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October 2012 Edition
Alumni News


Dear WPI Alumni:

Homecoming Weekend proved me right—it is always great to be on the Hill. The foliage was in full array, the temperature delightful and the warm autumn sun was spectacular when I arrived on Friday for the dedication of the Innovators Exhibit Space in the Gordon Library. Dean of Library Services, Tracey Ledger-Hornby had a wonderful event honoring these alumni and friends of WPI: Robert Goddard, Class of 1908 and father of modern rocketry; Richard Whitcomb ’43, aviation pioneer; and Duane Pearsall, who first conceived the idea of a home smoke detector.

This was the first of many events during Homecoming that reminded me of... Read more 


EMC Sales’ chief technology officer Patricia Florissi will deliver the University Lecture, “Big Data,” from 5 to 6 pm Monday, Nov. 5, in Alden Memorial. The lecture is free and open to the public; all alumni are invited to attend. A reception will follow. Florissi believes we are at a very exciting tipping point in history from a sociological and scientific perspective. In her presentation, Florissi will discuss how technology—and the availability of scientific and social data—are the result of a convergence of forces that will usher in a new era of scientific enlightenment and social revolution, and how Big Data is enabling and accelerating discoveries in science as well as transforming the way we do business, work, and live.  


Many men and women will live into their 80s and beyond as a result of societal changes and medical advances—and even the healthiest and most independent will need some support along the way.

Long-Term Care (LTC) insurance can help with costs for in-home care, adult day care, or even assisted living. According to the 2012 Long-Term Care Insurance Sourcebook, roughly one million Americans now reside in assisted living residences and the average monthly cost last year was $3,350 per-month—a five percent increase over the prior year.

Our Alumni Insurance Program offers alumni and their family members the opportunity to consult with LTC advisors free of charge to determine the best coverage for their situation. For more information, including free quotes, visit Meyer and Associates today.

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Davis Educational Foundation Supports Great Problems Seminars
When most college freshmen are focused on prerequisites, first-year students at WPI are engaged in solving societal problems of global consequence. Through the Great Problems Seminars, WPI freshmen address such topics as clean water, food security, significant public health issues, and energy challenges. Now, thanks to a $255,225 grant, from the Davis Educational Foundation, WPI is expanding this innovative program to include all freshmen students. Read more...

Campus News


On Tuesday, Oct. 9, WPI honored David Norton ’62 with the university's second annual WPI Innovator of the Year Award. The award recognizes a graduate or friend of WPI who has demonstrated exemplary accomplishments, showcasing individuals who have excelled in driving innovation within enterprises of all kinds. Norton is an entrepreneur, lecturer, writer, and expert on strategy management. He is best known as the co-creator of The Balanced Scorecard and is considered the world's leading authority on strategic performance management.  Read more…


On Saturday, Oct. 6, during Homecoming weekend, the WPI Alumni Association honored nine alumni for their professional accomplishments and dedication to WPI. Brian Chu ’92, R. William Lapp Jr. ’02, Kimberley Bloch Sullivan ’92, and Dorothea Wong ’92 each received the Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. Ellen Madigan Newman ’92, Michael Shorr ’92, and Myles Walton ’97, received the John Boynton Young Alumni Award for Service to WPI. Joyce Kline ’87 received the Herbert F. Taylor Award for Distinguished Service to WPI, and Dean Emeritus Bill Grogan ’46 received the Goat’s Head Award for Lifetime Commitment to WPI.  Read more…

Earn an Online MS in Environmental Engineering 
Classes starting in January

The online environmental engineering graduate program focuses on two areas: water quality systems and waste remediation....  read more or contact Jody Reis at jreis@wpi.edu, 508-831-4163.

New Directors for Systems Engineering and Power Systems Engineering 
Don Gelosh, a veteran of U.S. Air Force, NASA Programs, has been named the first director of systems engineering for the university’s Corporate and Professional Education division. Read more.
Michael Ahern brings more than 30 years of experience to his role as the first director of power systems engineering, one of the largest programs offered through WPI's Corporate and Professional Education. Read more.

Services Available to Alumni
Whether you’re considering a job change, starting a new search, finding yourself in a mid-career transition, or feel the need to consult with a career counselor, WPI's Career Development Center, in partnership with the Alumni Relations Office, is pleased to offer a full-range of services to alumni free of charge.  

From self-assessment, to research resources, job search strategies, and implementation, our experienced staff is available to assist you. Visit our Alumni Services webpage for additional service information.

You may also contact the Career Development Center directly at 508-831-5260 to arrange an appointment. Appointments can be arranged in person, via phone or email.

Haunted Higgins House 
Friday, October 26, 7 pm 

Kid friendly tours are from 7 to 7:30 pm; tours for the truly brave start at 8 pm. Each year the Student Alumni Society transforms Higgins House into a haunted mansion that is not to be missed. We hope you can join us!

University Lecture: Big Data 
Monday, Nov. 5, 5 pm 

Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. 

Check out the latest events on our events page.
Poly Club Welcomes 5 into Athletics Hall of Fame 
The five newest members of the Athletics Hall of Fame were inducted on Oct. 5 as part of Homecoming. They include: Rick Maguire '90, Jessica McClear '04, John C. Pavlos, Joel Rousseau '07 and Stan Szymanski '64. Read more ...

Men's Soccer Withstands Wentworth and Weather in Shutout Win 
Sophomore Tynan MacLeod (Groton, MA) registered the first goal of his career at 72:56 when he broke past... Read more

Vollyeball Runs the Table at St. Joseph's Tournament
Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA) and Belinda Nwagbara (Santa Rosa, CA) each smacked 13 kills to help WPI defeat Oneonta State 3-1 in... Read more

For more information contact Rusty Eggen at rusty@wpi.edu, 508-831-5328.
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