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Rita B.

Senior, BS in Civil Engineering

Rita wasn’t sure what to expect when she chose WPI. “From the moment I set foot on campus, however, I was blown away by the friendly, welcoming, and supportive environment,” she says. Now in her senior year, she hopes to use her experience as an instructor and mentor in WPI outreach programs, as well as various internships, to combine teaching with a career in industry. She’s also working with the National Society of Black Engineers to increase the success rate of black students and alumni. “WPI is rigorous, but if you make it here, you’ll make it anywhere. And you’ll make it here because every member of the community is invested in your success.”

Rita Bagala

Lowell, MA

  • Office of Multicultural Affairs Intern
  • Connections Program Peer Advisor
  • Engineering Ambassador
  • Hensel Phelps intern
  • Founder and president of the Crimson Steppers (formerly G.O.A.T.S. Step Team)
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Mentoring students of color
8 am

Woke up before the alarm ready to face chemistry and math back-to-back. A good night’s sleep always rejuvenates my brain..


 I love that I can take a fitness class before lunch. Definitely raises my energy level.


 Intro to Art History takes my mind to the other end of the spectrum from a morning of engineering.



Homework’s done. Now on to a stepping session with the Crimson Steppers team guilt-free

Doing things ‘like a girl’ takes on a whole new meaning at WPI because everyone recognizes that gender plays no role in the abilities that someone possesses.
Becoming well-rounded is built into our curriculum. It’s one of the great strengths of WPI. We graduate with valuable qualities that set us apart from people who possess mere technical knowledge.
Even if I contribute to the success of only one more black engineer, I will feel that my involvement with the National Society of Black Engineers has been a success.