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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. 

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