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.”

 

WPI Makes Firefighting Robot Nimble for the Navy

WPI instrumental in developing software for a firefighting robot dubbed SAFFiR,  short for Shipboard Autonomous FireFighting Robot.

The Lowdown on Obama's New Equal Pay Rule

Steve Koppi, executive director of WPI's Career Development Center, weighs in on proposed federal rule set to take effect in fall 2017.

WPI gets US Navy funding to program firefighting robots for ships

WPI robotics professor Dmitry Berenson highlights research on a firefighting robot that is undergoing tests aboard the USS Shadwell.

Recycling Rare Earths

Professor Marion Emmert's two-step hydrometallurgy process for separating rare earths from the drive units of electric vehicles is featured.

Worcester school gets national prize

The National Academy of Engineering named WPI the 2016 winner of the Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education for “The WPI Plan,” a revolutionary project-based approach to education.

The Skarp "Laser Razor" Is Going to Be Total Flaming Garbage

Physics professor Richard Quimby, head of WPI's IPG Photonics lab,  offers thoughts on the design and basic concept of a laser razor.

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