WPI faculty researchers collaborate with partners 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. We offer areas, facilities and instrumentation for collaboration between our students, faculty, alumni, and community and industry leaders.
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.
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 12 of the 16 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.
WPI works closely with UMass Medical School and UMass Lowell to further develop talent and collaborate on research projects. Together, the schools have created Seed Funding Initiatives to support new collaborations, novel discoveries, increased external funding, and industry partnerships.