Engineering at WPI
Diran Apelian and student

National Academy Recognizes WPI
In New Engineering Education Report

NAE Report
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) recently released “Infusing Real World Experiences into Engineering Education,” a report that lists WPI among 29 notable undergraduate engineering programs at colleges and universities in the U.S. that most successfully incorporate an integrated, real-world experience approach to their engineering curricula.
The report was a collaborative effort of the NAE and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) as part of AMD’s NextGen Engineering initiative.  It was designed to encourage enhanced richness and relevance of the undergraduate engineering education experience and to provide guidance for incorporating real world experience in US engineering programs to produce better prepared and globally competitive students that will be the next generation of engineers presented with tomorrow’s challenges.

WPI Selected as Finalist in the
Solar Decathlon Competition

Solar Decathlon

WPI has been selected as a finalist in the Solar Decathlon China 2013 partnering with Ghent University-Belgium and NYU Poly as team BEMANY.  Team BEMANY was selected among 23 international teams to compete in this competition.  

The Solar Decathlon Competition is an award-winning program that challenges university teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy sponsored the first Solar Decathlon competition in 2002 in the US and biannually since 2005. The Solar Decathlon-Europe was held in Europe in 2010 and 2012.  The Solar Decathlon China-2013, co-sponsored by the China NEA and the US DOE will be the first time the competition will be held in Asia.  Our three-university team, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Ghent University-Belgium and NYU Poly, will design and construct a net-zero solar powered house in Worcester, Massachusetts. The solar house will then be transported to Datong China, reconstructed and showcased to approximately 500,000 visitors in August 2013.  Read more...

Eleven ECE Students Receive
IEEE PES Scholarship 
Student Scholarship Recipients
2012-2013 WPI PES Scholars are: (Top L to R) Jeremy Giguere, Anthony Cangello, Jordyn Rombola, Christopher Sontag, and Matthew Coughlin. (Bottom L to R) Adrian Delphia, Ali Akhtar, Jeffrey Blanco, and James Corsini.  Not pictured: Patrick Sullivan and Mohammad Ghani.
Eleven Electrical & Computer Engineering students were selected to receive an IEEE PES Scholarship in the amount of $2,000 each.  Now in its second year, the IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative awarded a total of 228 PES Scholarships selected from over 150 U.S. universities for the 2012-13 academic year.  The PES Scholar recipients were selected by industry and academic representatives based primarily upon: academic preparation, extra-curricular activities and leadership, interest in engineering in general and power and energy engineering in particular, and overall assessment of students' potential for a successful power and energy engineering career. Read more...

GAANN Grant for Healthcare Innovation
Isa Bar-OnThe Department of Education has awarded a $400K grant to Dr. Isa Bar-On (PI, Mechanical Eng), along with her co-PIs, Drs. Christopher Brown, Jianyu Liang, (both of Mechanical Eng.), and Sharon Johnson, (School of Business) in Graduate Assistantships in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program for their project entitled GAANN: Leaders in Advanced Manufacturing and Healthcare Systems Innovation (LAMHSI).
Through the GAANN Leaders in Advanced Manufacturing and Healthcare Innovation (LAMHSI) program 3 doctoral students in Manufacturing Engineering (MFE) will be educated.  The motivation for this project is to train GAANN fellows in MFE in order to increase the supply of highly trained innovators who can ensure the competitiveness of the US economy. The GAANN fellows will be mentored to take on leadership roles in academia, industry and government.  Students will be engaged in cutting edge research in nano-manufacturing, design and evaluation of healthcare delivery processes, and design of healthcare systems.

Office of Naval Research Award
for Hydrophobic ECG Electrodes

Ki ChonProfessor Ki Chon (PI) and Professor George Pins (co-PI) both of Biomedical Engineering, and Dr. David McManus from UMASS Medical School have received a notice of funding from the Office of Naval Research. The project is entitled “Evaluation and Testing of Carbon-Based Hydrophobic Electrocardiogram Electrodes” and the grant is in the amount of $330K for the duration of 2 years.
The project involves development of a hydrophobic electro-cardiogram (ECG) electrode that is fully functional in both dry and fully submersed water environments.  Our prototype hydrophobic ECG electrodes consistently showed that all morphological waves (PQRST) of an ECG can be obtained with our hydrophobic electrodes even when subjects were fully submersed in a pool, and the electrodes maintained the signal fidelity throughout prolonged (>1 hour) exposure to water.  Given these promising results, the objective of the project is to further develop, test, refine and enhance our prototype hydrophobic ECG electrodes.
Wildland Fire Research Funded by DOI Grant
 Albert Simeoni 
WPI Fire Protection Engineering Professor Albert Simeoni is a recipient of $263K in grants for his research on wildland fires.  Support for Professor Simeoni’s research has been provided through the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Joint Fire Science Program, two Joint Venture Agreements with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and FM Global Insurance.
The main objective of the DOI grant is to work with colleagues from the USFS and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to test the effectiveness of fuel treatment by prescribed burning in reducing wildfire intensity.  Large-Scale experimental burns will be conducted in the New Jersey Pine Barrens to measure fire-spread and environmental properties. Then, a fire spread model based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) – the Fire Dynamics Simulator from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and USFS – will be used at WPI to test its ability to represent fire-spread in pine stands that were submitted to different degrees of prescribed burning treatment. 
NASA Funds Space Station Project
Jamal Yagoobi Professor Jamal Yagoobi (PI) has received a $485K grant award for a project funded by NASA entitled, “A Two-Phase Heat Transport Device Driven by Electric Conduction Mechanism in Micro- and Macro-Scales.”  The main objective of this project is to develop fundamental understanding and physical models to characterize the effects of gravity on the interaction of electric and flow fields in the presence of phase change.

Specifically, the effects of absence gravity on the electrically generated two-phase flow and on electrically driven liquid film boiling will be Rxplored.  In the absence of gravity, there will be no mechanism to move the bubbles away from the heated surface.  However, the electrically driven liquid film is expected to repel these bubbles away from the surface allowing for effective heat transfer from electronics operating in space.  Terrestrially, this concept is expected to result in removing heat at rates far exceeding 500 W/cm2 impacting the development of next generation electronics.  Read more...


CEE Alumnus Talks About Milestone ExxonMobil Project
William Hillner

Former ExxonMobil Senior Manager William G. Hillner, class of 1970, came to campus last month as part of the Civil & Environmental Engineering Seminar Series.  He presented an overview of the construction and deployment of ExxonMobil’s gravity-based structure Berkut for the Arkuntun-Dagi platform off Sakhalin Island in 2012 and spoke about its significance to Russia’s oil and gas production.  He shared a wealth of knowledge with students along with personal anecdotes about his experience leading this exciting project for Russia’s largest offshore production platform.  Read more...

Silver Medal of the ASM Society Awarded to Diana Lados
Diana Lados Receives ASM Silver Medal

Professor Diana Lados is the recipient of a Silver Medal of the ASM Society, which was presented to her at theA 2012 Materials Science and Technology Conference and Exhibition (MS&T'12) held in Pittsburgh on October 9, 2012.
The Silver Medal honor of the Society provides recognition to members who are in mid-career positions for outstanding accomplishments and distinguished contributions in the field of materials science & engineering.  The purpose of this award is to recognize leadership at an early stage and encourage individuals to grow, nurture and further contribute to the growth of the profession as well as the society.  It is a most notable distinction for the recipient and his/her institution, and is considered the highest Society-level honor and recognition of a mid-career professional in the field of materials science and engineering.

Message From The Dean
Selcuk Guceri with students

The holiday season is a special time.  As we ring in the New Year we take this opportunity to reflect upon the success of our students, faculty, and constituents during the past year. We welcomed the most talented entering class this year; they are now part of the engineering student body and characterize the impact a WPI education has on society both at home and abroad.  Much can be attributed to WPI’s renowned project-based curriculum, recently recognized by the National Academy of Engineering, as you will read in this newsletter.  

Beginning with their freshman year in the Global Projects Seminar, students conduct an independent inquiry-based study of real-world problems. Throughout their studies, they bring an engineering perspective to explore some of the most challenging problems in energy, environment, healthcare, and security – all within a social context.  
The holiday season also encourages us to look ahead.  We constantly reassess to improve our education, as well as our use-inspired research and innovation activities in order to develop the best strategies to make this world a better place for all, and to prepare our students to become professionals who are equipped for the times ahead towards a bright future.  The intellectual dynamics to achieve these goals have become one of the biggest identifiers for WPI Engineering.   
Most importantly, the holiday season gives us the opportunity to thank all those who have supported WPI Engineering and have helped us towards achieving our ambitious goals in making WPI one of the preeminent leaders for engineering education and innovative research. Please join me in celebrating all the successes of 2012 and the promise of exciting breakthroughs in the New Year ahead.  I wish all of our students, faculty, alumni, friends and colleagues around the world the very best for a wonderful holiday season! 
Warmest regards,

Selçuk Güçeri
Bernard Gordon Dean of Engineering


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Worcester Polytechnic
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