WPI students learn by doing. At the cornerstone of our signature undergraduate education is a project based approach to learning across all years that allows students to apply their knowledge to real-world problems.
Students gain hands-on experience working on projects in our state-of-the-art labs and facilities, working alongside world-renowned faculty, as well as in communities and organizations at our project center locations across the globe.
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.
Mechanical engineering students also have access to several collaborative alliances between WPI and industry, including the Metals Processing Institute (MPI) and its research centers. MPI centers work to advance research, solve business challenges, and promote materials science partnerships.
Recent student projects include:
- Designing ski and snowboard bindings to mitigate ACL injuries
- Developing a mobile dialysis vehicle
- Design and fabrication of a Formula SAE racecar
- Design and fabrication of a vest that detects a ballistic impact and immediately alerts first responders