Imagine flexible 3D-printed robots that can crawl, dive, swim, climb, and operate where humans can't. Robotics & Automation News wrote about robotics engineering professor Markus Nemitz and his work to develop these robots.
Joseph Sarkis, professor of management in The Business School, explains in this WCVB video report, how consumers may be affected by the expanding United Auto Workers strike, which is now targeting parts distribution, in addition to new vehicle manufacturing.
“There is going to be a disruption, and the union has thought through this very carefully.” Management professor Joseph Sarkis, a supply chain expert, discusses how consumers and industries will be affected by the auto workers strike.
A prolonged strike could have consequences, says management professor Joseph Sarkis. He spoke with Spectrum News 1 Worcester about how the UAW strike is affecting supply chains, and how manufacturers in the auto industry are still rebounding from COVID disruptions.
This piece in Tech Briefs highlights the work by Yan Wang, the William Smith Foundation Dean's Professor of Mechanical Engineering, to develop a greener method of manufacturing batteries for electric vehicles.
“These systems have to be ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” Fire protection engineering professor Milosh Puchovsky spoke with the Boston Globe about the importance of standpipes, a type of fire suppression equipment. The Globe’s article analyzes records on standpipe repairs following the failure of a standpipe during a fire at an MBTA station earlier this year.
Farnoush Reshadi, professor of marketing in The Business School, lent expertise for this article on understanding annual percentage rates. She's quoted in a question & answer section that provides insight to help people understand their loans and credit cards.
“When engineering meets art, there are a lot of interesting ideas.” Civil, environmental & architectural engineering professor Shichao Liu detailed how faculty at the university are teaching the skills needed to build for climate change. In this Worcester Business Journal article, he also outlined how buildings are being designed with decarbonization and resiliency in mind.
Civil, environmental, & architectural engineering professor Mingjiang Tao was interviewed by WBZ-TV for this story on why so many roads were swallowed by sinkholes in recent devastating flooding. Tao explained how soaking rain undermines pavement and how other weather factors like heat waves can put stress on roads.
A hot week forced schools to make changes. How does a hot classroom affect learning? Research from Shichao Liu, professor of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering, shows an impact when the room temperature hits a certain point. He provided comments and expertise for this story in the Telegram & Gazette.
Hot weather can make learning a challenge. Civil, environmental, and architectural engineering professor Shichao Liu shared his research on heat and learning with WBZ, Boston's CBS News station. Liu says reasoning performance and memory function can drop when classroom temperatures rise.
Yan Wang, the William Smith Foundation Dean's Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, was interviewed by MassLive about the growth and future manufacturing trends in the electric battery industry. The article highlights the work done by Wang's lab at WPI to develop a process for lithium-ion battery recycling.
Lora Brueck, longtime librarian and WPI's first official archivist, now retired, will be honored by the organization ArtsWorcester. This article in the Telegram & Gazette, which also appeared in Worcester Magazine, details Brueck's volunteer work to advance the arts and the work she did at WPI to open the library's exhibition spaces to area artists.
Humanities & arts professor Yunus Telliel was a guest on Radio Boston for a discussion on artificial intelligence. He shared insight on regulations surrounding the technology and the ethical questions we should be asking about A.I. "At the center of this conversation is what does it mean to be human," Telliel said. "The deeper question is not about A.I. It's about us."
Research by professor of biology & biotechnology Inna Nechipurenko was featured in this Worcester Business Journal article. The professor's research focuses on the mysteries of tiny cellular structures and how they affect the development of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Michael Ahern, instructor, and recently retired Director of Power Systems at WPI, provided analysis for an Associated Press report on the presence of uninsulated electrical wires in Maui before the devastating wildfires. The reporting on power line infrastructure and questions about the source of the fires was republished by hundreds of outlets including the Los Angeles Times, PBS NewsHour, Chicago Tribune, Yahoo! News, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Politico.