Students at the Microsoft Project Center have the opportunity to work with one of the largest companies in the software industry in one of the most progressive and engaging cities in the world. Students conduct their projects at the Microsoft New England Research and Development (NERD) Center, a hub of activity and research that draws local high-tech talent from the greater Boston area.
The NERD Center is located near Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge offers easy access to the many highlights of Boston and also boasts several prestigious universities and cultural, historic, and artistic enterprises. Students at the project center live in Boston/Cambridge housing.
The Microsoft Project Center offers Major Qualifying Projects (MQPs) for Computer Science majors only.
Students begin their project experience by conducting a Preliminary Qualifying Project (PQP) during A-Term. They perform background research in their project areas, learn about the industry, and hold discussions with Microsoft mentors.
Projects are conducted during B-Term, when students work full-time at the NERD Center or approximately eight weeks, from mid-October through mid-December. Each project team works with a mentor from Microsoft and a WPI faculty advisor. Project work concludes with an MQP report and a presentation to Microsoft.
Admission to the Microsoft Project Center is based on judicial and academic standing and performance, essay response, evidence of maturity and independence, availability of projects in a specific area, qualifications relevant to the project offered, and an interview.
Code churn dashboard - Designing and implementing a tool that allows users to easily identify which parts of a software project have high levels of code churn