WPI Researchers and Museum of Science Present "Technologies that are Changing the World"

Lecture series to focus on emerging technologies

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5706

WORCESTER, Mass. January 16, 2004 Faculty from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Boston Museum of Science are presenting a series of lectures on technologies that are changing the world.

The three-part lecture series, which is free and open to the public, began on January 14, and continues on January 21 and 28. The January 21 program is on Nanotechnology the next small thing, with Professors Nancy Burnham and Grant McGimpsy. The panel will be moderated by William Durgin, WPIs Vice President of Research. Prof. Burnham, a member of WPIs Physics department and McGimpsey, a member of the Chemistry/Biochemistry department, will discuss how nanotechnology presents new opportunities and possibilities as industries work to make devices like transistors smaller, cheaper and faster. As these systems become tinier, they behave in ways that are fundamentally different from those made on a macroscopic scale.

The last program in the series is on The Hydrogen Based Economy Dream or Reality and includes panelists Yi H. (Ed) Ma, and Ravindra Datta, WPI professors of chemical engineering; and WPI alum James P. Dunn, president of the Center for Technology Commercialization. The panel will again be moderated by William Durgin. The presentation will review the current technology for hydrogen production; fuel cells; and a current application of hydrogen fuel cell technology the e-plane, a fuel cell powered aircraft

Both lectures begin at 7 p.m. at the Cahners Education Center, Boston Museum of Science. To learn more about the programs, call (617) 589-0419 or (617) 589-0223 (TTY), or visit: http://www.mos.org/whats_happening/calendar/lecture-seriesinfo.php?num=41;na=0.

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865, WPI is a pioneer in technological higher education. WPI was the first university to understand that students learn best when they have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom to the solution of important problems. Today its students, working in teams at more than 20 project centers around the globe, put their knowledge and skills to work as they complete professional-level work that can have an immediate positive impact on society.

WPIs innovative, globally focused curriculum has been recognized by leaders in industry, government and academia as the model for the technological education of tomorrow. Students emerge from this program as true technological humanists, well rounded, with the confidence, the interpersonal skills and the commitment to innovation they need to make a real difference in their professional and personal lives.

The university awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today, its first-rate research laboratories support masters and Ph.D. programs in more than 30 disciplines in engineering, science and the management of technology. Located in the heart of the regions biotechnology and high-technology sectors, WPI has built research programs including the largest industry/university alliance in North America that have won it worldwide recognition.