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Welcome to #HerdAtHome

April 10, 2020

Inspired by the Student Alumni Society’s new student-run Herd @ Home newsletter offering a "Humans of WPI" segment, WPI history fun facts, club spotlights, and more, students, faculty, and staff have taken to social media, sharing their own glimpses of our temporary new normal with the hashtag #HerdAtHome. You, too, can join the conversation! Wherever you are, we hope you're safe and well, and look forward to seeing you again.

A toddler looks up at a computer screen while holding a notebook in her hands.

Associate director of parent programs for the Office of Lifetime Engagement Liz Chirico didn't have to worry about taking notes during President Leshin's virtual Town Hall meeting—her 16-month-old daughter, Ava, had that covered. (Photo courtesy Elizabeth Chirico)​


A shot of Greg Fischer's at-home workspace, including a ventilator prototype.

A team of remotely-working WPI researchers led by professor of robotics engineering and mechanical engineering Greg Fischer is developing multiple open-source ventilator designs to help speed up the manufacturing of much-needed medical equipment. (Photo courtesy of Gregory Fischer)


A screenshot of the SGA's latest meeting, held over Zoom.

Members of the Student Government Association aren’t letting distance interfere with their role as the voice of the student body. They recently held their first virtual senate meeting, where they met with assistant dean of students Emily Perlow to discuss this term’s many changes, courses, and student life. (Photo courtesy Marisol Sanchez ’21)​


A black and white dog takes a nap on top of a children's book.

Pupdate from the Career Development Center: Everyone in the office is an email or video meeting away, ready to assist and support students through the job search process … just as soon as CDC canine Logan wakes up from his nap. (Photo courtesy @wpi_cdc)


A laptop with a red block that reads "IT at home" is sitting on a desk next to a telephone and a workbook.

One look at office coordinator Lisa Atwell’s setup shows how hard our IT crew is working to ensure that everyone at WPI has all the support and resources they need for the new virtual D-Term. (Photo courtesy Lisa Atwell)


Eric Young smiles in his basement office with a notebook next to him and a computer setup behind him.

No on-campus office? No problem. WPI faculty members—including assistant professor of chemical engineering Eric Young—are continuing their research and are working from home. (Photo courtesy Eric Young)


Members of the Academic Advising team gather for a virtual Zoom meeting. They're all smiling with different backgrounds behind each of them.

The Academic Advising team is tuning in all over—from the tropics to Dunder Mifflin—for their meetings after a successful beginning of D-Term. (Photo courtesy @wpiacademicadvising)


A small brown stuffed bunny sits on a notebook with a pencil under one paw. The bunny is also wearing a blue shirt.

While Brown Bunny may not be on campus (as shown here), he’s working hard from home. (Photo courtesy @wpibunnies)


The words "Be Well Together" written in red and black type on a pale white background.

WPI recently launched a “Be Well Together” initiative, which aims to support faculty, students, and staff with virtual wellness programs focused on yoga and meditation. Sessions will run through May 13; check out the announcement for more information.


A screenshot of a Zoom meeting of an IQP team and their advisor.

Sarah Akbar ’21 snapped a photo of an all-cohort meeting for a “Diversity and Citizen Science” IQP. The team is working with the Berlin Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries to better understand the barriers to participating in citizen-science and to develop guidelines for making projects more inclusive. (Photo courtesy Sarah Akbar)


A student smiles while taking a selfie with President Leshin on a computer screen in the background during the recent Student Town Hall.

What would a virtual town hall for students be without a classic #PrezSelfie?


A screenshot of two Zoom meetings, one of WPI student athletes, and one of WPI athletics coaches.

WPI coaches and student athletes are hard at work with a coaches’ roundtable and NCAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee meeting. (Photos courtesy @WPIAthletics)