Grace Wang smiles while looking off-camera against a gray background.

A Presidential First Week

President Grace Wang’s first week at WPI in photos
April 10, 2023

Grace Wang assumed the role of WPI’s 17th president last week—and what a week it was. The campus is an especially busy place in April, and President Wang wasted no time immersing herself in the WPI experience, from greeting employees and accepted students at her first town hall and Accepted Student Day events to exploring the robotics labs in Unity Hall and celebrating with students during the annual Student Recognition Awards. Take a look at some snapshots of her first week on campus through the lenses of our staff photographers.

Grace Wang addresses faculty and staff at the podium.

Just two days after beginning her term, President Wang took to the podium for her first town hall, where she shared what she’s heard from the community in her listening sessions since November and looked ahead to the changing landscape and opportunities for WPI in the world.


Grace Wang visits researchers in the Odeum during their GRIE presentations.

President Wang joined the community in the Odeum for an afternoon of research presentations as part of the Graduate Research Innovation Exchange.


Grace Wang attends a robotics demonstration in Unity Hall with Jim McGovern.

President Wang met up with Congressman Jim McGovern in the Unity Hall robotics lab to get up close and personal with some of the groundbreaking work being done by faculty and students.


Grace Wang smiles for a photo with Karyn Polito.

STEM education advocate and former Lt. Governor Karyn Polito stopped by to meet President Wang and discuss their shared interests and opportunities ahead before posing for a quick photo.


Grace Wang chats with students on Higgins House lawn.

WPI students weren’t the only ones taking advantage of the beautiful weather—President Wang stopped by to chat with WPI student athletes and enjoy the sunshine on National Student Athlete Day.


Grace Wang chats with students following the Student Recognition Awards.

The annual Student Recognition Awards are, appropriately enough, all about the achievements of the students who are instrumental in making WPI such a special place. President Wang had the chance to not only hear about their accomplishments, but congratulate them herself following the ceremony.


Grace Wang addresses families during Accepted Student Day.

To wrap up the week, President Wang welcomed accepted students and their families to campus for the first Accepted Student Day event of the year.