The MQP involves problems typical of those found in the student's professional discipline and addresses challenging research issues. The months-long project culminates in a project report and poster on Project Presentation Day.
The MQP is a high-level research and application project conducted and completed in the student's major field during senior year. Through the MQP, WPI students have the opportunity to experience the kind of problem solving that will soon characterize their professional careers. These projects offer something distinct to a WPI education--the opportunity to do advanced hands-on work on real projects as an undergraduate.
Potential employers and graduate schools admissions departments recognize the real-world applications of these experiences. More than anything, students say the MQP brings their education into clear focus as they apply their skills and see the opportunities and personal satisfaction a career in aerospace offers.
Examples of Recent Aerospace MQPs
Micro-Aerial Vehicle Design and Optimization (PDF): This project was created for AIAA’s 2016 Design/Build/Fly Competition and included development of a production aircraft to carry a specified payload and a manufacturing support aircraft which could carry the production aircraft internally.
Design and Integration of an Indoor Plume Experimental Setup (PDF): This MQP involved the design and integration of a carbon dioxide plume generation system, a plume detection system, and a data acquisitions system for indoor plume experiments. The systems are controlled using LabVIEW implemented on a data acquisition computer stand.
Design of an Unsteady Wind Tunnel (PDF): An unsteady wind tunnel was designed and built for the study of unsteady aerodynamics. The wind tunnel was designed as an open-loop configuration, and an active flow control system was designed as a series of horizontally aligned shutters placed in front of the test section which can block oncoming airflow to create time-varying shear flows in the test section.
Design of a Two-Kite Rotary Power Cycle for the WPI Kite-Powered Water Pump (PDF): This project continued the development of the WPI Rotary Kite Powered Water Pump to be used in developing regions. The water pump operates with Rok-kaku kites that extend/retract two tether lines to spin a bike wheel, gear mechanism, and water pump axle.