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Manasi Vartak ’10 smiles for the camera during a shoot for the WPI Journal.
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From the WPI Journal: Braving Their Own Unknowns

Manasi Vartak ’10 using her passions to found AI startup Verta; Arnold Lee ’98 becoming a highly regarded lead master Pilates trainer after realizing he wasn’t fully committed to his engineering career; and the first cohort of students resuming in-person project work at Acadia National Park—they’re just a few examples of WPI alumni and current students braving their own unknowns.

Electronic Gloves to Teleoperate Robotic Systems

Research News

Developing the Next Generation of Wearable Tech with UMass Lowell

WPI professors and researchers Pratap Rao, Cagdas Onal, and Zhi Li have been awarded over $1.7 million to develop, in collaboration with UMass Lowell, a soft, lightweight glove equipped with printed sensors and electronic circuits that will enable a user to tele-operate or train robotic systems. Check out the technology in action in the video above, and sign up for the research newsletter for the latest research news.

Faculty Profiles

Pratap M. Rao

Pratap Mahesh Rao

Associate Professor

My research is aimed at discovering, understanding and developing advanced materials for a range of applications including solar energy conversion, catalysis, printed electronics, sensors, and functional coatings. Our lab specializes in the synthesis of nanostructured thin film materials using scalable processes. Students and researchers in my lab can expect to work on highly interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of materials science, mechanical engineering, solid state physics, and thermal sciences.

Jane  Li

Zhi Li

Assistant Professor

My research bridges the gap between human-robot interaction and human movement science. I am particularly interested in the design of human-robot interfaces and assistive robot autonomy, based on the understanding of the perception-action coupling of humans and cyber-human systems. At WPI, I primarily work on tele-nursing robots and assisted teleoperation interfaces. I also have extensive experience in exoskeletons for rehabilitation and tele-surgical robots.

Cagdas  Onal

Cagdas Onal

Associate Professor/Graduate Coordinator

An integral part of a rewarding academic career is being an educator. It is a wonderful opportunity to work with students and guide their development to fulfill their potential. I enjoy teaching the fundamentals of robotics engineering, science and technology as well as training students in advanced independent research. I aim to teach students about research-based thinking and problem solving, to give them a real career choice to determine their future in further research or the industry.

Derren  Rosbach

Derren Rosbach

Associate Teaching Professor

The overarching goal of my teaching and research is to contribute to an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental governance and policy. More specifically, I focus on the building of individual, organizational and institutional capacities to participate in collaborative efforts to address complex social and environmental sustainability problems through the application of science and technology.

David Christopher Medich

David Christopher Medich

Associate Professor

I perform experimental and computational (Monte Carlo) research in the field of applied nuclear physics with a focus on Medical and Health Physics. Presently my research group is investigating: 1) developing a unique technique to enable ultrahigh-resolution in-vivo functional imaging using neutrons,

2) adapting Gen. IV micro-reactors as the core of a next generation research nuclear reactor which also can supply carbon-free energy to a campus, 

3) developing a 169Yb brachytherapy source to enable localized intensity-modulated radiation therapy, and,

Campus in Photos

What did you do to celebrate the first real snow of the season?
How did you celebrate the first snow of the season?
WPI Eats, The Goat's Head, and SGA co-sponsored a gingerbread build-off where students built gingerbread houses and then had their structural integrity tested by Professor Jessica Rosewitz. May the best (and tastiest) gingerbread house win!
WPI Eats, The Goat's Head, and SGA co-hosted a gingerbread house build-off where students worked together to build gingerbread houses whose structural integrity was then tested by Professor Jessica Rosewitz. May the best (and tastiest) gingerbread house win!
Engineering Ambassadors held an event where local middle school students worked together to construct windmills to lift cups of pennies.
The Engineering Ambassadors hosted an event for middle school students to work together to build windmills to lift cups of pennies.
The WPI Orchestra kicked off December with a winter concert in Alden Memorial.
The WPI Orchestra kicked off the month with a concert in Alden Memorial.
First-year students enrolled in the Great Problems Seminar course shared their work with fellow students, faculty, staff, and guests during Poster Presentation Day.
First-year students enrolled in the Great Problems Seminar presented their work to fellow students, faculty, staff, and guests during Poster Presentation Day.

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