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Welcome!

Filed in Announcements by on March 28, 2017 0 Comments
Welcome!

Welcome to Catalyst, WPI Corporate & Professional Education’s blog for engineers and working professionals in pursuit of advanced education. It’s our mission at WPI CPE to help working professionals reach their educational and career goals. We hope you enjoy this resource as much as we enjoy sharing it with you. Happy reading! And be sure to subscribe to Catalyst so you […]

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Engineer’s Corner: Systems Engineering & Motorcycle Safety

Engineer’s Corner: Systems Engineering & Motorcycle Safety

by Don S. Gelosh, PhD, CSEP-Acq Motorcycling season is in full swing here in Virginia: one of the reasons I enjoy living in the Commonwealth. Sunny mornings, warm afternoons, and lots of twisty roads with a thousand smells of freedom. Anyone who has ridden a motorcycle understands what I am saying. Earlier this summer, as […]

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Top 3 Reasons to Attend #WPIenergy

Filed in Energy Symposium, Power Systems by on August 1, 2017 0 Comments
Top 3 Reasons to Attend #WPIenergy

Every fall, New England’s experts in power systems gather in Worcester, Massachusetts, for WPI’s annual Energy Symposium. This event has evolved over the last seven years from a half day of discussions to a full-day summit with panels, break-out sessions, and the chance to network with movers and shakers in the industry. But let’s get […]

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Engineer’s Corner: Manufacturing Engineering vs Advanced MFE

Engineer’s Corner: Manufacturing Engineering vs Advanced MFE

By Jim Girouard Having spent over 30 years as a manufacturing engineer, this question has always perplexed me. Is there a difference between a Manufacturing Engineer (MFE) and an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer (AMFE)?  Is one applying the ways of the future, while the other is locked in the Iron Age?  Should every MFE strive to […]

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Life: the ultimate classroom.

Filed in Asides, Lifelong Learning by on June 2, 2017 1 Comment
Life: the ultimate classroom.

By Monika Maslen As I mentioned in my last post here, I am smack-dab in the middle of getting my master’s degree, all while working and supporting my family. That has meant a lot of traditional education for me: lectures, projects, discussions, and tests. But on a recent trip to New York City, I was […]

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Ask Amanda: Top Jobs & Societies in Robotics Engineering

Ask Amanda: Top Jobs & Societies in Robotics Engineering

By Amanda Keighley Robotics. It’s a field that is expanding and evolving every day. Besides the actual field of robotics, a robotics engineer has the skills and education to work in a bunch of different industries. Just because the job title doesn’t read “robotics engineer” doesn’t mean the job isn’t for you! One great thing […]

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Engineer’s Corner: What Does a Data Scientist Do?

Filed in Data Science, Engineer's Corner by on May 5, 2017 1 Comment
Engineer’s Corner: What Does a Data Scientist Do?

By Jim Girouard Over the next three years, there will be a three-fold increase in global data, bringing us to a whopping 40,000 exabytes by 2020. That’s 10 to the 18th power, or one billion gigabytes. Can you even picture that much of anything? What’s causing this explosion of data? All of us. Sensors in […]

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The Essential Ingredient for Reliable, Safe Autonomous Vehicles

The Essential Ingredient for Reliable, Safe Autonomous Vehicles

By Alexander M. Wyglinski, PhD An unabridged version of this piece was created for IEEE Vehicular Technology Society. The last 18 months have been very exciting times for autonomous vehicle technology. New self-driving car prototypes have been taking to the streets, a growing number of companies have announced initiatives and collaborations to pursue activities in […]

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3 Surprising Benefits of Grad School

3 Surprising Benefits of Grad School

By Dan Weagle, Account Exec & part-time grad student, WPI Corporate & Professional Education My fellow bloggers have covered the professional benefits of part-time grad school for working professionals. But as someone who’s recently become a part-time grad student, I think the other bloggers missed something. Three things, actually. Here’s a little inside scoop from […]

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5 Reasons To Be A Fire Protection Engineer [Infographic]

Filed in Why Graduate School? by on March 28, 2017 0 Comments
5 Reasons To Be A Fire Protection Engineer [Infographic]

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and fire protection engineers use a stimulating mix of engineering disciplines, math, computer science, and even psychology to prevent smoke from ever appearing. If you’re a mechanical, civil, electrical, or chemical engineer, you already possess much of the necessary training to pursue a career in fire protection engineering. View the infographic below to […]

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