“Make a dent in the universe.” —Steve Jobs
Innovation is the primary means for creating growth, prosperity, and new jobs. The process is responsible for generating the resources required for environmental sustainability, national security, and social services. As students begin to master value creation principles, their innovative process becomes more effective and applicable to some of the world’s biggest problems.
As a student who learns and can apply value creation, your innovations will contribute to eliminating issues such as world poverty and disease; as a professional, you’ll see opportunities for making a change and you’ll commit to addressing it. As a WPI graduate with value creation experience, you’ll be able to create innovations to positively move our world forward.
Grand Challenge Problems
Students who learn through WPI’s Value Creation Initiative program will identify many opportunities for making major contributions to society. With technical knowledge, value creation skills, and human values, graduates of WPI will go on to address the grand challenge opportunities in science and engineering. Some of those challenges:
- Reduced poverty
- Personalized learning
- Potable water
- Economic solar cells
- Low-cost fusion and fission energy
- Carbon sequestration
- Reverse engineering the brain
- Secure cyberspace
- Nitrogen cycle management
- Computational drug and vaccine design
- Virtual reality
- Quantum computing
- Sustainable food production
- Safe Internet
- Environmentally benign materials
These are only a fraction of the opportunities available. Through your value creation studies, you’ll find a problem you’re passionate about, assemble an exceptional team, and make a dent in the universe.