WPI Lecture Series 'Engineering The Future'Takes Place at Boston's Museum of Science Jan. 17, 24 and 31

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, Mass. - Today's engineers are making real what was once thought impossible. This January, three Worcester Polytechnic Institute experts will explain what engineers do and how they do it at the Boston Museum of Science.

The Museum of Science in conjunction with WPI is offering visitors an inside look at the many exciting facets of engineering in the 21st century with a three-part, free lecture series titled "Engineering the Future."

January 17: "Discovery! Creativity! Innovation!-The Real Lives of Engineers" with Richard D. Sisson Jr., director of WPI's Material Science and Engineering Program and WPI mechanical engineering professor.

January 24: "It IS Rocket Science - Preparing for the Space Age" with Fred J. Looft, professor and associate head of the electrical and computer engineering department at WPI and director of the WPI/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Projects Program.

January 31: "Up Close and Personal with a Robot Named Gompei" with Kenneth Stafford, manager of Academic Initiatives at WPI and visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics and Science.

Each program will begin at 7 p.m. in Cahners Theater at the Museum of Science.

For visitors interested in a career in engineering (including high school and college students) as well as those interested in learning about new applications in the field, this series offers a first-hand look at today's engineers and how they are making the once impossible, possible.

The moderator for the series is William D. Durgin, K.G. Merriam professor of mechanical engineering and associate provost for Academic Affairs at WPI. All three lectures are free and include museum admission to lecture-goers, thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis the night of each lecture.

For more information, please call 617-589-0419 or 617-589-0417 (TTY) or visit the website for the event.