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Overcoming the Hubris Problem in Engineering

The Academic Minute on WAMC NPR aired a segment by Professor Rob Krueger titled “Overcoming the Hubris Problem in Engineering”.  Kruger examines how decades after US interventions to "develop" the "third world" were deployed without consideration for culture or context, programs like WPI’s Institute of Science and Technology for Development (InSTeD) are replacing hubris with humility, thus reframing the goals of engineering in development.

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State-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.

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.

Mass. 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.

Plastic-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.

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.

Infrastructure 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.

Clean 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.

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.

Mass. 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.

Abandoned 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.

How 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.

WPI 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.

Can 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.

Critical 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.

Google 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.

Wildfires 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.

Worcester, 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.

WPI granted $464K to study stress fractures in female runners

The Worcester Business Journal reports on WPI’s National Institutes of Health award to support running injury research.