Whether they were with us for their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, the Class of 2020 has more than earned every accolade and celebration. With accomplishments just as varied and innovative as they are, their impact has been felt not only on the WPI community, but on those locally and around the globe. We invite you to take a look back at just a few of their incredible stories.
WPI's Helping Herd: Amy Curran and Jessica Szivos
The Helping Herd series aims to celebrate WPI's helpers, those who are going above and beyond to support their fellow WPI community members. We’re pleased to recognize two members of the Office of Disability Services. Amy Curran and Jessica Szivos were honored for their important roles during the pandemic in assisting students and faculty. Check out their nominations announcement to learn more
WPI Researchers to Measure Stress in College Students and Impact on Learning During Pandemic
Researchers with expertise in fields ranging from psychology to architectural engineering will use a $199,999 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how the novel coronavirus global pandemic is affecting stress in college students and their ability to learn in remote settings.
An Unexpected Field of Dreams
With a degree in management engineering and a minor in industrial engineering, Sam Casey ‘20 had expected to land a job in the construction field. Instead, he’s followed his dream and been tapped to join Scott Sperone, former defensive coordinator for the WPI Engineers, at Fitchburg State University as the team’s assistant coach. See how he’ll be taking what he learned at WPI (both on and off the field) and applying it to his work with the Falcons.
50 Years of Innovation
50 years ago, WPI undertook one of the boldest transformations higher education has ever seen, replacing the typical curriculum, grading schedule, and requirements with a groundbreaking academic experience rooted in project-based learning known as the WPI Plan. 50 years after the Plan’s origin, we took a look back at its journey, growing from a seed of an idea into a groundbreaking revolution.
Prof. Weathers is an internationally recognized expert on Artemisia annua and artemisinin, having worked with the plant and its phytochemicals including the antimalarial drug, artemisinin, for >25 years. She is a Fellow of AAAS and SIVB, won many awards, given many national and international presentations, reviews manuscripts for many journals and proposals for many national and international funding agencies. She is an Associate Editor for two journals. Her lab was the first to genetically transform A. annua.
Emmanuel Agu is currently an associate professor in the computer science department at WPI having received his Masters and PhD in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His research interests are in the areas of computer graphics, mobile computing, and wireless networks. He is especially interested in research into how to use a smartphone as a platform to deliver better healthcare.
In my research laboratory at WPI, teams of graduate and undergraduate students collaborate with researchers at WPI and the University of Massachusetts Medical School to design, fabricate, culture and analyze cell-based engineered vascular tissue.
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