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 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.


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

The Boston Business Journal reported on the opening of WPI Seaport, a multipurpose space in Boston that will further WPI’s role in the state’s innovation economy. President Laurie Leshin was joined by several state and local officials, including Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, who said the new collaboration with WPI will “will bring more outstanding talent into our neighborhoods.”

Boston Business Journal

President Laurie Leshin was interviewed for a segment on the importance of play and role models for getting girls interested in STEM at a young age and keeping them engaged. 

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