All undergraduates at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) complete a series of projects emphasizing real-world problem solving, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. Over 70% of WPI students complete at least one of these projects at one of 46 Project Centers located across the globe, and 50% complete at least one project overseas. The projects are organized and overseen by WPI faculty and typically respond to problems identified by local organizations. In this talk, Dr. Vaz, Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at WPI, will describe how WPI’s Global Projects Program is organized, delivered, and supported with examples of the work done by WPI students and faculty worldwide. He’ll also present findings from a recent alumni study regarding the long-term impacts of project work completed away from campus.
Dr. Vaz's visit is co-sponsored by the Pavlis Honors College and the Office of the Provost.