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Contact Tracing Smartphone App Being Developed At WPI

Patrick Schaumont, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was featured in multiple segments on WBZ radio in Boston discussing his research on a COVID-19 contact tracing app. The app uses encrypted technology to upload contact tracing records to a public server. “App users can query that server in a privacy-friendly manner to see if they have been in contact with a COVID-positive person,” he says.

WPI Team Working to Make Private and Secure COVID-19 Contact Tracing App

Patrick Schaumont, professor of electrical and computer engineering, was featured in a story on Spectrum News 1 discussing his research on a COVID-19 contact tracing app. “When you have been diagnosed as COVID-positive, you will have the ability to share your data with the health agency,” he says in the interview.

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities

The National Park Service quoted Music Professor Fred Bianchi, director and advisor at the Glacier National Park Project Center, and detailed how WPI students pivoted when COVID-19 impacted their research there.

Article courtesy of the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center, Glacier National Park

WPI Developing Safe COVID-19 Detection Robotic Ultrasound

Spectrum 1 News covered the $300,000 grant received by Haichong Zhang, assistant professor in robotics engineering and biomedical engineering, to build a robotic ultrasound machine to detect disease symptoms in the lungs. This is a significant development that will allow healthcare providers to minimize their exposure to the virus when conducting assessments of COVID-19 patients.

Facing the future: Worcester’s green plan to prepare for climate change

Paul Mathisen, director of sustainability, spoke with Worcester Magazine about the Green Worcester Plan. The goal of the plan is to make the city more energy sustainable and climate resilient. “A sustainable society really needs to be resilient, in that it can make an efficient recovery from the impact of various weather events,” Mathisen told the magazine.

College Town: Nichols gets $2M anonymous gift

In its College Town section, The Telegram & Gazette featured how Jacob Whitehill, assistant professor of computer science, is collaborating with colleagues at the University of Colorado Boulder to explore how artificially intelligent (AI) teaching agents might help encourage more meaningful collaboration among students in school classrooms.

WPI composer travels to the Exoplanets

David Ibbett, adjunct professor of music, sat down with The Telegram & Gazette to talk about his first album, "Octave of Light," which was written based on the more than 4,000 exoplanets that have been discovered in our solar system. Ibbett will debut his album tonight via live stream at the Boston Museum of Science. 

New WWl memorial at Green Hill Park

Steven Van Dessel, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, and his students were highlighted in The Telegram & Gazette (scroll down to last graph) for designing the new WWl memorial at Green Hill Park, which was unveiled yesterday.

David Ibbett first album - "Octave of Light"

Spectrum News 1 spoke with David Ibbett, adjunct professor of music, about his first album, Octave of Light, which will debut this Thursday. Ibbett, who will also live stream a performance of the album from the Boston Museum of Science (also on Thursday), wrote the album to explore the possibility of life on exoplanets.

Restaurant Revenue Plunged 33% During Six Months of the Pandemic

The Worcester Business Journal sought insight from Michael Elmes, professor of business, for its article.“Given how easily this virus is transmitted via aerosol droplets in closed spaces, it is not clear to me how many customers will risk eating in restaurants in spite of the precautions that restaurants are taking,” he told The Journal.

President Leshin - The 2020 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts

WPI and President Leshin were named to The Boston Globe Magazine’s “The 2020 Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts” WPI was ranked at 42. The list, a joint project of The Commonwealth Institute and The Globe’s magazine, includes leaders of health care companies, retail giants, financial institutions, and nonprofits. 

Matching a Degree with a Career Path

Firehouse noted WPI’s role in the development of fire protection degrees (5th graph) in their article. “As time and society evolved, more fire protection-related degree programs were founded, including large ones at Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Maryland and Worcester Polytechnic Institute,” the article stated.

Mass. Higher Ed Advocacy Group Seeks New President

The Boston Business Journal reported that Richard J. Doherty, who has led the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (AICUM) since 2005, plans to step down May 31. WPI President Laurie Leshin commented on the announcement: “The respect for Rich at the Massachusetts State House and with our Congressional delegation undoubtedly begins with Rich’s integrity and earnest concern for the students and families who attend our colleges and universities. His role this past year in assisting our colleges and universities to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic has been invaluable.”

Containing Covid at WPI

President Leshin was interviewed by NBC Boston for the segment, “Containing Covid at WPI” (6:35 mark). The report cited President Leshin saying that students are following the university’s masking and social distance guidelines.

Fitchburg State drops $50 application fee

WPI was noted in The Worcester Business Journal article, “Fitchburg State Drops $50 Application Fee.” “Worcester Polytechnic Institute announced it, too, was dropping its $70 application fee. The school said the change was part of an ongoing effort to make its application process more accessible,” the article stated.

Pandemic Enrollment Effect a Mixed Bag for Central Mass. Colleges

Andrew Palumbo, assistant vice president for enrollment management & dean of admissions & financial aid, was quoted in The Telegram & Gazette article, “Pandemic Enrollment Effect a Mixed Bag for Central Mass. Colleges".

WPI welcomes 19 full-time educators and researchers to its faculty for the 2020-21 academic year

More than 70 media outlets, including the Latin Trade , Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and the Oklahoman carried the news of WPI welcoming 19 full-time educators and researchers to its faculty for the 2020-21 academic year. 

University’s involvement with Massachusetts STEM week

Spectrum News1 Worcester interviewed Kathy Chen, executive director of the STEM Education Center at WPI, and Nicole Anterni, director of sponsorship and events, about the university’s involvement with Massachusetts STEM week. Supported by the Governor’s office, the week highlights the importance of encouraging young people to get involved in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

WPI eliminates its undergraduate application fee

Boston 25 (6:36 mark) reported on WPI eliminating its undergraduate application fee, supporting its mission of expanding access to a high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education.

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