WPI’s academic foundation is based on transformative hands-on experience. Students have opportunities for project-based learning from their very first courses at WPI and find the process exciting, inspiring, and life changing.
Working alongside high-achieving peers and renowned faculty, students apply their classroom knowledge to real-world problems so they adopt a broad cultural, social, technical, and scientific perspective of issues.
WPI's Global Projects Program immerses students in communities as close as our home city of Worcester and at more than 40 other locations worldwide. Students work in teams with a faculty advisor and are accountable to a project sponsor on a specific problem that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.
At WPI, electrical and computer engineering students work on projects as varied as:
- Ultra-low-power wireless smartphone monitoring of the electrical activity of the heart
- A glove that senses hand gestures to control a musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) device
- More secure wireless signal exchange using visible light, targeted to provide new bandwidth options
- Embedded computer vision system and image processing algorithms so an autonomous car can locate stoplights and navigate through traffic
- Devices to track firefighters’ movements as they move through a burning building