The Month in Photos: September 2023

October 27, 2023

From Homecoming traditions and exciting athletics wins to visits from royalty as well as family members from near and far, September gave the WPI community something (okay, many somethings) to cheer about. Take a peek behind the lenses of our staff photographers to see what we were up to last month.

Students participate in the annual rope pull tradition on the football field.

The competition for this year’s annual rope pull was so fierce, it nearly swept us off our feet.


Members of the WPI women's soccer team celebrate on the field.

Lottie McLeod ’25 and Rian Fadden ’26 had plenty to celebrate at Women’s Soccer’s 3-0 shutout against Western Connecticut State University. Photo credit: Sam Seng '26


A musical performance is held as part of Arts & Sciences Week.

One of the many events of Fall 2023 Arts & Sciences Week was a reception to welcome new faculty and celebrate those recently tenured and promoted.


King Okyyenhene of Akyem Abuakwa Ghana addresses the WPI community from a podium in the Odeum.

The WPI community had the chance to hear from His Majesty the Okyenhene King of Akyem Abuakwa, Ghana during a special speaker event as he shared his perspective on social and environmental problems and reflected on a decade of collaboration with WPI.


Family members paint pumpkins as part of Family Weekend activities.

Family Weekend saw hundreds visit campus for games, movie nights, crafts—and most important, quality time with their own goats.


A member of the WPI football team blocks a kick from their opponent.

Not on his watch—Bryce Curtin ’24 stopped a Bridgewater State field goal attempt in its tracks during the final seconds of the game, leading WPI to a 24-21 victory


Faculty members make ice cream out of liquid nitrogen on campus during Wellness Day.

What’s better than some ice cream on a beautiful fall day? Nothing, as far as these professors are concerned—so they set up a liquid nitrogen ice cream stop as part of the latest Wellness Day activities.


Dean of The Business School Debora Jackson sings the National Anthem at a recent WooSox game.

Debora Jackson took a break from her roles as Harry G. Stoddard Professor of Management and Dean of The Business School to sing the National Anthem at a recent WooSox game.


Students meet with potential employers during the Career Fair in the Sports & Recreation Center.

Hundreds of employers—many WPI alumni among them—flocked to the Sports & Rec Center for one of the most popular events of the year, the Heebner Career Development Center’s Fall Career Fair.


Students work under a tent on the Quad for a Maui fundraiser.

The Hawai'i Cultural Association and Sigma Alpha Epsilon worked together to host Maui Strong, where they sold a variety of Hawaiian cuisine treats to raise money for Maui United Way's wildfire relief efforts.


Members of the field hockey team laugh after pieing a teammate in the face on Giving Day.

This year’s Giving Day not only saw 1,300+ donations (one of the highest participation years yet) but more than a few pies as part of the Giving Day Pie-in-the-Face Challenge. Missy Kahan ’05 took a pie to the face for her cause of choice, the WPI field hockey team.


Students look at flowers at the farmers market on the Quad.

WPI students took a chance to stop and smell the roses (as well as a variety of other flowers) at a recent farmers market on campus.


A photo of the flexible robot developed by a WPI research team that sneaks into small spaces for mapping and inspections.

A team of WPI researchers has created a prototype lizard-like soft robot that can creep into walls, ductwork, and pipes to perform inspections and three-dimensional mapping tasks that could be dangerous or impossible for humans.


Students visit a table during the Global Fair.

Where in the world are WPI students? That answer was clear after a visit to the Global Fair, where attendees learned more about WPI’s 50+ project centers across six continents.