WPI Students Vie for Annual President's Project Awards

University's Innovative Project Program Impacts Critical Science and Technology Issues Facing Society and the World

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) undergraduates are required to complete an IQP (Interactive Qualifying Project), many through the university’s innovative Global Perspectives Program, at more than 20 project centers located throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe. The purpose of the project is to heighten students’ awareness of the relationship between technology and society and to help them understand the impact of science and engineering in a social and cultural context.

Following completion of the project, students submit reports that examine how science and technology related to societal structures and value. The best of these reports, judged as outstanding in focusing on the relationships among science, technology, and the needs of society, are presented to WPI President Dennis D. Berkey and a panel of distinguished judges in December in pursuit of the prestigious President's IQP Awards. To be considered for an award, the project must be superior in conception, executive, and presentation.

This year's finalists encompass student work done for corporate, government and nonprofit sectors in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean, as well as one in conjunction with the Worcester Public Schools. Locations and project titles of the five finalists are:

  • Venice, Italy - Preserving the Nautical Traditions and Maritime Heritage of Venice
  • Worcester, Massachusetts - Developing a Robotics Outreach Program
  • Windhoek, Namibia - Assessing Prepay Water Metering in the Informal Settlements of Windhoek
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico - Compositing for Sustainable Waste Management
  • Kanchanaburi, Thailand - Irrigation Development to Improve the Lives of Impoverished Children


Eighteen students, hailing from California, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, and Ontario, Canada, completed the projects.

President Berkey heads the award's panel of judges, which includes:

  • Michael T. Clegg - foreign secretary of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and professor of biological sciences, ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of California, Irvine
  • William B. DeLauder - executive director of the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program
  • Cheryl R. Scheid - vice chancellor of Faculty Administration and interim provost of the University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Carol Simpson - WPI provost and senior vice president


Wednesday, December 7, 2005, 1:45 p.m.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Higgins Laboratories, Room 116
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.

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For more information about WPI's Interactive Qualifying Projects (IQPs), explore completed projects.