The IMPACT our students, alumni. faculty, and staff are making across the globe multiplies every day. The work we are doing to raise the bar on our undergraduate and graduate education, elevate problem-focused research, expand our global activities, and make our community a more diverse, equitable place matters now, more than ever, to meet the complex challenges faced by humanity.
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.
Conversation with the President
For the Summer 2019 issue of the WPI Journal, President Leshin sat down with Geoff Pfeifer, associate teaching professor of philosophy and international and global studies, to discuss his work on the dynamics of inclusion within team-based projects and transforming student teamwork from equality-based to equity-based practices.
The WPI Plan
Our Signature Approach to Undergraduate Education
Through WPI's distinctive plan, you'll learn how to learn by applying your classroom experiences in research and projects that challenge you from a proficiency, social, and global perspective.
Learn more about how WPI can prepare you to pursue your passions in solving critical problems and develop skills employers value.
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.
President Leshin contributed to this Boston Globe section. Her advice, “Don’t just find a mentor — build a mentorship network.”
Robotics Business Review published an extensive story with photos of last week’s Robotics Engineering Research Symposium at WPI. The story includes comments from WPI President Laurie Leshin and WPI alumnus Mathew DeDonato ’09, who is now a manager in the vehicle hardware group at Toyota Research Institute. President Leshin called WPI’s robotics program “an incredible model for higher education.”