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WORCESTER — Grant Brining of Groton, a junior majoring in mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), recently completed an intense, hands-on research project in Venice. The project was titled Missing Venice: Tracking Displaced Venetian Treasures.

Krzysztof Borowicz, of Groton, a junior majoring in aerospace engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), completed a project in Washington, D.C. titled Disposal of Pyrotechnic Visual Distress Signals.

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.