Faculty Advisor

Spanagel, David I.


Historians categorize eras of human civilization by the technologies those civilizations possessed, and so science and technology have always been hand in hand with progress and evolution. Our group investigated chemical weapon use in the First World War because we viewed the event as the inevitable result of technology outpacing contemporary understanding. Along with the main investigation, this IQP overviewed WPI’s Great War related activities between 1914 and 1918. Further, this IQP includes an exhibition of World War I era artifacts, both to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the armistice and to gather data on modern interpretations of the conflict. We concluded that World War I is a prime example of the duality of science, and serves to warn against the misuse of technology.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2019

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project