Boston as a Lab

Boston as a Lab

ON A WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON LAST FALL, a group of first-year architecture students stood in the middle of Summer Street in Downtown Crossing, pencils and paper in hand, sketching their surroundings while trying to find the horizon line in the distance. As the students worked, Robert Trumbour, assistant professor in the College of Architecture, Design, and...

For Freshman Engineers, A Leg Up

For Freshman Engineers, A Leg Up

At Wentworth, even freshmen have the chance to work with industry—right from the get-go. In last spring’s Introduction to Engineering Design course, first-year students worked together to tackle a challenge from Dr. Sang-Eun Song, a surgical robotics expert at Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Come up with a simple engineering solution to address the issue of...

Paint by Numbers

Paint by Numbers

Painter Edward Hopper, known for his shadowy, realist take on American life, consistently dismissed the idea that there was any hidden meaning or metaphor in his work. But industrial design professor Fredrick Kuhn says that Hopper’s work is, in fact, filled with numeric symbolism. As part of a faculty lecture series this spring, Kuhn laid out the evidence...

Web Celeb

Web Celeb

In December, John MacInnis, BIND ’13, logged on to the video game blog Kotaku— a morning ritual—and found himself staring at one of his class projects: a toast-firing gun designed specifically for Mega Man, who sits alongside the Mario brothers and Pac-Man as one of the most popular video game characters of all time. Built for his sophomore...

Wao Factor

Wao Factor

“Most of you are carrying the dreams of other people. And the point of college is to figure out the dreams you have for yourself.”   As a freshman at Rutgers College, Junot Diaz was a tough kid who worked at a steel mill, ran six miles a day, and could bench press 270 pounds. He was a jock, and he hung with other jocks. Or at least, Diaz told the...