Approximately 250 student teams from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) spent the last academic year working to solve such issues as the impact of greenhouse gas emissions on food in Denmark, creating a communications system at a refugee center in Bangkok, Thailand, and designing and building a communal laundry station in Cape Town, South Africa. Of those, 34 teams entered their projects for WPI’s annual President’s IQP Award competition. Now, five finalists have been chosen to vie for the prestigious award. The finalists will give their presentations before WPI President and CEO Dennis D. Berkey and a panel of esteemed judges.
The Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) is one of two projects required of WPI undergraduates. Students, working in teams under the guidance of faculty advisors, address a problem at the intersection of science, technology, and society. The projects are conducted either locally or at the more than 20 project centers WPI sponsors around the world. To be considered for the award, projects must be superior in conception, execution, and presentation. The award consists of certificates of merit and honoraria for the students, and a certificate of merit for the project advisor(s).
Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2008, at 1:30 p.m.
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