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.
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.
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.
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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 New York Times sought President Leshin’s insight for this article. (scroll down to 12th graph). “The fact is, the vast majority of the women and men serving in the Space Force will be doing their important work right here on Earth, just like other members of the military,” Leshin said. “The same is true for people at NASA.”
The Telegram & Gazette in this article, highlighted the university’s ribbon-cutting at PracticePoint, its membership-based development and testing facility. PracticePoint labs is a collaborative health care technology facility that university, state and business leaders hope will deliver breakthroughs in medical devices.