WPI Tentacles Spread Technology Across the Globe
WORCESTER, MASS. — WORCESTER Polytechnic Institute students have pursued projects at 18 sites around the world. Some of the sites are ``projects centers'' where WPI has an ongoing operation and rotates faculty members in and out as on-site advisers. ``Project program sites'' are a little less formally organized and the WPI adviser will not be there for the extent of the project. Still other students participate in exchange programs with universities and colleges abroad. At those sites, the project adviser is likely to be a professor at the local institution.
Most of the projects completed overseas are what WPI calls its Interactive Qualifying Project, a seven-week task that requires students to examine the mixing of science, technology, and society. All students also have to complete an extensive project in the humanities and a major qualifying project, which concentrates on their major field of interest. All the projects done overseas are carried out by small teams of students.
Current project sites are listed below. As project ideas are developed in other locations, often through the collaboration of far-flung WPI alumni, students may end up in locations not on this list. One team did its work in New Zealand, for example. Projects are under way in Vietnam and Costa Rica, and a team of WPI students may go to Kenya or Botswana this summer.
WPI project centers or programs:
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
Ecole des Mines and University Marne-La-Vallee, Paris
Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium
Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Technical College of Munich, Munich, Germany
Federal Technical University, Zurich, Switzerland
Moscow Institute of Engineering Physics, Moscow
Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm