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From the bustling McDonough Makerspace to the high-tech classrooms to the welcoming café, WPI’s distinctive project-based approach comes to life in the Foisie Innovation Studio. Here, students, faculty, staff, and industry and community partners gather to delve into the whispers of “what if… .” Atop the Innovation Studio, Messenger Residence Hall promotes integrated living and learning.

No matter your discipline, department, degree, or role, you’ll come to this place and find a community of like-minded people and the freedom to make discoveries that will change the world


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Hours of Operation


Update- 01/15/2021


FIS will remain closed for the duration of the WPI "Stay-in-Place/ Alert Level Yellow" status, at least until Feb 11, 2021. Regular Hours of Operation will tentatively resume on Feb 12, 2021.


FIS Hours of Operation- Winter Break




Friday- Thursday

01/15/2021- 02/11/2021


Subject to change


FIS Prototyping Lab Hours of Operation-

Winter Break




Friday- Thursday

01/15/2021- 02/11/2021

No In- Person Access to the Lab.

For 3D Printing needs, please use the virtual walk-in option:

Prototyping Lab Virtual Walk-in Hours

Subject to change

Regular Hours Resume from Friday, 02/12/2021


Foisie Innovation Studio Regular Hours of Operation


Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday

7:30 am - 12:00 am


7:30 am - 1:00 am


8:00 am - 1:00 am

Sunday 8:00 am - 12:00 am


FIS Prototyping Lab Hours of Operation for B Term 2020


Hours of Operation

Monday- Sunday

11:00 am - 10:00 pm


If you have any questions you may contact our general email:

For questions about the Rapid Prototyping Lab, contact Mitra Anand, Makerspace Advanced Technology and Prototyping Specialist by email:

For questions about the Makerspace, contact Adam Sears, Director of Foisie Innovation Studio Operations by email:

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Foisie Innovation Studio feature wall

Submitting Content Ideas for Digital Screens

We welcome input regarding the content featured on the large feature wall and the vestibule display screen in the Foisie Innovation Studio. If you are interested in sharing new content ideas for the digital screens, please complete this input form to submit ideas. Visit Foisie Innovation Studio digital screen governance for more details on content, publishing and use of these screens.

Open Spaces. Open Minds. Open Possibilities.

Planned to encourage open minds through open spaces and the right tools to realize a vision, the distinct areas arranged within Foisie Innovation Studio’s 78,000 sq. ft. area will spark ingenuity. Check out the information display at the Quad entrance for a stream of weather, news, social feeds, activities, stories about donors, and WPI announcements.

McDonough Makerspace and Fitzgerald Prototype Lab
Super glue, Teflon, microwave ovens—accidental discoveries all. With the invitation to create, model, and test new ideas and state-of-the-art equipment (like rapid prototype 3-D printers), we can only imagine what’s going to come out of the makerspace. Inspiring unstructured creation, this is where the smallest connection can start the biggest change.

Aberdale Active Learning Classroom
What makes active learning classrooms different? Lots! This classroom uses space and furnishings with intention—to help students gather in groups or so faculty members may teach while moving around the room. The focus for this space: WPI’s Great Problems Seminar.

Noiles Teaching Laboratory
All robots, all the time. This teaching lab might look like a futuristic playhouse, but the work done here will change the way surgeries are performed, caretaking happens, manufacturing is produced, and music is played. It’s all about the robots—and it’s a blast.

Class of 1964 Connections Gallery
At the two-story video feature wall, take in the compelling and inspirational visual representations of the WPI Plan ideals. See the places we send our students around the world, stories and activities of students and alumni, and the complexities of our science and technology scholarship.

Oliver Active Learning Classrooms
Additional space for active learning classrooms welcomes larger groups and more opportunity for students to engage with the curriculum and each other.

Global Lab with Scherer Video Recording Suite
A global education is a WPI hallmark, and the Global Lab brings together project-based learning, digital storytelling, and engagement with our partners around the world. Here, we explore how audio/visual tools and emergent media technologies can deepen collaboration, expand the impacts of global partnerships, and provide new opportunities for reflecting, learning, and sharing.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center
This space aligns entrepreneurial activities across campus and across disciplines and connects WPI innovators to commercial and venture capital opportunities. Whether seeking advice, bouncing ideas around, learning from failures, or celebrating successes, the expertise, camaraderie, and resources here will stimulate innovation throughout the WPI community.

Flight Simulator Soars in the Foisie Innovation Studio

Students Experience Flight Simulator in Foisie Innovation Studio


January 07, 2021
Awards, Innovation & Entrepreneurship , Undergraduate Awards, University Calendar, WPI Today
November 04, 2020
Innovation & Entrepreneurship , Undergraduate Studies, Foisie Innovation Studio, Technology Commercialization, Industrial Engineering, Integrative & Global Studies, International & Global Studies, Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Process Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Robotics Engineering
February 17, 2020
Dining Services
February 05, 2020
Dining Services

Thank You to Our Donors

Like Alumni Gym that stood in this place, this building—and the opportunities it holds—is made possible by the generosity and vision of alumni donors and other friends of WPI. Our donor wall located at the main entrance off the Quad acknowledges the people and organizations who have helped make the Foisie Innovation Studio a reality. We are grateful to them all.