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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.

WPI, Aurora Researching Safer Autonomous UAVs

Professor Raghvendra Cowlagi explores how unmanned aerial vehicles can be operated safely and reliably even in unexpected situations.

Degree in hand, custodian at WPI is leaving for engineering job

After several years balancing his second-shift custodial gig at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a full slate of classes there, Michael Vaudreuil is moving on from the school that helped him reset his career at the age of 54.

New Process Transforms Lithium Battery Recycling

Professor Yan Wang, director of WPI's Electrochemical Energy Laboratory, highlights a novel process for recycling lithium-ion batteries.

Mallick on Geosynthetic-Reinforced Chip Seal

In this expansive Q&A, civil engineering professor Rajib Mallick discusses the future of roadway designs and material selection.

Alphabet may ditch Boston Dynamics and its robot dreams

Robotics Engineering Director Michael Gennert says "Boston Dynamics has greatly advanced robotics technology since its founding in 1992."

Apple and the FBI trade blows at House hearing on encryption

WPI professor Susan Landau, considering the position of both Apple and the FBI, said, “This is not about a new right of privacy; it's about a new form of security...[This] is very much a 20th century way of looking at a 21st century problem.”