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January 2014 Edition
Alumni News


Dear Alumni:
Hopefully you’ve had a restful holiday season that allowed some time for recharging and reconnecting with family and friends. And hopefully in 2014 you’ll have the opportunity to reconnect with WPI! WPI generates seemingly endless points of pride for its alumni. In recent national news, WPI grabbed the seventh place finish at the National DARPA Robotics competition in Miami and will... Read more


ALUMNI WEEKEND 2014: May 30-June 2

Save these dates for Alumni Weekend 2014! Return to campus to experience tradition, relive fond memories, and have plenty of fun with friends. More information will be coming soon online and in the mail.


Join alumni, parents, and friends for this special event featuring students from our Silicon Valley Project Center. Learn how today’s students are continuing to make a difference in the world through engineering, science and technology. During the current term, WPI students have been putting their education and experience to work, designing solutions for real life problems. We’ll gather at the Garden Court Hotel in Palo Alto from 6 to 8 pm. More information and registration is available here.

WPI INVITATION to STUDENT IQP PRESENTATIONS: In Worcester and Florida, February 25

This event will be held on campus at Higgins House at 5:30 pm—and will be broadcast live in Fort Myers, Fla, at the Fogg Lakeview Suite (CC214), Cohen Center, Florida Gulf Coast University. While Worcester attendees will see student presentations in person, Florida attendees will be able to see and hear the presentations and interact with the students via a live two-way audio and visual feed. Register for Worcester. Register for Florida.


Alumni are welcome at The Venture Forum, the not-for-profit community for technology entrepreneurs at any stage. The February program is “Stages on the Growth Curve,” Tuesday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 pm at Worcester State. For more information about events, sponsors, and how to become a member, visit the ventureforum.org.

NEW JOB SEARCH TOOL: Find a Job, Find Employees, Support WPI

Alumni Whether you are a WPI alum seeking a job or a company seeking WPI grads, AlumniBridge can help you find the perfect job or the perfect employee, all while helping WPI educate the next generation of leaders in engineering, science, and technology.

For more information please visit:


Campus News

IN MEMORIAM: Louis J. Curran, Professor Emeritus of Music and Glee Club Director

When he officially retired in 2004, Louis J. Curran, professor emeritus of music and longtime director of WPI's Men's Glee Club, was honored at the annual Faculty Convocation. As the WPI alumni magazine Transformations reported at the time, he declined to make formal remarks, but instead let his music speak for itself. Read more…

WPI ROBOTICS: WARNER Team Finishes Seventh Place in National Competition 

WPI’s WARNER humanoid robot excelled in five mobility and manipulation tasks at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge (DRC) Trials at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., earning a strong seventh-place showing. Read more…


Situated in the heart of campus, Alumni Gym is slated for a makeover, aiming to be a place where undergraduates come to work out their ideas. Trustees, alumni, and corporations have made leadership commitments to the effort. Read More...

Silicon Valley Project Center Reception 
February 20, 6-8 pm
The Garden Court Hotel

Information and registration here.

Worcester IQP Presentations Reception in Worcester 
February 25, 5:30 pm
Higgins House, WPI Campus

Information and registration here.

Worcester IQP Presentations Reception in Florida 
The Fogg Lakeview Suite (CC214), Cohen Center
Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers

Information and registration here.

Please visit our upcoming events page for the latest information on alumni events.
Forti Bookends Women’s Soccer Career with ECAC Laurels 

Ciampa Lands on NSCAA Division III All-New England Second Team


Football's Grupp to Receive Prestigious Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award

Hamdan Tabbed a Football Academic All-American

Volleyball Brings Home its First-Ever Conference Sportsmanship Award

WPI Annual Energy Symposium
The topic of energy stimulates conversation and controversy: Clean energy, cheap energy, energy shortages, sources of energy.

Recently WPI has also become a discussion point in energy – with the WPI Annual Energy Symposium. Launched in Fall 2012, the symposium provides a venue for leaders and representatives from electric and gas utilities, independent energy operators, manufacturers and others to discuss valuable and pertinent topics of current interest. If you are involved in the energy field, consider attending the 2014 symposium. Contact Corporate and Professional Education for further information.

In 2013, the Energy Symposium’s theme , "Building a Pipeline," referred to a collaborative effort by regional electric delivery organizations and WPI to boost careers in the power industry. The CEO of ISO-New England, Gordon van Welie, gave the keynote address which described the growing opportunities in power, as roughly a third of the industry workforce is within five years of retirement. WPI students presented their National Grid Engineering Ambassador work promoting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to middle and high school students. WPI graduate students reviewed their research, including publications presented at recent IEEE conferences. WPI Professor John Orr described the growing enrollment of undergraduate students in on-campus power classes and Corporate and Professional Education's Director of Power Systems, Mike Ahern, reviewed the growing national enrollment in WPI's graduate power education, both online and in classrooms. The Symposium closed with a panel discussion about careers in the power industry and networking for students and industry professionals.

Job Search Strategies as a WPI Alumnus/a
Thursday, Feb. 6, 6:30-8 pm 

WPI offers a variety of assistance to alumni who are seeking new positions. This Webinar will help you harness the tools and strategic possibilities to aid you in achieving a successful outcome as a WPI graduate. The tools we offer are as beneficial to someone living outside the Northeast (or the country) as they are to someone living within commuting distance of campus. This Webinar will address targeting your market, how we can assist you in gaining entry to specific organizations within your target market, and how to leverage our resources in an effort to connect with other alumni. To register, please email cdcalumni@wpi.edu.

Note: Please open an account with our web-based system Job Finder beforehand as it will be helpful for demonstration purposes; we ask that you leave a 48-hour window of time (business days) to process your account set-up. Specific instructions for alumni can be found here. To register for this webinar, email cdcalumni@wpi.edu.

Alumni Quick-Question Calls
Thursday, February 13, 6-8 pm 
You are invited to schedule a 20-minute appointment to address your career or job search-related “Quick Question” with Connie Horwitz, CDC associate director for Student & Alumni Services. Topic examples?---a quick review of a resume or letter, questions about search strategy, graduate school, or re-entry after time away. To schedule, please email cdcalumni@wpi.edu or call 508-831-5260.
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