Each year ARC offers more than 200 group and individual training sessions in Scientific and Engineering Software Applications (SESA) for over 1,200 students and faculty members. As the world-renowned research at WPI continues to makes new strides, our services continue to grow.

Frequently asked questions about SESA training sessions

Do I need to install any software on my personal computer for the SESA training sessions?


All SESA training sessions are held in a computer lab, and all registered participants will have access to a workstation in the lab that has all the required software preinstalled.

Students who are on the waitlist, please watch for emails prior to the sessions as seats may become available on short notice.

Due to licensing restrictions, some SESAs are not available for installation on personally owned computers.

Campus-wide training sessions

Throughout the academic year we offer introductory and advanced SESA training sessions for the entire WPI community in programs including MATLAB, MATHCAD, ANSYS, COMSOL, Labview. Most sessions are held in the Design Studio in Higgins Labs.

The most up-to-date listing of upcoming training sessions is on the front page of the ARC website. You can also access supporting materials from previous training sessions through the Regi website.

Customized sessions for classes and researchers

We also offer individualized training sessions and seminars for classrooms and researchers, including faculty, students, and project teams. View our previous training sessions to see examples of the types of training we can provide. We will also work with you to create customized training in multiple software applications.

For additional assistance integrating SESA programs into your classroom, we are also happy to collaborate with faculty and teaching assistants to develop SESA assignments and laboratory activities. To request customized training sessions and resources, contact ARC’s Academic Computing Applications Scientist, Dr. Adriana Hera.

We also provide in-depth consulting to faculty and students on research projects. If necessary, the group has the technical knowledge to go into the scientific details of the project and offer specific advice, recommendations, and appropriate applications.