Get involved with your Class Reunion efforts and reconnect with your classmates along the way! Reunion committee volunteers provide input regarding their reunion celebration, reach out to classmates to encourage attendance, and create buzz about Alumni Weekend.
Show your WPI pride by contributing your time and talents as an alumni volunteer! Volunteering for WPI can keep you connected and fulfilled, and volunteers play a critical role in creating connections, enhancing the student experience, and spreading the WPI message.
Volunteer opportunities exist for different levels of expertise, interests, and time commitments. In every form, the work of alumni volunteers is vital to the missions of the Alumni Association and WPI and provides valuable support to other alumni, the community, future students, and the growth of the university.
Wherever you are, there are ways to give back to WPI. Explore the ways you can volunteer with WPI and share your passion for the university!
Hall of Luminaries
The purpose of the WPI Hall of Luminaries (HOL) is to celebrate Worcester Polytechnic Institute by honoring the talents of our community members while simultaneously promoting WPI’s tradition of theory combined with practice.
Nominees’ professional work and contributions should demonstrate either excellence over a sustained period of time or be of a one-time nature, and should have affected humanity as a whole, a specific field as a whole, or have had a dramatic effect on a specific area. Nominees should have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and excellence in their field or have achieved a specific feat of national or international significance.
To find out more about the Hall of Luminaries or to nominate someone, please use this link.
Sponsor a Student Project
By sponsoring a project, your company engages the fresh perspective of a dedicated student team - employing the most recent, state-of-the-art techniques, practices and theories - guided by top-notch faculty, to tackle pressing business challenges. Our records show that ideas presented by WPI students translate into tangible solutions for project sponsors, and returns on investment well exceed initial costs. In addition, projects can be a unique opportunity to screen for future talent.
Alumni Admissions Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in learning more about Alumni Admissions opportunities?
Alumni & Admissions Behind the Scenes
Reddit Q & A: Volunteer to be a guest during a Reddit Q & A session with accepted students. This real time event takes place during a set time, so access to a computer with Wi-Fi is necessary. Reddit is a popular online forum in which people interact on a message board, with categories of diverse interest. WPI has its own category on Reddit.
Ask a Grad: Respond to questions in a timely manner from prospective students and families. Frequency of contact may vary throughout the year.
Congratulate Newly Accepted Students: Alumni will send congratulatory emails to early-accepted students during the month of January.
Alumni Admissions in Your Community
Regional Admissions: Alumni with prior Admissions experience, or experience representing WPI, will coordinate with Admissions to cover college fairs or recruitment events within their respective geographic region. Alumni may also be asked to consider visiting local high schools and speak on behalf of WPI.
Social Media Admissions Ambassadors: Support Admissions by sharing and posting positive messages about WPI.
Refer a Student: Admissions values the input of all WPI community members as they take on the exciting challenge of selecting the incoming class. In addition to referring students to WPI, alumni are welcome to provide letters or emails of endorsements for candidates. We also encourage alumni to share with Admissions more information on a student you feel might make a great addition to our campus.
TAN IP Evaluation Team
The Tech Advisor’s Network (TAN) has been functioning for several years now as WPI’s “virtual” incubator that has been assisting emerging start-up companies. It is a WPI-based group that meets on a monthly basis. However, there is a need for the evaluation of Intellectual Property (IP) coming out of WPI in advance of what the TAN group would see. This will be technology that has been disclosed by an inventor, WPI will have likely filed a provisional patent, and then we have a year to evaluate whether or not we want to invest the $8-12k in conversion to a utility patent, along with some foreign protection.
The “ask” is to evaluate a technology via a package that is sent out via email that would consist of a provisional patent, perhaps a publication or MQP. If it isn’t in your area of expertise, just hit delete and wait for the next one. If it is in your area, you would send your comments on the commercial potential of the idea. Any references or introductions to others in the field are highly appreciated. Sometimes we schedule a call with the inventor and those TAN members that think they can contribute in the discussion. The inventor would go through the idea and there would be Q & A.
This isn’t a big time commitment, but the alumni expertise, especially from a commercial perspective is extremely valuable in helping to decide where to put the financial resources in emerging technologies coming out of WPI.
Please contact Todd Keiller, director of intellectual property and innovation, for more information or to sign up.
WPI students and alumni are on the move! Some move across the state, across the country, and even across the globe once they leave WPI. We're looking for alumni who are willing to be relocation contacts to educate and acclimate those members of the community who are moving to a new place.
Career Development Center Opportunities
Alumni volunteers working with the Career Development Center encourage their companies to recruit at WPI, hire WPI students for co-ops or internships, offer informational interviews to WPI students, and provide feedback to WPI students on their resumes. If you're interested in being a volunteer with the CDC let us know!
Mass Stem Hub Partners with WPI
Mass STEM Hub, Project Lead The Way (PLTW), and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) are working together to support a network of schools across the state of Massachusetts offering high-quality STEM pathways for students. The partnership offers supports for schools and creates a rich ecosystem around a proven K-12 STEM program to provide students in the Commonwealth with the engaging programming needed to spark lifelong interest in STEM and build the necessary skills to thrive in the 21st century. As part of the network, students and teachers, in addition to the proven curriculum, have access to competitions and events, networking opportunities and advanced training.
We are seeking support from STEM industry professionals to help us create a video for PLTW educators attending the Massachusetts PLTW Conference in October. This video will highlight the ways STEM educators have influenced students to pursue careers in STEM and say thank you for their work. In this video, we are asking STEM professionals to share a memory about a teacher, class, project, or activity that inspired them to continue studying and eventually work in a STEM field.
Please email Faith McDuffie to learn more about this project and to schedule a short recording session. We will come to you at a convenient time to record your clip.
More Volunteer Opportunities
Throughout the year we have opportunities for alumni to get involved with events, fundraising, and judging student GPS (Great Problems Seminar) projects. If you're interested in learning more about these opportunities, please let us know!