The Worcester Business Journal included President Leshin’s thoughts in this article, (scroll up to 3rd article from bottom). “The protests of the past few days, ignited by the killing of George Floyd, but truly fueled by the continued targeting, demonization, and abuse of black people across our country, highlight legitimate anger, which I share,” Leshin wrote. “The uprising we’re now seeing points to the significant work we still have to do as a society to confront and eliminate racism. I stand with those who are outraged at the senseless loss of black lives.”
President Leshin and Michelle Jones-Johnson, vice president for talent and inclusion and chief diversity officer, were among the Worcester Business Journal’s honorees in its compilation of The Power 50 for 2020. The annual Power 50 issue “gives us an opportunity to really examine who wields influence in the Central Massachusetts economy, understand who is making power moves and their reasoning for doing so,” the article stated.
The Worcester Business Journal reported on WPI receiving a $199,999 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how the novel coronavirus global pandemic is affecting stress in college students and their ability to learn in remote settings.
The Worcester Business Journal spoke with Andy Palumbo, dean of admissions and enrollment, about how the COVID-19 pandemic might affect college admissions for the next academic year (pg. 12).
Frank Hoy, Beswick Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, was quoted in a Worcester Business Journal article. Hoy discussed the financial focus that is needed to assist small and medium-sized business during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Worcester Business Journal was the latest to cover WPI’s recent efforts to help the medical community, which is facing a supply shortage.
In this article, the Worcester Business Journal referred to research by Nikhil Karanjgaokar, assistant professor of aerospace engineering, as an “example of local cutting-edge technology” that could conceivably become a venture-backed startup based on technology developed in Worcester.
In an article on college admissions, the Worcester Business Journal noted WPI’s drawing more students from faster-growing areas of the country such as California and Texas and saw annual applications rise more than 3,000 in the past decade.
The Worcester Business Journal highlighted WPI’s PracticePoint ribbon-cutting event in its article, "WPI Marks Opening of New $17M PracticePoint Facility." PracticePoint is the university’s membership-based development and testing facility. The goal of this alliance space is to advance healthcare technologies and launch better medical cyber-physical systems, through collaboration across the spectrum of product development and implementation.
The Worcester Business Journal reported that WPI, which has the largest enrollment of any college in Central Massachusetts, saw its student body grow from 4,002 in the fall of 2010 to 5,371 in the fall of 2018, the latest year for which information is available through the Worcester Business Journal's research department.