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. 

The Foisie Innovation Studio

In August of 2018, WPI will open the Foisie Innovation Studio and Messenger Residence Hall, the future hub of WPI’s distinctive project-based approach to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) higher education, and our first formal living/learning facility.  The  78,000-square-foot building will guarantee that future generations of students have the physical space in which to immerse themselves in WPI’s distinctive brand of learning. Learn more about the project and take a look at the construction site in real time.


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.

Mars Curiosity Rover Approaches 5 Years of Exploration

In an interview with the Daily Herd, President Leshin reflects on her path to NASA, along with her role in helping the Mars Curiosity Rover successfully land on the red planet five years ago this month.




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 WPI Plan

Our Signature Approach to Undergraduate Education.

Through WPI's distinctive plan, you 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 love.

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