WPI Unveils Newest Academic Building and Residence Hall

WPI formally opened the Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall yesterday in a celebration hosted by President Laurie Leshin and WPI board chair Jack Mollen, with state and local officials including Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Matt Beaton ’01; Assistant Secretary of Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship for the Commonwealth, Damon Cox; State Senator and former Senate President Harriette Chandler; State Senator Michael Moore; Representative John Mahoney, and others. The ribbon cutting was reported by the Telegram & Gazette.

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Intel announces winner of its AI Interplanetary Challenge

Data science student Rosemarie Day won Intel’s AI Interplanetary Challenge as reported by Venture Beat. She proposed a computer vision system that tapped satellite imagery to give a detailed look at how Earth is changing over time.

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Why we need more support for wildland fire research

The publication includes an article by Albert Simeoni, fire protection engineering professor and interim department head. Simeoni addresses the question, "Why We Need More Support for Wildland Fire Research" explaining how this is a growing problem, not just in the United States but countries around the world. 

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Academic Incubators Think Beyond Campus Borders to Spark Innovation

The university’s opening of WPI Seaport, its innovation and collaboration space in Boston’s Seaport District, was highlighted in this The National Law Review article.

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Smartphone Intelligence: WPI Professor Develops Apps to Improve Health Care and Safety

Emmanuel Agu, professor of computer science, was featured in a profile in Diversity in Action on his road to exploring computer science, and how it landed him a teaching position at WPI. "I found that WPI's philosophy of integrating theory with practice matches the way I approach problems," he said. 

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Kristin Tichenor Discusses Great Minds Scholars Program

In this broadcast interview on Worcester News Tonight, Senior Vice President Kristin Tichenor touts the importance of a new scholarship program for high-achieving Pell grant-eligible students from low- to moderate-income families who graduate from Worcester public high schools.

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NSF Invests In Research To Help Disrupt Operations Of Illicit Supply Networks

Bioengineer reported on Renata Konrad, associate professor, Foisie Business School, being among those receiving National Science Foundation awards to advance the scientific understanding of how illicit supply networks function. Konrad’s project focuses on a data analytic approach to understanding human trafficking networks.

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This Robot Will Hunt Lionfish to Save Coral Reefs

Popular Mechanics wrote about undergraduate students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute building an autonomous underwater robot that could help reduce the threat posed by an invasive species of fish. 

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Craig Putnam Speaks to WBUR About the Lionfish Robot

Craig Putnam, senior instructor in computer science and associate director of the Robotics Engineering Program, was interviewed on WBUR radio about undergraduate students building an autonomous underwater robot that could help reduce the threat posed by an invasive species of fish.  

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Kaveh Pahlavan: Helping Skyhook Database Receive over a Billion Hits per day

Medium interviewed Kaveh Pahlavan, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Center for Wireless Information Network Studies, as part of its Iranian Americans’ Contributions Project.

20 Best Master's in Game Design Degrees

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Where did Massachusetts colleges land in Princeton Review rankings?

WPI landed in some Top 20 lists in The Princeton Review’s annual college rankings, as reported by the Telegram & Gazette in, "Where Did Massachusetts Colleges Land in Princeton Review Rankings?" WPI ranked fifth for "Best-Run Colleges," and also ranked in "good science labs, career services, studious students," and other categories.   

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Carbon Capture Expert Receives WPI Endowed Professorship

Chemical Processing Online is the latest to cover Jennifer Wilcox's appointment as the James H. Manning Professor of Chemical Engineering. 

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How scientists are hijacking plant skeletons to make “clean meat” steaks

Glenn Gaudette, professor of biomedical engineering, was interviewed by New Food Economy for this article, a look at efforts to develop alternative food sources in the future.

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WPI professor and associates get $3.3M grant to test new algebra learning game

Assistant Professor Erin Ottmar, psychology and learning sciences, was highlighted in this Telegram & Gazette article. “We have very strong evidence that it’s useful,” she said of the game called “From Here to There!.”  

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Erotic Art and a Tragic Life

Worcester Magazine sought the art insight of humanities and arts instructor James Dempsey for the article, which details works by Worcester’s Scofield Thayer on exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dempsey authored “The Tortured life of Scofield Thayer,” and co-wrote the exhibition catalog.


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Tracking Rare Whippoorwills on the Island

The Vineyard Gazette included WPI wildlife research in its article. “Marja Bakermans, a researcher at WPI who focuses on migratory songbirds, began a study last year where she outfitted whippoorwills with geolocator backpacks to track the exact spots where the birds winter,” the Gazette reported.

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WPI receives $600K for nuclear program

Worcester Business Journal reported on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) awarding WPI nearly $600,000 to support the university’s growing nuclear science and engineering undergraduate and graduate programs.

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The Mission to Sample a Comet Going 84,000 Miles Per Hour—and Return

President Laurie Leshin was quoted in this Bloomberg Businessweek article. Looking back, then-President Bill Clinton’s decision to explore Mars “cemented NASA’s commitment to search-for-life research and made it appealing in a whole new way,” said Leshin, who the article noted is also a co-investigator on CAESAR (comet astrobiology exploration sample return).

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College Town: WPI prof’s discovery may speed production of cancer drug

WPI leads off the Telegram & Gazette’s College Town this week with a feature on professor Susan Roberts, head of the chemical engineering department. She developed a genetic engineering technique that could speed up manufacturing of a widely used cancer drug and lower its production costs, the T&G reported. 

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