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Famous Worcester Polytechnic Institute Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Dean Kamen1

    Dean Kamen

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceRockville Centre, New York, United States of America

    Dean Lawrence Kamen (born April 5, 1951) is an American engineer, inventor, and businessman....  more
  • Elwood Haynes2

    Elwood Haynes

    Business magnate, Businessperson

    AgeDec. at 68 (1857-1925)

    BirthplacePortland, Indiana

    Elwood Haynes (October 14, 1857 – April 13, 1925) was an American inventor, metallurgist,...  more
  • Robert H. Goddard3

    Robert H. Goddard

    Physicist, Professor

    AgeDec. at 63 (1882-1945)

    BirthplaceWorcester, Massachusetts

    Robert Hutchings Goddard (October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945) was an American engineer,...  more
  • Robert Stempel4
    Robert Carl Stempel (July 15, 1933 – May 7, 2011) was a Chairman and CEO of General Motors...  more
  • 5

    Levi L. Conant


    AgeDec. at 59 (1857-1916)

    Levi Leonard Conant (March 3, 1857, Littleton, Massachusetts – October 11, 1916, Worcester,...  more
  • Bruce Maccabee6

    Bruce Maccabee

    Ufologists, Physicist


    BirthplaceRutland City, Vermont

    Bruce Maccabee (May 6, 1942) is an American optical physicist formerly employed by the U.S....  more
  • Harold Stephen Black7

    Harold Stephen Black

    Electrical engineer, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 85 (1898-1983)

    BirthplaceLeominster, Massachusetts

    Harold Stephen Black (April 14, 1898 – December 11, 1983) was an American electrical engineer,...  more
  • John Mandile8

    John Mandile

    Venture capitalist
    John joined Sigma in 1996. With over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, a business...  more
  • 9

    C. Chapin Cutler

    Scientist, Electrical engineer

    AgeDec. at 88 (1914-2002)

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Massachusetts

    Cassius Chapin Cutler (December 16, 1914 – December 1, 2002) was an American electrical...  more
  • Todd Akin10

    Todd Akin



    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    William Todd Akin (born July 5, 1947) is an American politician and businessman who is a...  more
  • 11

    AgeDec. at 87 (1916-2003)

    Arthur E. Martell (October 18, 1916 in Natick, Massachusetts – October 15, 2003 in College...  more
  • J. Geils12

    J. Geils



    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    John Warren Geils Jr. () (February 20, 1946 – April 11, 2017), known professionally as J....  more
  • Richard T. Whitcomb13

    Richard T. Whitcomb

    Aerospace Engineer, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 88 (1921-2009)

    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois

    Richard Travis Whitcomb (February 21, 1921 – October 13, 2009) was an American aeronautical...  more
  • John William Kendrick14

    John William Kendrick

    John William Kendrick (October 14, 1853 – February 16, 1924) was chief engineer, general...  more
  • 15

    Louis Nashelsky

    Electrical engineer, Engineer
    Louis Nashelsky, is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Technology at Queensborough...  more
  • Nancy Pimental16

    Nancy Pimental

    Television producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Nancy Marie Pimental (born May 31, 1965) is an American actress and film and television writer....  more
  • 17

    James Pierpont


    AgeDec. at 72 (1866-1938)


    James P. Pierpont (June 16, 1866 – December 9, 1938) was a Connecticut-born American...  more
  • 18
    Don Millard (born November 28, 1955) is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation...  more
  • 19

    William Lafayette Darling

    Civil engineer

    AgeDec. at 82 (1856-1938)

    BirthplaceOxford, Massachusetts

    William Lafayette Darling (1856-1938), was a consulting engineer in St. Paul, Minnesota....  more
  • Michael J. Dolan20
    Mr. Dolan joined Mobil Oil Corporation in 1980 at the Paulsboro, New Jersey, research...  more
  • Charles G. Washburn21
    Charles Grenfill Washburn (January 28, 1857 – May 25, 1928) was a member of the United States...  more
  • 22

    Patrick Delahanty

  • Magic Dick23

    Magic Dick



    BirthplaceNew London, Connecticut

    Richard Salwitz (born May 13, 1945), known as Magic Dick, is an American musician, noted for...  more
  • 24

    David F. Emery



    BirthplaceRockland, Maine, United States of America

    David Farnham Emery (born September 1, 1948) is an American politician from Maine. A former...  more
  • Eric Hahn25

    Eric Hahn

    Eric Hahn (born March 19, 1960) is an American serial entrepreneur and computer software...  more