WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Rachel Delisle '96, '06 MBA

Dear Alumni:

WPI certainly knows how to start the new year with a bang—earning the National Academy of Engineering 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education. As President Leshin noted in her announcement to the WPI community, the award recognizes the WPI Plan, and specifically four outstanding faculty members—Diran Apelian, Art Heinricher, Rick Vaz and Kris Wobbe—for “driving innovation in WPI’s curriculum, and for inspiring greatness from both our students and from their colleagues.” This is one of the most prestigious honors that can be earned by a college or university, and one more reason we can be proud of our WPI degrees.

The cold of winter has settled in on campus, but it still looks beautiful. Shoveling my own driveway made me long for days of living on campus with the grounds crew there to do that for us, always looking out to keep the campus community safe. I won’t let that stop me from helping in my own way to keep campus beautiful.

Mark Saturday, April 23 on your calendar. The Alumni Association is once again partnering with the Office of Student Activities and the City of Worcester for Community Service Day. Alumni, students, faculty, and staff will come together to give Elm and Institute Parks, and the Newton Hill Frisbee Golf course that is often used by current students, some much deserved TLC. This family friendly event is a great way to introduce younger kids to the value of giving back. It is also an opportunity for the older kids to earn the community service hours they may need for their school credit requirements.

Immediately following the clean-up portion of the day, you are invited to join us for lunch and the Annual Meeting of the Alumni Association. I hope to see you there. Be on the look-out for more details and registration information.

If you have any feedback or ideas you want to share, feel free to reach out to me at rmdelisle@alum.wpi.edu.

All the Best,
Rachel Delisle ’96, ’06 MBA