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The Month in Photos: November 2018

What’re you thankful for, WPI? Our talented staff photographers and videographers captured just a few of the things that had us counting our blessings this month leading into the holiday season.

A white goat looks at the camera near the fountain while a student takes a photo of it with a cell phone.

The goats who visited campus on Founders Day only had one question on their minds: Who you lookin’ at?


Diran Apelian accepts his award and gives a speech as Innovator of the Year.

Diran Apelian, Alcoa-Howmet Professor of Mechanical Engineering, founding director of the Metal Processing Institute, and director of the Advanced Casting Research Center, was honored as the 2018 Innovator of the Year on Nov. 1. He’s the first faculty member to receive the award.


WPI Giving Day

Pass the pom-poms—Giving Day saw over $300,000 raised for WPI in just 24 hours, continuing the university’s tradition of philanthropy.


Travis McCready, president of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, gave the keynote at this year’s Next-in-Bio conference at WPI, where undergraduates from nine colleges and universities gleaned advice on how to prepare for careers in academia and industry from those who know it best—biotech innovators and entrepreneurs themselves.


Carissa Olsen completes work in her lab while wearing a white lab coat and safety glasses.

Spurred on by her grandfather’s early dementia and her father-in-law’s severe Alzheimer’s, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry Carissa Perez Olsen is using a $420,000 award from the National Institutes of Health to study how lipids and cell membranes affect aging and long-term health, exploring how we could extend our lives and stay healthier longer.


Members of the Society of Magicians student organization stand behind a table and toss playing cards in the air.

Do you believe in magic … in a young goat’s heart? WPI’s Society of Magicians definitely does, and its members clued us in on some trade secrets earlier this month.


Susan Roberts huddles up with members of the flag football team she coaches.

Professor and head of the Chemical Engineering Department Susan Roberts loves football, but never considered coaching a team … that is, until she noticed that her eight-year-old daughter, Emmeline, was the only girl on the field.


Mike Gennert accepts a high five from one of his peers during the Employee Appreciation Dinner in the Rubin Campus Center Odeum.

Longtime WPI employees—including professor and founding director of the WPI Robotics Engineering program Mike Gennert—were celebrated for their years of dedication and service to the university during the annual Employee Recognition Dinner held in the Rubin Campus Center Odeum.


The Rope Pull was one of the events that got washed out during a particularly rainy Homecoming, so the Classes of 2021 and 2022 postponed their head-to-head challenge to later this month (spoiler alert: the '22s pulled off the upset).


The Women's Basketball team smiles on the court for a group photo while each member holds up a hand in a high-five gesture.

Women’s Basketball won its fifth consecutive Worcester City Tournament title with a 51-45 victory over Worcester State University on Nov. 10.


Members of the South Asian Student Association celebrate Rasleela & Diwali.

The South Asian Student Association gathered in Alden Memorial to celebrate Rasleela and Diwali on Nov. 4.


Shawn McAvey stands in the equipment room in front of a variety of sports equipment. He's wearing a red WPI Athletics polo with his arms folded over his chest, and is smiling.

Looking for facilities and equipment manager Shawn McAvey? He might be laundering uniforms, cleaning the pool, repairing speaker systems, or organizing equipment … and that’s just on a Tuesday.


Sigma Phi Epsilon brought St. Baldrick’s “Battle of the Bald” tournament back to WPI on Nov. 28—in just four hours, several students were sporting new looks in a show of solidarity with cancer patients. Over $8,000 was raised for childhood cancer research.


Members of WPI's orchestra perform at the annual holiday concert.

The WPI Festival Chorus and WPI Orchestra rounded out the month with their annual Holiday Concert, because as we all know, the best way to spread holiday cheer is singing (and playing) loud for all to hear.