Ichabod Washburn Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement recipients will have demonstrated solid professional advancement in his or her chosen field. Qualifications sought in candidates include, but are not limited to, demonstrated leadership skills, business acumen, innovative approaches to technical challenges, recognized leadership in teaching or research, and/or entrepreneurship.

Named in honor of Ichabod Washburn, the leading industrialist in Worcester in 1865, Washburn offered to build and equip a machine shop for students to practice in the application of the scientific theories they would be learning in the classroom. His vision led to the wedding of theory and practice, heralding an educational approach that we celebrate today in the WPI Plan.

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