Historic Acronym Listing

From time to time, programs, departments, organizations and phrases go out of style. And their acronyms with them. While every effort to construct as complete a list as possible of historic acronyms has been made, the dictionary is young compared to the university (140 years old versus 3 years old). If you know of any acronyms not listed, please send a note to acronym@wpi.edu.

1
1YK 1YK
  replaced by: W1YK - W1YK
  other notes: 1YK is the original call sign of the WPI Wireless Association. Currently the call sign is W1YK
 
A
AB Applied Bioscience
 
ABL Amy Beth Luchans
  other notes: Former Assistant Director of Student Activities, left for an Alumni Relations position at Brandeis University circa 2005
 
ACHERS Aspirant Chemical Engineers Risibility Society
  other notes: Drinking Society, disbanded late 1960's
 
ACS Afro-American Culture Society
 
AEP Alpha Epsilon Pi
  Greek letters: ΑΕΠ
  pronunciation: AE-Pi
  other notes: social fraternity, inactive
 
AID Artificial Intelligence in Design
  pronunciation: 'A I in D'
  other notes: held June 26-29, 2000
  Web address: http://web.cs.wpi.edu/~dcb/AID/AID2000/
 
AM Applied Mathematics
 
ASAP Association of Student Advancement Programs
  pronunciation: 'asap'
  other notes: held April 8-10, 2005
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/ASAP/
 
B
BBI Biology
 
BE Bio-Medical Engineering
  other notes: now BME
 
BMP Biomedical Engineering/Medical Physics
 
BOK Barrons of Kaven
  pronunciation: 'bach'
  other notes: Drinking Society, disbanded late 1960's
 
BS Biomedical Science
 
BU Business
 
BWE Business Women's Exchange
  other notes: Renamed/replaced to/by WPI Community Luncheon.
 
BYOV Build Your Own Venture
  other notes: Held June 25 29, 2007
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/MGT/CEI/Teencamp/
 
C
CAC Computer Advisory Committee
 
CACHET College Admissions Collaborative Highlighting Engineering and Technology
  pronunciation: 'cash-shay'
  other notes: held October 1-3, 2003
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/CACHET/
 
CAS Communicating About Sex
  replaced by: CAS - Communicating About Safety
  pronunciation: CAS 101
  other notes: Used for the program CAS101, a peer education course for violence against females.
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/SDCC/peered.html
 
CC Campus Center Office
  replaced by: CCSA - Campus Center and Student Activities
  other notes: uncommon as an acronym
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/CC/
 
CC Customized Certificate
 
CCC College Computing Center
  replaced by: CCC - Computing and Communications Center
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/CCC/
 
CCS Committee of Concerned Students
  other notes: circa 1976
 
CED Center for Educational Development
  replaced by: CEDA - Center for Educational Development and Assessment
 
CEDTA Center for Educational Development and Technology Assessment
  replaced by: CEDA - Center for Educational Development and Assessment
 
CEI Civil Engineering Interdisciplinary
  replaced by: CE - Civil Engineering
 
CGT Center for Globalization of Technology
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/CGT/
 
CHES workshop on Cryptographic Hardware and Embedded Systems
  other notes: held Aug. 12-13, 1999 and Aug. 17-18, 2000
 
CHI Chemistry Interdisciplinary
 
CIMA Center for Interactive and Media Arts
  replaced by: MAGIC - Media Arts Group Innovation Center
 
CL Clinical Engineering
 
CM Chemical Engineering
  other notes: now CME
 
CMBC Biochemical
 
COB Continuous Open Bid
  replaced by: CR - Continuous Recruitment
  other notes: sororal term
 
COUNT Counselors Outreach to Underrepresented Students in Engineering and Technology
  other notes: Held November 6, 2003
 
CPM Construction Project Management
 
CSC Computers with Commercial Applicatipm
 
CSM Computers with Mathematical Application
 
D
DL Dramatic Literature
 
DMA Director of Minority Affairs
  replaced by: DDP - Director of Diversity Programs
 
DPE Delta Phi Epsilon
  Greek letters: ΔΦΕ
  pronunciation: 'D-Phi-E'
  other notes: social fraternity for women, inactive
 
DS Digital Systems
 
DST Delta Sigma Tau
  Greek letters: ΔΣΤ
  replaced by: AXP - Alpha Chi Rho
  pronunciation: DST
  other notes: social fraternity
  Web address: http://users.wpi.edu/~axp/
 
DUA Division of University Advancement
  replaced by: DAR - Development and Alumni Relations
  pronunciation: Advancement
  other notes: encompasses Advancement Research, Alumni Relations & Annual Giving, Corporate & Foundation Relations, and Major Gifts & Planned Giving
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Advancement/
 
DUM Division of University Marketing
  replaced by: DOMAC - Division of Marketing and Communications
  pronunciation: slang 'dumb', though infrequent
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Marketing/
 
DUR Development and University Relations
  replaced by: DUA - Division of University Advancement
 
E
EAP Dr. Edward Alton Parrish, P.E.
  replaced by: DB - Dennis D. Berkey
  pronunciation: Ed
  other notes: immediate past president of the university, 1996-2004
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/President/Past/parrish.html
 
ED Early Decision
  other notes: a binding admissions option which is no longer offered
 
EE Electrical Engineering
  other notes: now ECE
 
EE Electrical Engineering
  pronunciation: EE
  other notes: no longer offered since ECE became accredited
 
EEB Electrical Engineering - Biomedical
 
EEFCCC Electrical Engineering Fundamental Courses Coordinating Committee
 
EI Electrical Instrumentation
 
ENS Experimental Nuclear Science
 
EST Environmental Studies
  replaced by: CE - Civil Engineering
 
ESY Electronic Systems
 
EWF Envisioning Worcester's Future
  other notes: held September 26, 2002
 
FIE Frontiers In Education
  other notes: held November 7-9, 2002
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/FIE2002/
 
G
GAO Graduate Admissions Office
  replaced by: GSE - Graduate Studies & Enrollment
  pronunciation: Grad Admissions
  Web address: http://grad.wpi.edu/
 
GEMS Girls in Engineering, Math and Science
  replaced by: WUNDERS - Women, Understanding New Dimensions in Engineering Related Sciences
  pronunciation: 'gems'
  other notes: Former summer program run by ODAWP
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Women/Girls/Gems/
 
GENTS Gentleman Engineering Non Temperance Society
  pronunciation: 'gents'
  other notes: Drinking Society, disbanded late 1960's
 
GLI Greek Leadership Institute
  replaced by: GLI - Greek Leaders Institute
  other notes: A retreat for leaders in the Greek community
 
GPP Global Project Programs
  replaced by: GPP - Global Perspective Program
 
GS General Science
 
GSA Gay Straight Alliance
  Web address: http://users.wpi.edu/~wpigsa/
 
GSO Graduate Student Organization
  replaced by: GSG - Graduate Student Government
  other notes: now Graduate Student Government
 
H & T Humanities & Technology
 
HAS Healing Arts Society
  other notes: focuses on Reiki and other new age subject matter
 
HFC Hydrogen Fuel Cell Summit
  other notes: held October 24, 2004
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/HFC/
 
HFC Health and Fitness Club
 
HTE Humanities, Technology & English
 
HTH Humanities, Technology & History
 
I
IAB Inter Activities Board
  replaced by: AE - Annual Events Committee
  other notes: The IAB was formerly responsible for planning Quadfest and Winter Carnival. This group was later absorbed by The WPI Social Committee and renamed SoComm Annual Events in 2000.
 
IAFSS International Association of Fire Safety Science
  other notes: held June 16-21, 2002
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/Fire/IAFSS/
 
IE Industrial Engineering
  other notes: now OIE
 
IHEE I Hate Electrical Engineers
  other notes: Drinking Society, disbanded late 1960's.
It is rumored that several current faculty members are members of IHEE.
 
IMC Instructional Media Center
  replaced by: ATC - Academic Technology Center
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/ATC/
 
IPI Individually Prescribed Instruction
  other notes: part of the original WPI Plan
 
ISTAS International Symposium on Technology and Society
  pronunciation: 'ice-tus'
  other notes: held June 17-19, 2004
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/ISTAS/
 
KAG Kids and Goats
  other notes: Incoming women were matched with alumnae to promote networking.
 
L
LEAP League of Extraordinarily Awesome People
  pronunciation: 'leap'
  other notes: An informal group of students who intended to bring free entertainment to campus
 
LFI Library Futures Institute
  other notes: held June 26-27, 2002
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/LFI/
 
LLC Lens and Lights Club
  replaced by: LNL - Lens and Lights
  Web address: http://users.wpi.edu/~lnl/
 
LO Lambda Omega
  Greek letters: ΛΩ
  other notes: An informal sorority, not recognized by the university. It is possible Lambda Omega still meets in secret.
 
LS Life Sciences
 
LSAMP Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
  other notes: conference held at WPI Sept. 17, 2005
 
LSI Life Sciences Interdisciplinary
 
M
MAO Minority Affairs Office
  replaced by: ODP - Office of Diversity Programs
  pronunciation: Minority Affairs
  other notes: Expanded in August 2005 to Office of Diversity Programs
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Diversity/
 
MCSI Metals Conservation Summer Institute
  other notes: held June 2004 and 2005
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Summer/MCSI/
 
MEB Mechanical Engineering - Biomedical
 
MFG Multiphase Flow Group
  Web address: http://www.me.wpi.edu/Research/MFG/
 
MG Management
  other notes: replaced with ACC, FIN, ENT, MIS, MKT, OBC, OIE
 
MGC Management Computer Science
 
MGS Management Science & Engineering
 
MNS Master of Natural Science
 
MPI Mathematical Problems in Industry
  other notes: held June 13-17, 2005
 
MSEC Major and Special Events Committee
  pronunciation: 'm-sec'
  other notes: part of SocComm
  Web address: http://soccomm.wpi.edu/
 
MSP Major Selection Program
  replaced by: MES - Major Exploration Series
  other notes: was offered by the CDC
 
MT Materials Engineering
 
MTE Materials Engineering
 
MTS Massachusetts Telecommunications Symposium
  other notes: held July 26, 2004
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/IT/News/MTS/
 
N
NCSSSMST National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools in Math Science and Technology
  pronunciation: NC-Triple-S-MST
  other notes: held March 29-31, 2001 and October 24-26, 2002
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/NCSSSMST/
 
ND Non-departmental
 
NE Nuclear Engineering
 
NEABC New England-Africa Business Conference
  other notes: held May 21, 2002 and June 16, 2004
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/NEABC/
 
NECAMSID The New England Center for Analog and Mixed Signal Design
 
NECEA New England Collegiate Entrepreneur Awards
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/MGT/CEI/NECEA/
 
NESS New England Statistics Symposium
  other notes: Most recently held April 22, 2006
 
NFTC New Faculty Technology Cohort
  other notes: Associated with CCC's software instruction staff.
 
NSCRT Night of the Screaming Cathode Ray Tube
  other notes: associated with Quadfest II
  Web address: http://www.mudslide.net/Users/quadfest/Q2/
 
O
ODAWP Office of Diversity and Women's Programming
  replaced by: OWP - Office of Women's Programs
  pronunciation: Diversity, 'oh-dawp'
  other notes: Changed to Office of Women's Programs in August 2005
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Women/
 
OGCP Office of Graduate and Career Plans
  replaced by: CDC - Career Development Center
  other notes: This office has been on campus since 1958 and changed names in 1992.
 
OL Orientation Leader
  replaced by: CA - Community Advisor
  other notes: Replaced for A-Term 2007
 
ORA Office of Research Administration
  replaced by: OSP - Office of Sponsored Programs
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/OSP/index.html
 
P
PAM Personal Assistant Monkey
  other notes: part of April Fools Web site, 2004
 
PE Physical Education Department
  replaced by: PERA - Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Department
  pronunciation: Phys. Ed.
  other notes: also PEA, now PERA
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/PE/
 
PEA Physical Education and Athletics Department
  replaced by: PERA - Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Department
  pronunciation: Phys. Ed.
  other notes: formerly PE, now PERA
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Depts/PE/
 
PHP PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Pubs/Policies/Web/PHP/
 
PIG Public Information Group
 
PL Planning
  replaced by: CE - Civil Engineering
 
PNP Policies and Procedures Committee
  replaced by: PPE - Policies, Procedures, and Elections
  other notes: part of SGA, written PnP
  Web address: http://users.wpi.edu/~sga/
 
POP Parents of Preschoolers
  replaced by: PEG - Parenting Exchange Group
  pronunciation: 'pop' or 'pops"
  other notes: replaced by Parenting Exchange Group
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/HR/PEG/
 
POP Pi Omega Pi
  Greek letters: ΠΩΠ
  replaced by: OX - Theta Chi
  other notes: Founded in 1905. It became Theta Chi in 1909.
 
PS Plant Services
  replaced by: FS - Facilities Services
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Plant/
 
QPA Qualifying Points Average
  replaced by: GPA - Grade Point Average
  other notes: An unofficial method for determining a students average on a 4.0 scale.
 
R
RARE Rear Admiral Ralph Earle
  other notes: Earle was WPI's 6th President
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Library/Archives/TwoTowers/page133.html
 
REACH Reinventing Engineering And Creating new Horizons
  pronunciation: Camp Reach
  other notes: acronym is no longer used, still referred to as Reach
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Women/Girls/Reach/
 
RT Request Tracker
  other notes: A ticketing system for requests submitted to the Web Development Office. Used between 2004 and 2007.
  Web address: http://bestpractical.com/rt/
 
S
S2P Semi Solid Processing
  other notes: held September 23-24, 2004
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/S2P/
 
SAO Student Activities Office
  replaced by: CCSA - Campus Center and Student Activities
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/SAO/
 
SCA Student Christian Association
  other notes: Around the 1940's and 1950's, this group offered assistance to students looking for part time work during the school year, among other things. For more information, refer to the 1946 Catalog.
 
SD Sigma Delta
  Greek letters: ΣΔ
  replaced by: TKE - Tau Kappa Epsilon
 
SE Sanitary Engineering
  replaced by: CE - Civil Engineering
 
SEGP Sponsored Educational Group Participation
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/IT/Internet2/segp.html
 
SENM Science Education for the New Millennium
  other notes: held March, 2003
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/News/Events/SENM/
 
SHD Student Hall Director
 
SLO Student Life Office
  replaced by: ODS - Office of the Dean of Students
  pronunciation: 'slow'
 
SME Sigma Mu Epsilon
  Greek letters: ΣΜΕ
  other notes: manufacturing engineering honor society
 
SNAP Student Night Assistance Patrol
  replaced by: SNAP - Security Night Assistance Patrol
  pronunciation: 'snap'
 
SOL Senior Orientation Leader
  replaced by: SCA - Senior Community Advisor
  other notes: Replaced for A-Term 2007
 
SS Social Sciences
  other notes: Replaced with ECON, GOV, PSY, SD, SOC, SS, STS
 
SSE Systems Software Engineering
 
STD Doctor of Sacred Theology
  other notes: Most recently seen at WPI's 137th Commencement in May, 2005 (benediction delivered by 'The Most Reverend Robert J. McManus,... S.T.D.'
in Latin, 'Sacrae Theologiae Doctor"
 
STE Structural Engineering
  replaced by: CE - Civil Engineering
 
T
T3 Teachers Teaching With Technology
  other notes: Previously held October 14-15, 2005 and October 17-18, 2003
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/News/Conf/T3/
 
TC Technical, Scientific, and Professional Communication
  replaced by: PWR - Professional Writing
  pronunciation: Tech Writing, Technical Writer, Communication
 
TCD Thai Cha-Da
  other notes: closed in 2009
  Web address: http://www.thaicha-da.com/
 
TE Transportation Engineering
  replaced by: CE - Civil Engineering
 
TSS Thai Student Society
 
U
UAC Undergraduate Advisory Council
  pronunciation:
  other notes: as seen on wpi.flame, circa 2001-2002
  Web address: http://www.jonabad.com/tiny.php?url=105
 
UCAA Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association
  replaced by: LL - Liberty League
 
UDP Urban Development Planning
  replaced by: CE - Civil Engineering
 
UEP Urban & Environmental Planning
  replaced by: CE - Civil Engineering
 
UM University Marketing
  pronunciation: Marketing
 
UP Urban Planning
  replaced by: CE - Civil Engineering
 
UR University Relations
  replaced by: DUA - Division of University Advancement
 
USFIRST United States For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
  replaced by: FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology
  pronunciation: 'first'
  Web address: http://users.wpi.edu/~first/
 
V
VC Verification Card
  other notes: Sent to alumni to verify and update biographical records
 
VPA Vice President of Administration
  other notes: uncommon
 
VPAA Vice President of Academic Affairs
  replaced by: SVP - Senior Vice President
  pronunciation: The Provost
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/Provost/
 
VPDUR Vice President of Development and University Relations
  other notes: This position was split into a Vice President of Marketing and a Vice President of Advancement
 
W
WACCC Worcester Area College Computation Center
  replaced by: CCC - Computing and Communications Center
  pronunciation: the "whack"
  other notes: precursor to the CCC circa the 1960's
 
WAS WPI Astronomical Society
 
WCFIIS Worcester County Free Institute of Industrial Science
  replaced by: WPI - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  other notes: now WPI
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/
 
WCIIS Worcester County Institute of Industrial Science
  replaced by: WPI - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  other notes: formerly WCFIIS, now WPI
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/
 
WDO Web Development Office
  pronunciation: Web Development
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/Academics/Library/Web/
 
WINE the Webware, Interfaces and Networking Experimental lab
  replaced by: W1YK - W1YK
  other notes: lab closed effective June 1998
 
WPI We Prefer Initials
  other notes: April Fools Web site 1997
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/April/1997/
 
WPI Weather Predictably Inclement
  other notes: April Fools Web site 1998
  Web address: http://www.wpi.edu/April/1998/
 
WPIR WPI Radio
  replaced by: WWPI - WPI Radio
  other notes: now WWPI
  Web address: http://radio.wpi.edu/
 
WSCL WPI School of Conversational Logic
 
Y
YMCA Young Men's Christian Association
  other notes: As a student organization dating back to 1874, is the origin for the WPI Men's Glee Club - which is still active today.
 

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