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The Month in Photos: January 2020

February 7, 2020

2020’s off to a busy start, with drone racing to research ranging from American Sign Language to classrooms that are just right. Check out more of what the WPI community was up to in January through the lenses of our talented staff photographers.

A large group including Laurie Leshin and Greg Fischer hold up a red ribbon as Fischer cuts it with gold scissors, symbolizing the grand opening of PracticePoint.

This ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the opening of PracticePoint, a collaborative, membership-based development and testing facility that will lead to advances in healthcare and patient wellness technologies.


Students participate in a sushi-making class as part of WinterSession.

What’s cooler than the weather? Having the chance to take classes in flash fiction and sushi making to pitch crafting and personal finance—which is exactly what students, faculty, and staff did during this year’s WinterSession.


Reeta Rao discusses a subject with a student in the lab in front of science equipment.

Biology and biotechnology professor Reeta Rao has been named associate dean of Graduate Studies. In taking on the role, her long-term goal is "to listen, learn, and support every graduate program at WPI so it can become as distinctive as it can be and provide our grad students with the best learning environment.”


A close-up photo of the new campus maps that were installed at the beginning of the month.

New year, new…maps? Obviously.


Erin Solovey sits in front of a laptop and projection screen that's showcasing someone communicating in American Sign Language.

What’s the ASL sign for breakthrough? Computer science professor Erin Solovey is part of a team researching the feasibility of interfaces that will allow deaf individuals to utilize technology completely in American Sign Language.


A member of the WPI men's basketball team dribbles past an opposing team member.

The men’s basketball team posted four straight wins on the road in mid-January and are regularly receiving votes in the Top 25 poll.


Students crouch together around a laptop screen as they work on coding a robot, which is in the foreground of the photo.

Students have wasted no time getting back into the labs, using their talents and passions to create the next big thing in, well, everything.


Two students (one dressed in winter clothes, the other in summer clothes) sit next to each other at computers. The student in summer clothes adjusts a fan while the student in winter clothes looks on.

As much as this may seem like a depiction of two consecutive days of New England weather, it’s actually the focus of new work by WPI researchers Shichao Liu, Steven Van Dessel, and Jacob Whitehill: developing technologies to control classroom temperature, ventilation, and lighting to boost student engagement.


Randy Paffenroth walks down a brick-lined hallway. He's wearing a black shirt, tan pants, and glasses.

Mathematical sciences, computer science, and data science professor Randy Paffenroth is using all three to help the U.S. Army create a sensor that can detect dangerous chemicals more quickly. Talk about the three musketeers!


A member of the WPI women's swimming and diving team prepares to dive into the pool during a meet.

The women’s swimming and diving team won two meets on January 22, defeating Hartwick and Norwich and paving the way for a second straight winning season.


The four members of the winning President's IQP Award team stand between Laurie Leshin and Kent Rissmiller holding their certificates.

This year’s President’s IQP Awards presentations were held Friday, January 31. The winning team was based right here in Worcester, and created an app offering resources for substance abuse recovery, housing, mental health support, and more.


Members of the Vietnamese Student Association don dragon costumes as part of the Lunar New Year celebration.

The Vietnamese Student Association hosted a Lunar New Year celebration—complete with native cuisine, games, and live performances—in Alden Memorial.


Three WPI students run in each lane of the indoor track in the Sports & Recreation Center.

We're excited to run further into 2020, and to see what the rest of the decade brings.