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A Reflection from Dean Oates

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April 8, 2014

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Each year around this time, hundreds of students descend upon college campuses, visiting faculty laboratories and presenting their credentials with earnest requests for opportunities to gain research experience. From high school students to graduating college seniors, students at all levels gain immeasurable benefits from getting meaningful, relevant exposure to research in their discipline. The opportunity […]

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Dean’s Message: Global Connections

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April 8, 2014

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In our global economy, knowledge and innovative ideas can emerge from any region of the world and travel in a flash across the planet to the most distal sites, where interpretation, application, and contextualization occur. The world is flat, but this doesn’t mean we look at information in the same way when it comes to […]

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A Reflection from Dean Oates

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November 13, 2013

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What would happen if we truly created our colleges and universities as ecosystems to liberate talent, not just for our students but for every member of the community, from the IT staff and gardeners to Advisory Board members? A question worth some pondering is what must happen to create an educational and academic ecosystem that […]

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Dean’s Message: STEM Initiatives

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November 13, 2013

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I recently met a colleague who surprised me with the question: “What are you doing in STEM?” I have to admit that I was a bit taken aback by the statement because, after all, WPI is well known as a science- and technology-focused school. The vast majority of our majors are STEM in nature. So […]

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From a Dean’s Perspective: if…the Campaign to Advance WPI

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September 20, 2013

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If…is about the potential of this remarkable university—about what WPI and our students and faculty can achieve if we, as a community, imagine a brighter future and commit to making it happen. Those of us at WPI have been privileged with a keen intellect that has afforded us the experience of a world class education […]

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