The WPI community held a celebration on April 15 for being awarded the prestigious 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. The Gordon Prize was given to WPI by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
The events included an hour-long panel discussion, “Perspectives on Engineering Education: A Conversation,” in Alden Memorial. President Laurie Leshin moderated the program with panelists Rick Vaz, dean of interdisciplinary and global studies at WPI; Mark Russell, a member of the WPI Board of Trustees and corporate vice President of engineering and Technology and Mission Assurance at Raytheon; Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College; and NAE president C.D. Mote Jr.
Leshin introduced the panel, saying she was glad the celebration was being led off with a conversation about the future of engineering. “Conversations like this are becoming more important and more urgent every day as our nation continues to grapple with complex challenges that call on engineers for solutions,” she said.
“I’m referring to challenges like the Flint water crisis, the large number of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan needing smart prosthetics, cybersecurity lapses, and the need for sustainable sources of clean energy, to name just a few.”