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Worcester MagazineLast Call with Kyle Mikolajczyk, vice president of WPI's Model Train Club

Worcester Magazine wrote a feature article about Kyle Mikolajczyk, vice president of WPI's Model Train Club. The story not only highlights the creative and inclusive activity culture at WPI, but mentions what brought him to the university four years ago.

NBC News After MIT reinstates SAT and ACT mandate, will other colleges follow?

NBC News spoke with Vice President of Enrollment Management Andrew Palumbo about WPI’s decision to go test-blind in the admissions process, after MIT announced it would once again require standardized tests.


Washington Post (the)MIT resumes mandate for SAT or ACT scores. Many other colleges have not.

The Washington Post spoke with Vice President of Enrollment Management Andrew Palumbo about WPI’s test-blind policy, after MIT announced its decision to start accepting standardized test scores again.

Telegram.comWPI Fulbright Scholars help link Ukrainians in homeland, stateside

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette spoke with Fulbright scholars Yuliia Kleban and Roman Mykhailyshyn, about the war in Ukraine and their efforts to help people affected by the conflict. Both Kleban and Mykhailyshyn are from Ukraine and completed their Fulbright scholarships at WPI, just weeks before the war began.

New York Times (the) M.I.T. Will Again Require SAT and ACT Scores

Vice President of Enrollment Management Andrew Palumbo spoke with The New York Times about MIT’s decision to reinstate its standardized testing requirement. He also spoke about WPI’s move to become a fully test-blind institution.

GBHEchoing WWII rescue efforts, ethnic Russian researchers in U.S. support Ukrainian scholars

GBH spoke with Computer Science Professor Dmitry Korkin about how he has opened his home to the family of a Ukrainian professor, Vitaly Yurkiv, amid the war with Russia. Korkin is also working to help Yurkiv find work in the U.S. when Yurkiv is able to leave Ukraine.

'Self-healing' concrete substitute sucks carbon out of the air

Industry Dive spoke with Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering Associate Professor Nima Rahbar and Chemistry & Biochemistry Professor Suzanne Scarlata about their work to create an enzymatic construction material, which could be a sustainable alternative to concrete. The material removes carbon dioxide from the air during its formation and self-healing process.

WBUR 90.9Mass. Ukrainians send money, tactical medicine to battlefield back home

WBUR spoke with Associate Professor of Business Renata Konrad (at the 7:33:40 mark) about her efforts to help the people of Ukraine, amid the Russian invasion. Professor Konrad talked about how she has organized donations of first aids and medical supplies, as well as the help and support she’s received from the WPI community.

NewsyResearchers find ways to turn bamboo into biofuel

Newsy spoke with Chemical Engineering Professor Mike Timko and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Ali Salifu about their research that found bamboo can be converted into biofuel to power vehicles and generators.

Digital Engineering 247Sustainable Pursuits: Today’s engineering designs are shaped with sustainability and incorporate innovation

Digital Engineering 24/7 spoke with Social Science & Policy Studies Professor Rob Krueger about sustainable design and the formalization of the Institute of Science and Technology for Development.

AnthropoceneState-of-the-art “living” concrete alternative soaks up carbon and heals itself

Anthropocene Magazine reported on the collaboration between Civil, Environmental, & Architectural Engineering Associate Professor Nima Rahbar and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Suzanne Scarlata to produce a negative-emission construction material that absorbs CO2 and self-heals.

Boston Globe (the)Weeks ago, a Fulbright scholar in Worcester returned home to Ukraine. Now she fears what will happen next.

The Boston Globe spoke with Yuliia Kleban, an Assistant Professor at The Ukrainian Catholic University in L’viv, Ukraine, who recently completed a Fulbright scholarship at WPI. Kleban returned to her home country just weeks before Russia invaded. Business School Associate Professor Renata Konrad also completed a Fulbright during the same time, and swapped institutions and homes with Kleban.

Associated PressUkraine invasion spotlights the delicate state of democracy

The Associated Press spoke with Assistant Professor of Social Science & Policy Studies Crystal Brown about how the Russian invasion of Ukraine threatens democracy, and how Vladimir Putin has used the appearance and infrastructure of democracy to gain, and keep, power.


Worcester Business JournalWPI joins regional biotech coalition

The Worcester Business Journal reports on WPI joining BioConnects New England, a multi-state coalition designed to support biomanufacturing in the region, by increasing opportunities in the field, focusing on equity and innovation, and creating a prepared workforce for current and future job openings.

Boston Globe (the)Mass. companies lead the way on US lithium battery production

The Boston Globe reports on the how Ascend Elements, a company started at WPI, is a leader in the lithium-ion battery. While at WPI, the Ascend leadership team developed a unique process to recycle the batteries, so they can be reused without sacrificing performance.

NBC BostonThe SAT is going digital

NBC Boston spoke with Andrew Palumbo, Vice President of Enrollment Management, about the College Board’s decision to make the SAT an all-digital test. This story was also featured in Higher Ed Dive

WBUR 90.9Mass. startup transforms old electric car batteries into better-than-new ones

WBUR spoke with WPI Mechanical and Materials Engineering Professor Yan Wang about his work to recycle lithium-ion batteries, the company he co-founded, and how his research has shown that recycled batteries can often perform better than new lithium-ion batteries, by being able to be charged more times, and by lasting longer.

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.