In addition to being passionate about teaching, WPI professors are committed researchers and scholars with world-class credentials. They bring their research into the classroom and give students an opportunity to get involved. Like their students, they don’t just believe in making the world a better place through science and technology–they’re doing it.

WPI professors inspire and encourage their students as they drive them to higher achievement and greater success. They don’t give students the answers; they show them how to find them.

16

current faculty have been Fulbright scholars 

2016-17
#1

faculty that best combine research and teaching

The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (2016)
31

current faculty members have won the NSF Career Award

National Science Foundation (2018)
93%

of full-time faculty have a PhD or terminal degree (2017-18)

Faculty Awards

WPI is proud to have some of the most talented and respected faculty in their respective fields and industries. Our faculty are regularly recognized for their successes by entities such as the National Academy of Engineering, the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Program, and many professional societies. We also recognizes excellence through a variety of award programs that provide the opportunity to acknowledge faculty and to celebrate successes and share accomplishments with the entire WPI community. 

Career Paths

One of the best-known and most coveted young faculty honors is the five-year CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Eight of these career-establishing awards have recently been bestowed on WPI researchers, along with the university's first U.S. Air Force Young Investigator Award. These rising stars represent a depth of expertise in areas such as math, chemical engineering, biology, learning sciences, and cybersecurity. 

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News

Randy Paffenroth, associate professor of mathematical sciences at WPI, holds a carbon-based sheet known as Miralon®, which is used in a variety of spacecraft applications.
Randy Paffenroth, associate professor of mathematical sciences at WPI, holds a carbon-based sheet known as Miralon®, which is used in a variety of spacecraft applications.
August 22, 2019
Ted Clancy (right), professor of electrical and computer engineering at WPI, is developing wireless sensors to communicate with a prosthesis.
Ted Clancy (right), professor of electrical and computer engineering at WPI, is developing wireless sensors to communicate with a prosthesis.
July 29, 2019

Media Coverage

WPI’s effort to help Worcester determine the city’s hottest areas was detailed in thisTelegram &  Gazette article. “Excessive heat is a public health threat, especially to people we’d describe as vulnerable,” said   Associate Professor, IGSD, Seth Tuler, who is working on the project. He also noted that he hoped the project would provide “a more fine-grained understanding” of how that health threat is distributed across Worcester. WPI’s Global Lab was a project funder, the article added.

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IndiaWest newspaper reported on a new liquid biopsy chip developed by Balaji Panchapakesan, professor of mechanical engineering. The chip was designed to capture circulating tumor cells, making it possible for early-stage cancer detection.

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