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Canadian Broadcasting CorporationPlastic-collecting ships could use the waste for fuel while cleaning up the ocean

The CBC Radio program Quirks & Quarks spoke with Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Michael Timko about his research to have ships remove plastic waste from the world’s oceans, and then chemically convert that waste into fuel that could power the plastic-collecting ships. Timko says this could significantly reduce the emissions associated with efforts to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.


Washington Post (the)In deadly fires in New York and Philadelphia, experts see long-neglected safety challenges

Fire Protection Engineering Professor Milosh Puchovsky spoke with The Washington Post about the tragic fires in New York and Philadelphia and the fire risks posed from household furnishings.

The Business JournalsInfrastructure tech startup starts 2022 with a name change, a new home and funding

BostInno reports Roadgnar, a startup founded at WPI, has changed its name to, joined a startup incubator in Somerville, and received new funding.

U.S. NewsClean Hydrogen Use Gaining Momentum in Countries

Chemical Engineering Professor Michael Timko spoke with U.S. News & World Report about the future of hydrogen energy. “I think that societally, we're just entranced with this silver bullet thinking… you’re hoping that each one's the perfect solution, when in fact, you're probably going to need a layered approach – lots of different solutions for different applications,” said Timko.

Boston Globe (the)Wilmington robotics maker going public in $5.5 billion SPAC deal

The Boston Globe spoke with Robotics Engineering Professor Michael Gennert about the Massachusetts-based robotics company Symbotic’s announcement that it’s going public. Gennert offers expert analysis on the intersection of the robotics and grocery industries.

PeopleMass. Engineering Student Adopts Amputee Rescue Dog and Is Building the Pet a Prosthetic Leg wrote an article about WPI student Jordan Rosenfeld’s efforts to design and build a prosthetic leg for his rescue dog, Cleo. Jordan adopted Cleo last year, and since then, he has made it his mission to help her regain her mobility.


NBC BostonAbandoned Dog Adopted by WPI Student to Get Prosthetic Leg

NBC10 Boston spoke with WPI student Jordan Rosenfeld about his work to build a prosthetic leg for his pet dog Cleo, who lost a leg after being hit by a car. Jordan adopted Cleo last year, and since then, he has made it his mission to help Cleo regain her mobility.

NEVY Awards highlight ‘heroes’ of Boston’s innovation scene

BostInno reports on WPI startup Battery Resourcers’ winning “Rocket Ship Company of the Year” in the Climate Tech category at The New England Venture Capital Association’s NEVY Awards.

NewsyCoping with the Stress of Black Friday Shopping

WPI Business School Professor Joe Sarkis was interviewed for a Newsy article. The report highlighted how problems with the supply chain could impact finding the perfect gift this year. Sarkis says “it's all about being flexible this holiday season”

DesignNewsHow to Build a Better Battery Cathode

DesignNews reports on Professor Yan Wang’s research which has found that recycled cathode materials outperform those made from virgin material.

University World NewsU California system ends use of any admissions tests

University World News spoke with Vice President of Enrollment Management Andrew Palumbo about WPI’s test blind admissions policy, which eliminates SAT and ACT scores from the admissions process, after the University of California system took a similar step.

Worcester Business JournalWPI professor awarded $1.4M for muscle research

The Worcester Business Journal reports on WPI Mathematical Sciences Professor Sam Walcott’s research to develop a mathematical model for muscle movement that could lead to improved medical treatments and the creation of better prosthetic devices.

Boston Globe (the)Kate McIntyre’s gothic stories rise from isolated ranch house settings

The Boston Globe talks to Professor Kate McIntyre about her new collection of short stories, Mad Prairie, and how her childhood in Kansas influenced her work.

Worcester MagazineWPI professor part of nationwide push for clean energy

Worcester Magazine spoke with Professor Yu Zhong about his research to produce clean, cost-effective hydrogen fuel. Zhong talks about the two-year project and how it could help address climate change.

New AtlasCan ocean cleanup boats power themselves by turning plastic into fuel?

New Atlas published an article about Professor Michael Timko’s research into the feasibility of converting plastic material found in the ocean into "blue diesel" that could power ships at sea.

Chronicle of Higher Education (the)The Damaging Myth of the Natural Teacher

The Chronicle of Higher Education interviewed Destin Heilman, professor of teaching, for its article. Heilman spoke about WPI’s decision to create a path to tenure and extend contracts for some teaching faculty, along with giving them a role in faculty governance.

CBS BostonCritical Mention: Space Voyage

President Leshin speaks with CBS Boston’s Paula Ebben hours after William Shatner’s historic trip to space, saying there has been new excitement around aerospace studies and WPI growing numbers in this field of study is proof.

LifewireGoogle Maps Is Here to Save You From a Wildfire

Professor Albert Simeoni, fire protection engineering, is quoted in the Lifewire article. Simeoni discusses the pros and cons of the new feature.

ISS U.S. National LaboratoryWildfires and Microgravity: NSF-Funded Research Team Will Use the ISS to Better Understand Fire Spread

ISS360 reports fire protection engineering professor James Urban is working on cutting edge research to better predict the spread of massive, deadly wildfires by studying flames on the International Space Station.

WCVBWorcester, Massachusetts taking on potholes in new, high-tech way

WCVB Channel 5 aired a segment on a new technology developed by WPI graduates that will help detect potholes. The device called Roadgnar is currently being tested by the City of Worcester.