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Spectrum News 1Worcester ranked as one of top cities for STEM professionals in the county

Kola Akindele, associate vice president for external relations and partnerships, talked with Spectrum News 1 about Worcester’s ranking in the top 20 STEM-friendly communities in the nation according to a recent WalletHub study.

Worcester MagazineWorcester Women to Watch in 2023: 20 women who are making an impact on Worcester

Sandhya Balasubramanian. Executive director of the Business School, was recognized by Worcester Magazine as one of 20 “Women to Watch” in 2023.

Los Angeles MagazineElon Musk’s Crash Course at Tesla

Alex Wyglinski, associate dean for graduate studies and electrical and computer engineering professor, recently talked with LA Magazine about the promise of connected and autonomous vehicles, or CAVs.

Boston Business JournalWPI researchers make progress on net-zero aviation fuel

The Boston Business Journal spoke with Jagan Jayachandran, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering, and Adam Powell, Associate Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering about their research to develop a net-zero aviation fuel made with magnesium.

NPRPostpartum Weight Stigma

Angela Incollingo Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Psychological & Cognitive Sciences and Neuroscience, spoke with the Southern California NPR station KPCC about weight stigma before and after pregnancy, and its relationship to postpartum depression and social media.

TechXploreA transformable robot with an omnidirectional wheel-leg

TechXplore featured the research of Robotics Engineering Assistant Teaching Professor Andre Rosendo. Along with student Ruixiang Cao, Rosendo created a robot that can seamlessly change its wheels to legs and back again. The development allows the robot to navigate uneven terrain, or climb stairs.

 

WBUR 90.9Blockchain industry may cool following FTX collapse, but many are betting not for long

WBUR spoke with The Business School Professor of Practice Rob Sarnie about how the collapse of FTX could affect the blockchain industry in Massachusetts.

New York Times (the)What Are Those Mysterious New Towers Looming Over New York’s Sidewalks?

Alexander Wyglinski, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor, spoke with The New York Times about the new 5G towers that are being built across New York City. Professor Wyglinski talked about how the technology works and how it will enable the proliferation of 5G technology.

New York Times (the)The World’s Most-Visited Glaciers Could Soon Be Gone

The New York Times spoke with Fred Bianchi, director of the Glacier National Park project center, about a new report from UNESCO that warns the world’s glaciers are disappearing. Professor Bianchi talked about the report’s potential effects on tourism, and the steps the park is taking to try to protect the glaciers.

MassNonprofit NewsNSF Awards WPI and RPI research team $1.8M to create platform to help nonprofits find resources and talent

MassNonprofit News covered new, National Science Foundation-funded research being conducted by Andrew Trapp, Yunus Telliel, and Sarah Stanlick to create a digital tool to help nonprofits find and exchange resources, and ultimately build a collaborative community of organizations.

Spectrum News 1$1.5B Powerball jackpot increases gambling addiction concerns

Benjamin Nephew, assistant research professor of biology and biotechnology, talked with Spectrum News 1 about the science of addiction ahead of a $1 billion-plus Powerball lottery drawing.

 

Worcester Business JournalBattery boom: Central Mass. invests billions in the electric vehicle market

William Smith Foundation Dean's Professor of Mechanical Engineering Yan Wang spoke with The Worcester Business Journal about his research and forward thinking on recycling lithium-ion batteries. The WBJ also spoke to Wang about the recycling process and how central Massachusetts is becoming a hub for battery research and commercialization.

Vox MediaThe end of a battery’s life matters as much as its beginning

Vox spoke with William Smith Foundation Dean's Professor of Mechanical Engineering Yan Wang about the future of recycling lithium-ion batteries, and why the recycling process needs to be taken into consideration at the beginning of a battery’s life – during the manufacturing process, rather than just at the end.

Telegram.comWith help from WPI students, new Worcester food pantry has a special mission

The Telegram & Gazette, Spectrum News 1, and MassLive covered the opening of Flourish at Thrive, a food pantry designed with the help of WPI IQP students from the Worcester Community Project Center.

CBS Boston WPI student helped NASA redirect asteroid

 

CBS Boston interviewed WPI senior Alyssa Magaha, who interned for the DART NASA mission that pushed an asteroid off its course.

Biodiesel MagazineNew Process Yields Low-Cost Biodiesel from Food Waste

Chemical Engineering Professor Mike Timko and PhD student Heather LeClerc spoke with Biodiesel Magazine Podcast about their research to create a renewable biodiesel fuel from food waste.

Spectrum News 1WPI interim president splits time helping with cancer research

Spectrum News 1 interviewed interim President Winston “Wole” Soboyejo about continuing his research even after taking on more administrative responsibility at the university, and the importance of remaining connected with students at WPI.

BBCItaly's plan to save Venice from sinking

The Global School professor and Venice Project Center director Fabio Carrera spoke with the BBC about the different plans and proposals to help Venice survive an existential crisis. As climate change causes sea levels to rise, the city is sinking and it could be underwater in a matter of decades. Carrera talked about how Venice needs to be more forward-looking than it has in the past - that the time for temporary fixes is over, and a longer-lasting solution is now necessary in order to save the city.

State House News ServiceBlockchain backers see potential for flagship industry

The Business School Professor Joe Sarkis spoke with the State House News Service after he testified in a Beacon Hill hearing on a bill about blockchain and workforce development in Massachusetts. Sarkis told State House News how blockchain technology can be used for social good, to support sustainability goals, and transform supply chains.

Science DailyDeveloping a sustainable concrete substitute

Science Daily covered the continued collaboration between Professor Suzanne Scarlata and Associate Professor Nima Rahbar to develop their Enzymatic Construction Material – a sustainable, low-cost replacement for concrete that can also heal itself. Scarlata and Rahbar recently received a nearly $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to refine the material, explore its ability to repair cracks in glass, and create educational programs for girls in Worcester and Nigeria.