a legacy of manufacturing innovation
wpi was established more than 150 years ago to generate the human and intellectual capital required to help transform the united states into a manufacturing powerhouse. true to our founding mission—to prepare students to put theory into impactful practice—our approach to manufacturing education and research has always had a distinct practical focus. our graduates have founded and led manufacturing businesses of all kinds, while innovations from our labs have not only made existing industries more competitive, but have helped create and build whole new industries. fast forward to today, and the institute is continuing to help drive the evolution of manufacturing.