Student participants in the Goddard Cup gather on the rooftop field and watch as a rocket is launched into the air using non-combustible water.

The Month in Photos: June 2018

June 28, 2018

Our talented staff photographers and videographers had a little more sunshine to work with this time around, and used it to their advantage, capturing some of what went on around campus in June as the dust settled following Commencement.

Gompei led the charge into summer on a beautiful day—it’s finally safe to say we won’t be seeing snow any time soon.

Held May 31 to June 3, Alumni Weekend 2018 welcomed nearly 1,000 WPI alumni and friends back to campus, including three members of the Class of 1948, the oldest reunion class in attendance. Throwback Thursday, indeed.

Robert Goddard launched the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket in 1926—in honor of that event, every year the physics department hosts the Goddard Cup, where participants from schools all over Worcester County assemble a team of rocket scientists and use liquid fuel (in this case, non-combustible water) of their own to launch summer in style.

Were you one of the nearly 10,000 attendees at TouchTomorrow on June 9? With robots, live animals, hands-on experiments, and other activities for all ages, it was one small day of fun for kids, but one giant tradition for families.

In anticipation of the opening of the Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall in the coming months, WPI welcomed co-founder of, longtime social entrepreneur, and MIT Entrepreneur-in-Residence Donna Levin as the university’s first executive director of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Have you met Diesel, guide dog in training and the newest brother of Phi Kappa Theta? No? Well, he'd love to meet you—maybe just after his afternoon nap.

If you spotted any autonomous sailboats patrolling Lake Quinsigamond between June 11 and 15, there was no need to be alarmed—teams from all over North America gathered at Regatta Point Community Sailing for this year’s SailBot competition. For the second year in a row, WPI’s team took the first place title.

Fresh from his IQP in Australia, swimmer Jack Bauer '19 was named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III At-Large First Team. He is the first WPI male student-athlete to earn a spot on a first team since 2012, and is the only WPI swimmer or diver to be lauded more than once, having earned third team honors a year ago. The chemistry and chemical engineering double major is also a three-time department award winner and a repeat NEWMAC All-Academic honoree.

To most, robots and origami might have no connection, but to mechanical engineering professor Cagdas Onal, their link is clear—he recently received a $500,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation for his work with origami-inspired robots that can bend on many axes, inspect fragile items, squeeze into tight areas, among other capabilities.

The campers are coming! This week, we welcomed the first of over 2,000 kids to campus—including 124 girls to basketball camp led by Cherise Galasso and 76 girls to softball camp led by Whitney Goldstein—for a variety of sports and academic camps.

The Boynton Hall clock tower got a facelift (get it? Facelift? Because it's a clock? ... we'll see ourselves out) earlier this month and was updated with a new motor, replacing the clock's first electric mechanism that was installed in 1950.

Marsha Rolle, associate professor of biomedical engineering, is working with her team to engineer self-assembling human blood vessels that exhibit symptoms of common heart conditions to help scientists better test the effectiveness of new medications and potentially speed up the development of more effective treatments.

Ama Biney '18 wrapped up an impressive WPI career with her second consecutive selection to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Division III softball third team. Ama was also the recipient of WPI's newly named Sue Chapman Award, which is presented to the best senior female athlete over her career at WPI who exemplifies the high standards expressed in The WPI Athlete (someone who "through hard work, high character, positive attitude, achieves success above and beyond ability while representing the university with distinction").

WPI welcomed 144 attendees from 26 colleges and universities to the 2018 Institute on Project-Based Learning, where they engaged in immersive workshops, presentations, and discussions on the process of implementing project-based learning on their own campuses.