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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. 

Safe on campus: A framework for reopening colleges and universities

Check out the Higher Education Working Group’s framework for reopening Massachusetts colleges and universities. Under the leadership of Reopening Advisory Board member and WPI President Laurie Leshin, this group comprises 14 leaders from public and private colleges and universities across the Commonwealth, and was formed to represent Massachusetts’ 106 diverse institutions of higher education and their 500,000 students and 130,000 employees.

Goat Out & Vote

“Driving Our Democracy Forward”

SGA president Ryan Candy ‘21 sat down for a virtual chat with President Laurie Leshin to discuss the importance of voting as well as the promotion of civic engagement and responsibility. Whether this is your first or twenty-first time voting, make sure your voice is heard—goat out and vote, WPI.

WPI Strategic Plan report

A Community Elevates Impact

As the university finishes strong on Elevate Impact, WPI's strategic plan, there are many successes to celebrate, from the experiences of our undergraduate and graduate students to our research enterprise to our role in the transformation of project-based learning in higher education, and so much more. Our goals were bold, but so is WPI.

The Plan
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 Selfie


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May 06, 2021
Office of the President
April 21, 2021
Office of the President

Media Coverage

The Boston Globe quoted President Leshin in the front-page article. “The Delta variant is the wild card all of higher ed is watching now,” Leshin, who leads the Massachusetts Higher Education Working Group, told The Globe. “University COVID response teams across the state are actively tracking and planning for a variety of scenarios.”

President Leshin was featured in the Pasadena Now article. The award noted Leshin (MS ‘89, PhD ‘95) “‘for her barrier-breaking leadership at universities such as Worcester Polytechnic Institute, which has been recognized for both teaching and research excellence and essential strides in diversity, equity, and inclusion under her guidance as the first woman to serve as president; and for her accomplishments as a distinguished geochemist and space scientist.’”