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Olin Hall

Olin Hall

100 Institute Road, Worcester MA, 01609

A gift of the F. W. Olin Foundation, Olin Hall was built to house the Department of Physics in 1958. The lobby just outside the building’s main entrance contains a wall made from Tennessee greenstone marble bearing a memorial plaque honoring Franklin W. Olin, a pioneering chemical industrialist who founded the Olin Corporation. Facilities in Olin Hall include equipment for research on the optical properties of solids, light-scattering and laser spectroscopy of semiconductors, glass fibers, and complex fluids. At one point, the building contained to the nation’s only Van de Graaff accelerator—a device that creates high-voltage static electricity—used by undergraduate students.

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
Physics 508-831-5258


From left, From left, Lyubov Titova, Pratap Rao, and Aaron Deskins, stand in the WPI NanoEnergy Lab looking toward the viewer alt
From left, Lyubov Titova, assistant professor of physics, Pratap Rao, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and Aaron Deskins, associate professor of chemical engineering in the WPI NanoEnergy Lab
October 11, 2017
October 02, 2013