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The Global School Virtual Event Series

Friday, October 09, 2020
9:00 am to 2:00 pm

The Global School Virtual Event Series is a year long celebration of The Global School at WPI and aims to highlight and grow the projects, research, and collaborations WPI has all over the world while focusing on global grand challenge themes.

On Demand Content Links

Welcome Remarks, President Leshin

Vision of The Global School, Provost Soboyejo

The Evolution of WPI as The Global Polytechnic, Kent Rissmiller

Spreading the Special Sauce, Kris Wobbe

Online Institute: Empowering African Universities, Joe Doiron

Global Grand Challenges Session, Moderated by Jean King

Robert Langer, Sc.D. Slides for Distribution



9:00 am - 9:15 am

Opening Remarks

Laurie Leshin, WPI

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Overview of The Global School

Wole Soboyejo, WPI

9:30 am - 9:45 am

Report on The Global School Implementation

Kent Rissmiller, WPI

9:45 am - 10:00 am

WPI’s Project Based Approach to Education and the Center for Project Based Learning
Kris Wobbe, WPI

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Online Institute
Joe Doiron, WPI

10:15 am - 10:30 am 


10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Global Grand Challenges Session

Moderated by Jean King, WPI

Martin Burt, WPI and Fundacion Paraguaya; Dmitry Korkin, WPI; Rob Krueger, WPI; Jianyu Liang, WPI; Paul Mathisen, WPI; Joe Sarkis, WPI; Wole Soboyejo, WPI; Sarah Strauss, WPI; Michael Timko, WPI; Hal Walker, WPI; and Kris Wobbe, WPI

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Lunch Break

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Edison of Medicine: Robert Langer’s Quest to Solve Global Health Challenges Using Biotechnology

Attend WPI’s University Lecture presented by Robert Langer, Sc.D., Institute Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Recognized as the Thomas Edison of our times—the Edison of Medicine, Langer is the most quoted engineer in the world and has more than 1,400 issued and pending patents worldwide.
Langer will share his journey to following his passion and making an impact on the world—what happens when an engineer goes into medicine research and how an unwavering commitment to his purpose sustained him through many disappointments. He’ll discuss the value of interdisciplinary cooperation and the tenacity required to explore different paths to solutions. He’ll also talk about facing rejection, overcoming criticism, and stepping out of one’s comfort zone to do what’s important.

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Discussion and Closing Remarks 


Rachel Roy
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