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.
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.
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.
A Conversation with the President
Closing the Gender Gap
For the Winter 2017 issue of the WPI Journal, President Leshin sat down with senior vice president Kristin Tichenor to discuss how the Class of 2021 was 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.
Gregory Fischer, associate professor of mechanical engineering and robotics engineering, and VP of Academic and Corporate Engagement Stephen Flavin, joined President Leshin for the Fall 2017 issue of the WPI Journal 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.
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
Worcester Business Journal reported on the grand opening of the Foisie Innovation Studio in the article. The building, which includes beds for 140 students and a lab space equipped with the latest technology, adds a third element - impact - to WPI's two long-term pillars, theory and practice. "It's about taking that world-changing work to another level," President Laurie Leshin said at the ribbon cutting ceremony.
President Laurie Leshin was quoted in this Chronicle of Higher Ed article in reaction to tweets by the president dismissing as partisan a study that tallied the death toll from Hurricane Maria at nearly 3,000 in Puerto Rico.