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 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. 

A Community Imagines More

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


A Conversation with the President: Closing the Gender Gap

President Leshin recently sat down with senior vice president Kristin Tichenor to discuss how WPI recently welcomed the most gender-balanced class in its history, with female students representing 43% of the freshman student body, placing WPI among STEM institutions with the highest percentage of female students.

Conversation with President Laurie Leshin: Winter Journal 2017

A Conversation with the President: Practice Point

Gregory Fischer, associate professor of mechanical engineering and robotics engineering, and VP of Academic and Corporate Engagement Stephen Flavin, joined President Leshin to talk about PracticePoint--a landmark healthcare technology initiative that brings together academia, industry, and healthcare practitioners in a central point of research, development, and real-world testing.

Interview with President Leshin

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.  

In the News

President Laurie Leshin has been named to the Worcester Business Journal’s "The Power 50," its annual list of the most powerful people in the Central Massachusetts business community. The WBJ writes “When we seek to create this list every year, we focus on the people who use their positions to have an outsized influence on the business community. We want to tell the story of a changing region and economy through the people creating that change.” The annual list section also includes a brief article on each nominee; here is a link to President Leshin’s page.

Worcester Business Journal

Calling it “a remarkable year at WPI,” this Telegram & Gazette editorial highlighted the university’s inventions and other accomplishments. The T&G referred to “an expanding focus on innovation and entrepreneurship that has been part of the college’s DNA going back to its founding but which is reaching a new level under President Laurie Leshin.” Todd Keiller, director of WPI’s Office of Intellectual Property and Innovation, told the newspaper that Leshin supports “a cycle of innovation and entrepreneurship,” benefiting both WPI and the community.

Logo for Worcester, MA local newspaper, The Telegram & Gazette