Thomas W.
Junior, BS in Computer Science; Minor in Business

Over the course of Thomas’ time at WPI, the project-based curriculum has become second nature and allowed him to gain a better understanding of subject matter than he would through a traditional lecture or study of theory.

He also appreciates the fact that his IQP experience gave him the chance to not only become comfortable with multitasking, but also take the concept of project-based learning one step further as he and his teammates were their own guides in determining their project by the end of the term.

Hometown
Norwood, MA
Achievements
  • Served as his fraternity's vice president.
  • Completed Student Support Network training through the Student Development & Counseling Center.
  • Mentored and taught students in local high school drumline.
Hometown
Norwood, MA
Achievements
  • Served as his fraternity's vice president.
  • Completed Student Support Network training through the Student Development & Counseling Center.
  • Mentored and taught students in local high school drumline.
Timeline Entry
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6:00am
Body

Wake up, gather documents for the day, and get ready to carpool to Union Station with another group.

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8:00am

Take the express train to Boston (and don’t be late—the next train won’t come for another 50 minutes!).

9:30am

Arrive at either our sponsor’s office or the Boston Project Center, plan out the day, and start working.

12:00pm

Explore Boston to find a new place for lunch.

1:00pm

Arrive back in the office, finish up work for the day, and plan work for the next day.

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4:20pm
Body

Catch the train back to Worcester from South Station.

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5:50pm

Head back to campus, grab dinner, and catch up with friends.

11:00pm

Go to bed.

Timeline Entry
8:20am

Wake up, gather documents for the day, and bike to the Worcester Project Center.

9:30am

Once everyone’s arrived, work on our report, conduct interviews, and analyze data.

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11:00am
Body

Head back to campus for lunch or try a local restaurant.

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12:00pm

Review the morning’s work, talk with other teams working at the project center that day, plan work for the next day.

5:30pm

Work on personal projects and take care of anything that came up during the work day.

11:00pm

Go to bed.

Taking a water taxi tour of the Boston Harbor and Chelsea as part of the project field work

Enjoying a guided walking tour of Boston with the other students from the Boston Project Center

Attending a professional Red Sox baseball game and seeing the team win the 106 game of the season

Working on a classroom exercise during the preparatory coursework

Sharing the final project recommendations with sponsor contacts and guests at the Boston Project Center

Participating in an architectural boat tour of Boston with the other students from the Boston Project Center

Conducting a kick off project meeting in Worcester with teammates

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

The IQP is a step beyond the typical project-based class in that there are zero lectures and you really have to be your own guide in figuring out what your project will ultimately be at the end of the term.