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 program 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.

Up close of student working on robot

Curriculum

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.

BS/MS Option

Undergraduate students can save time and earn a combined BS/MS in Robotics Engineering in just five years.

Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning

WPI’s project-based curriculum is at the heart of how students learn here. We know hands-on work helps students connect what they learn in class to what they will do in the real world. You’ll work closely with faculty and peers on teams to meet the challenge of solving authentic real-world problems or to explore the ethical implications of robots in a human society.

Our 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.

Robotics Engineering majors might find themselves working on

  • Robots that help remove workers’ protective gear to prevent disease contamination like Ebola
  • Humanoid robots for disaster response
  • Cuddly robots for autism therapy
  • Robotic devices used in surgery
  • Autonomous ground/air underwater vehicles

Getting Involved

Getting Involved

Robotics Engineering students can’t get enough of robots here at WPI. Join the student-run maker community CollabLab, build robots and compete with the Robotics Club, and build your career and support network through Rho Beta Epsilon, the robotics honors society, and Women in Robotics Engineering (WIRE).

After Graduation

Robotics Engineering Program

The Robotics Engineering Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.