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A black and white portrait of Naudin Oswell, WPI's first Black graduate.

The Odyssey of Naudin Oswell

WPI alumnus Naudin Oswell ’30, WPI’s first Black graduate, was a pioneering leader in public housing in the United States as well as a trailblazing figure in the investment banking community. Read more about this remarkable WPI graduate in this expansive feature story: "The Odyssey of Naudin Oswell, WPI’s First Black Graduate."

Community Announcements

February 26, 2021
Office of the President
February 25, 2021
Division of Talent & Inclusion, Title IX
February 25, 2021
Dean of Students
February 24, 2021
Office of the President
Janelle Drake, Jolene Cotnoir, and James Imperiali smile for a group photo against a black background.
University Magazine

From the WPI Journal: A Seat at the Lab Bench

“There’s something to be said for seeing somebody like you who’s made it to a place that you want to get to.” See how Janelle Drake ’11, Jolene Cotnoir ’10, both transgender women, and James Imperiali ’13, a transgender man, are taking steps to increase representation in STEM—by just being themselves. Discover more alumni stories in the WPI Journal.

Students work on a project together while a teacher offers assistance as needed.
Research News

Fulfilling Demand for STEM Teachers

Kathy Chen, Shari Weaver, and Doug Petkie have received a one-year, $75,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to plan how to combat the STEM teacher shortage in high-need school districts and better prepare WPI undergraduates to become certified STEM teachers. Read more, and sign up for the research newsletter for the latest research news.

Featured Faculty

Kate  McIntyre

Katharine L McIntyre

Assistant Professor

Dr. McIntyre’s research interests include fiction and creative nonfiction, collaborative writing, narrative theory, literary magazine publishing, the contemporary novel, the intersection of literary and genre fiction, and the gothic. Her short story collection, Mad Prairie, was selected by Roxane Gay as the winner of the 2020 Flannery O'Connor Award and will be published in September 2021 by University of Georgia Press. She is the managing editor of the literary journal The Worcester Review.

Elke A. Rundensteiner

Elke Rundensteiner


As founding Director of the interdisciplinary Data Science program here at WPI, I take great pleasure in doing all in my power to support the Data Science community in all its facets from research collaborations, new educational initiatives to our innovative Graduate Qualifying projects at the graduate level.

Emmanuel O. Agu

Emmanuel Agu

Professor-Computer Science

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.

Campus in Photos

A photo of the sun shining off the Foisie Innovation Studio from between the branches of the beech tree in the center of campus.
The sun’s coming up on a new year—we’re (more than) ready for you, 2021.
Two people wearing face coverings carry belongings into a residence hall while a light snow falls.
A little snow never bothered us, anyway—and it certainly wasn’t going to get in the way of students moving back to campus.
A photo of a sunrise over the football field, which is covered in snow.
We’ve missed those classic campus sunsets.

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