Interactive Qualifying Project
The Interactive Qualifying Project, or IQP as it is known on campus, is WPI's most distinctive academic requirement, and is unique in higher education. The IQP challenges students to address a problem that lies at the intersection of science/technology and social issues and is done under the direct guidance of one or more faculty advisors, usually in teams of 2-4 students.
The objective of this interdisciplinary requirement is to enable WPI graduates to understand, as citizens and as professionals, how their careers will affect society at large. Generally, these projects involve some analysis of how technology affects, and is affected by, individuals and communities. Many of the projects are proposed by external agencies or organizations. About 60% of all IQPs are completed through the Global Projects Program at one of WPI's Project Centers in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, or Europe.