Hundreds of girls go 'geek' on the WPI campus

The Geek is Glam STEM Expo on the WPI campus attracted more than 340 Girl Scouts in grades 4-8 from central and western Mass.

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Future Engineers: It's Not Just About Circuits and Code

Alumni Martin Rowe explores the value of the WPI curriculum that balances creativity, technical skill, and diversity of perspectives in effective problem solving. Rowe interviewed Chrystanthe Demetry, associate professor of mechanical engineering; Michael Gennert, professor and director of robotics engineering; John Orr, director of sustainability and professor emeritus of electrical and computer engineering; and Richard Vaz, director of interdisciplinary global studies division,

 

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MassChallenge Unveils its Top 26 Startups for 2016

Battery Resources, co-founded by WPI professors Diran Apelian and Yan Wang, has been named a finalist in MassChallenge’s  2016 Top Startups. Battery Resources recycles spent lithium-ion batteries into cathode materials, which can be used in new batteries. 

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One Election-System Vendor Uses Developers in Serbia

"Voting machines are privately manufactured and developed and, as with other many other IT systems, the code is typically proprietary,” said Suzanne Mello-Stark, associate teaching professor and forensic computer scientist .

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Hardware Hack Defeats iPhone Passcode Security

BBC News quotes from the blog “Securing Phones and Securing Us (Revisited)” by WPI professor and cybersecurity expert Susan Landau on the issue of the government accessing encrypted information on iPhones. Landau wrote last week that the answer is not a bill allowing easier access but “instead we must increase law enforcement’s capabilities to handle encrypted communications and devices. 

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We can’t base our kids’ futures on a few hours one random Saturday morning. That’s just one reason to drop the National Merit Scholarship Program

WPI takes a stand against a program that only factors students’ scores on the College Board’s PSAT citing university’s admissions process considers the “whole student”.

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Top U.S. Colleges for Computer Science

WPI cracks the Top Ten list on computer science grads with the highest median salary.

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STEM-based University Alliance Lands $3.5M NSF Grant

WPI joins UConn, Northeastern University, Tufts University, UMass, Amherst and University of Rhode Island in a higher education alliance focused on expanding diversity in STEM fields.

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The 31 Colleges Where Students Go On to Earn the Highest Starting Salaries

PayScale looked at the starting and mid-career pay for over a million college grads — including professionals who graduated with a bachelor's from 963 colleges and universities. WPI tied for 15th place for grads with the highest starting salaries.

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Bumblebees May Teach Smart Cars a Thing or Two

Alex Wyglinski, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and his team of Ph.D. candidates and fellow faculty members are working to apply bumblebee communication methods to driverless cars.

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WPI Researchers Develop Blanket to Fuel, Not Smother, Oil Spill Flames

A team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute is headed to Alabama soon to test a blanket that doesn't snuff out flames, but keeps them going to clean oil spills.

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Study Shows Functional Effects of Human Stem Cell Delivery to Heart Muscle After Heart Attack

WPI’s Katrina Hansen and Glenn Gaudette demonstrate changes in heart function that occur directly in the region where researchers delivered stem cells. 

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Skills and Temperament Drive Success in Cloud-based Data Science

Fearlessness, curiosity, and mastery of statistics are keys to data science success, says Elke Rundensteiner, director of WPI’s Data Science program. 

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How to Begin Thinking About a Flexible System

Wally Towner, director of the WPI Center for Innovative Manufacturing Solutions, offers guidance on flexible manufacturing systems.

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50 Years of Star Trek: Boldly Inspiring Generations of Scientists

Lee Sheldon, professor of practice in the computer science department, recalls his time as writer and producer on Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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5 Lessons from the DARPA Robotics Challenge

Mike Gennert, head of WPI’s Robotics program, highlights lessons learned from the DARPA Robotics Challenge  

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Teaching science and math to the youngest of students

Martha Cyr, executive director of the STEM Education Center at WPI, discusses Seeds of STEM, an initiative to create STEM curriculum for preschool in partnership with Head Start.

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Bard At The Bar: Shakespeare-Inspired Cocktail Recipes

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.

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Central Massachusetts College Road Trip: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The benefits of project-based curriculum are highlighted by students, graduates, Art Heinricher, dean of undergraduate studies, and Richard Vaz dean of the interdisciplinary and global studies division.

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Peering Inside the 'Human Phantom': Woman's Corpse Is Cut Into 5,000 Slices and Digitally Stitched Together to Create the World's Most Detailed Image of the Body

Professor Sergey Makarov explains how 5,000 high resolution cross sections of a cadaver, digitally stitched together in a lab at WPI, will aid medical researchers.

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