WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Myles Walton '97

Dear Alumni:

Where is the first place the Governor of Massachusetts would visit on his first full day on the job? WPI, of course. The university provided a leaping-off point for Governor Baker’s visit to Worcester—the Heart of the Commonwealth—as he toured WPI’s Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center (BETC). Even the New York Times has noticed Worcester’s resurgence and WPI’s role as a driving force behind it. I think it may have been a football beat writer who had some free-time.

The BETC and the broader WPI Gateway Park initiative are keys to elevating the WPI’s stature and impact. A closer-to-Quad impact center will be the Foise Innovation Studio. While plans continue to be finalized, the new heart of innovation on campus will enable students, faculty and staff to bring projects to from concept to product and enable a richer interaction among stakeholders than current physical constraints can provide.

Another center of impact are our students, and if you haven’t interacted with a current WPI student in some time, take a look at the calendar and carve out a piece of time to reconnect with Tech through any number of upcoming opportunities. Right around the corner, if you’re in the Nashua, NH are on January 22, come hear about the student Interactive Qualifying Projects that have moved forward in the President’s IQP competition. The night starts at 6 pm, and I hope to see many of you there as we hear from some of the Institute’s best and brightest. If you happen to live in the sunny San Diego area (or are looking for an excuse to escape the cold), WPI is hosting an “In Your Neighborhood” event on the evening of Feb. 3 with the director of power systems in WPI’s Corporate and Professional Education division.

Once the ice thaws here in the Northeast, our annual Worcester Clean-up will be on Saturday, April 25. This always-fun event brings together fellow alumni, students, faculty and staff for a day of service and camaraderie, with everyone leaving the day feeling they have made a difference. Just a couple months after that (May 28-31) will be Alumni Weekend back at Tech where I hope to see many of you—both in and out of major Reunion years.

Whether it's telling us about the biggest opportunity you think we're missing, offering up the name of an alumnus/a who you think deserves recognition or telling us where we're on our A-game, keep your 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,