New Member Spotlight: Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a technological university founded in 1865 with a focus on teaching its students to apply science and engineering knowledge in ways that are most beneficial to society. The “WPI Difference” is an interconnected set of values, traditions, and techniques that combine theory with practical experience to produce technological and scientific leaders who are capable of solving complex global problems. WPI is an internationally recognized research institution that has produced breakthroughs and innovations in biotechnology, fuel cells, nanotechnology, and information security.

The nation’s third oldest private technological university, WPI has close to 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in project-oriented programs that combine intensive learning with direct application of skills. WPI’s research focus areas include cybersecurity, data science, energy and sustainability, fire protection and public safety, learning sciences and technologies, life sciences and bioengineering, material science and engineering, and robotics.

WPI’s adherence to its motto of “Theory and Practice” pays off handsomely for their students upon graduation. Over 90% of WPI undergraduates are employed or successfully enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. Additionally, WPI ranks #5 among all national universities for average starting salary according to Payscale.com.

The New England Council welcomes Worcester Polytechnic Institute to the Council and looks forward to their participation in our Higher Education Committee.

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