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Joseph Sarkis

Mass Live

How will the auto industry walkout affect you? A Worcester Polytechnic Institute expert explains

“There is going to be a disruption, and the union has thought through this very carefully.” Management professor Joseph Sarkis, a supply chain expert, discusses how consumers and industries will be affected by the United Auto Workers strike. Throughout the strike, Sarkis has provided analysis regarding disruptions to manufacturing and parts distribution. He has appeared on media outlets including WCVB-TV, NECN, and Spectrum News 1.

Robotics Business Review

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

Boston Globe

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

Telegram.com

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.

Advanced Manufacturing Media

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).

IEEE Spectrum

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

Forbes

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.

National Geographic

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.

 

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ASME

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

VICE Motherboard

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.

Aviation Week

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

Boston Globe

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.

ASME

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

Geosynthetica

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

Computer World

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

Newsweek

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.”

 

Robotics Business Review

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

Industry Week

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

Beta Boston

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

Chemistry & Industry

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

Boston Globe

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.