36 Notable alumni of
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is 1394th in the world, 498th in North America, and 467th in the United States by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 36 notable alumni from Worcester Polytechnic Institute sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Dean Kamen

    Dean Kamen
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1951-.. (age 71)
    Occupations
    entrepreneurinventor
    Biography

    Dean Lawrence Kamen is an American engineer, inventor, and businessman. He is known for his invention of the Segway and iBOT, as well as founding the non-profit organization FIRST with Woodie Flowers. Kamen holds over 1,000 patents.

  2. Robert H. Goddard

    Robert H. Goddard
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1882-1945 (aged 63)
    Occupations
    aerospace engineerphysicistinventormathematicianengineer
    Biography

    Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket. Goddard successfully launched his rocket on March 16, 1926, which ushered in an era of space flight and innovation. He and his team launched 34 rockets between 1926 and 1941, achieving altitudes as high as 2.6 km (1.6 mi) and speeds as fast as 885 km/h (550 mph).

  3. J. Geils

    J. Geils
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-2017 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    guitaristjazz guitarist
    Biography

    John Warren Geils Jr., known professionally as J. Geils or Jay Geils, was an American guitarist. He was known as the leader of The J. Geils Band.

  4. Todd Akin

    Todd Akin
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1947-2021 (aged 74)
    Enrolled in Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    In 1971 graduated with Bachelor of Science
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    William Todd Akin was an American politician who served as the U.S. representative for Missouri's 2nd congressional district from 2001 to 2013. He was a member of the Republican Party. Born in New York City, Akin grew up in the Greater St. Louis area. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, Akin served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and worked in the computer and steel industries. In 1988, he was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives. He served in the state house until 2000, when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, in which he served until 2013.

  5. Im Tae-kyung

    Im Tae-kyung
    Born in
    South Korea Flag South Korea
    Years
    1973-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    musiciansingerrecording artist
    Biography

    Im Tae-Kyung – sometimes credited as Lim Tae-kyung, Im Tae-kyeong, or Lim Tae-kyeong – is a South Korean musical actor, television actor, and crossover tenor.

  6. Mei Yiqi

    Mei Yiqi
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1889-1962 (aged 73)
    Enrolled in Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Studied in 1911-1914
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mei Yiqi or Mei Yi-chi, courtesy name Yuehan (Chinese: 月涵), was a Chinese politician, physicist and educator, who served two separate terms as Ministry of Education of the Republic of China, from 1948 to 1949 and from 1958 to 1961. He was President of National Tsinghua University between 1931 and 1948, making him the university's longest serving president.

  7. Chartsiri Sophonpanich

    Chartsiri Sophonpanich
    Born in
    Thailand Flag Thailand
    Years
    1959-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    entrepreneur
    Biography

    Chartsiri Sophonpanich is a Thai banker. He currently serves as President of Bangkok Bank, the largest commercial bank in Thailand and one of the largest regional banks in Southeast Asia, and Chairman of Bangkok Bank (China), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bangkok Bank. He held various senior management positions in Bangkok Bank before being appointed President in December 1994 and has been a member of the Board of Executive Directors since 1992.

  8. Naveen Selvadurai

    Naveen Selvadurai
    Born in
    India Flag India
    Years
    1982-.. (age 40)
    Enrolled in Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    1999-2003 studied computer science
    Occupations
    businesspersonentrepreneur
    Biography

    Naveen Selvadurai is an American internet entrepreneur and co-founder of location-based social networking site Foursquare.com. Until recently, he was working at startup studio Expa which was founded by co-founder of Uber and StumbleUpon - Garrett Camp, as a partner. He was featured in Inc Magazine's 30 under 30 list in the year 2010. He was also featured in Rediff.com's article - 4 NRIs among US's coolest young entrepreneurs.

  9. Elwood Haynes

    Elwood Haynes
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1857-1925 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    entrepreneurinventorracing automobile driver
    Biography

    Elwood Haynes was an American inventor, metallurgist, automotive pioneer, entrepreneur and industrialist. He invented the metal alloy stellite and independently co-discovered martensitic stainless steel along with Englishman Harry Brearley in 1912 and designed one of the earliest automobiles made in the United States. He is recognized for having created the earliest American design that was feasible for mass production and, with the Apperson brothers, he formed the first company in the United States to produce automobiles profitably. He made many advances in the automotive industry.

  10. Richard T. Whitcomb

    Richard T. Whitcomb
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1921-2009 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    aerospace engineerengineer
    Biography

    Richard Travis Whitcomb was an American aeronautical engineer who was noted for his contributions to the science of aerodynamics.

  11. A. Atwater Kent

    A. Atwater Kent
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1873-1949 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    businesspersoninventor
    Biography

    Arthur Atwater Kent Sr. was an American inventor and prominent radio manufacturer based in Philadelphia. In 1921, he patented the modern form of the automobile ignition coil.

  12. Jonathan Bird

    Jonathan Bird
    Years
    1969-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    photographer
    Biography

    Jonathan Bird is an American photographer, cinematographer, director and television host. He is best known for his role as the host of Jonathan Bird's Blue World, a family-friendly underwater exploration program on public television in the United States. His work is largely underwater in nature.

  13. Edwin Eugene Aldrin Sr

    Edwin Eugene Aldrin Sr
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1896-1974 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    military personnel
    Biography

    Edwin Eugene "Gene" Aldrin Sr. was an aviator and officer in the United States Army during World War I and World War II. He was assistant commandant of the Army's first test pilot school at McCook Field, Ohio, from 1919 to 1922, and founded the engineering school there that later became the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright-Patterson AFB. The Edwin E. Aldrin Sr. Award is presented to an AFIT graduate for leadership and accomplishing AFIT's educational objectives in an outstanding manner. He was the father of astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

  14. Anthony Zinno

    Anthony Zinno
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    poker player
    Biography

    Anthony Zinno is a professional poker player from Cranston, Rhode Island. He has won three World Poker Tour (WPT) titles and four World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets.

  15. Curtis Carlson

    Curtis Carlson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1945-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    scientist
    Biography

    Curtis Raymond Carlson was president and CEO of SRI International from 1998 to 2014 and is a prominent technologist and pioneer in developing and using innovation best practices. While CEO of SRI International, revenue tripled to $550 million per year and tens of billions of dollars of new marketplace value was created, such as through Siri, an SRI spin-off company that was bought by Steve Jobs at Apple. While Carlson was CEO Mayfield Ventures partner, David Ladd, said, “SRI is now the best enterprise at turning its technology into economic value.”

  16. David Gewirtz

    David Gewirtz
    Occupations
    computer scientistjournalistcolumnistwritereditor
    Biography

    David Allen Gewirtz is a journalist, author, and U.S. policy advisor working in technology and national security policy. He currently serves as director of the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute.

  17. David F. Emery

    David F. Emery
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1948-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    David Farnham Emery is an American politician from Maine. He served four terms as a Republican U.S. Representative from 1975 to 1983.

  18. Jeremy Hitchcock

    Jeremy Hitchcock
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1981-.. (age 41)
    Occupations
    academic
    Biography

    Jeremy Hitchcock is co-founder and CEO of wifi management and IoT security startup, Minim, based in Manchester, NH. He was also a co-founder and former CEO of Dyn. Hitchcock resigned from the business in May 2016 prior to the Oracle acquisition, which officially closed on January 31, 2017.

  19. Emilio Sacristan Rock

    Emilio Sacristan Rock
    Born in
    Mexico Flag Mexico
    Years
    1965-.. (age 57)
    Occupations
    biomedical engineer
    Biography

    Emilio Sacristan Rock is a respected Mexican researcher, inventor and entrepreneur in the field of medical technology. He is currently Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering, Director and Founder of the National Center for Medical Instrumentation and Imaging Research, CI3M, at the UAM-Iztapalapa, Mexico City, and Mexican National Researcher level III. He holds a B.S. (1987) in EE and M.S. (1990) and Ph.D. (1993) degrees in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has been Research Assistant Professor at WPI (1993–1995), Associate Researcher at University of Massachusetts Medical School (1988-1995), and Visiting Professor at Yale School of Medicine (2001–2002) and Stanford University (2009). His research focuses on instrumentation for anesthesia and critical care as well as Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and is author of over 70 research articles and 22 international patents. Dr. Sacristan is also an active entrepreneur seeking to translate medical innovations to the market, having served as founder/CEO/CSO of Enviva Corp. (MA), Innovamedica (Mexico), Abdeo Medical (Mexico and CA), Critical Perfusion Inc. (CA), and currently serves as Chief Science Officer of Nervive, Inc.(OH). He is the Inventor of the VITACOR UVAD artificial heart, the aspiration condenser for anesthesia, the gastric impedance monitor for critical care, the VITALFLOW magnetic stimulator for stroke therapy, among other medical devices. He is an Endeavor entrepreneur since 2004 and he was honored as American Express Entrepreneur of the Year 2006.

  20. Pascale Fung

    Pascale Fung
    Born in
    China Flag China
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    researchercomputer scientist
    Biography

    Pascale Fung is a professor in the Department of Electronic & Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology(HKUST). She is the director of the newly established, multidisciplinary Centre for AI Research (CAiRE) at HKUST. She is an elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for her “contributions to human-machine interactions”, an elected Fellow of the International Speech Communication Association for “fundamental contributions to the interdisciplinary area of spoken language human-machine interactions” and an elected Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) for her “significant contributions toward statistical NLP, comparable corpora, and building intelligent systems that can understand and empathize with humans”.

  21. Kotaro Shimomura

    Kotaro Shimomura
    Born in
    Japan Flag Japan
    Years
    1861-1937 (aged 76)
    Occupations
    engineerchemist
    Biography

    Kotaro Shimomura was a Japanese chemical engineer known for many famous inventions.

  22. Michael Ahearne

    Michael Ahearne
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Biography

    Michael Ahearne is Professor and C.T. Bauer Chair in Marketing at the C.T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. He is also the Research Director of the Sales Excellence Institute. He is an associate editor at several journals including Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Service Research. He was the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management.

  23. Charles Grenfill Washburn

    Charles Grenfill Washburn
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1857-1928 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Charles Grenfill Washburn was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

  24. Joseph Mancuso

    Joseph Mancuso
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1941-.. (age 81)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Joseph Mancuso is an American author, who has written 24 entrepreneurial books for entrepreneurs and CEOs, and an international businessman and keynote speaker. Mancuso is the founder, CEO and current president of CEO Clubs International, a worldwide membership association of mid-market CEOs. He frequently travels the world, opening new chapters, and speaking and doing consulting work with existing international CEO Clubs. He is a well-known business speaker and consultant in Mainland China and Japan. He is not, however, the head of the American unit of the organization. The American CEO Clubs head is Kevin Dunne.

  25. Leon P. Alford

    Leon P. Alford
    Years
    1877-1942 (aged 65)
    Occupations
    engineer
    Biography

    Leon Pratt Alford was an American mechanical engineer, organizational theorist, and administrator for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. known for his seminal work in the field of industrial management.

  26. Everett J. Lake

    Everett J. Lake
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1871-1948 (aged 77)
    Occupations
    politicianAmerican football player
    Biography

    Everett J. Lake was an American politician, businessman and the 67th governor of Connecticut.

  27. Charles Corydon Hall

    Charles Corydon Hall
    Years
    1860-1935 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    chemical engineer
    Biography

    Charles Corydon Hall was an American businessman, chemist, engineer and industrialist. He developed a process of converting molten limestone into fibers that would become an insulation material. He initiated the rock wool insulation industry in America and is considered its progenitor. Rock wool was commonly used in refrigerator insulation.

  28. Francis W. Treadway

    Francis W. Treadway
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1869-1925 (aged 56)
    Occupations
    lawyerpolitician
    Biography

    Francis Wilcox Treadway was an American politician who served as the 30th lieutenant governor of Ohio from 1909 to 1911.

  29. Marc Zimmer

    Marc Zimmer
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1961-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    chemist
    Biography

    Marc Zimmer is the Jean Tempel '65 Professor of Professor of Chemistry at Connecticut College. He has published six books (The State of Science (2020); Solutions for a Cleaner, Greener Planet: Environmental Chemistry (2019), Optogenetics (2018), Bioluminescence(2015), Illuminating Disease (2015) and Glowing Genes (2005)), written articles on science and medicine for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Huffington Post, etc. and has been interviewed and quoted in the Economist, Science, Nature etc. Zimmer curates the GFP website, tweets about GFP (@lightUpScience) and he has published over 60 research papers about cow flatulence, computational chemistry and bioluminescence in fireflies and jellyfish.

  30. Marcia Keith

    Marcia Keith
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1859-1950 (aged 91)
    Occupations
    physicist
    Biography

    Marcia Anna Keith was a physicist, teacher of physics to women, and a charter member of the American Physical Society since its founding in 1899.

  31. William Herbert Hobbs

    William Herbert Hobbs
    Years
    1864-1952 (aged 88)
    Occupations
    geologist
    Biography

    William Herbert Hobbs, Ph.D. was an American geologist.

  32. Jackson Nickerson

    Jackson Nickerson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1962-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    economist
    Biography

    Jackson Nickerson is an American academic who studies leadership, organizations, and strategy. Nickerson was the Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy (Emeritus) in Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. He also was the associate Dean and Director of Brookings Executive Education from 2009-2017 and was a non-resident Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution from 2010-2020.

  33. William Stevens Lawton

    William Stevens Lawton
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1900-1993 (aged 93)
    Occupations
    military personnel
    Biography

    William Stevens Lawton was a lieutenant general in the United States Army and served as the Army's Comptroller.

  34. William Lafayette Darling

    William Lafayette Darling
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1856-1938 (aged 82)
    Occupations
    civil engineerengineer
    Biography

    William Lafayette Darling, was a consulting engineer in St. Paul, Minnesota.

  35. James Ernest Smith

    James Ernest Smith
    Years
    1881-1973 (aged 92)
    Occupations
    electrical engineer
    Biography

    James Ernest Smith was an American engineer, entrepreneur, educator, and businessman. He was the co-founder and president of the National Radio Institute (NRI) in Washington D.C., which trained 1.5 million students through home study over its 88-year history. Smith was born on February 3, 1881, in Rochester, New Hampshire. He held a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering (B.S.E.E., 1906) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and began his career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Pittsburgh, but he took an extended leave of absence in 1907 to teach what remained in the term of an applied electricity course at McKinley Manual Training School (moved in 1926 to its present location in Washington, D.C., and now known as McKinley Technology High School) for a colleague who had become ill. It went well and Smith was offered a permanent position at the school, which he accepted.

  36. Henry Prentiss Armsby

    Henry Prentiss Armsby
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1853-1921 (aged 68)
    Enrolled in Worcester Polytechnic Institute
    Graduated with Bachelor of Science
    Occupations
    zoologistchemistacademic administrator
    Biography

    Henry Prentiss Armsby was an American agricultural chemist, animal nutritionist, and academic administrator. He served as Vice Principal and Acting Principal of the Storrs Agricultural School (1881–1883), associate director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station (1883–1887), and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station (1887–1907) and the Institute of Animal Nutrition (1907–1921) at the Pennsylvania State University.