As COVID-19 sent the world into quarantine and uncertainty this year, the WPI community and its leaders drew strength from the university’s roots and put theory and practice into play to make 2020 a year to remember.
Editor’s Note: This is the last installment of a five-part series reflecting on how the WPI community remained strong, stayed the course, and turned up its innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Part 5: The University’s Response: The Year in Photos.
Facing a complex set of challenges to keep the campus open during the pandemic, the university relied on academic flexibility and personal responsibility to resume campus life. With limited options for socialization, fitness and other activities, the university got creative, devising programs for keeping classrooms, the Sports and Recreation Center and other facilities disinfected; testing students, faculty and staff for COVID; and organizing classes and activities according to social distancing protocols. WPI was able to observe many of its traditions while continuing research, and even showcasing faculty research that has applications in COVID diagnosis and treatment.