Discovery and Innovation with Purpose

WPI faculty members and students are engaged in advanced, interdisciplinary research across a broad range of fields. From cutting-edge work in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, to explorations of the technological and policy issues surrounding cybersecurity, to studies of issues as diverse as firefighter health and security and the fire safety challenges of green buildings, this fundamental and applied research is addressing vital societal problems and technological challenges and producing innovations and insights that are helping build a better world.


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current faculty members have won the NSF Career Award

National Science Foundation (2015)
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private not-for-profit Carnegie doctoral research universities

WPI's research enterprise has grown significantly in size and sophistication over the past five years. We are well positioned to lead the kinds of large-scale interdisciplinary, multi-institution research projects that define world-class research today.
Bogdan Vernescu
Vice Provost of Research

Mastering Big Data Challenges

Elke Rundensteiner, professor of computer science and director of WPI's Data Science Program, discusses the challenges of storing and making sense of big data.

Turning Big Data into Actionable Information

Faculty Profiles

Susan Landau

Social Science & Policy Studies
I am Professor of Cybersecurity Policy in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies here at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. I have been a senior staff Privacy Analyst at Google, a Distinguished Engineer at Sun Microsystems, a faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at Wesleyan University and held visiting positions at Harvard, Cornell, and Yale, and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute.
Brian J. Meacham

Associate Professor
Fire Protection Engineering
Worldwide, there are increasing efforts to better understand the performance of buildings and infrastructure under a wide range of events, from accidental to deliberate, fire to natural hazards, climate change to terrorism. There is also an increasing focus on understanding the perceptions and responses of people to these events. This knowledge can then be employed in developing technology and policy solutions that better meet societal expectations for building and infrastructure safety and performance, resulting in a better allocation of resources focused on critical needs.
Ivon Arroyo

Assistant Professor
Social Science & Policy Studies
I am interested in the COMPUTER SCIENCE and ENGINEERING perspective of learning technologies. I have created artificially intelligent tutoring software that models students knowledge and affective states, from behaviors and physiological sensors, as students use the software; I have used data mining and statistical methods to empirically model student mental/affective states from past student data.
Luis Vidali

Associate Professor
Biology & Biotechnology
I deeply enjoy teaching, in particular conveying the important roles played by plants. It is a great reward when my students realize that plants are more complex and interesting than they anticipated, and they want to learn more. I enjoy that students at WPI are open about thinking in new ways; this critical thinking is the result of intense project-based learning.