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Project Presentation Day About Worcester Polytechnic Institute Founded in 1865, WPI was one of the nation’s first engineering and science universities. Today, it is a national university with 14 academic departments offering more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts. Those offerings include interdisciplinary majors in interactive media and game development, environmental engineering, and robotics engineering (the nation’s first BS degree program in that field) WPI places a high premium on excellence in undergraduate education, with strong student-faculty interaction and a unique approach to active, collaborative learning through a project-enriched curriculum. Through the university’s innovative Global Perspective Program, students have the opportunity to make a difference in communities and organizations around the world by applying science and technology to help solve critical social and cultural problems. About two thirds of undergraduates travel off campus to complete professional level projects, working at more than 35 project centers on six continents. WPI awarded its first advanced degree in 1898. Today most of its academic departments offer graduate programs that can be pursued on a full- or parttime basis. WPI’s talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to problems in such fields as bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and the learning sciences. WPI alumni have been responsible for a number of world-changing innovations, among them the liquid-fueled rocket, the airbag safety system, and the Segway Human Transporter. About Project Presentation Day Once a year, WPI students take time out from their studies to present to their faculty advisors and sponsors the results of their Major Qualifying Projects, or MQPs (one of two significant academic projects all WPI students complete). The MQP is a professional-level design or research experience generally completed in teams and often sponsored by corporations or other external organizations. The projects mirror the kinds of professional work students will tackle in their careers. The project experience prepares students to lead team efforts, to communicate professionally, to meet deadlines and exceed expectations, to deal with ambiguity and unexpected difficulties, and to consider not just the technical, but the ethical and social dimensions of their work. The projects must be thoroughly documented in written reports, and virtually all teams make oral presentations of their results. These are the presentations you will see today. Not infrequently, Major Qualifying Projects lead to publications in peer-reviewed journals, presentations at regional and national conferences, and patents. Some become the foundations for entrepreneurial ventures. Others become useful innovations and products for their corporate sponsors. But no matter what becomes of an MQP, the chances are it has already served as an effective capstone to a WPI education and a profound steppingstone to a successful and rewarding career and life. Schedule of Project Presentations 2 2 4 6 7 9 10 11 13 15 Aerospace Engineering Biology and Biotechnology Biomedical Engineering Business Chemical Engineering Chemistry and Biochemistry Civil and Environmental Engineering Computer Science Electrical and Computer Engineering Environmental Engineering 15 15 16 17 19 20 20 22 23 Humanities and Arts Interactive Media & Game Development Mathematical Sciences Mechanical Engineering Physics Professional Writing Robotics Engineering Social Science and Policy Studies How to Become a Project Sponsor


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