Three orientation leaders jump in unison behind the fountain.

Summer in Photos: 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.

PROFILE(S)

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


 

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.


 

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.


 

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).


 

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.


 

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


 

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.


 

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


 

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.


 

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.


 

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.”


 

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


 

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.