2009-2010

WPI to Hold Annual Showcase for Student Innovation

Project Presentation Day highlights the purposeful, important work WPI students do for their senior capstone project, the MQP.

Among the hundreds of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) student research projects that will be showcased at the April 22 Project Presentation Day are projects about

  • redesigning a portion of Vernon Street near Interstate 290 in Worcester
  • building a sustainable community in Leicester, Mass.
  • evaluating healthcare services for elderly Hispanic residents of Worcester
  • improving the quality of drinking water in Panama
  • the development of an eBay selling manager application
  • biofuel production using salt catalysts
  • the potential for using  Apoptin as a cancer therapy
  • the ability of Porcine Circovirus 2s to selectively target and kill cancer cells
  • the design and realization of an “intelligent, unmanned ground vehicle”

Project Presentation Day is an annual showcase for the remarkable work WPI students complete for their Major Qualifying Projects (MQP), one of two significant research projects all WPI undergraduates must take on. Student teams from every academic discipline at WPI–including robotics engineering, interactive media and game development, and environmental engineering–will present the results of their research to faculty advisors and projects sponsors in formal presentations or poster sessions. In their presentations, students will explain how they arrived at solutions to real-world problems using the knowledge and skills they learned at WPI.

Through the senior-year MQP–which was recently lauded by U.S. News & World Report as an outstanding example of an academic program commonly linked to student success– students gain professional-level, real-world design or research experience within their major field. This experience immerses students in the kind of work they will do after graduation. Generally undertaken in teams, MQPs are often sponsored by corporations or other external organizations.

The projects program is the essence of the WPI Plan, which is the university’s groundbreaking approach to undergraduate education that combines theoretical study with purposeful, project-based problem solving around the world.

The public is invited to take part in this annual exhibition, held all over campus.

Presentation and poster session times and locations vary by department and program; the Project Presentation Day schedule is available here.

April 20, 2010

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu