Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) made an announcement on 3rd August 2017, that it will join with Seaport District Neighborhood, in order to expand its efforts for economic development of the Commonwealth Fund. 303 Congress Street, being the new prominent location, has placed the university in between few of the nation’s leading technology companies, and innovators, with whom WPI will seek strategic and helpful partnerships across research and curricular opportunities. The seven year lease is expected to go into effect this month.
WPI Shares Common Interests & Expertise with Innovative Companies Operating in the Commonwealth Fund
WPI has committed itself in advancing the universities’ indispensable role in the state’s innovation economy, according to a statement by WPI’s President – Laurie Leshin. Leshin also stated that the company shares common interests and expertise with several professionals and innovative companies, which are operating in the Commonwealth Fund. WPI intends to utilize the new space for classes, events, industry-centric meetings, and projects tailored to the requirements and interests of its neighbors, operating in fields of healthcare technology, big data, cybersecurity, and robotics. WPI’s top priority will be to serve these organizations and businesses by rendering them with more convenient access to its high-caliber programs, connecting them to its alumni and students.
WPI is now at the forefront of the innovation economy of the state. This is attributed to its extensive research enterprise, strategic partnerships, and project-based learning. For example – in April last year, PracticePoint was launched by the university at WPI, which was a pioneering healthcare initiative aimed at aggregating together testing, development, and research of revolutionary medical devices. PracticePoint aims to offer a dedicated site for device manufacturers, healthcare professionals and researchers, for working together and produce innovative cyber physical products for assisting patients.
Students Engaged in Research Activities to Solve Real-World Problems for Industry Partners and Community
The Seaport location is also expected to accommodate the Boston Project Center of WPI. Over the recent past, several students have engaged in numerous research activities, conducting significant hands-on projects in a bid to resolve real-world problems associated with the industry partners, and community. The sponsors have involved Boston Harbor Association, the City of Boston, Mass. Department of Public Utilities, the New England Aquarium, and Mass. Department of Energy Resources. The office situated at the Seaport district is expected to allow easy access to government as well as non-government agencies, along with increasing industrial partnerships across the Commonwealth Fund. However, the new space is under renovation at present, and will open in few months, the university plans on taking a series of events for welcoming its new neighbors, partners, faculty, and alumni.