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. 

In the News

WPI and Alexander Wyglinski, professor of electrical engineering and robotics engineering, are featured in this article, published in The Institute, a publication of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. “This is the first time anyone has ever conducted successful cognitive radio experiments using machine learning algorithms in space,” said Wyglinski, a member of the team that worked on the research.

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National Public Radio's Morning Edition interviewed Jen Wilcox, the James H. Manning Professor of Chemical Engineering, for this article. “Certainly, in light of the recent climate reports, we don't have the option of simply avoiding carbon emissions any more. We now are at a point where we need to start removing CO2 directly from the atmosphere,” said Wilcox, an internationally renowned expert on capturing and storing carbon dioxide and other fossil fuel pollutants.

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