Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.

Abstract

The purpose of our IQP was to evaluate how science and technology has affected Worcester Polytechnic Institute. We used videotaped interviews to obtain opinions of members of the WPI community on topics such as the Plan, academics, social life, athletics, and the student/ faculty and teaching/research relationships. From the responses we evaluated the data and made conclusions about how WPI has changed and what it needs to do to change for the better. These conclusions in part include increasing the student population to field more competitive athletic teams; the more active a president is the more of an impact he or she will have on WPI; technology such as the internet and e-mail have increased student/faculty interaction despite a drop in face-to-face contact; the WPI Plan and its project-based program has helped WPI students have a positive impact on society and technology. As part of the project we also produced a video that addresses the subjects that are in the paper. A look at WPI through "living history" will help many see the changes at WPI due to many technical and social elements.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2000

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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