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Summer in Photos: 2021

September 8, 2021

Campus was quiet this summer, but if the flurry of activity during the past few weeks is any indication, we’re in for a busy, exciting, memorable academic year. Welcome back, WPI—we’ve missed you.

President Leshin poses with a Class of 2020 graduate onstage.

Members of the Class of 2020 made their long-awaited return to the Hill for their belated Commencement ceremony at the beginning of August.


Two students study a map resting on a boulder in Acadia National Park.

Acadia National Park is full of beautiful sights, and one of the year’s best? The return of in-person IQP work as 19 students made the trek to the Acadia National Park Project Center over the summer.


Participants in the Research Experience for Undergraduates showcase present their work.

Students from colleges and universities around the country spent eight to ten weeks at WPI conducting cutting-edge STEM research projects—then sharing their work with the WPI community—as part of the NSF-supported Research Experiences for Undergraduates programs.


A football player watches as a football spirals through the air.

The football team had its eye on the ball as it resumed practices in preparation for the 2021 season (which started off on a high note with a win over Worcester State University on September 3).


Two brothers of Phi Kappa Theta smile with their newest guide dog in training, Leo.

Remember Diesel, Phi Kappa Theta’s first guide dog-in-training back in 2018? The brothers are keeping the tradition going this year—WPI, meet Leo.


Photo of Mimi Sheller

Internationally recognized scholar and educational leader Mimi Sheller was named inaugural dean of The Global School.


WPI students help a first-year student move their belongings into a residence hall.

It’s teamwork that makes the dream work, and there’s no team better than the WPI community to help move first-year students into their residence halls.


Students, faculty, and staff line along Earle Bridge to welcome first-year students to campus during the bridge crossing ceremony.

The Student Alumni Society led students, faculty, and staff as they welcomed the Class of 2025 to WPI with the traditional Earle Bridge crossing.


Three members of the cheerleading club pose with their pom-poms during the activities fair on the Quad.

Three cheers for finding new passions and friends at the student activities fair!


A Games Showcase attendee plays a game on their mobile phone.

Ready player one—29 interns from 17 colleges and universities created five different games that were on display during the MassDigi open house, the first event held since MassDigi’s move to WPI earlier this year.


Members of the volleyball team practice in the Sports & Recreation Center.

The volleyball team took to the court for some practice leading up to its 2021 season—which, by the way, is off to a strong start with a 3-0 record and a sweep of the Blazer Invitational.


Self-Healing Concrete in Action

WPI researchers are using an enzyme found in red blood cells to create self-healing concrete that’s four times more durable than traditional concrete, extending the life of concrete-based structures and eliminating the need for expensive repairs or replacements. Read more about the research that “… sounds sci-fi, but it’s a real solution.”


A student participates in a community service project in Institute Park.

The Student Activities Office organized a community service cleanup day, when over 200 students volunteered at 12 different sites around campus, including Institute Park.


A photo of the sunrise breaking through the trees on campus.

The sun’s coming up on a new year—we don’t know about you, but we’re more than ready for it to begin.