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The Month in Photos: December 2021

January 18, 2022

A new year means new opportunities—to collaborate on project work, to conduct research, to make memories. Before we get too far into 2022, let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of the end of 2021 through the lenses of our talented staff photographers.

What did you do to celebrate the first real snow of the season?

Snow days have been few and far between this winter, but the ones we've had were met with more than a little enthusiasm from goats and dogs alike.


WPI Eats, The Goat's Head, and SGA co-sponsored a gingerbread build-off where students built gingerbread houses and then had their structural integrity tested by Professor Jessica Rosewitz. May the best (and tastiest) gingerbread house win!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … for a gingerbread house build-off, of course! WPI Eats, The Goat’s Head, and SGA co-hosted the contest, where students worked together to build gingerbread houses whose structural integrity was then tested by Professor Jessica Rosewitz.


The WPI Orchestra kicked off December with a winter concert in Alden Memorial.

The WPI Orchestra kicked off the month with a festive concert in Alden Memorial.


A close-up photo of someone participating in Ukrainian egg decorating on campus.

WPI students, faculty, and staff were invited to channel their inner artist during Art Afternoon events in the Innovation Studio, hosted by Jennifer deWinter, professor of arts, communications, and humanities. This time around, attendees dabbled in pysanky, or Ukrainian egg decorating.


First-year students enrolled in the Great Problems Seminar course shared their work with fellow students, faculty, staff, and guests during Poster Presentation Day.

First-year students enrolled in the Great Problems Seminar presented their work to fellow students, faculty, staff, and guests during Poster Presentation Day.


The women's basketball team gathers for a group photo.

The Women’s Basketball team gathered for a photo following their win over Susquehanna, which earned them the WPI Holiday Tournament championship title.


A close-up photo of an electronic glove developed by WPI researchers.

Pratap Rao, Cagdas Onal, and Zhi Li were awarded over $1.7 million in federal and state funds to develop, in collaboration with UMass Lowell, a soft, lightweight glove equipped with printed sensors and electronic circuits that will enable users to tele-operate or train robotic systems.


A student works on a project in the Innovation Studio.

‘Twas the night before finals, and all through the schools, WPI students were busy working on the next world-changing tools.


Engineering Ambassadors held an event where local middle school students worked together to construct windmills to lift cups of pennies.

We have liftoff—the Engineering Ambassadors hosted an event for local middle school students to work together building windmills to lift cups of pennies.


A student athlete smiles for a photo during the WPI Athletics holiday photo shoot.

WPI’s winter athletes took a break from the court, track, and pool this season to participate in a special holiday-themed photo shoot.


A student stands on set during a performance of Silent Sky.

After weeks of rehearsals, Silent Sky, a collaboration among faculty mentors and student actors, designers, managers, and technicians, was shared with the WPI and local communities. The show highlighted the achievements of women in STEM through the story of Henrietta Leavitt’s groundbreaking discoveries in astronomy.