timko holds up and examines two vials, a large one on the left containing a yellowish liquid and a smaller on on the right containing a dark brown liquid alt
Professor Timko compares a sample of food waste slurry (left vial) to the biofuel produced using hydrothermal liquefaction
March 20, 2018