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Amplify the power of innovation

Project-based learning transformed our campus in 1970, and now we're sharing what we've learned with universities around the world to further the scope of its strength and influence––while providing our own students with the skills and support necessary to create lasting impacts of their own.

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Student honorary members of the National Academy of Inventors

70

Inventions Disclosures Filed (as of 2019)

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Academic institutions around the world served by the Center for Project-Based Learning (as of 2019)

Amplifying WPI in the World

Entrepreneurship is more than a class or a program— it is a mindset that is woven into the fabric of WPI. By integrating entrepreneurship throughout the WPI curriculum, students see problems as opportunities and learn to develop innovative solutions that create personal, economic, and societal value. 

Making space for experimentation and discovery on the campus is also critical—and the Foisie Innovation Studio is the front door and hub for innovation, entrepreneurship, active learning, making, and collaboration. There, students in the McDonough Makerspace and Fitzgerald Prototype Lab can access state-of-the-art tools, technology, resources, and support to ideate, design, model, and tinker to take an idea from concept to prototype.

With resources and advice from the Global Lab, students, faculty, and staff collaborate in a different way, bringing ideas to life through  transmedia storytelling, participatory art, mixed reality experiences, among other forms of expression.

The "Front Door" to Innovation

The "front door to innovation” at WPI, the Foisie Innovation Studio brings WPI’s distinctive project-based approach to life. With makerspaces, rapid prototyping labs, and opportunities for active learning, our students and faculty have the space to design, collaborate, and build on ideas to change humanity for the better.

UMBC talks about the impact of WPI’s Institute on Project-Based Learning

Impact of the Institute on Project-based Learning

Representatives from the University of Maryland Baltimore County share the impact of WPI's Institute on Project-based Learning on their campus.

Patent and License Success at WPI

The success of WPI's new invention disclosures and patent licensing has come from careful planning, a distinct strategy, and a willingness within the WPI community to trust the innovation & entrepreneurship process. The university also benefits from this success—as products receive licenses, they can return royalties to WPI and create a valuable revenue stream. 

Implementing Project-Based Learning in Taiwan

In late 2018, the Center for Project-Based Learning at WPI welcomed its first visiting fellow, Anny Chang, to campus. During this time she immersed herself in WPI’s project-based curriculum from the perspective of both students and faculty, with the goal of ultimately advancing project-based learning in her home country of Taiwan. 

WPI's model offered a whole new way of interacting with students, getting beyond teaching and helping me understand how to motivate a group of students to truly collaborate to solve a problem.
Steven McAlpine, Assistant Director of Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
It's remarkable how fast this [innovation and entrepreneurship] enterprise is growing at WPI.
Brian Hanlon '90, Director of the Office of Patent Legal Administration
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Speaking at the 2019 annual meeting of WPI’s chapter of the National Academy of Inventors
If you are doing a project, you want to make sure it’s a project people care about. Solving a problem that people have—that’s what leads to innovation.
Len Polizzotto, ’70
Co-led KEEN Value Creation Workshop at WPI

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Andrew Nagal ’19 (left) and Mitch Gaines ’20 give a presentation on their medical device manufacturing company, Bakku Technologies.
Andrew Nagal ’19 (left) and Mitch Gaines ’20 give a presentation on their medical device manufacturing company, Bakku Technologies.