WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Myles Walton '97

Dear Alumni:

Commencement is just around the corner (May 17) and you can sense the excitement of 2014 graduates on campus readying to make their mark on the world. I recently had the opportunity to meet with a contingent of graduating seniors and I walked away feeling energized about the direction of the Institute and the quality of the young people crossing Earle Bridge this spring. Although our graduates are seeing great demand in the marketplace, there is still top-notch talent looking for entry level employment across the disciplines. If your company is looking to hire, you’d be hard pressed to do better than target a WPI recruit.

This year’s commencement speaker will be Bernard Amadei, founder of the Engineers Without Borders-USA. Amadei brings with him a rich resume, but more important a message that is sure to inspire the graduates and resonate with WPI’s mission and unique educational vision for collaborative global projects. Alumni honorary degree recipients Robert Foisie ’56 and Stephen Rubin ’74 represent two of the most generous of WPI’s graduates. Mr. Foisie’s generosity is hard to appreciate until you put it in the context of the number of students his scholarships have helped support—more than 580 (including me!). Mr. Rubin’s love for the school is infectious and his commitment seemingly endless from scholarship-to-service typified by his service as Chairman of the Board of Trustees during one of the largest expansions in the history of the school.

But before we get to a May commencement, we are just a week away from the annual Student/Alumni community service day on April 26 and there is still time to sign-up! The annual service day will provide both an opportunity to connect with students, staff and alumni and also to hear what the Alumni Association is up to and how you can lend a hand. The Alumni Association Annual Meeting over lunch will also feature a presentation by the WPI MQP student team and its work at Elm Park, which will be the focus of the clean-up day.

Looking a bit farther out is Alumni Weekend on May 29-June 1. Each year Alumni Weekend gains momentum and this year will be better than ever. This year’s weekend will be jam-packed with old traditions and new programs. Be sure to register, see who else is coming and get updates on the day at wpi.edu/+alumniweekend.

Thank you to those who have dropped notes to me on how the Institute and the Association are meeting, beating or missing your expectations. Whether it's the biggest opportunity you think we're missing, an alumnus who you think deserves recognition or where you think we're not on our A-game, keep those comments coming! You can reach out to me (mwalton@alum.wpi.edu) or any of the Association Board members with your ideas.

With best wishes,