Project-based learning is at the heart of a WPI education. We know hands-on project work helps students connect what they learn in class to what they will do in the real world. As a robotics engineering major, you’ll work closely with faculty and peers on teams to meet the challenges of solving authentic real-world problems or to explore the ethical implications of robots in a human society, from surgical robots to humanoid robots used for disaster response.
Robotics Engineering students at WPI do much more than actually study robots—they build them, interact with them, explore their design and function, and push them to their limits. As the first university in the nation to offer an undergraduate degree in Robotics Engineering and one of the first to offer graduate degrees in Robotics Engineering, our department is built with aspiring robotics professionals in mind. Only at WPI will you find this hands-on approach that combines expert knowledge with real-world applications.
If you’re already a student in FIRST, you’re in good company—and you may also be eligible to apply for one or more WPI scholarships. WPI faculty and students designed and wrote WPILib, the FRC Control System software used by all of the nearly 1,700 FIRST teams.
At WPI, you won’t just learn about robots in a classroom. You’ll design robots, control their behavior, and understand their use as you study the core disciplines of Computer Science, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Complementary coursework in social implications and entrepreneurship provide the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
Through your project work, you’ll learn how to put your classroom knowledge to work. By the time you graduate, you will have been constructing and operating robots for years, and you’ll understand how to apply that experience to solve real-world problems.
Whether it’s real-world work experience through a co-op or internship, earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four or five years through the BS/MS program, or integrating your coursework with your extracurricular interests through Major and a Mission, there are many ways you can make the most out of your time at WPI.