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Welcome to the Great Problems Seminars Presentation Page

While we will miss our annual poster session, we are excited to see, and to have you see, the work of our first-year students in these courses.  This year the students and faculty overcame the challenges of social distancing, group and class meetings via Zoom, the stresses and strains of the pandemic, elections, and social unrest while working on their ideas to ameliorate some of the world’s great global challenges.  I could not be prouder of this group. Kris Wobbe, Director, Great Problems Seminar

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WPI Great Problems Seminar
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