Worcester Polytechnic Institute — Trumbull resident Alexa Hiznay returned from Morocco following an intensive research project. Alexa Hiznay, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), recently completed an intense, hands-on research project in Morocco. The project was titled Developing a Compositing System for Al-Akhawayn University.

At WPI, all undergraduates are required to complete a research-driven, professional-level project that applies science and technology to addresses an important societal need or issue. About two-thirds of students complete a project at one of the university’s more than 40 off-campus project centers, which are located around the world.

A signature element of the innovative undergraduate experience at WPI, the project-based curriculum offers students the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical knowledge to develop thoughtful solutions to real problems that affect the quality of people’s lives--and make a difference before they graduate.