Current President: Myles Walton '97
With the darkness of daylight savings upon us, a little WPI update might be just what you need to brighten your day. In the area of accolades, the university was recently cited by Kiplinger as No. 27 in the nation (and fifth in Massachusetts) on the list of best values in private colleges. While broader name recognition of WPI continues to be an opportunity for the school—and you as alumni are our most important partners in that word-of-mouth effort—external quantitative assessments continue to shine a positive light on WPI.
The Student Alumni Society hosted scores of WPI community members at Haunted Higgins House during its annual transformation of the campus's iconic building into a lair of ghosts and ghouls (except between 7 and 7:30 when a not-so-scary Haunted Higgins House hosted those prone to nightmares—regardless of age). This is just one of the many activities this group does on campus throughout the course of the year with both a social and service aspect. The Alumni Association continues to be lucky to have this student group as a strong and positive link to the current student body.
Spotlighting two areas of interesting research, Mechanical Engineering Professor David Olinger (one of my former professors) was awarded a three-year NSF grant to explore the use of tethered undersea kites for tidal power generation—I’m imagining Ben Franklin in scuba gear. Highlighting the breadth of research areas, in the Physics Department Erkan Tuzel, through another NSF grant, is developing ways to improve assisted reproductive technology success rates by developing techniques for filtering sperm with highest probabilities of success—effectively sorting the stronger swimmers.
In the area of alumni recognition Robert Diamond ’56 was named the 2013 WPI Innovator of the Year. From his innovations in consumer electronics to home security to LED lighting, Diamond exemplifies the spirit and entrepreneurship at the core of the theory and practice credo WPI was built upon. Another alumnus (and familiar face to many in the WPI community), Steve Rubin ’74, trustee emeritus and immediate-past chairman of the board, was honored with the naming of the Rubin Campus Center. It’s hard to think of a more deserving person or one who so symbolizes the WPI community to be associated with the building that has become the heart of the campus.
As always, please reach out to me (email@example.com
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With best wishes,