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December 2012 Edition
Alumni News


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It is getting dark early on the Hill these days. December does usher in the darkest day on the 21st. However the Alumni Association has done a lot to brighten up this bleak time of year. In particular, there were two outstanding events that made wonderful gatherings for alumni while showcasing our students’ work at Project Centers. Read more...

IN MEMORIAM: Van Bluemel, Professor Emeritus of Physics

Van Bluemel, professor emeritus of physics, passed away on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2012, at the age of 78. He had retired in 1999 after 33 years as a full-time faculty member and remained active at the Institute in a variety of capacities, most recently serving on a committee overseeing the development of a new WPI history.

"Van was a fixture at WPI and played an important role in the life of the Institute as well as the Department of Physics," said Physics Department Head Germano Iannacchione. "His many passions and activities have touched the lives of countless people. No one could ask for a finer example of a professor or a human being." Read the full WPI remembrance of Professor Bluemel here.


The Alumni Relations team and Alumni Association said good-bye to Anastasia Grady at the end of November. Anastasia was part of the Office of Alumni Relations for nearly five years, most recently as associate director, and was a key contributor to such programs as the Project Center Receptions, Regional Chapter and Club activities, Tech Old Timers, and Homecoming and Reunion, among others. Anastasia is now the director of Alumni and Parents Programs at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The Alumni Association and Alumni Relations team congratulate Anastasia on her new position and they are glad to know she isn’t too far away from her friends at WPI. Anastasia is also an alumna, receiving her MBA in 2012—so we are sure to see her back on campus soon!

While Anastasia worked with several programs, the Alumni Relations team is at your service; please contact 508-831-5600 or alumni-office@wpi.edu for assistance.


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 150th anniversary of the founding of Worcester Polytechnic Institute approaches, there is no better time to analyze and celebrate our university’s rich and fruitful history. What’s your part in the story? Share it on the WPI 150 Facebook page—www.facebook.com/WPI150. Post a picture from your Homecoming, or of your fraternity brothers/sorority sisters. Tell the world your WPI story through artifacts and text on the WPI 150 Facebook page.


With the first snowfall touching down on the WPI campus, the students are abuzz with hopes of cancelled classes and the next rivalry event. On Dec. 5, the Student Alumni Society (SAS) turned the Quad into a bizarre Arctic relay race, known as the Eskimo Relay. In this event the Freshmen and Sophomores are once again at it for... Read more.


Deadline for nominations for the 2012-13 year: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. Please submit (electronic versions preferred) to Deb Graves (djgraves@wpi.edu) in the Provost’s Office. Students and alumni are welcome to send recommendations and/or supporting materials to the appropriate department head. Read more ...


There are many good reasons to buy health insurance. The Alumni Insurance Program offers a variety of reasonably-priced Health insurance products, most of which are available to alumni, students, faculty, and staff, as well as their spouses, domestic partners, children, parents, and siblings. Visit meyerandassoc.com/wpi to learn more or call the program administrator at 800-635-7801. Click here to see the top 10 reasons to buy health insurance.

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Campaign Exceeds $120 Million
The first half of the academic year is coming to a close, and what a fall it has been. As a graduate, you have many reasons to be proud of your WPI degree. Most recently, WPI has been named one of the top 20 smartest colleges in the nation and one of the top “12 Colleges Whose Payoff in Pay Beats Harvard’s.” The Princeton Review has named WPI a top university and the Fiske Guide named us one of the nation’s “Best and Most Interesting Colleges.” You can find all of the most recent accolades for WPI here.

It also has been a remarkable time for if…The Campaign to Advance WPI. Thanks to generous gifts from alumni, parents, friends, faculty, staff, foundations and corporations, the campaign has reached more than $121 million. In this season of giving and gratitude, we thank our dedicated alumni and friends for their support and wish all of our alumni a happy holiday season with this special greeting from our favorite goat.

Campus News


More than 200 students explained their projects during a poster presentation day on Dec. 10.

Rachel's Table provides 400,000 pounds of food and milk to 37 soup kitchens, shelters, group homes, and other social service organizations in Central Massachusetts. But with a growing demand for food donations, the hunger relief organization needed help in maximizing donations from supermarkets, which were considered an underutilized food source. That assistance arrived in the form of a five-student team from WPI through a project in WPI's Great Problems Seminars. The students devised... Read more


Representatives from Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars Program were on campus recently seeking exceptional students to work alongside Langley engineers and scientists to solve important problems. The decision by NASA Langley Research Center to meet with faculty and interview WPI students for the highly competitive internships seems a good time to share a small sampling of how innovation from our alumni, faculty, and students has made a difference. Read more…

Winter Social

Harpoon Brewery, Boston
Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

First Pour 5:30 p.m.;
Last Pour 7:00 p.m.

Cost is $15 per person.
Advanced registration and payment is required. Register here.

Silicon Valley
Project Center Reception

Garden Court Hotel, Palo Alto, Calif.
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, 6 pm

Join us as WPI students from the Silicon Valley Project Center present their IQP and MQP projects during this special event. More information here.

Check out the latest events on our events page.
Davis' Buzzer Beater Sends Men's Basketball Past Fitchburg State
Freshman Aaron Davis' 3-pointer as time expired proved to be the difference maker as the Engineers of WPI rallied past Fitchburg State University, 78-75 on Dec. 8. Read more...

Women's Basketball Defeats Springfield
Dani Davis netted a career-best 19 points and corralled a team-high seven rebounds to lift visiting WPI to a 62-52 victory over Springfield in a NEWMAC contest played on Dec. 7. Read more...

Marsh Shines for Wrestling at Johnson & Wales Quad
Freshman Justin Marsh won all three of his bouts as the WPI wrestling team participated on Dec. 8 in the Johnson & Wales quad. Read more...

For more information contact Rusty Eggen at rusty@wpi.edu, 508-831-5328.
Earn an Online MS in Systems Dynamics
Classes starting in January

Do you have the skills necessary to strategically influence decision making in your organization, or society as a whole? Become a vital force of change by learning improved modeling techniques in system dynamics. This intriguing field will help you look across disciplinary boundaries to discern the impacts of policies and technological solutions. Read more or contact Jody Reis at jreis@wpi.edu, 508-831-4163.

Fundamentals of Engineering Review
Now online

The online segment, offered Jan. 14 through April 3, 2013, will be available for viewing the day following each lecture and any time thereafter for the convenience of learning on your personal schedule. Each instructor will be available during the week following their lecture via their class site to answer questions. Read more or call 508-831-5517.

Webinar: Informational Interviewing—The Key to Career Changes, Workforce Returns, Unpublished Openings
Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 6:30-7:30 pm

You have decided to make a complete career change. You know what you would like to do. Now you need to understand what it will take to transition into the field and into the industry. You have perhaps heard of "informational" or "exploratory" interviewing, but how do you make it happen? This webinar will provide insight into how to develop and conduct informational interviews. To register, please email cdcalumni@wpi.edu.

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 or via phone.
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