WPIAA President's Corner

Current President: Myles Walton '97

Dear Alumni:

It was great to see so many of you at Homecoming and I hope you had as much fun as I did. The Goat’s Head Award reception honoring Steve Hebert ’66 and Bill Grogan’s 90th Birthday celebration were the highlights. Looking forward, events celebrating the inauguration of Laurie Leshin, 16th president of WPI, will provide the next great opportunity to get back to campus—and when is the next time you’ll have the opportunity to attend an Intergalactic Ball? Details and registration are at leshin16.wpi.edu; register with the code you received on your invitation.

Recently I was once again reminded of the difference that WPI alumni make in the world after reading a recent Wall Street Journal article on the pipeline of the STEM workforce of the future. The article featured Jeremy Hitchcock ’04 , CEO of Dyn, and his company’s innovative strategy to collaborate with the local school system in modifying the curriculum while offering internships and mentorships. Sixty students in Manchester High School took part in the inaugural class. I’ll keep an eye out for them in the WPI Class of 2020!

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with President Leshin for a conversation about the positioning of WPI today and to hear about her vision for the university. The conversation also provided an opportunity to share with her some input I’ve received from alumni on their perspectives on the future of the university. Thanks to all of you who replied to my request for input into this conversation; click here to see the interview.

The leaves are turning here in New England, but it’s not too soon to plan for summer. Save the dates for Alumni Weekend 2015, May 28-31, particularly if your class year ends 5 or 0—you won’t want to miss your milestone reunion. Whether it's the biggest opportunity you think we're missing, an alumnus/a who you think deserves recognition or 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,