WPI Acronyms

As you can tell, we prefer initials at WPI. 

If you're new to WPI, you may think we speak in a secret code.  What is the difference is between MQP and IQP? Confused when someone directs you to the ATC? What is a BME major?  

Many elements of our academic program, along with our campus locations and buildings, have long names, so we commonly refer to them by their initials.  The list below includes some of the most common acronyms, abbreviations, and shorthand used in the WPI community .

 

AE

Aerospace Engineering

ATC

Academic Technology Center

BB

Biology & Biotechnology (sometimes also BBT)

BME

Biomedical Engineering

CA

Community Advisors: Upperclass students who serve as peer mentors for a group of 20-30 first year students. Previously (and still sometimes referred to as) OLs (Orientation Leaders).

CAO

Committee on Academic Operations (undergraduate)

CAP

Committee on Academic Policy (undergraduate)

CASL

Committee on Advising and Student Life (pronounced "castle")

CBC

Chemistry & Biochemistry

CCAC

Center for Communication Across the Curriculum or "Writing Center" (In addition to peer tutoring services, provides faculty development services)

CCC

Computing and Communications Center

CDC

Career Development Center (for students and alumni)

CDR

Completion of Degree Requirement form. Must be submitted for IQPs and MQPs.

CEE

Civil and Environmental Engineering

CEI

Collaborative for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (a resource for entrepreneurial speakers, innovation and entrepreneurship lending library, e-competition judges, and entrepreneurial curriculum development)

CGSR

Committee on Graduate Studies and Research

CHB

Campus Hearing Board (student judicial system)

CHE

Chemical Engineering (sometimes still referred to as CM)

COAP

Committee On Appointments & Promotions (pronounced "cope")

COG

Committee On Governance ("committee on committees", runs elections)

CPE

Corporate and Professional Education

CS

Computer Science

CTAF

 Committee on Tenure & Academic Freedom (pronounced "see-taff")

DAKA

Pronounced "day-kuh." Former name of the campus dining service provider, which is now, properly, Chartwell's. Student lexicon continues to use DAKA, as in "Go to DAKA."

DSO

Disability Services Office

ECE

Electrical and Computer Engineering

EMSEP

Excellence in Mathematics, Science and Engineering Program: Designed to increase the access to educational opportunities for underrepresented students of African, Latino, and American Indian descent.

EVE

Environmental Engineering

FAP

Committee on Administrative and Financial Policy

FBC

Fringe Benefits Committee

FFT

Food For Thought (Morgan Center lunchtime seminar series)

FPE

Fire Protection Engineering

FRC

Faculty Review Committee

GSG

Graduate Student Government or sometimes GSO (Graduate Student Organization)

HUA

Humanities & Arts

IE

Industrial Engineering

IFC

Intrafraternity Council

IGSD

Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division (administers the IQP and Global Projects Program)

IMGD

Interactive Media and Game Development

INSIGHT

Fall semester transitional and community-building program for all first-year students. Insight teams live on the same floor of a residence hall and are assigned a Community Advisor (CA), Resident Advisor (RA), and Faculty academic advisor (FA).

IQP

Interactive Qualifying Project (interdisciplinary project typically completed in junior year)

IRB

Institutional Review Board (provides oversight of human subjects research.

ISO

International Student Organization

ISP

Independent Study Project (typically a project-like academic activity conducted
one-on-one or with a small group of students)

MA

Mathematical Sciences

MASH

Math and Science Help ("mash" tutors), primarily used by first-year students in Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics

ME

Mechanical Engineering

MFE

Manufacturing Engineering (a graduate degree program within the Mechanical Engineering)

MG

Management (the department is now known as the School of Business)

MGE

Management Engineering

MIS

Management Information Systems

MQP

Major Qualifying Project (senior project)

MTE

Materials Science and Engineering (a graduate degree program within the Mechanical Engineering)

NR

No Record. WPI's grade that encompasses the traditional "D" and "F" grades.

NSO

New Student Orientation

OASIS

Offering Acceptance, Support and Inclusion to Students A cultural center located at 20 Schussler Road, intended to give minority/marginalized students a place to build a community and to provide a centralized location for all students to learn about culture.

OSP

Office of Sponsored Programs

PANHEL

Panhellenic Council (sororities)

PH

Physics

PLA

Peer Learning Assistant (also referred to as "senior tutors" or "senior assistants" in some departments)

PW

Professional Writing (indisciplinary program)

RA

Resident Advisor in residence halls (using "dorm" is discouraged!) or Research Assistant (in reference to graduate students)

RBE

Robotics Engineering

ROTC

Reserve Officers Training Corps (typically pronounced "rot see")

SGA

Student Government Association

SOCCOMM

Social Committee. Funds and organizes student events.

SSPS

Social Science and Policy Studies

SUFF

Short for Sufficiency, the former Humanities & Arts requirement for all students. The Sufficiency was replaced in 2006-07 with a new Humanities & Arts Requirement that culminates in an Inquiry Seminar or Practicum. Time will tell whether "Suff" lives on in the student lexicon.

TA

Teaching Assistant or Teaching Assistantship (referring to graduate students)

UOAC

Undergraduate Outcomes Assessment Committee (typically pronounced "you-awk")