WPI Pioneering Engineering Education, Research, and Community with SOLIDWORKS

WPI SolidWorks Teacher Blog

Since 1865, WPI has pioneered innovation in engineering education, research, and community.  In our latest SOLIDWORKS case study with WPI, we interviewed Michael Gennert, Robotics Engineering Program Director at WPI.  WPI was the first college in the USA to offer an undergraduate degree in Robotics Engineering.   Students can not only model  designs in 3D but also take advantage of integrated motion, analysis, and visualization tools.  Researchers at WPI use SOLIDWORKS as their innovation platform.

WPI TJ Watson at SOLIDWORKS World 2016

When the case study was written, TJ Watson was a student at WPI.  I caught up with TJ at SOLIDWORKS WORLD.  He is now an engineer with UBER.

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Two years ago, intern, Gabrielle Fanzini used SOLIDWORKS software to create more than 300 models of mechanical and electrical components and assemblies included in the kits that high school students use in conjunction with the FIRST Robotics Competition.  These models are part of the www.solidworks.com/FIRST library in the Kit of Parts.  Gabrielle will attend graduate school in the Fall.

WPI Battlebots Paul Ventimiglia

In addition to education and research, WPI is all about community and projects.  I first met Paul Ventimiglia as a student in the basement of WPI’s Higgins Lab practicing moving dirt for the NASA Robotics Competition which he would go on to win.   Paul now is a major contender in Battlebots, a talented designer, and dedicated mentor.

Robot Rebuilt

WPI professor, researcher and entrepreneur, Eduardo Torres-Jara, developed this Robot Rebuild pod cast with SOLIDWORKS and talks about his company, providing advice to new start-ups.

Ruxandra Duca WPI SolidWorks Intern

Visiting at WPI, students continue to impress me as I see year over year what they have accomplished. Aerospace engineering student, Ruxandra Duca created the SOLIDWORKS drone video series and robotics video series.  Ruxi will be working on her PhD in aerospace engineering.

WPI Hands SOLIDWORKS Teacher Blog

Senior Mechanical Engineering students work tirelessly now on projects.  In a few weeks, industry judges will be interviewing students, as they describe in theory and practice, applications of their products.

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A trip to WPI would not be complete without wishing the competitive teams the best in Formula SAE, Aero, Robotic and design competitions.

Thank you WPI for all your new Certified SOLIDWORKS Associate’s (CSWA’s).  Thank you for being an integral part of the SOLIDWORKS Community.  Marie



Marie Planchard

Marie Planchard

Senior Director, Early Engagement, 3DEXPERIENCE Works at Dassault Systemes
Marie Planchard is an education and engineering advocate. As Senior Director of Education & Early Engagement, SOLIDWORKS, she is responsible for global development of content and social outreach for the 3DEXPERIENCE Works products across all levels of learning including educational institutions, Fab Labs, and entrepreneurship.
Marie Planchard