Project-based learning forms the foundation of a WPI education, and it’s the best preparation for aspiring physicists. Your experiences will range from project work alongside faculty in state-of-the-art facilities and labs where you will learn how to improve batteries, study magnetic field based propulsion, build robots with hydraulic muscles, or work on satellite image classification, to project work outside of the classroom at one of our many project centers around 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.
The hands-on collaborative culture in our community of faculty and students—both on and off-campus—help form connections, deepen understanding of classroom knowledge, and ready students for postgraduate plans. Physics majors’ recent projects:
• Protective equipment for head and neck injuries in football
• Listening to optical spectra
• Oil well logging using neutron activation analysis
• Brachytherapy source testing
• Developing mathematical modeling of charged laminate materials