One of WPI’s cornerstone educational approaches is the Major Qualifying Project (MQP). Every student completes an MQP before graduation to gain high-level research project experience in the student's field. Students are challenged with solving real-world problems in a professional setting or research environment.

The MQP involves problems typical of those found in the student's professional discipline and addresses challenging research issues. Each MQP requires a substantial part of an academic year, culminating in a project report and poster on Project Presentation Day.

Recent MQP research topics:

  • Analysis of the thermo-mechanical reliability of a surface mount technology (SMT) attachment
  • Legged robot using hydro-muscles
  • Characterizing the fluence of WPI’s new deuterium-deuterium neutron generator
  • Investigating high-temperature gas-cooled reactors for research applications
  • Listening to light

See examples of MQPs

Read about some of the latest MQPs awards from Physics Department students.