Colleges in Boston Mobilize to Help Students, Academics Affected by Trump Order

The story described letters WPI President Laurie Leshin has provided to a PhD student and post-doctoral fellow currently prohibited from entering the United States, in an effort to affirm their affiliation with WPI.

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Novel Liquid Biopsy Chip Design Dramatically Improves Cancer Detection

Breakthrough technology developed by Balaji Panchapakesan, associate professor of mechanical engineering at WPI, is highlighted in this premier biotech publication.

Google Launches Self-Driving Minivans: Are Autonomous Cars Inching Closer to Mass Movement?

Alex Wyglinski, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was quoted in this article: “Although activities surrounding the development of autonomous vehicles have existed ever since the 1920s, there has recently been a significant push by both the automotive and high tech sectors to make these vehicles a reality.”

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WPI Professor Receives $1.1 Million Grant for Bacteria Study

Scarlet Shell, assistant professor of biology and biotechnology, has received a $1.1 million CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for a five-year program to study the molecular mechanisms bacteria use to survive stressful conditions of starvation and lack of oxygen. logo
With N. Brookfield Acquisition, Vibram Brings Manufacturing to the U.S.

This article includes comments by Vibram USA President and CEO Michael Gionfriddo on how he taps the talent pool at WPI.

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The Future of the Auto Industry Depends on Partners, Says Nissan CEO

Alex Wyglinski, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, pointed out that connectivity is "one of those core technologies that would facilitate reliable and safer self-driving cars in the future by giving them beyond-line-of-sight situational awareness on the road.”

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Encryption and What we Need to Know

An interview with Susan Landau regarding encryption and what we need to know was broadcast by more than a dozen public radio stations across the country.


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WPI develops an app to make drunk drivers toe the line

The Boston Globe reports on WPI’s “AlcoGait,” a first-of-its-kind smartphone app developed by Emmanuel Agu, associate professor of computer science, and students to detect when a user has reached the legal blood alcohol limit. The app uses data from a smartphone’s gyroscope and accelerometer to monitor changes in the way users walk, similar to the common “walk the line” sobriety field test police use with suspected drunk drivers.

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Limiting the reach, damage of a compromised network

Healthcare IT News publishes an article on hacking, including comments by Craig Shue, assistant professor of computer science.  "We're seeing that bad days happen an awful a lot in a network," Shue recently told the HIMSS Privacy and Security Forum.

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First Look: New approach to liquid biopsy catches cancer cells on cusp of metastasis

The Boston Globe national publication STAT reports on how a chip developed by mechanical engineers led by Balaji Panchapakesan, associate professor of mechanical engineering, that can trap and identify metastatic cancer cells in a small amount of blood drawn from a cancer patient. 

Newest members of many college police departments: Bomb dogs

An Associated Press article about campus bomb-sniffing dogs, including the WPI Police Department's newest member, Bella, appeared in more than 150 media outlets, nationwide, including the Arizona Sun, Fort Worth Star Telegram, and the Miami Herald. The article was accompanied by a photo of WPI’s handler officer Brian Lavelle walking Bella on campus.

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PABI Penguin Robot Making Autism Therapy More Affordable, 2016-12-02

Greg Fischer, director of WPI’s Automation and Interventional Medicine lab, is helping to develop a robot that assists autistic children.

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Raspberry Pi helps build strong brains

Raghvendra Cowlagi, assistant professor in the aerospace engineering program, talks about raspberry pi technology opening up new horizons in education.

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Wireless Innovation Lab Tackles Problems, Forges Partnerships – Even Bumblebees

As the director of the Wireless Innovation Laboratory at WPI, Alex Wyglinski is involved in a number of key projects.

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Back to School for Biotech: How Academia and Industry Can Collaborate to Advance Biologic Drug Development and Manufacturing

GEN quotes Kamal Rashid, Ph.D., research professor and director of the Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center, regarding a panel discussion he moderated at the Biotech Week in Boston Conference. Susan Roberts, Ph.D., professor and head of chemical engineering, discussed collaborations between her department an several life sciences companies.

Putting Excited Novices in Charge Works for WPI

Toby Bergstrom, director of the Haas Technical Education Center at WPI, discusses the future of automated education.

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Eye on Education

The public-private partnership Project Lead The Way between WPI and Medway that focuses on hands-on learning was highlighted.  “Medway expanded Project Lead The Way over the last few years, thanks, the superintendent says, to generous grant funding from WPI,” the station reported. 

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Crispy Christmas Trees: Staged Fires Show Potential Risks

An article by the Associated Press, highlighting WPI’s efforts to educate the public about the potential fire risk of Christmas trees that are not watered properly. 

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WPI Lab Demonstrates Christmas Tree Fire Danger

A live demonstration by WPI’s Fire Protection Engineering program showed how quickly a dry Christmas tree can burn and spread flames throughout a room. 

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Penguin Robot Provides Help For Children With Autism

Featured was the work of Greg Fischer, associate professor, mechanical engineering, who, with his wife, Laurie Dickstein-Fischer, Ph.D., a professor at Salem State, developed the robotic penguin PABI (Penguin Autism Behavioral Intervention) for autistic children. 

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