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WPI’s Commitment to Unparalleled Robotics Education Speaks for Itself

Leading the way and covering all the bases are descriptions that only begin to tell the story of this unique department. WPI is renowned for being first in the nation to offer a BS program in Robotics Engineering, first to offer BS, MS, and PhD programs at the same time, and first (and only) with a five-year combined BS/MS.

But while this foresight was at the heart of our commitment to educating the most qualified and confident robotics engineers, there is more to creating and sustaining a successful program than just being first. At WPI, we look beyond the college years; our approach to robotics education includes a strong K-12 connection (summer camps, competitions, FIRST) that fosters continued credibility and inspires excellence at the university level.

The result of this dedication is graduates—armed with a practical, well-rounded education—ready to take on real-world challenges and make a difference.

Robotics Research at WPI

Ongoing robotics research keeps Worcester Polytechnic at the forefront of robotics engineering advances and breakthroughs. Research focus areas include human-robot interaction, artificial intelligence, medical robotics, and kinematics and control systems.

News & Events

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  • Smile we just won $10,000

  • Cornell Cup Grand Prize Winners: L-R Brian Eccles, Brendan McLeod, TJ Watson, Timothy Murcko, Mitchell Wills

  • Where in the world is "Squishy"?

  • Greg Cole, RBE’s first graduated PhD student, has a new project in “Soft Robotics”

  • Professor Taskin Padir and doctoral student Velin Dimitrov win the Kalenian Award, January 16, 2013

  • Atlas all packed up to travel to Florida, December 20, 2013

  • The DRC Team, December 6th, 2013

  • Warner meets Warner, November 8th, 2013

  • "Can you hear me now?" Professor Gennert, September 20th, 2013.

  • Professor Taskin Padir, September 13th, 2013

  • Annette M. Rivera, MS Robotic Engineering Graduate Student 2013

  • May 3-4. 2nd place – Cornell Cup USA. Dmitry Sinyukov (Co-Advisor), James Fleming, Matthew Dickerman, Professor Taskin Padir (Advisor), Ross Desmond.

  • April 19th, 2013. Professor Stephen Nestinger receiving the Rho Beta Epsilon Award for Excellence in Robotics Education.

  • April 18th, 2013. Robotics Engineering Project Presentation Day.

  • December 12th, 2012. Robotics demonstrations for RBE 3002.

  • March 7th-9th, 2013. WPI hosts the FIRST Regional in Harrington Auditorium.

  • March 22, 2013 8:00 AM

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    Name: Madeline Burris, ‘14
    Flagstaff, Arizona
    BS, Robotics Engineering

    Engineers do real work and they do it in teams. WPI prepares us for this before we even hit the field. We actually have the skills employers are looking for in employees.

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    Name: Adria Fung ‘15
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    BS, Robotics Engineering

    WPI was first with an accredited Robotics Engineering program. I am proud to be a WPI student because innovation and creativity are what sparks new ideas in today's society.

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    Name: Sidney Batchelder, '13
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    BS, Robotics Engineering

    One of WPI's greatest strengths is that students feel they are appreciated as people with good potential, and that makes for a good learning and academically social environment.

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    Name: Michael Audi, ‘12
    Ballston Spa, New York
    BS, Robotics Engineering

    WPI produces smart engineers who can adapt to their environment--engineers who can do more than just sit in a cubicle. I'm proud to be a WPI student.

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    Name: Kamal Shah, ‘12
    Waltham, Massachusetts
    MS, Robotics Engineering

    I was looking for a program tailored specifically to robotics, and no other schools in the area offer an MS program in robotics as their main discipline.

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    Name: Justin Barrett, ‘16
    Chelmsford, Massachusetts
    PhD, Robotics Engineering

    Working in teams is an important part of the WPI culture. Now I know that I can go out into industry and produce physical results because of the experience I have.

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