WPI was established more than 150 years ago to generate the human and intellectual capital required to help transform the United States into a manufacturing powerhouse. True to our founding mission—to prepare students to put theory into impactful practice—our approach to manufacturing education and research has always had a distinct practical focus. Our graduates have founded and led manufacturing businesses of all kinds, while innovations from our labs have not only helped make existing industries more competitive, but have helped create and build whole new industries.
Fast forward to today, and the Institute is continuing to help drive the evolution of manufacturing at the same time that the notion of just what manufacturing is—and can be—is undergoing a seismic shift, answering questions such as these:
- How can new materials and manufacturing processes make our vehicles more reliable and fuel efficient and our transportation systems more sustainable?
- How can new biomanufacturing techniques help push back the frontiers of medicine and healthcare?
- What new photonics technologies open the door to major advances in information technology?
- Can we find a way to prepare a new kind of manufacturing workforce with the specialized skills and knowledge required by tomorrow’s advance manufacturing industries?