At WPI we think differently. We recognize that research doesn’t always mean a pursuit of one ultimate, correct answer. Instead it involves creativity, imagination, an open-mind, and the willingness to explore all possibilities and details surrounding a question.

The work our faculty is doing connects directly to the focus areas in Arts & Sciences and inspires our students who are the next generation of researchers. We believe that research and learning happens everywhere not just in the classroom or laboratory. Our broad range of disciplines in Arts & Sciences is supported by an equally comprehensive collection of facilities.

Interactive Lessons with Graspable Math

Our Learning Sciences and Technologies program is changing the way children learn and teachers teach. With Graspable Math, Professor Erin Ottmar is researching the social, creative, and exploratory factors that impact how students learn about math and how teachers can teach math more effectively. This interactive program makes math more enjoyable and approachable and allows teachers to collect information on what teaching approach works best for students.

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The Human-Robot Interaction Lab

The Human-Robot Interaction Lab provides an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment for state-of-the-art research into human-computer interaction.

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IPG Photonics Lab

The IPG Photonics Lab allows us to research the field of photonics - the study and application of light - with emphasis on fibers, lasers, and detectors for diverse industries.

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Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center

The world-class, 124,600-square-foot Life Sciences & Bioengineering Center serves as the focal point for education and research in the life sciences and related bioengineering fields.

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The Environmental Laboratory

The Fuller Laboratories are used by faculty and student researchers for state-of-the-art environmental analyses of water and wastewater and for conducting treatability studies.

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Educational Psychology Laboratory

The Educational Psychology Laboratory allows us to conduct cutting-edge research at the intersection of educational data mining and human-computer interaction.

Digital Art Lab

The Digital Art Studio

The Digital Art Studio is a modern space suitable for creating and editing digital art with a green screen, moveable projectors, and camera equipment. This multi-use studio also has ample space and lighting for the traditional arts.

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Alden Memorial

Alden Hall holds rehearsal and performance venues including the Great Hall, the Spaulding Recital Hall, the Perreault Chamber, and the Janet Earle Choral Rehearsal Room.

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Little Theatre

The intimate, black-box-style Little Theatre is WPI’s first dedicated theatre facility and is well suited for a wide range of dramatic presentations by the many student-run theatre groups at WPI.

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Behavioral Science Labs

Our behavioral science labs allow us to study effects of subtle social environmental cues on perception, decision making, and interpersonal conduct.

Water Resource Center

Teams of scientists and researchers in WPI’s Water Resource Center tackle some of the world’s most pressing water resources challenges.

How to Support Arts & Sciences

Your generous donations strengthen our programs and broaden the opportunities for our students.