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Imagine a device that could enter the bloodstream and extract a single cell for an early and rapid diagnosis of cancer. Imagine a device that could analyze the quality of an apple without even breaking the skin of the delicate fruit.

Imagine a place where experts from industry, government, and academia could collaborate without barriers and develop such devices for mass production.

Such a place exists.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and Quinsigamond Community College (QCC) have partnered together to establish the Lab for Education & Application Prototypes (LEAP @ WPI/QCC), which is located at WPI's Gateway Park. As a part of the national American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) and funded through the Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative (M2I2), the LEAP @ WPI/QCC will support the integrated photonics manufacturing sector in central Massachusetts. Namely, LEAP @ WPI/QCC houses state-of-the art equipment and facilities that will help prototype these world-changing integrated photonic devices, as well as develop the workforce needed to manufacture them. 

A Lab for Education


WPI's long-standing collaborations with industry and QCC's trusted history of workforce development put LEAP @ WPI/QCC in a unique position to reinvigorate the integrated photonics workforce. LEAP @ WPI/QCC is committed to building a pipeline of highly-skilled workers that are prepared to excel in the advanced manufacturing of integrated photonic devices.

A Lab for Application Protoypes


Theory and Practice: the motto of WPI. The co-location of faculty from fundamental and applied disciplines embody that motto and enable LEAP @ WPI/QCC to produce protoypes of integrated photonic devices that will meet the needs of both industry and society. 

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Daily Herd Q&A

Douglas Petkie, head of WPI's Department of Physics, describes the promise of integrated photonics and how the partnership between WPI and QCC will strengthen the industry in Central Massachusetts.