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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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WPI Graduate School Commencement 2019

WPI Graduate School Commencement 2019

Graduates of WPI’s part-time online & corporate graduate programs Last month at Commencement, around 800 WPI graduate candidates received their master’s degrees after years of hard work and dedication in an array of science, technology, and humanity fields. In a note of personal pride, 220 of those newly minted masters earned their degrees part-time as […]

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How to Write a Personal Statement

Filed in FAQ's, Student Resources, Tips & Tricks by on March 22, 2019 0 Comments
How to Write a Personal Statement

You’ve decided you’re going back to school. You’ve called your old college for transcripts, and you’ve talked to your boss or former professor about writing you a letter of recommendation. Now comes the hard part. The personal statement. The idea of talking about yourself for multiple paragraphs might make you queasy–where do you even begin? […]

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PANORAMA: The Online Issue!

Filed in Panorama by on February 27, 2019 3 Comments
PANORAMA: The Online Issue!

The 4th issue of Panorama is now available for download! This issue, we zeroed in on an ongoing trend in higher education: online learning. Download Panorama for: Helpful tips for distance learning and applying for grad school Online learning terms for students An interview with one of WPI’s online Student Success Managers WPI’s new and upcoming […]

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5 Soft Skills That Pay in Technical Professions

Filed in Soft Skills by on February 25, 2019 0 Comments
5 Soft Skills That Pay in Technical Professions

With unemployment at a 50-year low and the number of job openings higher than ever before, times are good for the average employee in America. Those with technical training are doing even better. Now is the time to take advantage – by developing skills that get the attention of prospective employers, you’ll increase your negotiating […]

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5 Engineering Disasters That Could’ve Been Prevented with Systems Thinking

Filed in Our Faculty, Systems Thinking by on February 18, 2019 0 Comments
5 Engineering Disasters That Could’ve Been Prevented with Systems Thinking

What is Systems Thinking? According to the latest paper by WPI professors Jamie Monat and Thomas Gannon, it’s an approach to engineering that incorporates the full context of the problem at hand. And it might have helped avoid some of the most notorious disasters in engineering history. Here’s a summary of five catastrophes Monat and […]

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How to Apply For Graduate School: A Step-by-Step Guide

Filed in Online Graduate School, Tips & Tricks by on February 4, 2019 0 Comments
How to Apply For Graduate School: A Step-by-Step Guide

Between the first time you say “I’m thinking about going to grad school” and your first actual grad class, there are a few decisions to make—and a few procedural hurdles to clear. As with any new task, there is a learning curve. Unfortunately, applying to graduate school is something few people do often enough to […]

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Building the Energy Workforce of the Future

Filed in Power Systems, Trends in Higher Education by on November 14, 2018 0 Comments
Building the Energy Workforce of the Future

Utilities are a graying industry. That means there are more professionals retiring from the energy-delivery field each year than there is new talent to replace them. As the grid becomes smarter and more complex, the need for a robust workforce grows.  To combat this trend, power experts have to approach the problem from several angles and […]

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Medical Device Forum Draws Diverse Crowd of Stakeholders to Boston

Medical Device Forum Draws Diverse Crowd of Stakeholders to Boston

WPI recently hosted the first installment of a collaborative forum series concerning medical devices. The goal of these forums is to break down the silos that exist within the industry and connect academics and product manufacturers with clinicians and potential device users, in order to bring meaningful improvements to bear for patients in need. “It’s […]

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WPI’s Michael Ahern on the Merrimack Valley Explosions

Filed in Our Faculty, Power Systems by on September 20, 2018 0 Comments
WPI’s Michael Ahern on the Merrimack Valley Explosions

Michael Ahern has been in high demand lately. Last week, when gas explosions devastated over 70 homes across Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, Massachusetts, one question was on everyone’s mind: How did this happen?  As WPI Corporate & Professional Education’s resident power systems engineer, Ahern had the answers. And over the past several days, he has […]

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New Systems Thinking Paper from WPI’s Monat & Gannon

New Systems Thinking Paper from WPI’s Monat & Gannon

This just in: The latest paper by WPI professors Jamie Monat, PhD, and Thomas Gannon, PhD, is now available for download! Systems, an international peer-reviewed journal on systems engineering, has published Monat and Gannon’s “Applying Systems Thinking to Engineering and Design.” Here’s the abstract from the journal: The application of Systems Thinking principles to Systems Engineering is […]

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