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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Worcester Polytechnic Institute and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Worcester Polytechnic Institute include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Worcester Polytechnic Institute alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

This list contains graduates like Todd Akin and Dean Kamen.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Worcester Polytechnic Institute?” and “Which celebrities are Worcester Polytechnic Institute alumni?”

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Dean Kamen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor Dean L. Kamen is an American entrepreneur and inventor from New Hampshire. Born on Long Island, New York, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, but dropped out before graduating after ...more

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Elwood Haynes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Business magnate, Businessperson, Inventor Elwood Haynes was an American inventor, metallurgist, automotive pioneer, entrepreneur and industrialist. He invented the metal alloys stellite and martensitic stainless steel and designed one ...more

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Robert H. Goddard is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Physicist, Professor, Inventor Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket, which he successfully ...more

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Robert Stempel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Robert Carl "Bob" Stempel was a Chairman and CEO of General Motors. He joined GM in 1958 as a design engineer at Oldsmobile and was key in the development of the front-wheel drive ...more

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Levi L. Conant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Mathematician Levi Leonard Conant was an American mathematician specializing in trigonometry.

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Bruce Maccabee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Ufologists, Physicist, Ufologist Bruce Maccabee is an American optical physicist formerly employed by the U.S. Navy, and a leading ufologist.

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Harold Stephen Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Electrical engineer, Engineer Harold Stephen Black was an American electrical engineer, who revolutionized the field of applied electronics by inventing the negative feedback amplifier in 1927. To some, his invention is ...more

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John Mandile is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Venture capitalist John joined Sigma in 1996. With over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, a business unit manager, and an investor, John uses motivation, enthusiasm, and his own technology and operational ...more

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C. Chapin Cutler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Scientist, Electrical engineer, Engineer Cassius Chapin Cutler was an American electrical engineer at Bell Labs. His notable achievements include the invention of the corrugated waveguide and differential pulse-code modulation.

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Todd Akin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Politician William Todd Akin is a former U.S. Representative for Missouri's 2nd congressional district, serving from 2001 to 2013. He is a member of the Republican Party. Born in New York City, Akin grew ...more

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Arthur E. Martell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Chemist Arthur E. Martell was a Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Texas A&M University and award-winning researcher in the field of inorganic chemistry. His research centered on metal chelate ...more

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J. Geils is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Singer John Warren Geils Jr., popularly known as J. Geils, is an American musician.

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Richard T. Whitcomb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Aerospace Engineer, Engineer Richard Travis Whitcomb was an American aeronautical engineer who was noted for his significant contributions to the science of aerodynamics.

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John William Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
John William Kendrick John William Kendrick was chief engineer, general manager and vice-president of the Northern Pacific Railway and later vice-chairman of the board of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway.

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Louis Nashelsky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Electrical engineer, Engineer Louis Nashelsky, is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Technology at Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York. He is also Chairman of the Department of Electrical ...more

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Nancy Pimental is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Nancy Marie Pimental is an American actress and film and television writer.

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James Pierpont is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Mathematician James P. Pierpont was a Connecticut-born American mathematician. His father Cornelius Pierpont was a wealthy New Haven businessman. He did undergraduate studies at Worcester Polytechnic ...more

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Don Millard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Dr. Don Millard is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation. Prior to joining NSF, he was a faculty member at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the originator of the Mobile ...more

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William Lafayette Darling is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
William Lafayette Darling Civil engineer William Lafayette Darling, was a consulting engineer in St. Paul, Minnesota. Educated in Worcester Polytechnic Institute, he lettered in baseball and football; became a Doctor of engineering in

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Michael J. Dolan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Mr. Dolan joined Mobil Oil Corporation in 1980 at the Paulsboro, New Jersey, research laboratory. Over the next 13 years, he worked in a variety of engineering and managerial positions ...more

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Charles G. Washburn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Charles Grenfill Washburn was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

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Patrick Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Patrick Delahanty

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Richard Salwitz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Musician Richard "Magic Dick" Salwitz is an American musician, and the harmonica player for The J. Geils Band. In addition to the harmonica, Salwitz plays the trumpet and saxophone.

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David F. Emery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
David F. Emery Politician David Farnham Emery is a former Republican U.S. Representative from Maine. Emery grew up in Rockland before attending college at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he received a BS in ...more

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Eric Hahn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Eric Hahn Businessperson Eric Hahn is an American entrepreneur who founded an early e-mail-based groupware company called Collabra Software in 1992. Netscape acquired Collabra in 1995, and in 1997 Hahn became Netscape's ...more

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Curtis Carlson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Curtis Carlson Executive Management Curtis Raymond Carlson was president and CEO of SRI International from 1998 to 2014 and is a prominent technologist. A physics graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Ph.D. student at in ...more

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George Cowan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Chemist George A. Cowan was an American physical chemist, a businessman and philanthropist.

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Dan Itse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Chemical engineer, Inventor, Engineer Daniel C. Itse, known as Dan Itse, is a conservative Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. A native of San Francisco, California, Itse is a professional engineer who ...more

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Roger J. Heinen, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Roger J. Heinen, Jr. Roger joined Flagship in 2000 as a General Partner. He is a highly regarded technologist and senior executive who has served as an advisor and director for a number of successful technology ...more

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Jonathan M Rourke is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Jonathan M Rourke Jonathan Rourke joined Viacor in August 2002 as Chief Operating Officer, and was promoted to Chief Executive officer in June 2004. Previously, Jonathan was Vice President of Research and ...more

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William Allen Rogers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
William Allen Rogers William Allen Rogers was an American political cartoonist born in Springfield, Ohio in 1854. He studied at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Wittenberg College, but never graduated. Rogers ...more

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John Woodman Higgins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
John Woodman Higgins John Woodman Higgins was an American businessman and owner of the Higgins Armory Museum.

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Naveen Selvadurai is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Naveen Selvadurai Businessperson, Entrepreneur Naveen Selvadurai is a US internet entrepreneur and co-founder of location-based social networking site Foursquare.com.

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Paul Allaire is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Paul Allaire Businessperson Paul Arthur Allaire is a businessman who served as CEO and Chairman of Xerox Corporation, and as a director on several other public companies. Allaire graduated from Worcester Polytechnic ...more

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Alan R. Pearlman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni
Alan R. Pearlman Alan R. Pearlman is an engineer best known as the founder of ARP Instruments, Inc., one of the early leading American synthesizer manufacturers. Pearlman was born in New York City in 1925. His ...more