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. 

IMPACT: The 2018 Report

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.

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.


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.  


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(L-R): Pawtucket Red Sox Principal Owner and Chairman Larry Lucchino; Lt. Governor Karyn Polito; WPI President Laurie Leshin
June 27, 2019

Media Coverage

New England Cable News interviewed President Leshin about WPI alum Robert Goddard, known as the father of modern rocketry. “He was driven, he was a visionary, and he was not going to stop until he figured out how to get us beyond Earth,” Leshin told NECN, which aired a retrospective Saturday morning and evening, noting Goddard’s link to the university. The piece also included footage of the campus building where Goddard worked. 

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NBC Boston 10 interviewed President Leshin as part of its look at alum Robert Goddard’s links to Worcester and the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. “When you’re visionary and when you really believe in an idea, you’ve got to keep working at it and see it through. I’m only sad that he didn’t live to see the Apollo astronauts walk on the moon,” Leshin told Boston 10 about Goddard, considered the father of modern rocketry.

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