Sidney Batchelder, '13
Hometown: Geneva, Switzerland
Degree: BS, Robotics Engineering
Why did you choose WPI?
I like the quarter system: one juggles only three courses at a time. Plus, the Robotics Engineering program offers a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
How has WPI's philosophy of Theory and Practice, as well as working with teams, been beneficial to you during your time at WPI?
It's more fun! Practice means hands-on experience, which makes you feel like the Theory you are learning is worthwhile. Conversely, the Theory empowers the creations of your Practice. It's a wonderful feedback cycle!
What you consider to be WPI's greatest strengths?
One of WPI's greatest strengths is that the professors enjoy teaching their students. Students feel like they are appreciated as people with good potential, and that makes for a good learning and academically social environment.
How has the Robotics Engineering faculty positively impacted your success as a student?
I went to a professor with a seed of an Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) idea and he was enthusiastically supportive of it. He suggested that I flesh it out (which he helped me to do), and that's how it came to be.
What are your research projects?
Currently I am working on my IQP--the future of open-ocean aquaculture with robots as an enabling technology—with Professor Michael Gennert
What do you hope to do after graduation?
When I graduate I hope to work in the field of marine robotics for research purposes.
Groups or extracurricular activities in which you participate at WPI:
- Empty Set
- Student Comedy Productions
- Contra Dancing
- Capoeira, Brazilian Martial Art (Society of Martial Artists)