About Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI was one of the nation's first engineering and technology universities. WPI's 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, management, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor's, master's and PhD degrees. WPI's world-class faculty work with students in a number of cutting-edge research areas, leading to breakthroughs and innovations in such fields as biotechnology, fuel cells, and information security, materials processing, and nanotechnology. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university's innovative Global Perspective Program. There are more than 20 WPI project centers throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe.
WPI's Association with FIRST
WPI fielded one of the original 28 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams in 1992, sponsoring and mentoring a team from Doherty High School, in Worcester, Mass. WPI was one of the first universities in the nation to mentor and sponsor a high school robotics team at the FRC.
Each year since 1992, WPI has continued to field an FRC team. In 2007, the WPI/Massachusetts Academy of Mathematics & Science team won the FIRST World Championship in Atlanta, GA. WPI has serves as a FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) partner and hosts the state championship RoboNautica. In addition, WPI hosts an annual off-season FRC event (Battlecry@WPI) and continues to support the development of training materials for all competition teams.
WPI continued its commitment to educating future engineers and scientists by being the first university to offer a full, four-year tuition scholarship to a student involved in FIRST. The initial scholarship was awarded in 1996 and has been offered on an annual basis for the past 22 years. This scholarship program started a trend that has grown to generate over $9.7 million in FIRST scholarships annually from hundreds of schools and companies.