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Worcester Polytechnic Institute
W
orcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) was founded in
1865 and is the nation's third-oldest private technological
university. Located in Worcester, MA, WPI fosters research
in areas from tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, to
exploration of the technological and policy issues surrounding
cybersecurity, to studies of issues as diverse as firefighter health
and security and the fire safety challenges of green buildings.
WPI has developed five cross-cutting research areas:
Health & Biotechnology - WPI's research in health and
biotechnology crosses multiple disciplines and embraces focus
areas such as cellular biology, regenerative bioscience, tissue
mechanics and mechanobiology, biophysics, disease treatment,
and animal behavior.
Robotics & Internet of Things - Robotic technologies include
medical robotics, soft robotics, human-robot interaction, and
unmanned aerial vehicles. Robotic systems available to re -
searchers include WPI's Atlas Robot for Nonconventional
Emergency Response (WARNER), a 6-foot-tall Atlas humanoid
robot from Boston Dynamics that was WPI's entry in the
DARPA Robotics Challenge for robot disaster response.
With more than a quarter of a billion vehicles on American
roads, WPI researchers are finding ways to make those travels
safer and the vehicles cheaper and more eco-friendly.
Cyberphysical systems are making it easier for people to interact
with engineered systems thanks to complex and advanced
technological applications.
Advanced Materials & Manufacturing - WPI's multidisciplinary
research in materials science and engineering is motivated
by the recognition that the future will depend on the development
of new materials (including materials inspired by nature),
the innovative use of traditional materials, and the recovery and
reuse of materials. Broad-based research efforts address sustainability
issues in energy generation and alternative energy (fuel
cells, grid storage, and power generation using undersea kites),
manufacturing (lean manufacturing, sustainable supply chains,
and advanced industrial drying), and mobility (the production
of liquid transportation fuels from lignocellulosic biomass).
Cyber, Data & Security - Designated as a Center of Ex cel lence
in Cybersecurity Research by the National Security Agency and
the Department of Homeland Security, WPI is engaged in
cybersecurity research in a wide range of disciplines addressing
a host of security threats. WPI researchers focus on improving
data mining tools and techniques and developing new methods
for leveraging big data to make data-driven predictions and
decisions. In fire protection engineering, researchers are applying
advanced experimental and computational techniques to
address a wide range of fire safety issues.
Learning Sciences - WPI researchers in learning sciences develop
educational technologies that combine computational
methodology with theoretical frameworks in the learning and
social sciences to investigate topics such as instructional technologies,
learning with visualizations and simulations, learner characteristics,
human-computer interaction, and machine learning.
School of Engineering
Ulkuhan Guler, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering,
holds a prototype of a miniaturized, wearable device that monitors
infants' blood oxygen levels.
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Consisting of 14 focused departments, the School of
Engineering at WPI addresses a wide variety of technology areas.
Aerospace Engineering embraces the science and technologies
that create, develop, and improve aircraft and spacecraft.
Using equipment and facilities including wind tunnels, vacuum
chambers, and controls instrumentation, technical areas
include fluids and plasmas, propulsion and energy, controls
and dynamics, and structures and materials.
WPI's Biomedical Engineering works on advances as diverse
as wound-healing sutures, blood vessel engineering, vital sign
monitoring for firefighters, and braces for joint stabilization.
Within Chemical Engineering, researchers solve real-world
problems in areas like environmental protection, renewable
energy, and life sciences through development of new technologies,
processes, and materials.
Civil and Environmental Engineering touches on topics such
as sustainability, natural resource preservation, design, construction,
architecture, and energy. Technical areas include
pavement engineering and highway materials, analysis and
design of structural systems and smart structures, construction
and design-construction integration, physical and chemical
treatment, energy and sustainability, water resources, and sustainable
building design.
Research in Electrical and Computer Engineering includes
machine learning, cryptography and information security, signal
processing, autonomous vehicles, smart health, prosthetic
control, analog and digital microelectronics, and wireless
information networks. WPI innovations include the invention
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