Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


This major qualifying project compares three case studies involving space science. The first is a concept of technology 'lost and found' and looks at new technology now in development that may have been passed over for development fifty years ago. The second case study examines a local economic development initiative in Worcester, Massachusetts. Some of the proposed ideas relate directly to space technology and Worcester's potential to be a center for development in the field. The third case study examines the progress and difficulties of a WPI student team participating in a NASA centennial challenge. The combination of these three case studies have implications on a local and national level. Each section contains policy recommendations as to how best take advantage of the opportunities.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2008


Society, Technology and Policy

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies