Robotics Engineering

Robotics Engineering

With the first-of-its-kind bachelor’s degree in robotics engineering and one of the first such graduate programs in the nation, WPI is at the forefront of robotics education and research.  

Our passion for robotics is evident in everything we do—we have a dedicated and enthusiastic faculty and staff along with strong industry connections; we perform breakthrough research; we provide hands-on work with robotic devices in our many state-of-the-art labs; we prioritize space for experimentation; and we foster competitive teams that routinely win national robotics awards. Our graduates leave well prepared to tackle the technical, social, cultural, and ethical challenges of a robotics workforce that remains dynamic and constantly changing.

Degree is also offered online.
Area of Study Bachelor Minor Certificate Master PhD
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Safer, More Accurate Cancer Detection

Assistant Professor Haichong (Kai) Zhang received a five-year $1,869,423 Director's Early Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his ongoing work to create a robotic system that will detect and analyze three different indicators of prostate cancer.

Robotic Recycling Centers

Assistant Professor Berk Calli and eight other researchers will use $2.5 million in funding from the National Science Foundation’s Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program for the four-year project, which will include building a mock recycling line at WPI.

Project Highlight: Demining Autonomous System

Every year, thousands of people are killed or maimed because of land mines. Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are working on a robotic solution that would be inexpensive enough for small towns and organizations to use.

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Human-Robot Interaction in the Workplace

Anticipating a future of work that establishes a division of labor between humans and robotic technology, WPI robotics engineering researchers have secured a five-year, $3 million National Science Foundation grant focusing on research and training related to the adoption of robotic assistants in the workplace.


In a world where humans and robots are increasingly co-existing, student researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are working on projects to help humans better interact with their robotic partners, and to enable robots to be more capable, more efficient and more user-friendly human assistants. Here a student team has built a robot that can take visitors on a tour of a campus building. 

Autonomous Vehicles

Student researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are looking to a future when autonomous electric vehicles won’t be fully autonomous unless they can be recharged without the aid of a human. Using robotics, that’s what this research team created.

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Meet Our Students

Megan DeSanty ’24
BS Robotics Engineering, minor in Computer Science

Community service projects and staying active are important parts of Megan’s life, both on and off campus.  [...]

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Tess Meier
PhD, Robotics Engineering

PhD student, Tess has loved robotics since her time as an undergraduate at WPI. She hopes to inspire that interest in her future students[...]

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Blaise Schroeder ‘23
BS, Robotics Engineering

Blaise strives to make positive changes for the entire WPI community. [...]

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Filippo Marcantoni ‘25
BS, Robotics Engineering

Italian-born Filippo loves the flexibility of WPI’s academics while also being a part of the men’s soccer team. [...]

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Jeremy Trilling '22
BS, Robotics Engineering

Jeremy came to WPI because he knew he’d have opportunities to explore, create, and discover in areas that interested him—especially things like flying cars and electric vehicles[...]

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Renee Gruner-Mitchell '22
BS, Mechanical Engineering

WPI’s collaborative and encouraging atmosphere gives Renee the confidence she needs to step out of her comfort zone and try new things[...]

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Kushal Gandhi '22
BS, Robotics Engineering & Computer Science

Joining Enactus, WPI’s student-run social entrepreneurship club, connected Kushal with WPI’s I&E community to help him follow his passions.[...]

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Implementing the First High School Robotics Competition

At the Albania Project center, WPI students have played a major role over the last few years in advancing Albania’s first high school robotics club. Most recently, students took the club a step further by introducing its members to one of WPI’s signature activities: the Savage Soccer robotics competition. Read more.

Student Success Stories

Renewable Energy in the Rockies

A student team conducted a feasibility study of renewable energy at the Estes Park campus in Colorado. 

Jeremy Trilling '22

Trilling has the kind of imagination that’s exciting and a little mind-boggling—one that envisions a future where the jet stream moves packages, and people, around the world.

Career Development

WPI produces students who are well-prepared to consider the technical, social, and ethical implications of using robots in a human world. Our graduates find many professional opportunities in this growing industry.

BS/MS Option

Students may opt to earn a BS/MS degree in robotics engineering in an accelerated time. The bachelor's degree can be in any major at WPI and the master's is in robotics engineering. Students interested in the program are encouraged to contact the Robotics Engineering Department for guidance about any undergraduate requirements for the program.