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Theory. Practice. Impact.

At WPI, students are involved in engineering projects and research from the very beginning. Our pioneering project-based learning approach means our undergraduate and graduate students learn in the classroom and then can immediately apply their skills to solve real-world problems.

Students work alongside our world-renowned faculty, many of whom bring invaluable industry experience to their work. WPI graduates become proficient and agile engineers able to adapt to a constantly changing global environment. They’re prepared to collaborate with peers across disciplines—from engineering to the arts and sciences to business—to develop innovative and effective solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

This groundbreaking approach establishes a foundation for career success and life satisfaction.

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From left, Patrick Schaumont, Fatemeh Ganji, Berk Sunar, Ulkuhan Guler, Shahin Tajik alt
From left, Patrick Schaumont, Fatemeh Ganji, Berk Sunar, Ulkuhan Guler, Shahin Tajik
May 04, 2022
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Robotic technology sorts trash
April 28, 2022

Researchers Expanding Development of Oxygen Sensor for Babies to also Monitor COVID-19 Patients

An interdisciplinary group of researchers at WPI is expanding its previous work to develop a small wireless mobile sensor that will measure a baby’s blood oxygen levels to also create a similar sensor that can act as early detection device for COVID-19 infections.

Researcher Leads $2.4 Million Project to Manufacture Low-Cost, Fast-Charging Lithium Ion Car Batteries

WPI will lead a team of industry and university researchers in a $2.4 million project to manufacture cheaper, faster-charging lithium ion car batteries. The researchers will reduce the cost and charging time of lithium ion car batteries by building on previous research to manufacture battery electrodes with a solvent-free approach.

Chemical Engineers: “Why Not Make Waste Work for Us?”

Two WPI chemical engineering research projects investigating sustainability and waste reduction received nearly $540,000 stemming from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) 2026 Idea Machine competition. The work will explore finding applications for nitrogen-rich waste products and converting marine plastics into ship fuel.

Meet Our Students

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Tessa Lytle '23

BS/MS Mechanical Engineering

Tessa’s college career, both on and off the skating rink, has provided her many opportunities to get involved and make an impact. 

Jeremy Trilling

Jeremy Trilling '22

BS in 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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Jordan J

PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Jordan's work with value creation in his biomedical engineering research taught him to apply his scientific breakthroughs in a way that makes a positive impact on humanity. 

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Reisya I.

MS, Materials Science and Engineering

Learning about other cultures has only enhanced Reisya’s experience as a Fulbright Scholar studying materials science and engineering at WPI.

Scenes from the ASEE-NE Conference

This fall welcomed engineering educators and students from 28 different schools to WPI’s campus as host of the American Society for Engineering Education – Northeast Section (ASEE-NE) regional conference. Over three days, nearly 140 college faculty, staff, and student participants from around the region joined workshops, poster presentations, research paper sessions, and lightning talks.  Keynote speakers were Dr. Pamela McCauley from NCSU, who spoke on the role of faculty as mentors and allies to foster success for students from underrepresented groups, and singer-songwriter and Berklee College of Music professor Livingston Taylor, who reflected on the similarity between a performer connecting with, and caring for, an audience--and an educator connecting with, and caring for, their students.

Livingston Taylor at WPI
In his keynote address, Livingston Taylor describes how a performer connecting with audience members is similar to a professor connecting with students.
A student team from UMass Dartmouth presents “Relational Justice & Collaborative Self-Determination in Engineering Education.”
A student team from UMass Dartmouth presents “Relational Justice & Collaborative Self-Determination in Engineering Education.”
WPI engineering students presenting poster
WPI student Anna Eng describes her work on a smartphone app to teach free body diagram concepts.
Attendees gathered at WPI’s historic Higgins House for a welcome reception on the opening night of the conference.
Attendees gathered at WPI’s historic Higgins House for a welcome reception on the opening night of the conference.
Dean of Engineering John McNeill introduces keynote speaker Livingston Taylor.
Dean of Engineering John McNeill introduces keynote speaker Livingston Taylor.
Livingston Taylor at WPI
Singer/songwriter Livingston Taylor describes how he constructs a song—and since all design involves compromise, how creators need to advocate for their compromises.
WPI ECE alum Sam Francois's paper describes a novel mentoring program at his company, CommScope.
WPI ECE alum Sam Francois's paper describes a novel mentoring program at his company, CommScope.
Poster presentations at ASEE conference
Project-based learning was a common theme for posters and papers from WPI and from other institutions at ASEE NE.
The opening welcome reception was held at WPI’s historic Higgins House on Thursday, October 21.
The opening welcome reception was held at WPI’s historic Higgins House on Thursday, October 21.
ASEE-NE opening welcome reception
“Delivering and Teaching Hybrid/Remote Chemical Engineering Labs” panel discussion was featured at ASEE NE on October 21.
Presenters at the ASEE NE student poster session
Presenters at the ASEE NE student poster session
ASEE-NE conference attendees
Conference attendees enjoy interactive workshop discussions in WPI’s Innovation Studio’s active learning classrooms.
WPI-led workshop at ASEE-NE
WPI’s Kathy Chen and Martha Cyr led a workshop on “What Engineering Looks Like in PreK-12 STEM and How Higher Education Can Support."
Student poster session at ASEE NE
Student poster session at ASEE NE
ASEE-NE conference at WPI
WPI’s first in-person conference in 18 months welcomed over 100 participants from 28 institutions across the northeastern United States.

WPI Journal Stories from the School of Engineering

Ryan McDevitt '03 and Matt Shea '03 - Alumni Success Story

Ryan McDevitt '03 and Matt Shea '03 grow a satellite propulsion business from seeds planted 20 years ago.

Matt Cugno '22 - Student Entrepreneur

Cugno has discovered a passion for building something entirely different—as an entrepreneur. He partnered with his best friend, Josh Kim, to cofound The Cubby, an art marketplace for college students to sell and showcase their work to the public.

Herman Wiegman ’88 and Nathan Wiegman ’15

A father and son team are helping change the course of electric flight. 

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Career Outcomes

Poets&Quants (2022)
#17

of 25 Private Colleges Where Graduates Go on to Earn the Most Money

Newsweek (2021)
$36.7M

in research expenditures 

2021
Top 50

best colleges for engineering in America
Niche (2021)

Spotlight on Engineering

Hardware Security Research at WPI

Patrick Schaumont, professor of electrical and computer engineering, is an expert in hardware security. As part of the Vernam Lab, where several key experts are working on various perspectives of secure system design, he aims to develop designs and prototypes and methods and tools. Partnering with WPI experts in this field can help industry collaborators transfer their own ideas into viable products.

The Medical and Manufacturing Innovation Lab at WPI

Yiaho Zheng, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, innovates in the area of biomedical manufacturing and medical devices. He credits the integration of state-of-the-art facilities with experimental investigation, and in collaboration with his team and other partners, as the key to research that informs both fundamental science and industrial application.

Urban Fire Research Group at WPI

James Urban, assistant professor in fire protection engineering, researches advances in wildland fire, visual-based fire protection, and fundamental fire phenomenon. His team is especially skilled at finding low-cost ways to measure fire and provide collaborators access to state-of-the-art fire labs, easily allowing for multi-scale experiments.

PracticePoint: Advancing Innovation at WPI

Research scientist Christopher Nycz and the team at PracticePoint uncovered a need in the market for a space where engineers could better access clinical spaces. Corporate partners are welcome to integrate their industry know-how and WPI’s academic expertise to create new products—and accelerate those products to market.

Media Coverage

BBC Earth featured the self-healing concrete developed by Associate Professor Nima Rahbar and Professor Suzanne Scarlata in an episode about climate-friendly ways to heat residential homes. The self-healing concrete uses an enzyme found in red blood cells to heal itself, thereby filling cracks before they cause larger structural issues.

Robotics Engineering Assistant Professor Jane Li spoke with WBZ News Radio (at the 00:17:24 mark) about the nursing robots she’s constructing. The robots are designed to help nurses care for patients who are in quarantine or isolation, and to help with other tasks, such as retrieving supplies and equipment.

Announcements

May 03, 2022
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February 17, 2022
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February 16, 2022
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February 10, 2022
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