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THE MOVIE WITH A THOUSAND PLOTLINES

Brian Moriarty, IMGD professor of practice in game design, is quoted in this The New Yorker article. “The line between what is a movie and what is real is going to be difficult to pinpoint,” Moriarty said. “The defining art form of the twenty-first century has not been named yet, but it is something like this.”

Cute penguin robot helping kids with autism learn

WCVB Channel 5 featured PABI an autism therapy robot during its recent Cutting Edge segment. PABI, a co-creation of WPI robotics engineering professor Greg Fischer and his wife Laurie Dickstein-Fischer who is an education professor at Salem State University, effectively applies technology to address the psychological needs of the autistic population. 

EHD Pump Cools Space Hardware

A cooling technology developed by a team led by Jamal Yagoobi, mechanical engineering professor and department head, will fly aboard the International Space Station later this decade.

Grave-to-Gate: Automotive Aluminum Recycling at End-of-Life

The article, co-written by  Diran Apelian, founder of the Metal Processing Institute, and graduate student Sean Kelly. “By manufacturing aluminum components from secondary material streams, 95% less CO2 is emitted and the energy consumed is reduced by 92% compared to primary production [2-3]. The complete benefit of automotive light-weighting using aluminum cannot be fully achieved without an efficient and effective end-of-life collection and recovery process,” the article stated.

Alcogait

Greater Boston, (which airs on WGBH, Boston’s PBS television station) featured Alcogait—a WPI-developed app that can measure how much a person has had to drink by the way he or she walks.  Emmanuel Agu, associate professor of computer science, designed the app with help from a team of students.

Extended life: WPI trio starts business recycling lithium-ion batteries

The article profiles Battery Resourcers, an innovative company that began at WPI, and its approach to recycling lithium-ion batteries. 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute student Benham Partopour lands in Boston after President Trump's immigration order

Numerous media outlets converged on Logan Airport to report on a WPI student from Iran, affected by the travel ban, who was able to return to the United States. President Laurie Leshin joined Congressman Jim McGovern and Congressman Joe Kennedy to welcome Behnam Partopour at Logan Airport. 

WPI Researchers Design Electrohydrodynamic Pump to Cool Electronics in Space

Tis article reports on a WPI-developed electrohydrodynamic pump that could be a breakthrough in cooling high-powered electronics in space. Under professor Jamal Yagoobi’s guidance, the device was tested on NASA’s reduced-gravity aircraft, known as the Vomit Comet, to mimic the zero-G atmosphere of space.

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.

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.”

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. 

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.

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.”

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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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