Faculty Advisor

Higgins, Lorraine D.

Faculty Advisor

Ottmar, Erin R.

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia


This project documented the history and assessed the outcomes of WPI’s Melbourne Project Center, focusing on student, sponsor, and community impacts. It produced an organized database of past projects, coded by sponsor types, themes, and deliverables; an archive of reports and photos; and promotional materials for recruiting MPC sponsors and students. We developed instruments to survey 410 MPC alumni and interview 17 previous sponsors, finding that the MPC has run 163 projects over 18 years involving 37 sponsors and 572 students. The biggest impacts were on student academic and social development and changes in sponsor procedures and processes. Given this data, we provided recommendations for future impact assessments.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies