Crowds of family members fill the bleachers of Alumni Stadium during the Family Weekend football game.

The Month in Photos: September 2018

October 08, 2018

At Family Weekend last month, parents had the chance to ask their students the age-old question, “What’d you do at school today?” That’s a little hard to narrow down at WPI, but here’s a glimpse at what we’ve been up to, courtesy of our talented staff photographers.

The minimum amount of flair might be fifteen, but thanks to POW! WOW! Worcester, the city now has so many in the form of gorgeous murals that seeing them all could seem like an overwhelming task. But fear not, art lovers! Sarah Kwatinetz ’21 (left), professor Joseph Cullon, and Brittany Goldstein ’21 created an interactive mural tour website where you can find photos, artist links, archival images, and locations (plus information on the historical and cultural significance of said locations) for each and every one.

Sure, many of our projects involve making groundbreaking progress in some of the most important research topics affecting the world today. Other times, we just need to figure out the best way to launch a watermelon across the Quad during Lambda Chi Alpha’s annual Watermelon Bash.

A team of computer scientists at WPI, led by Elke Rundensteiner (third from left) and Emmanuel Agu (third from right) has secured $2.8 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a smartphone app that will provide an early warning system outside of scheduled clinical appointments for soldiers and veterans who may be suffering from traumatic brain injuries and infectious diseases.

Most students get to WPI in time for New Student Orientation by plane, train, or automobile—but a self-constructed electric flying vehicle affectionately referred to as a pumpkin carriage? Well ... there’s a first time for everything.

Students showcased their talents with musical performances, poetry, and TED-style talks, while faculty shined the spotlights on their departments with presentations and networking, as part of the celebration of Arts & Sciences Week at WPI.


Kaitlyn Hess ’21 scored the game-winning goal 6:33 into overtime as WPI field hockey rallied to a 4-3 triumph over city-rival Worcester State on September 13.

While the Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall celebrated its grand opening for the campus community back in August, a second ribbon-cutting ceremony—oversized scissors and all—was held last month for alumni, donors, and state and local officials.

After serving as Sigma Pi’s advisor for the past 14 years, the man, the myth, the legend (WPI Police Officer Robert Vandal) was recently honored with the Dr. Robert L. Burns Award for his tireless work and support of the fraternity and its brothers.

WPI’s cheerleading squad led the crowd in rooting on the football team as they faced Springfield College in their home opener during Family Weekend.

Are we seeing double? This MQP team will be working to turn this mini Tesla into a self-driving car by Commencement 2019 in addition to their SAE baja vehicle project. Because after all, what’s senior year without a little added challenge?

A team of computer scientists led by Dmitry Korkin has received a $347,000 award from the National Institutes of Health to develop and evaluate new techniques that will provide a better understanding of the genetic and molecular interactions that lead to complex diseases.

Lois Gibbs, hero of the Love Canal crisis of 1978, spoke to a full house at Kinnicutt Hall as the inaugural speaker for WPI’s Social Justice Series. While the majority of students weren’t even born during the time of the crisis, the grassroots social justice movement led by Gibbs and her neighbors is still relevant today.

Frank Ciliberto ’19 scored the game-winning goal 1:38 into overtime on September 11 to give WPI men’s soccer its first win over Brandeis since 2009 and at home since 2006.

Crowds of family members fill the bleachers of Alumni Stadium during the Family Weekend football game.

It was tough to find even a pi-sized amount of extra space on the Alumni Stadium bleachers during Family Weekend as WPI’s football team took on Springfield College.