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November 2012 Edition
Alumni News


Dear WPI alumni:

On behalf of the worldwide WPI alumni community, I wish to extend deepest concern for members of the WPI family affected by Super Storm Sandy. Those of us who have been through these major storms know how catastrophic they can be. Our thoughts are with our fellow alumni and friends who are dealing with Sandy’s aftermath. Read more...


In 1916, WPI completed the construction of the university’s first indoor athletic facility – Alumni Gymnasium. Today, with the addition of the Sports and Recreation Center to campus, this venerable WPI landmark enters a new phase of life as a hub of innovation and project-based problem solving.

This year's ornament – which illustrates some of the building's most recognizable features – celebrates Alumni Gym for its contributions to the college experiences of WPI students both past, present and future. Each three dimensional keepsake ornament is made from 24k gold finish over brass and is packaged in an attractive gift box. Ornaments are $20 each. Order yours today!


As the winter rapidly approaches and the undergraduate population settles into the B term “groove”, the Student Alumni Society(SAS) is energizing campus by hosting two major events. SAS takes special pride in aiming to outdo what has been done in years past. These events include: Haunted Higgins House, which took place on Oct. 26 and Founder’s Day which took place on Nov. 12. Read more ...


Missed connections, baggage delays, and Mother Nature can create frustrating travel experiences. Even worse, what happens when your child breaks her ankle a week before you’re headed to Disney? Or you’ve paid for a getaway and you’re suddenly needed in the office? Travel insurance through the Alumni Insurance Program covers these situations—and many others you might not anticipate.

In addition to standard trip cancellation and travel medical policy features, we now offer the following coverage and options: Read more ...

if... UPDATE

if... we imagine and invest together
Through if…The Campaign to Advance WPI, the university’s $200 million fundraising endeavor, alumni have more opportunities to help this remarkable institution. Watch this video to learn more about the campaign and how you can participate. It will take a broad community effort to reach our $200 million goal by 2015, WPI’s sesquicentennial year, and alumni participation will make a critical difference.

Campus News


Robotics competitions are on the horizon at WPI. The 16th Annual Savage Soccer Robotics Tournament is set to kick off on Saturday, Nov. 10, with more than 60 high school teams and clubs from New England participating. This exciting all-day event is free and open to the public. Read more…

Registration for the 2013 NASA-WPI Sample Return Robot Challenge has opened. NASA and WPI are seeking teams to compete in next year’s robot technology demonstration competition, which offers as much as $1.5 million in prize money. Read more…


An assistant physics professor and an alumnus who now serves as an intellectual property attorney will share the 2012 Kalenian Award, the university's top prize recognizing commercialization potential for a given invention. Izabela Stroe, the physics professor, won for an early detection device she is developing for Alzheimer's Disease patients, while Michael T. Abramson '05 was recognized for a product that will identify odorless, colorless, and tasteless so-called "date-rape drugs" that are surreptitiously slipped in one's drink. The pair will each receive $12,500 to help develop their inventions. Read more…

Earn an Online MS in Fire Protection Engineering
Classes starting in January

The online fire protection engineering graduate program is hailed as the leading program in the industry. We are at the forefront of innovation in this constantly evolving discipline, helping to resolve such fire protection safety challenges as terrorist attacks, the safe use of new composite materials, and the impact of natural disasters. Read more or contact Jody Reis at jreis@wpi.edu, 508-831-4163.

Project Management Certificate
New program begins in February

Certification in Project Management is rapidly becoming one of the most sought-after credentials for today’s professionals. A unique feature of this program is the use of company-specific case studies, allowing the participants to immediately apply the skills learned in each course to real-life business scenarios. Visit us today to learn more or email cpe@wpi.edu, 508-831-5517.

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.

Celtics vs. Nets with
the Boston Alumni Chapter

TD Garden, Boston
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6:30 pm

Tickets are $75 per person and include game ticket and dinner in a private suite on The Promenade. Quantities are limited. Details and registration.

Lens and Lights 50th Anniversary
Campus, Riley Commons
Saturday, Dec. 1, 6 pm

Current club members invite alumni, families and friends back to campus for a celebration of 50 years of LNL. To register, find out more and see who’s coming click here.

Wall Street Project Center Reception
Yale Club of New York City
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 6 pm

Hosted by Dean Mark Rice and Trustee Michael Zarrilli ’71 and featuring student project teams presenting their work. Registration and more information here.

Washington, DC Project Center Reception
U.S. Capitol Visitors Center
Wednesday, Dec. 5

Hosted by Dean Karen Oates and featuring student project teams presenting their work. Registration and more information here.

Check out the latest events on our events page.
Wrestling's Hartzell Named
Freshman of the Year

Every year at Homecoming, WPI's Skull Honor Society recognizes an outstanding new student. This year's Skull Trophy for Outstanding Achievement was awarded to WPI wrestler Zach Hartzell. The Skull Trophy is given to freshman ... Read more

Student-Athletes Earn NEWMAC Honors
Kelly Ames, Britney Atwater, Courtney Langley, Theresa Renna, Maddie Willer, Alex Dustin, Lauren Frank, and Abbie McIninch were all selected to the women's soccer NEWMAC All-Academic Team. Read more...

In addition, Megan Read, Becca Sharpe, Maggie Wigley, Mary-Lee Barboza, Nicole Holmes, Kara McCluskey, and Libbi Richardson were named to the field hockey NEWMAC All-Academic Team. Read more.

Check the athletics website to read about other student-athletes who’ve earned NEWMAC academic and conference honors in recent weeks.

Everett Earns Second Consecutive Capital One Academic Honors
Joe Everett has been named to the Capital One Division III Academic All-District I team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). It marks the second straight season Everett has earned first team honors in District I. Read more.

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