WPI faculty researchers collaborate with each other, with other world-class institutions, in addition to corporate partners. The end goal is to investigate and apply solutions to challenges in such areas as healthcare, manufacturing, public safety, education, and energy.  

Here, an emphasis on applied research means faculty and students engage in work that can translate into products, services, or other intellectual property. Our spaces offer areas where our students, faculty, alumni, and community and industry leaders can interact, learning from each other as they network. Learn more about Innovation & Entrepreneurship at WPI. 

In addition, academic scholarship in engineering and applied science and pragmatic inventive activity are highly integrated throughout the university. This practical tradition originates from a strong history of cross and interdisciplinary research, industrial associations, and applications with other like-minded institutions. The university offers a variety of available technologies; peruse the IP Inventory Catalog.

WPI and UMass Medical School (UMMS) are partnering to explore new frontiers in healthcare and medicine, from advancing surgical technologies to using robotics to improve patient interactions. View the video here or learn more about the ways in which we partner with UMMS.

WPI and UMass Medical School: Stronger Together

WPI has been contributing new ideas, new technologies, and new talent to drive the evolution of manufacturing since its founding in 1865. Today it is playing a pivotal role in a new advanced manufacturing revolution. From being a member of eight of the 14 Manufacturing USA institutes to nurturing young talent to advancing research through major funding initiatives, WPI find partnerships a valuable way to keep the momentum moving forward.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), in collaboration with Quinsigamond Community College (QCC), will develop a Lab for Education & Application Prototypes (LEAP) at WPI. Part of the national American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), the LEAP at WPI will support the integrated photonics manufacturing sector in central Massachusetts. 

With over twenty years of collaboration, WPI and the Natick Soldier RD&E Center (NSRDEC) signed an agreement that will carry on with research projects in the areas of fire protection, data security, chemical engineering, and robotics. The shared goal is to improve the lives of soldiers.

Working Together for the Benefit of the Soldier

PracticePoint at WPI is a membership-based research, development, and commercialization alliance built to advance healthcare technologies and launch new medical cyber-physical systems. Members will focus on smart and secure medical devices that interact with the physical world to improve the promise of patient-centric care.