Portable Battery Chargers Could Explode, Cause Fire

Professor Yan Wang demonstrates how lithium ion batteries can ignite and explode when overheated. Older devices with battery management systems that no longer work are especially dangerous.

SAT Losing Favor as More Mass. Colleges End Requirement

WPI Senior Vice President Kristen Tichenor explains why WPI has experienced a surge in applications and enrollment from women and minorities since the admissions process became test-optional.

Virtual Human At WPI Helps Make Medical Advances

Professor Sergey Makarov exhibits the "virtual human" 5,000 high resolution cross sections of a cadaver, digitally stitched together in a lab at WPI, to aid medical research.

Paris Attack Could Renew Debate Over Encrypted Messaging Apps

WPI professor Susan Landau weighs in on the debate of whether law enforcement should have "back door" access to private, encrypted networks to investigate crime and terrorism. 

WiFi Enabled Toys Could Put Your Privacy at Risk

WPI professors Craig Shue and Krishna Venkatasubramanian discuss cybersecurity concerns in the realm of the internet of things (IoT) where devices, including toys, are connected to WiFi.

An unexpected thing happened when this college required less data on their applications: Students sent more

Kristen Tichenor, senior vice president at WPI, explains why making SAT and ACT test scores optional for applicants increased enrollment of women and underrepresented minorities.

Circular Economy: Closing the loop in a disposable society

BBC Horizons featured WPI professor Marion Emmert’s work in reclaiming rare earth metals from automobile engines for an episode on recycling and waste reduction efforts around the world.

Shaping the Future of Robotics

WPI researchers Chris Nycz and Marek Wartenberg highlight the future of surgical and assistive robotics.  

Q & A With Members Of WPI’s AIM Lab

Researchers Chris Nycz and Marek Wartenberg discuss their latest projects with surgical and assistive robotics.

Combine data science education with curiosity and business savvy

 Elke Rundensteiner, director of WPI's Data Science program, discusses the qualities that make for a good data scientist.

Experts cast doubt on what else FBI might get from suspect's iPhone

Susan Landau, WPI professor of cybersecurity policy, cautions that the value of information the FBI hopes to gain by compelling Apple to unlock a suspect's iPhone does not outweigh the broader long-term costs to smartphone security. 

Podcast: Inside WPI’s AIM Robotics Lab

Robotics professor Greg Fischer discusses advances in medical robotics and robot-assisted surgery at WPI's Automation and Interventional Medicine Lab.

The Physics of Santa’s Christmas Night Journey

In this quirky holiday column by Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham, Physics professor Germano Iannacchione calculates the physics of Santa's Christmas Eve flight.

Vernescu to lead WPI's research enterprise

Worcester Polytechnic Institute has appointed Bogdan Vernescu, professor of mathematical sciences and former head of WPI's Mathematical Sciences Department, as vice provost for research. He has held the position on an interim basis since October 2014.

Cars Could Follow the Flight of the Bumblebee

Professor Alex Wyglinski shares how better wireless networks can be created for connecting vehicles by studying how bumblebees make decisions as they forage.

30 Under 30

Aaron Birt, a PhD graduate in Materials Science, is named one of the manufacturing engineering industry's rising young leaders in Advancing Manufacturing (2016). He is also the co-founder of the lithium-ion battery start-up Kinetic Batteries and was named to Forbes “30 under 30” list for manufacturing & industry (2017).

How 5G Will Usher In The Internet Of Power Delivery

5G will allow for a more dynamic power grid capable of managing wind, solar and other renewable forms of energy, despite their unpredictable nature. Mike Ahern, WPI director of power systems engineering, weighs in on the future of the power industry.

How acid—and bacteria—could make recycling your phone greener

At WPI, Marion Emmert recycles automobile engines to reclaim rare earth metals—precious metals that are in short supply but are critical to our tech-centered lives.


Bumblebees Are Teaching Smart Cars How To Drive

A unique partnership between WPI's Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biology departments has led researchers to study connections between bumblebees' foraging behavior and connected cars.

3 Books All Mechanical Engineers Must Read

Mechanical engineering professor Allen Hoffman says "To Engineer Is Human" promotes critical thinking.