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The Month in Photos: April 2018

April 30, 2018

The month of April is always a busy one on WPI’s campus. Our talented staff photographers and videographers captured some of the people and activities that make WPI so eventful in the spring. 

WPI student recognition awards

The month kicked off with a Student Recognition luncheon to celebrate students for their academic achievements and for the valuable work they do outside the classroom to enrich WPI and the community.


Dressed in formal attire, students play instruments during an event in the Odeum.

On April 3, WPI's Neuroscience & Society hosted “Music and the Brain,” a spring seminar with a lecture by Aniruddh D. Patel, PhD, and musical performances by Sergio Salvatore ’02; Scott Barton, assistant professor of music and a pianist, composer, and musical roboticist; and the WPI Jazz Ensemble.


MSG Thomas Blair stands in front of a few trees on campus wearing his military uniform with his rucksack on his back.

Master Sergeant Thomas Blair led the WPI ROTC team in marching the 26.2 mile Boston Marathon route in the annual Tough Ruck which honors fallen soldiers. “The soldiers aren’t here, but maybe their parents are. You’ve got people cheering you on, parents who are part of Gold Star families crying at the finish line … I don’t care how hard you are, you get touched by that.”


WPI Greek Week Catapult Launch

During WPI’s annual Greek Week catapult launch challenge, competitors built a catapult in five days with a list of secret items. Teams win points based on the distance the catapult launches a tennis ball, chapter attendance, and best design.


The men's rowing team practices on the lake wearing red and white gear.

The men’s rowing V8 split into a pair of V4s and defeated Bates in both races on April 8. The quartet of Nathan Pietrowicz, Jeremy Hemingway, Michael Eaton, and Lorenzo Dube along with coxswain Kenedi Heather handed in the quickest time of 6:44.11.


Alex Trebek (left) is wearing a suit and standing next to Alli Ross, who is wearing a red WPI sweatshirt, on the Jeopardy! set. Both are smiling.

WPI’s own Alli Ross ’20 made it to the semi-finals of Jeopardy’s College Championship rounds. A trivia powerhouse, Alli answered questions both general and obscure and made WPI proud!


Ama Biney smiles while rounding the bases during a WPI softball game. Her helmet and jersey are red and emblazoned with "WPI."

Ama Biney rounds the bases following her third-inning home run in game two at Clark on April 12.


Several students walk around the indoor track together, holding a banner that says "Survivors: Celebrating Life."

More than 1,000 WPI community members told cancer to kick it as they set out at the Relay for Life to raise funds and honor loved ones who are cancer survivors and those lost to cancer. Their efforts garnered more than $94,000 in donations.


Hundreds of students gather in Harrington Auditorium to take in the annual concert as part of QuadFest.

QuadFest arrived and days of fun stretched from April 15 to 22. With inflatables, games, food trucks, a rubber duck scavenger hunt, a beach bonanza, and a concert, the annual tradition lets students relax and have fun before settling down to finals.


A student holds up her puppy with her team's poster work in the background. She's wearing a black patterned shirt, has a tattoo on her arm, and is smiling.

Project Presentation Day on April 20 brought out seniors who gave presentations and answered questions about their Major Qualifying Project (MQP) results with the WPI community.


Three female students gather in front of their posters and smile while discussing their work with each other.

After the first round of the Graduate Research Innovation Exchange (GRIE) was cancelled due to icy weather in February, grad students were eager to share their research findings and how they plan to change the world.


Several students sit on the concrete area around the Fountain in the center of campus as buds bloom on the trees behind them.

Following an early-April blast of snow and a subsequent mid-April slush fest, spring finally arrived. Grab your flip-flops and knock on wood…