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Sustainable 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.

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.

Ukraine 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.

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.

WPI 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.

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.

The 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

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.

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.

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.

U 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.

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.

Coping 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”

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.