Traditions are what draw us in and pull us back. They are cherished and revered. They give us chills and create wonderful memories of times spent on campus. Upon them, many great things can be built. They create the tie that binds the entire WPI community—the students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

As a WPI alum, you can be proud to count yourself among this illustrious group of innovative problem solvers who are always breaking new ground, seeking better solutions, and creating positive change in the world.

You are part of a worldwide network of more than 38,000 alumni who live in more than 100 countries and are working in diverse fields and professions.

Invisible Engineering

In the predawn hours of a late November day in 2016, more than 40 Netflix engineers gathered in a makeshift war room. The table was piled with donuts and coffee as they prepared for the 6 a.m. launch of a brand-new download feature.

The much-requested feature allowed users to download entire films or television shows and watch them without an Internet connection—a sanity-saver for frequent fliers, families on car trips, and anyone in a location with spotty or expensive Internet. The feature was a massively complex problem that required new infrastructure, download systems, and licensing agreements.

Lessons in Connectivity

Bob Woog had been living in Tehran for almost four years when everything started to fall apart. It was 1978 and he and his wife, Barbara Jean, both AT&T specialists on temporary assignment to Iran’s national telecom company, had been working to modernize the country’s long-distance communication system. The couple had a one-year-old daughter, a settled life, and a network of Iranian friends, and their project was nearly complete when strikes and demonstrations rocked the nation. The Iranian Revolution had begun.

It turned out that his best friend was chief of staff for the resistance movement, which was fighting to topple the country’s monarch, the Shah. Despite Woog’s work for the Shah’s government, the ties of friendship would protect the American engineer and his family.


Illustration of Bob Woog
Robert Woog '68

The Father of the Plan:
Bill Grogan '46

WPI's latest book, The Presiding Genius of the Place, explores the life of the late Bill Grogran '46, dean emeritus of undergraduate studies, whose influence and leadership forever changed WPI. 

Building the Hill Together

The Foisie Innovation Studio and Residence Hall, as pictured in this architectural rendering, is named to honor WPI's most generous benefactor, Robert A. Foisie '56—but it also pays homage to the university's growing tradition of philanthropy.

Every gift makes an impact.

Contact Us

The Alumni Relations team is located in Higgins House.

Phone 508-831-5600     Fax 508-831-5791