Members of the Class of 2020 came together virtually, submitting photos from their time at WPI—everything from studying in the classroom to working on projects to hanging out with friends, roommates, and colleagues—to create a mosaic of an iconic campus location.
Congratulations, Class of 2020—you did it. For all of us at WPI, it’s been a privilege to be a part of your remarkable journeys and to witness your amazing accomplishments and transformations as you become the leaders of tomorrow. Whether you were with us for your bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree, you have had an everlasting impact not only on the WPI community, but on communities locally and around the globe. Here are just a few of your extraordinary stories.
"This will definitely change their lives"—See how Albert Nana Beka ’20, who graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering in December 2019, used skills from his IQP at WICN radio in Worcester to help him and others create a multimedia center with 60 computers in his home village of Bazou, Cameroon.
As Worcester locals, Class of 2020 graduates David Howard, Tauny Tambolleo, and Justin Amevor grew up with WPI before even stepping foot on campus. Read more about why they each decided WPI was the right choice for them, the impact they created along the way, and their sense of pride—both in their community and their university.
Ever since he was a young boy in his home country of Iraq, Abdullah Hussein Al-Shawk ’20 has always been one of the helpers. That commitment to helping and volunteerism continued when he and his family moved to the United States in 2013—read more about what he’s accomplished before, during, and after his time at WPI.
After earning a bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering and a master’s in Management in just four years, Waleria Duarte ’20 is now on her way to join GE Aviation’s Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP). She shared her personal motto she followed to help make it all happen: Every obstacle is a step to success. She explains, “This quote describes my journey and my perspective on life."
When you first crossed Earle Bridge at the beginning of your WPI journey, it was with the knowledge that you’d cross it again on your way to becoming a WPI graduate. And you will. You’ll take the walk through campus to the Quad that’s been years in the making, the one you’ve been waiting for. In the meantime, I hope you’ll take a special one with me today.
Andrew Nagal '20, MS in Robotics Engineering, has been diligently working from his home in Houston producing PPEs for hospitals.
Along with his mom––a nurse––and some members of the Houston community, Andrew started Provide Our Heroes, a volunteer project to produce and provide PPE to frontline hospital workers. Currently they are 3D printing 150 face shields a day and have donated over 1100 face shields to hospitals in Houston, Seattle, NYC, and California.
Theatre producers, researchers, honor society members, admissions representatives, scholars…these are some of the members of the Class of 2020 who were recognized throughout the year as #GoatsoftheWeek on the university’s social media channels.
Members of the WPI community put together a few parting words not only as a sendoff, but a reminder that you, members of the Class of 2020, really are the GOAT—and no, the goat puns don’t stop after graduation (you’re welcome).