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April 2014 Edition
Alumni News

Dear Alumni:
Commencement is just around the corner (May 17) and you can sense the excitement of 2014 graduates on campus readying to make their mark on the world. I recently had the opportunity to meet with a contingent of graduating seniors and I walked away feeling energized about the direction of the Institute and... Read more


ALUMNI WEEKEND 2014–Registration is Live!

Alumni Weekend 2014 is coming up May 29 through June 1! Register today at wpi.edu/+alumniweekend and see who else is coming back to campus to experience tradition, relive fond memories, and have plenty of fun with friends. You can also see the full schedule online, learn more about accommodations, get directions, and find answers to frequently asked questions. Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 508-831-5600 or alumni-office@wpi.edu.


Join alumni, students, and staff on Saturday, April 26 for the Alumni Association’s annual family-friendly Community Service Day in Worcester. Check-in at the Rubin Campus Center begins at 8:15 am. Morning service projects (hopefully in the spring sunshine) begin at 9 am and will be followed by lunch and the Alumni Association’s annual meeting at 12:30 pm. This event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with the broader WPI community of alumni, students and staff, do some good for the Worcester community, and learn about what the Alumni Association Board of Directors is working on and how you can help. Learn more and register here.


Join us Saturday, April 26, at 2 pm for a reception and celebratory ribbon cutting to dedicate three beautiful patio tables to the Class of 2006. The tables, located at the Carr Plaza, are sure to become a popular retreat for meeting friends, relaxing and studying. The event will be held at the Carr Plaza, outside the Nitsch/Magliozzi Entrance of the Sports and Recreation Center (Rain location: Kazin Conference Room inside the Sports and Recreation Center). Learn more and register here. Make a day of it by joining us for Community Service Day in the morning!


Alumni, parents, and friends will gather on Thursday, May 1 at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe to hear from WPI student teams who have been working on projects at the Santa Fe Project Center during the current term. The event will be held from 5:30 to 8 pm, with museum galleries open from 5 to 6 pm. Please join us in celebrating the students' accomplishments, hear about what’s happening at WPI today, and network with fellow alumni and friends of the university. Learn more and register here.

THE SBIR PROGRAM: Using Government Money to Fund Your R&D

The Federal SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Program is a $2.4 billion federal R&D grant program to help small businesses engage in R&D with potential for commercialization. The seminar is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue proposal development, and to begin efforts to secure SBIR funding. This is a free seminar with limited seating - please register early. The seminar will be held Friday, May 2, from 9 am to noon at Massachusetts Biomedical Initiatives (MBI), Gateway Seminar Room, Gateway Park, 60 Prescott St. Worcester. To register contact MBI representative Judy Cocaine at jcocaine@massbiomed.org or go to http://massbiomed.org/register-for-sbir-mbi-seminar.


Join WPI alumni, family and friends at Fenway Park to see the World Champion Boston Red Sox take on the Oakland Athletics. We'll gather for the game and a BBQ on the Right Field Roof Terrace. Our ticket price ($60 per standing room, seated tickets have sold out already) is a fantastic value as it includes a great all-you-can-eat ballpark meal. Registration is required. Another Red Sox outing is coming up on Sept. 6.


As D-term continues, warm weather brings along the Student Alumni Society’s (SAS) exciting traditions activities, along with new campus-wide events.

This year, the History Tribe began a campus-wide newsletter called "Daily Dose of Monthly History." Each month, the tribe chooses a topic that highlights something about WPI history. This newsletter includes a blurb about the topic and pictures that keep the past alive. This past month, the History Tribe released... 
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Campus News

2014 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER NAMED: Bernard Amadei, Founder of Engineers Without Borders-USA

WPI announced that Bernard Amadei, PhD, founder of Engineers Without Borders-USA, and co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International Network, will deliver the address at the university's 146th commencement exercises on Saturday, May 17, 2014, and will receive an honorary degree. Honorary degrees will also be awarded to Robert A. Foisie '56, retired founder of Matik North America Inc.; Sheila M. Harrity, nationally recognized principal of Worcester Technical High School; and Stephen E. Rubin ’74, entrepreneur and former chairman of the WPI Board of Trustees. Read more…


WPI Trustee Neil McDonough has a special appreciation for innovation and entrepreneurship. Fifty-eight years ago, his father, Myles McDonough, quit his job to begin making plastic film laminates for women’s shoes and handbags in a rented garage in Spencer, Mass. With no bank loans or venture capital and using parts from old washing machines to make equipment, he started the business that became FLEXcon, a maker of pressure-sensitive films and adhesives with more than 1,000 employees worldwide and annual sales of $300 million. Read more...

Community Service Day 
April 26, 8:15 am
WPI Campus Center Odeum for breakfast 

Information and registration here.

Class of 2006 Gift Dedication
April 26, 2 pm
Carr Plaza, outside Sports and Recreation Center 

Learn more and register here.

Santa Fe Project Center Reception
May 1, 5:30 pm
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts 

Learn more and register here.

Red Sox Outing

May 4, 12:35 pm BBQ; 1:35 pm first pitch
Fenway Park 

Registration is required.

Please visit our upcoming events page for the latest information on alumni events.
Swimming and Diving's Gagnon Selected as a 2014 Goldwater Scholar 
Swimmer Keith Gagnon has been named a 2014 Goldwater Scholar. Gagnon is a biomedical engineering major and plans to pursue both an MD and a PhD in Tissue Engineering to conduct research on cardiac muscle regeneration while working as a cardiothoracic surgeon. Learn more...

Football to Host Alumni Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 7
The 2014 WPI Football Alumni Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 7 at the Heritage Country Club in Charlton, Mass. Registration begins at noon, with a shot-gun start at 1 pm. The event will feature prizes, raffles, and a dinner in the evening. In addition to our alumni and friends, we invite members of our rising senior class and their families to join us and network with alumni. Learn more...

Wrestling's Amato Receives American Legion Military Excellence Award
Wrestler Brian Amato was recently honored with the American Legion Military Excellence Award by the Army ROTC. Learn more...

T&D World recently published the National Grid & WPI "Partnership to Prosper" article 
The article is about National Grid and WPI's long-term collaboration to help educate current and future leaders for the power industry. It includes a description of WPI's current graduate education program in Power Engineering and Management along with the favorable feedback from some of the more than 300 graduates of the program. Read the article.

Attention All Fire Protection Engineers 
National Fire Protection Association’s annual conference and exposition are in Las Vegas, June 9 – 12. Corporate and Professional Education and Fire Protection Engineering are exhibiting – please stop by, say hi, and learn more about the exciting new burn facility in Gateway Park!

Fire Protection Engineering Alumni Reception-Las Vegas 
WPI is hosting its annual NFPA Alumni Reception on Tuesday, June 10 from 5 to 7 pm at the Border Grill in Mandalay Bay. Always a great event – catch up with old friends and make new ones! Sponsored by Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. and Tyco Fire Protection Products.

Environmental Engineers congregate in June in Boston 
Corporate and Professional Education and Civil and Environmental Engineering are hosting an exhibit booth at American Water Works Association’s annual conference and exposition in Boston, June 8-12. Stop by to learn more about the online MS in Environmental Engineering.

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. Visit our Alumni Services webpage for details.
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