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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. 

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. 

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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 nine 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.

Working Together for the Benefit of the Soldier

With over twenty years of collaboration, WPI and The U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, known as DEVCOM, 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.

Research photo showing photonics

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. 

UMass Lowell

WPI and the University of Massachusetts Lowell are partnering on a new UML-WPI Collaborative Seed Funding Initiative. The aim is to support new collaborations, novel discoveries, increased external funding, industry partnerships, and intellectual property development through teamwork between WPI and UMass Lowell faculty.

WPI and UMass Medical School: Stronger Together

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. And learn more about how the institutions share facilities and unique joint academic programs.