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Inside Higher Ed

New on the Job: Q&A With Rachael Heard

Rachael Heard, Director of Academic Programming and Student Transitions, discusses the ways WPI seeks to make higher education more accessible for students and to assist first-year and transfer students with their transition to the university.

Boston Globe

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.


Professor Michael Elmes provides perspective on the factors that may contribute to accidents and casualties during high altitude mountain climbing. 

NBC News

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. 


Professor Michelle Ephraim discusses how she was inspired to combine Shakespeare and cocktail hour through a coffee-table book which provides cocktail recipes to pair with Shakespeare's plays.

Boston Globe

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.

BBC Horizons

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.


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


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


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


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. 

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.

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.


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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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.