At WPI, science goes on all around us all day long. Whether it’s in a lab, in the field, in a lively brainstorming session, or in quiet reflective moments, the potential for life-changing discoveries is always in the air.
But what does it mean to be a scientist? What’s it like to be the person making those incredible discoveries after many spirit-crushing failures? That spark of promise when a new approach or a new theory shows a glimmer of a breakthrough inspires scientists to try new approaches until they get it right (or perhaps make an unexpected discovery in the process).
Not a group to be deterred easily, scientists move forward with determination and dogged persistence. They know when they are on the right track. Whether it takes days or years, they thrill in the process of discovery and in the hope of making the world better.
We’ve asked some of our faculty, students, and alumni what a scientist’s life is all about. Their thoughtful answers are eye-opening, heartfelt, and inspiring.