WPI’s reputation as a rigorous and innovative university rests on the shoulders of its dedicated faculty. Faculty members here are involved in all aspects of campus life and thrill in the discoveries they make working with their students, with faculty colleagues at WPI, and with partners around the globe.

At WPI, the boundaries to multidisciplinary collaboration are low, and both research across disciplines and academic alliances occur easily and often, producing distinctive programs and innovative solutions. Biomedical engineering faculty members might collaborate with colleagues in the Foisie Business School to translate groundbreaking research into a new company, while life sciences and bioengineering faculty from multiple disciplines discover unexpected breakthroughs because they work side-by-side in open lab spaces.

Great Minds Multiplied

WPI believes that when great minds work together, great advances follow. Our collaborative environment encourages faculty members, students, and other partners to work together on the project work and cutting-edge research that are hallmarks of the WPI experience.

Manufacturing USA

From traditional manufacturing in the Washburn Shops to innovative manufacturing in biology at the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center (BETC), WPI faculty from multiple disciplines work as one to advance the field.  In keeping with this dedication to collaboration and in recognition of its research expertise in the field, WPI has earned a membership in eight of the 14 Manufacturing USA Institutes, which “connects people, ideas, and technology to solve industry-relevant advanced manufacturing challenges.”

Guiding Them Further

Albania Project Center co-directors Peter Christopher, professor of mathematical sciences, and Bob Hersh, instructor in Interdisciplinary and Global Studies, discuss their work with sponsors and students, reflecting on how it changes and inspires their teaching and outlook.  

Faculty Mentorship

WPI understands the importance of having a strong support system at work, especially when starting a new job, which is why one of the resources available to new faculty members is a mentorship program. The voluntary program matches experienced faculty members with those who are new to campus; the relationships often flourish, leading to friendships and academic and research partnerships, all of which prove invaluable to the WPI community.

Multidisciplinary Research

At WPI, collaboration is at the heart of not only student work, but also faculty research. Open, side-by-side lab spaces foster teamwork and communication among faculty members with different backgrounds, training, and research methods, regularly producing impressive results. From physicists joining forces with biologists on common biophysical problems to humanities professors working with engineers to develop more supportive spaces for LGBTQ+ science and engineering students, the collaboration of faculty members has proven invaluable to the WPI community. Two professors share their story.