Inauguration Events

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Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

Understanding & Supporting Intrinsic Motivation

Time: 10:00-3:00PM     
Audience: Faculty & Staff

A Workshop Series including a Lunch & Learn with Jonathan D. Stolk, Ph.D., a national leader in motivation-centered educational design and professor of Materials Science and Engineering Education at Olin College of Engineering. He will lead two workshops for faculty and staff. At lunch, Wentworth Science Associate Professor Ryan Rogers and Industrial Design Professor Simon Williamson will join Stolk to discuss successful strategies they’ve used on the front lines. (Space is limited; RSVP)

  • Workshop 1 – 10:00AM – 11:30AM
    Accelerate Maker Space
  • Lunch & Learn – 12:00PM – 1:00PM
    Center for Engineering, Innovation and Sciences Commons, 1st floor
  • Workshop 2 – 1:30PM – 3:00PM
    Accelerate Maker Space

Women’s Lunch

Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Audience: Faculty & Staff
Location: Watson Auditorium

The annual fall Women’s Lunch hosted by the Division of Academic Affairs will feature keynote speaker Karyn Thompson. Each year this luncheon builds a strong sense of community and engagement among women at Wentworth.  

Karyn Thompson has her degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education with her master’s degree in Reading Education. She taught 1st and 2nd grades in public schools and was the director and owner of a preschool for thirteen years. She also taught a freshman year seminar at Quinnipiac University and developed a program with Education students to travel to Nicaragua. She has an extensive background in leadership and volunteerism. She has been happily married to President Mark A. Thompson for 31 years and is looking forward to the next chapter of her life at Wentworth. (Space is limited; RSVP)

Whatever It Takes to Achieve the Impossible: Ambitious and Innovative Moonshot Projects Symposium

Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Audience: Open to all
Location: Center for Engineering, Innovation and Sciences Commons, 1st Floor

In collaboration with the JFK Library Foundation, Wentworth will recognize the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, bringing in experts from industry to talk about their groundbreaking projects in related fields. (Space is limited; RSVP)

Panelists are: 

  •  James J. Collins, Termeer Professor, MIT and Wyss Institute, Harvard
  • Lori A. Masso, Engineering Fellow, Systems Security Engineer, Raytheon
  • Steven Rothstein, Executive Director, John F. Kennedy Library Foundation
  • David Simpson, Assistant Professor, Biological Engineering, Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Neil Tardella, Chief Executive Officer, Energid Technologies (a Teradyne company)

In collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, and with the support of Raytheon and Teradyne, Wentworth will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing and President Kennedy’s lasting impact on science, research, engineering, and space exploration. Through a lively panel discussion moderated by Wentworth’s Monique Fuchs, Associate Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, we will learn about inspiring, innovative projects taking place today and in the future by scientists, researchers, and leaders. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Complimentary parking is available.


Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

Whatever it Takes to Build an Inclusive Community

Time: 8:30AM - 10:30AM
Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students
Location: Beatty Multipurpose Room

Join us in celebrating the diversity of the Wentworth community. A panel of faculty, staff and students will share their stories on how they have been able to highlight and promote equity and inclusion efforts through their involvement on campus. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and gain a better understanding of how to help with those efforts. 

Whatever It Takes to Bring a Community Together: Scavenger Hunt and Reception

Time: 3:30PM - 6:30PM
Audience: Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni
Location: Myles & Eugenia Sweeney Pavilion, Beatty Hall

Do you think you know a lot about Wentworth? Learn more by participating in a fun, interactive scavenger hunt. Teams of up to five members will explore Wentworth’s history, present, and future by following clues around the campus and the surrounding area. Teams will include faculty, staff and students to search for the clues. Following the hunt, please join us at 5:00 PM for a festive reception where the winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded. 


Thursday, October 17th, 2019

Wentworth Community Showcase

Time: 8:00AM - 11:30AM
Audience: Open to All
Location: Watson Auditorium

Featuring the work of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, this event will highlight the diverse and immense talents in our community. Industry partners will be featured and there will be a display on our Community Learning Initiatives.

Academic Affairs Faculty Speaker Series

Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Audience: Open to All
Location: Blount Auditorium

Hajar Jafferji, assistant professor, Civil Engineering, will speak about the historical preservation of Fez, Morocco. Fez is a 9th-century city that has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Formerly, it was noted for its architecture, artisanal craftsmanship, and a labyrinth of narrow streets. It once was the capital of Morocco and the home to the oldest university in the world, Al-Qarawiyyin University. Today it is seen as a city in need of critical restoration. The physical decline of Fez is partly due to changing times. Current preservation efforts, materials used in restoration projects, and finding the balance of integrating traditional and “new” materials will be examined.

Ribbon Cutting of the F. Shawaf Terrace 

Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Audience: Invitation Only

Dedication of the Terrace on the 2nd floor Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons.

Inaugural Dinner

Time: 6:00PM - 9:30PM
Audience: Invitation Only

A celebration of our new President and recognition of the impact of our President’s Society and Circle donors on student access and success. 


Friday, October 18th, 2019

Inauguration Ceremony

Time: 10:00AM
Audience: Open to All
Location: Watson Auditorium

The Wentworth community will gather for the Inauguration of our fifth president, Dr. Mark A. Thompson.

Inaugural Reception

Time: 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Audience: Open to All
Location: Tansey Gymnasium

The post-inauguration reception will take place in Tansey Gymnasium after the ceremony.  All are invited to celebrate.


Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Idea Presentations: ThinkTank "Future of Making"

Time: 3:15PM - 4:00PM
Audience: Open to All
Location: Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Sciences, Accelerate Makerspace

The ThinkTank is a one-day immersion, where more than 50 industry thought leaders, community activists, students and faculty will ideate throughout the day about how the power of making can activate individuals and impact neighborhoods across the City. Join the presentations and get inspired by hearing their ideas around the “Future of Making” for social impact.


Saturday and Sunday, October 19th-20th

Family and Alumni Weekend

Time: All Day
Audience: Family and Alumni
Location: Numerous locations

Hosted by Wentworth Student Engagement and the Alumni Relations team, the weekend will feature activities and events for students, their families and our alumni to enjoy. There will be community service-learning opportunities, activities in and around Boston and more. The schedule varies each day and will be posted on the website once finalized.