January 13, 2020

Happy 2020, WPI! Before we get too far into the new year, let’s take a look back at some of our favorite things from December (they may not have been bright copper kettles or warm woolen mittens, but they’re pretty impressive, nonetheless).

Sure, we love crisp apple strudels and schnitzel with noodles—but what’s the holiday season without a little pi? See how we decked the halls the WPI way.


Professor of mathematical sciences Suzanne Weekes has been named interim associate dean of Undergraduate Studies, with a plan to spotlight undergraduate research because, “Students need to know they can do this. Research sounds like something far off, but they can have the opportunity and start doing some work early on.”


Associate professor of mechanical engineering Adam Powell is using a three-year, $1.5 million grant to research and test a new welding design for cars that will make their metal more resistant to corrosion, including salt spray.


They don’t call it “the season of giving” for nothing—thousands of WPI community members from around the world donated hundreds of thousands of dollars on Giving Day in support of the university, its students, and its faculty.


Jillian Clemente ’20 was all smiles as both men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams logged third-place showings at the seventh annual Gompei Invitational.


Fresh from associate professor of music technology V.J. Manzo’s Electric Guitar Innovation Lab, a revolutionary multi-channel guitar jack was featured in a live performance and interactive event at Higgins House before the holidays.


As we all know, the best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loudly for all to hear. 


Glenn Gaudette, William Smith Dean’s Professor of Biomedical Engineering and founding director of the WPI Myocardial Regeneration Lab, was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors for his groundbreaking cardiac regeneration research.


These students flew into the new year with a drone workshop hosted on campus by the Office of Pre-Collegiate Outreach.


Drawing on strengths in bioinformatics, data science, and machine learning, WPI has launched a transdisciplinary master’s degree program in neuroscience that will focus on artificial intelligence and computational techniques and approaches.


The Wrestling Team took fourth place at the 15-team RIT Invitational with eight members reaching quarterfinals and five advancing to the semifinals.


WPI researchers (including principal investigator Ivon Arroyo and co-principal investigators Erin Ottmar and Gillian Smith) received a grant of nearly $750,000 to develop a website children can use to design and play their own math games that develop computational thinking skills.