Technological Education in the Spotlight on Project Presentation Day

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Thursday, April 24, is Project Presentation Day, the day set aside each year for WPI undergraduates to present their Major Qualifying Projects. More than 600 students will present nearly 400 MQPs from 12 academic departments at various on-campus locations during the event - which for many students is the culmination of their undergraduate career. A program that lists each MQP will be available from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Registration Desk in Harrington Auditorium and in the News Service in Higgins House. The MQP is the last of three projects required by the WPI Plan. Along with the Humanities Sufficiency and the Interactive Qualifying Project, the MQP provides WPI students with an awareness of the world of knowledge beyond their own areas of study and a recognition of what a technological professional should be and be capable of. The MQP is a professional-level design or research project that gives students hands-on exposure to the kinds of work assignments they will really do after graduation. A number of these projects lead to publications in respected journals and presentations at regional and national conferences. Some result in patents for their innovations and products for their corporate sponsors.

"Project Presentation Day is an opportunity to see and hear the results of projects sponsored by a wide range of corporations and organizations," says WPI President Edward A. Parrish. AThese presentations provide a fascinating window on one of the most important and successful innovations in technological education in this century," A sample of MQP topics provides a look into the breadth and scope of these projects: "Animal Models for Human HIV Infection: A Molecular and Ultrastructural Analysis of Simian Microsporidiosis"; "Waterborne Microbe Remediation Techniques: Comparison of UV Radiation and Ultrafiltration"; "Cloning, Expression and RNA-Binding Activity of the P9 Movement Gene from Turnip Crinkle Virus"; "Swimming Pool Evaluation and Design for the Town of Holden"; "Worcester Convention Center: Integrated Design and Construction"; "Teaching a Computer to Play Soccer"; "User Environment Analysis: Worcester Art Museum"; "Boch Center Acoustics"; "Pathfinder: An Ultrasonic, Obstacle-Avoiding Robot"; "Virtual Reality and Performance"; "Inventory Analysis of the Lightware Business Unit at Lucent Technologies"; "Mathematical Modeling in Metal Processing"; "Formula SAE Design Project"; and "Computer Generated Holograms."