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Tech Power Players 50: Yan Wang

Yan Wang, the William B. Smith Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, was named to the Boston Globe’s Tech Power Players 50 list. Wang was recognized for his pioneering work to recycle lithium-ion batteries and to build cleaner li-ion batteries with improved performance.

Self Magazine

Angela C. Incollingo Rodriguez, assistant professor of Psychological & Cognitive Sciences and Neuroscience, talked with Self Magazine for an article about how pregnancy can impact body image. She noted that pregnancy content on social media tends to skew toward what we look like versus what we feel like, even if what you're seeing isn't overtly talking about appearance.  

Worcester Business Journal

Natalie Farny, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Biotechnology, has received funding from the National Science Foundation to advance the use of bacteria in the cleanup of contaminated soil. Farny will study how a critical biological process regulates genes in bacteria as they adapt to conditions outside of laboratories.



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Graduate students Camila Gomez and Muhammad Hassan Dajana, in the Community Climate Adaptation program, are exploring historical data on winter storms, climate projections, and surveying Worcester residents to identify winter weather impacts and potential vulnerabilities. Their project with the City of Worcester's Department of Sustainability and Resilience seeks to identify recommendations to support winter climate adaptation and resilience in Worcester.



Hippocampus Magazine

Ephraim, professor of English in the Department of Humanities & Arts, was interviewed about her book Green World, that details her quest to become a Shakespeare scholar.

"It was smiles all around." The Telegram & Gazette captured some of the sights from the undergraduate commencement ceremonies on May 10.

The Worcester Guardian

More than a thousand students got their degrees from WPI during commencement ceremonies at the DCU Center. President Grace Wang urged graduates to dream boldly. Read more in The Worcester Guardian.


Cyber threats are becoming more sophisticated. Xiaoyan (Sherry) Sun, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, discusses how managed detection and response combines technology and human expertise to approach cybersecurity risks. Learn more in this article from Techopedia.

The class of 2024 was celebrated at commencement ceremonies at the DCU Center. "Today's commencement is especially meaningful," said President Grace J. Wang. "The global pandemic kept many of you from having an in-person high school graduation ceremony. It's truly a joy and honor to celebrate our graduates in person, together." Graduates included the first cohort of WPI's Great Minds/CoMPASS Scholar Program. It supports low-income, academically talented, first-generation students from Worcester Public Schools.

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Among the nearly 1,200 undergraduate students who celebrated their commencement Friday, ten were part of the first Great Minds/CoMPASS Scholars Program. The scholarship program is for first-generation students from Worcester Public Schools and provides orientation and support throughout the students' time at WPI.



WHDH-TV aired video of Bella, the WPI police department's explosives sniffing K-9, walking across the stage at commencement in recognition of her retirement following 8 years of service to the campus community. Video of the celebratory moment was also aired by WCVB-TV.

The Worcester Guardian

Bella, the WPI police department's explosives-sniffing K-9 was honored at commencement ceremonies upon her retirement following eight years of service to the campus community and in assistance to Massachusetts State Police and other authorities at major public events.


The Worcester Guardian

Ten alumni of Worcester Public Schools will graduate as WPI's first cohort of students in a scholarship program designed to financially, academically, and emotionally support students with holistic, intentional, and research-backed programming to propel students from marginalized and disadvantaged backgrounds to be successful STEM professionals.

Southbridge Evening News

A new agreement with Quinsigamond Community College will expand pathways for transfer students, enhancing the partnership between the institutions, with a goal of preparing more people for the STEM workforce through education and training.

Jenn Parissi-Forti, director of presidential and institutional events, talked with the Worcester Telegram & Gazette about WPI's Commencement ceremonies, being held for the first time this year at the DCU Center.

Recycling Today

A lithium-metal battery manufacturer plans to fund a new research initiative led by Professor Yan Wang to develop a recycling technology for lithium-metal batteries. Wang is the William B. Smith Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering.

The Worcester Guardian

Students were honored with the prestigious award that recognizes undergraduates who demonstrated outstanding work in all three of their required projects for graduation.


Phishing attacks are an increasing concern. What do you need to know? Patrick Schaumont, professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, offers insight in this Techopedia article.

Environmental News Bits

Environmental Protection Agency funding will support WPI research, involving students in mechanical & materials engineering and robotics engineering, into harmful algal blooms. The project seeks to create 3D-printed floating structures that can serve as photocatalysts to address the blooms.



Boston 25

Some communities are redesigning roadways with an eye to improved safety and public transit flow. Suzanne LePage, an instructor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering provided expert analysis for a Boston 25 News report about roadway design.

Worcester Business Journal

President Grace Wang has been named to Worcester Business Journal's Power 100, a list of influential professionals in Central Massachusetts. Wang was recognized in part for her work to cultivate connections between academic research and innovative real-world solutions.