Worcester Polytechnic Institute Announces Spring 2014 Dean’s List

WORCESTER, MA (05/29/2014)(readMedia)– The following local students have been named to Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the Spring 2014 semester.

Alexander Kopchik of Niantic is a junior majoring in chemical engineering.

Andrea Goldstein of Colchester is a sophomore majoring in architectural engineering.

Andrew Rathbun of Pawcatuck is a freshman majoring in aerospace engineering.

Andrew Han of Pawcatuck is a sophomore majoring in computer science.

Bryce Dumas of Norwich is a senior majoring in interactive media and game development.

Eric Fast of Stonington is a freshman majoring in aerospace engineering.

Julia Scott of Mystic is a freshman majoring in environmental engineering.

Kevin Ouellette of Colchester is a freshman majoring in robotics engineering.

Kyle Young of Bozrah is a freshman majoring in robotics engineering and computer science.

Matthew Clark of Oakdale is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering.

Paul Esteve of Colchester is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering.

Peter Guarino of Quaker Hill is a junior majoring in aerospace engineering.

Ronald Mazurkiewicz of Norwich is a junior majoring in aerospace engineering.

Ryan Pollin of Ledyard is a senior majoring in mechanical engineering.

Trae Jennette of Groton is a junior majoring in aerospace engineering.

A total of 1,380 undergraduate students achieved the criteria required for WPI’s Spring 2014 Dean’s List. The criteria for the WPI Dean’s List differ from that of most other universities as WPI does not compute a grade point average (GPA). Instead, WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the A level in courses and projects.

“WPI’s academic programs are remarkably rigorous, so being named to the Dean’s List is a testament to hard work, a sharp mind, and a commitment to excellence,” said Provost Eric Overström. “Some of this nation’s best and brightest students come to WPI to learn subjects ranging from engineering to science to business and the humanities, and through our innovative project-based curriculum they conduct professional-level research and solve important problems all over the world. Those named to the Dean’s List have excelled at facing such demanding challenges, and we are exceptionally proud of these outstanding students.”

About Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Founded in 1865 in Worcester, Mass., WPI is one of the nation’s first engineering and technology universities. Its 14 academic departments offer more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science, engineering, technology, business, the social sciences, and the humanities and arts, leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. WPI’s talented faculty work with students on interdisciplinary research that seeks solutions to important and socially relevant problems in fields as diverse as the life sciences and bioengineering, energy, information security, materials processing, and robotics. Students also have the opportunity to make a difference to communities and organizations around the world through the university’s innovative Global Perspective Program. There are more than 35 WPI project centers throughout North America and Central America, Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe.

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