Shaye J.

Major/Minor

Junior, BS in Chemical Engineering
Completed Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) at the Boston, Massachusetts Project Center
An IQP is often called life-changing by WPI students, requiring teams to delve into a problem that matters to real people.
Project

Shaye and her team developed and delivered recommendations to help their sponsor, the Office of Technical Assistance and Technology (OTA), improve their climate change resiliency and chemical safety program. Through participant feedback, program evaluations, and site visits, the team presented OTA with solutions to help the organization take the next step toward increasing the effectiveness of their program.

Reflection

Shaye appreciated that she and her teammates were able to fully immerse themselves in a project and be in total control of their own work. While they had the support of their project advisor and sponsor, the students learned to use their own strengths to best proceed and support one another, something she found invaluable over the course of their IQP.

She considers completing her IQP to be her greatest achievement at WPI thus far, citing her personal growth and confidence throughout the process as she's started to more fully picture her career, her strengths, and the impact of her work on the world after graduation.

 

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Hometown

Oxford, CT

Major/Minor

BS in Chemical Engineering

Project Advisor(s)
Achievements
  • Completing this project successfully and the personal growth and confidence that came with the experience.
  • Joining fraternity rush events to protest sexism.
Aspirations
  • Working at a cosmetic company, developing new innovations in color, formulation, and fragrance.

Typical workweek schedule

5:30am

Wake up, make breakfast, and get ready for the day.

7:30am

Carpool with the team to Worcester Project Center before walking over to Union Station and taking the train to Boston.

9:20am

Arrive in Boston and walk to the Boston Project Center or our sponsor's office before starting the day's work.

12:00pm

Break for lunch.

1:00pm

Return to the office and resume working.

3:45pm

Walk to South Station to catch the train back to Worcester.

6:00pm

Arrive in Worcester and return to campus.

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Joining an architectural boat tour of Boston with all the students from the Boston Project Center

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Working at the Boston Project Center with teammate Matt Cannata

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Picture of group at their sponsor's office
Following the final project presentation to the sponsor and guests at the Boston Project Center

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group talking with their advisor
Enjoying a guided walking tour of Boston with teammates and other students from the Boston Project Center

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group sitting at a table in discussion
Conducting a kick off team meeting with the faculty advisor Seth Tuler in Worcester

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group sitting down on a panel
Awaiting final proposal presentations at the conclusion of preparatory coursework

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Taking a break with teammates outside the Boston Project Center

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Enjoying a pizza party with other students from the Boston Project Center at the completion of the IQP.

This experience has empowered me to believe in my ability to succeed and see the values of my own skills and talents, as well as learning how to work as a team to create powerful work.