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The Month in Photos: September 2020

October 12, 2020

We’re getting back into the (socially distanced) swing of things here on campus, and while some things may have changed, the welcoming community, constant enthusiasm for learning, and passion for collaboration have stayed the same. Welcome back, WPI community—we’ve missed you.

An aerial view of the COVID-19 testing center in Harrington Auditorium.

In order to help us all stay #WPITogether, a comprehensive routine testing plan has been put into place. More details on those test results (and what they mean for the WPI community) can be found on the WPI Testing Dashboard.


A photo of shrubbery and flowers framed by brickwork in Higgins Gardens.

One of the best parts of WPI’s campus? The fact that we have our own little secret (Higgins House) garden.


Gompei the Goat wears a red and white striped shirt and a red mask while flashing thumbs up.

Gompei wears his face covering wherever he goes (and manages to coordinate it with his outfit). Be like Gompei; don’t forget your face covering.


Students lounge in hammocks on campus.

Have hammocks, will lounge.


A student picks up a Dunkin' order in the campus center.

Yes, WPI still runs on Dunkin’ (even if the Munchkins and coffees are a little farther apart than usual).


Members of the WPI football team participate in a socially distanced conditioning practice on the rooftop field.

Despite the difficult decision not to compete in athletics competitions this year, the football team is still holding socially distanced strength and conditioning practices on the rooftop field, proving yet again that nothing will stop our goats from being, well, the GOAT.


A student and parent push a red bin and pull a dolly with a mini fridge secured to it to a WPI residence hall.

New and returning students were welcomed to campus over several days and weekends this year in an effort to maintain health and safety for all. 


Students cross Earle Bridge during this year's bridge crossing tradition.

While this year's bridge crossing looked different from those in the past, we're glad to have had the chance to share this time-honored tradition with the Class of 2024.


Sticky notes arranged across several windows to spell out "Don't Be That Goat."

Pretty self-explanatory, right?


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Chip for the oxygen sensor

Several researchers led by Ulkuhan Guler, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of WPI’s Integrated Circuits and Systems Lab, are expanding their work on a mobile sensor that measures a baby’s blood oxygen levels to create one that can act as an early detection device for COVID-19 infections.


Students participate in a socially distanced paint night event.

Got happy trees? Members of the Choral Association, Alden Voices, and WPI Glee Club shifted gears during a recent rehearsal session and channeled their inner Bob Ross with a paint night.


Students relax in Adirondack chairs on campus.

There’s still plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful early fall weather before winter arrives, and WPI students are taking full advantage.


A researcher holds up a transparent slide while wearing gloves and a face covering.

Researchers are back in the labs, including associate professor of mechanical engineering Pratap Rao’s team in the Laboratory for Education & Application Prototypes (LEAP @ WPI/QCC).