Office of the President

WPI President Laurie Leshin is an accomplished academic and administrative leader, geochemist, and space scientist. 

At the helm of WPI since June 1, 2014, President Leshin is focused on elevating the impact of this “technological university with a human heart and a global reach,” believing passionately that the way WPI approaches STEM learning and discovery is the way it should be approached. 

A Community Imagines More

A new strategic plan created by and for the WPI community, Elevate Impact: A Strategic Plan for WPI, 2015-2018 builds on the university’s strengths and reaffirms the productive partnership of theory and practice, WPI’s founding motto and core principle.

The WPI Plan

Our Signature Approach to Undergraduate Education.

Learn more about WPI’s signature approach to undergraduate education. Through the Plan, you learn how to learn by applying your classroom experiences in projects that challenge you from a proficiency, social, and global perspective.



The first project center site that President Leshin visited was in Bar Harbor, Maine. As her global travels permit, she visits students and faculty immersed in their project work. Even the art on her conference walls celebrate students making an impact—on the communities where they become immersed, and on their own lives. Wherever she travels, President Leshin is warmly embraced by students, all of whom want to share a #prezselfie.  

The Center for Project-Based Learning

As a pioneer and a leader in experiential learning, WPI launched the Center for Project-based Learning to help other academic institutions by sharing best practices and providing tools and customized guidance and support so that this type of education can take hold within varied curriculums. Our goal is to enable more students to have access to an educational approach that can truly change lives—for the betterment of all.

The Foisie Innovation Studio